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    Ranji Trophy, Group C: Rishi Dhawan takes five as Himachal crush J&K

    Dharamsala: Pacer Rishi Dhawan grabbed a five-wicket haul as Himachal Pradesh crushed Jammu & Kashmir to an innings and 192-run defeat in their Ranji Trophy group C match on Saturday.

    Himachal pacers led by Dhawan (5 for 51) wreaked havoc as they dismissed J&K, who started day three on 14 for one, for just 88 in 26.4 overs at HPCA stadium.

    Twenty-three-year-old Dhawan, who finished with match figures of nine for 121, was ably supported by his new-ball partner Vikramjeet Malik (2 for 21) and debutant seamer Akshay Chauhan (3 for 14).

    Brief scores:

    Jammu & Kashmir 178 & 88 (Manik Gupta 18, Obaid Haroon 18; Rishi Dhawan 5 for 51); Himachal Pradesh 458.

    Shahid shines in Kerala's win over Tripura

    In Kannur, a magnificent bowling performance by leftarm spinner C Shahid (7 for 45) took Kerala to a nine-wicket win over Tripura.

    Starting the day 157 runs behind hosts, Tripura witnessed a batting collapse as they lost their last seven wickets for just 18 runs bundling out for 202.

    Shahid kept a tight leash on Tripura batsmen and gave away just 45 runs in his 29.3 overs. Wicketkeeper Yogesh Takawale (81) and Samrat Singha (46) put on a 188-run stand for the fourth wicket to bail out Tripura from 66 for three.

    But Shahid dismissed Takawale at 184 to put an end to a threatening partnership for Kerala and ran through the lower order as visitors could only give 46-run target.

    Nikhilesh Surendran made 31, while VA Jagadeesh (15) and Sanju Samson (1) remained unbeaten to take Kerala home.

    Brief scores: Tripura: 140 & 202 all out (Yogesh Takawale 81, Samrat Singha 46; C Shahi 7 for 45) Kerala: 297 & 46 for 1 (Nikhilesh Surendran 31; Abhijit Dey 1 for 4) Points: Kerala 6, Tripura 0.

    Maharashtra-Hyderabad tie heads for a draw

    In Hyderabad, with the match heading towards a tame draw, Maharashtra are likely to take the first innings lead as Hyderabad finished the third and penultimate day at 290 for four, still trailing the visitors by 326 runs.

    In reply to Maharashtra's massive 616 for nine declared, Hyderabad reached 290 for four in their first innings at close of play on Saturday.

    Starting the day on 53 for no loss, Hyderabad lost overnight batsman TL Suman, who resumed on 28, early. But after Suman departed for 73-ball 43, other overnight opener Akshanth Reddy (86) along with D Ravi Teja (98) put on a 137-run partnership for the second wicket.

    Both Reddy and Ravi Teja completed their half-centuries but unfortunately fell short of scoring a century.

    Ravi Teja, whose knock came off 195 balls with 13 fours, missed the ton by just two runs. He, however, put on another important 51-run stand with Hanuma Vihari for the third wicket.

    At stumps, Vihari was unbeaten on 39, while Syed Quadri was giving him comapny at the other end on five.

    Brief scores: Maharashtra 1st innings: 616 for nine dec; Hyderabad 1st innings: 290 for four in 98 overs (D Ravi Teja 98, Akshanth Reddy 86; Akshay Darekar 2 for 78).

    Dheeraj Jadhav's century helps Assam take 1st innings lead

    In Anantpur, opener Dheeraj Jadhav (158) struck a brilliant century to guide Assam to a crucial first innings lead against Andhra, as they ended day three on 352 for seven.

    Jadhav's knock comprised of 21 boundaries and a six and the 35-year-old added a 179 runs with Niraj Patel (70) for the fifth wicket to help his side go past Andhra's first innings total of 297.

    Assam lead by 55 runs with 3 wickets remaining in their first innings, at Rural Development Trust Stadium here. Shankara Rao, Kakani Harish, DP Vijaykumar bagged two wickets each for Andhra, while D Shivkumar claimed one.

    Brief scores: Andhra: 297; Assam: 352 for 7 (Dheeraj Jadhav 158, Niraj Patel 70; Shankara Rao 2 for 62).