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    Ranji Trophy, Group C: Assam on top against Tripura

    Tripura: Assam seemed on course to record a big win over Tripura as they amassed a mammoth 521 for 5 before declaring their first innings on the third and penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match.

    After Dheeraj Jadhav's 194 and Tarjinder Singh 99 on the second day, Niraj Patel (66) and Gokul Sharma (70 not out) helped Assam pile up the huge total.

    In response, Tripura were 159 for 3 after Samrat Singha (57 batting) and KB Pawan (51) struck important half-centuries. For Assam, Arup Das picked up two wickets in his 18 overs.

    Brief scores: Assam: 521/5 declared.

    Tripura: 136 and 159/3 in 69 overs (Samrat Singha (57 batting, K B Pawan 51, Arup Das 2/57).

    Gadekar, Kamat hit fifties for Goa

    Pune: Harshad Gadekar and Sagun Kamat scored a half-century each to take Goa to 297 for 5 in their first innings in reply to Maharashtra's mammoth 635 at the end of third and penultimate day's play in a Group C match.

    While Gadekar was unbeaten on 86 off 294 balls with the help of 13 boundaries, Kamat made a fine 83 that came off 179 balls and was studded with eight hits to the fence and three sixes.

    At stumps, wicket-keeper Keenan Vaz was giving Gadekar company at the crease with Goa still trailing Maharashtra by 338 runs with five wickets in hand.

    Brief scores: Maharashtra 1st innings: 635 all out

    Goa 1st innings: 297 for five in 116 overs (Harshad Gadekar 86 not out, Sagun Kamat 83; Shrikant Mundhe 2/68).

    Hyderabad post 319 for 7 in second innings

    Dharamsala: Syed Quadri and D Ravi Teja scored half-century each to help Hyderabad post 319 for 7 in their second innings at the end of the third and penultimate day of their Group C Ranji Trophy tie against Himachal Pradesh.

    Himachal Pradesh had taken the first innings lead as they scored 296 in reply to Hyderabad's 237 in their first essay. In the second innings, however, Hyderabad, have already crossed the 300-run mark to take a solid 260-run lead with three wickets remaining.

    At stumps, Quadri was batting on 77 and Alfred Absolem was on four.

    Brief scores: Hyderabad: 237 & 319 for seven (Syed Quadri batting 77, D Ravi Teja 73; Akshay Chauhan 5/80).

    Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 296 all out.

    J&K eye outright win over Andhra

    Anantapur: Jammu and Kashmir produced a lethal bowling performance to stand on the verge of an outright win after reducing Andhra Pradesh to 79 for 8 in their second innings at the end of third and penultimate day's play in a Group C match.

    With a fresh morning pitch on offer for J&K bowlers on the final day on Sunday, it will be a difficult task for Andhra to turn the match around as they still need 63 runs for a win with just two wickets in hand.

    For Andhra, M Suresh was batting on 27 off 49 balls, while giving him company was Kakani Harish (1).

    Brief scores: Jammu & Kashmir: 225 & 121 all out in 41.2 overs (Adil Rishi 25, Parvez Rasool 25; David Paidikalva Vijaykumar 5/52, Shaik Basha 3/27).

    Andhra Pradesh: 191 & 79 for eight in 31 overs (M Suresh 27 not out; Mohammed Mudhasir 3/10, Ram Dayal 3/24).