Mumbai: Jammu and Kashmir grabbed a vital 18-run first innings lead over Tripura by dismissing their rivals for 297 and then consolidated their position on day three of their Group C Ranji Trophy match on Wednesday.
Resuming at the overnight 193 for six, 122 adrift of the J&K total of 315, Tripura's major hope, their unbeaten opener Bishal Ghosh, lasted only 23 balls while adding nine runs to his overnight score before he was dismissed for 95 by former Mumbai left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh.
This was a major blow for Tripura who were, however, kept in the hunt for the lead by Gurinder Singh who marshaled the tail to make a belligerent 84 not out off 111 balls.
But despite the best efforts of Gurinder, who struck a six and 12 fours, Tripura fell short by 18 runs and in the remainder of the day, J&K strengthened their position by making 198 for three, riding on Ian Chauhan's 67 not out in 94 balls and skipper Parvez Rasool's 60 not out in 79 balls with 10 hits to the fence.
Overall, J&K are ahead by 216 runs with seven second innings wickets in hand going into the final day on Thursday.
J&K: 315 and 198 for 3 (I Chauhan not out 67, P Rasool not out 60; A Dey 2 for 34).
Tripura: 297 (B Ghosh 95, U Bose 33, Gurinder Singh 84 not out; P Rasool 3 for 67).
Summarised scores of other Group C matches:
1) Kerala vs Andhra at Guwahati
Kerala: 219 & 229 for 5 in 59 overs (Rohan Prem 89, Bhavin THakkar 56; Paidikalva Vijaykumar 3/48).
Andhra: 226 all out in 96.3 overs (DB Prasanth 61, KS Bharat 54; Ricky Bhui 62; Basil Thampi 3/33, Iqbal Abdulla 3/63).
2) Chhattisgarh vs Hyderabad at Valsad
Hyderabad: 351 & 115 for 9 in 47 overs (Akash Bhandari 29 batting; Pankaj Rao 4/37, Abhishek Tamrakar 4/19).
Chhattisgarh: 188 all out in 85.1 overs (Sahil Gupta 55, Abhimanyu Chauhan 55; Akash Bhandari 3/27).
3) Goa vs Haryana at Ghaziabad
Goa 1st innings: 413 all out in 144.1 overs (Snehal Kauthankar 225, RJ Pinto 58; Harshal Patel 4/75).
Haryana 1st innings: 392 for 3 in 125 overs (Nitin Saini 211 batting, Chaitanya Bishnoi 90).
4) Himachal Pradesh vs Services at Surat
Services: 401 & 197 for 4 in 57 overs (Anshul Gupta 60; Mayank Dagar 3/44).
HP: 296 all out in 85.5 overs (Paras Dogra 70; Anshul Gupta 3/20).