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    Ranji Trophy Group C, Round 2, Day 1: Spinners put Jharkhand in charge

    Jamshedpur: In the big Group C match at the Keenan Stadium that pitted two teams with seven points against each other, hosts Jharkhand took control by bowling Assam out for 179 on Friday. Jharkhand captain Shahbaz Nadeem’s decision to put Assam in to bat was vindicated, as he and Sunny Gupta took eight wickets apiece. The first breakthrough came in the first over for Jharkhand when Jaskaran Singh removed Pallavkumar Das for 0. Soon Assam were 26 for 3 with the last match’s double-centurion Dheeraj Jadhav and Amit Singa back inside. Gokul Sharma (37) and Hokaito Zhimomi, the allrounder from Nagaland, managed to put on 75 for the fourth wicket but once that stand was snapped the innings gave way again. Nadeem struck twice in the middle order, Zhimomi became Gupta’s first wicket to miss a half-century by two runs, and soon after tea the offspinner nipped out to more as Assam slipped to 145 for 7. Nadeem mopped up the tail to finish with 4 for 65, making him the leading wicket-taker this season with 13. In reply, Jharkhand were 2 for 0 at stumps. Brief scores: Jharkhand 2 for 0 in two overs trail Jharkhand 179 in 88.1 overs (Hokaito Zhimomi 48; Shahbaz Nadaem 4/65, Sunny Gupta 4/56) by 177 runsAt Anantapur, former Madhya Pradesh batsman Syed Abbas Ali scored his 15th first-class century to prop Tripura up to 228 for 6 at stumps against Andhra. Having opted to bat, Tripura slumped to 86 for 4 when skipper Ajay Ratra departed for 27, but Ali came to the team’s rescue with an unbeaten 103 off 187 balls. Brief scores: Tripura 228 for 6 in 90 overs (Syed Abbas Ali 103*) v AndhraAt Porvorim, Jammu & Kashmir ground their way to 194 for 7 at stumps against Goa after choosing to bat first. Carrying the visitors was Parvez Rassol, unbeaten on 90 from 205 balls with the opener Ian Dev Singh’s 36 being the next best score. Goa’s bowlers were steady, with Saurabh Bandekar and Saahil Dhuri striking early on. At 89 for 4 after Bandekar made inroads in his second spell, J&K were revived by Rassol’s steadfast resistance from the No. 4 spot. 6. Rassol also helped overcome a lower middle-order collapse in his obdurate innings. Brief scores: Jammu & Kashmir 194 for 7 in 91 overs (Parvez Rassol 90*) v GoaAt Nadaun, Services gave hosts Himachal Pradesh a stiff fight by reaching 290 for 6 at stumps. Himachal captain Aakash Chopra inserted Services and looked on as the visiting team put up 102 for the opening wicket, and the breakthrough did not come until just before lunch when Soumik Chaterjee was run out for 54. Pratik Desai (61), Ansuhl Gupta (54) and Rajat Paliwal (52) also scored fifties to boost Services. Brief scores: Services 290 for 6 in 90 overs (Soumik Chaterjee 54, Pratik Desai 61, Ansuhl Gupta 54, Rajat Paliwal 52) v Himachal Pradesh