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    Ranji, Group C, Round 3: Assam rule supreme, Jharkhand closing in

    Nadaun: Himachal Pradesh held onto a draw against Andhra Pradesh after conceding a 107-run first innings lead. Andhra declared their second innings at 282 for 7 on day four and set a target of 390 runs for Himachal Pradesh in 47 overs.

    HP were in trouble when their top order crumbled, and they slumped to 38 for 4 in 19 overs, but Varun Sharma and Amit Kumar dug in their heels and didn't let Andhra bowlers to make further inroads. Paras Dogra (HP) and Amol Muzumdar (Andhra) were the stars for their respective teams. Dogra cracked his third century in a row, while Muzumdar (101 & 104) rustled up twin centuries in the match to become the highest Ranji run-getter.

    Andhra and HP have seven points each in three matches.

    Brief scores: Andhra 372 and 282 for 7 declared (Muzumdar 104; Dhawan 5 for 77) drew with Himachal Pradesh 265 and 108 for 4 (Sharma 40*)

    In Jamshedpur, Manvinder Bisla hit a fine 90 in Goa's second innings to help them secure a draw against Jharkhand after following on. Goa were 16 for on 0 at stumps on day three, and the innings defeat was looming large as they were trailing Jharkhand by 136. Bisla got good support from Rohit Asnodkar, who made 32, as Goa finished with 292 for 8 on the last day.

    Earlier, Jharkhand put up 360 in their first innings and skittled Goa out for 208 in their first innings. Their captain Shahbaz Nadeem bagged a five-wicket haul. Jharkhand have 10 points in three matches and are second in the Points Table behind Assam.

    Brief scores: Jharkhand 360 (Vardhan 73, Deobrat 58) drew with Goa 208 and 292 for 8 (Bisla 90, Sunny Gupta 6 for 93)

    Malappuram: After gaining outright victories in their first two matches, Assam had to contend with three points against Kerela. On day four, Kerela declared their second innings for 294 for 5 and set a target of 273 in 65 overs for Assam.

    Pallavkumar Das scored an unbeaten 92 for Assam as they settled for a draw reaching 201 for 6 at stumps on day four. Kerela had notched up a crucial 22-run lead in the first innings which enabled them to earn three points from the match. After restricting Kerela for 264 in their first innings, Assam garnered 286.

    Assam are at the top of Points Table in Group C with 16 points from three matches, while Kerela have two points from two matches.

    Brief Scores: Kerela 264 and 294 for 5 (Hegde 129, Jagadeesh 127) drew with Assam 286 and 201 for 6 (Das 92*, Sreejith 5 for 75)

    Agartala: In a run feast, where both teams piled up massive first innings total, Services outstripped Tripura to ring up three points. Three batsmen from Services cracked centuries, after their captain Soomik Chattarjee opted to bat, as they declared their first innings for a mammoth 563 for 4. Yashpal Singh smashed 250, while Ansuhl Gupta (147) and Rajat Paliwal (104) were the other centurions.

    Abbas Ali (121) and Abhijit Dey (107) made defiant centuries for Tripura but couldn't take their team past Services total. Shadab Nazar chalked up six wickets to restrict Tripura to 484. Services and Tripura have seven and two points respectively to their credit after three matches.

    Brief Scores: Services 563 for 4 declared (Yashpal Singh 250, Ansuhl 147) and 7 for 0 drew with Tripura 484 (Abbas Ali 121; Shadab Nazar 6 for 108)