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Ranchi: Ranji Trophy debutants Chhattisgarh notched up an easy nine-wicket victory against tournament's perennial whipping boys Tripura.
Having taken a vital 137 run first innings lead, the Mohammed Kaif led side bundled out Tripura for 149 in the second innings with left-arm spinner Ajay Mandal grabbing 4 for 55. Pacer Pratik Sinha got two wickets while only Smit Patel and Gurinder Singh scored 26 and 20 respectively.
Needing only 13 runs to win, Chhattisgarh missed a golden opportunity to get a bonus point as they lost a wicket in the process knocking off runs in 3.5 overs.
Brief Scores: Tripura 118 & 149 (Smit Patel 26, Gurinder Singh 20, Ajay Mandal 4/55)
Chhattisgarh 255 & 13/1. Chhattisgarh won by 9 wkts.
Points: Chhattisgarh 6; Tripura 0.
In the other Group-C clash, after Haryana took a 51-run first innings lead, Services reached 148 for two in their second essay, riding on wicketkeeper-batsman Nakul Verma's unbeaten 54 on the third day.
Resuming the day on 117 for three, Haryana added 131 runs to their tally before ending their first innings on 248 in reply to Services total of 197.
The chief architect of the Haryana innings was Shubham Rohilla, who missed out on a century by just eight runs, as he was run out on valiant 92.
Services spinners -- Khalid Ahmed (4/86) and Vikas Yadav (4/80) -- took four wickets each and were very impressive.
Trailing by 51 runs at the Brabourne Stadium here, Services openers gave the team a good start as Anshul Gupta (40) and skipper Shaumik Chatterjee (33) shared a 50-run first-wicket stand on a pitch where the ball was nicely coming on the bat.
But both Chatterjee and Gupta got out before the stumps were drawn. However, Nakul Verma, who walked one down, played a responsible knock, hitting five boundaries and two sixes during his unbeaten 54. Giving him company at the other end at the close of play was Ravi Chauhan on 15.
Services:197 & 148 for two in 44 overs (Nakul Verma 54 batting, Anshul Gupta 40, Shaumik Chatterjee 33).
Haryana 1st innings: 248 (Shubham Rohilla 92; Khalid Ahmed 4/86, Vikas Yadav 4/80).