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    Ranji Trophy, Group C, Round 8, Day 3: J&K vs HP tie heads for interesting finish

    Jammu: Parvez Rassol and Ram Dayal struck impressive half centuries as Jammu and Kashmir post a fighting total of 248 in their second innings, leaving their Ranji Trophy group league match against Himachal Pradesh for an interesting finish here on Monday.

    Resuming the third day at 16 for three, J & K added 232 runs today before being all out for 248, riding on Rassol's 83 (178 balls; 9X4) and Dayal's 71 (131 balls; 9X4) at the Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground here.

    Chasing a target of 235 for an outright win, Himachal Pradesh were 32 for one in their second innings when the stumps were drawn for the day. Captain Aakash Chopra was batting on 23 while Karanveer Singh was giving him company on one.

    Himachal require another 203 runs for a win with nine second innings wickets in hand.

    Brief scores: Jammu and Kashmir: 175 and 248 all out in 81.3 overs (Parvez Rassol 83, Ram Dayal 71; Vikramjeet Malik 3 for 50). Himachal Pradesh: 189 and 32 for 1 in 10 overs (Aakash Chopra batting 23).

    Goa vs Tripura:

    In Agartala, Nirupam Sen Chowdhary's half century and Manishankar Murasingh's two-wicket haul helped Tripura to turn the screw on Goa, who were left struggling at 64 for four.

    After losing the opening day to bad weather, Tripura were 170 for five in the first innings yesterday and Nirupam today blasted a 144-ball 57, laced with nine fours, to ensure that the hosts have a bigger total at hand. Nirupam added 58 runs along with Bunti Roy (39) for the ninth wicket to help Tripura end their first innings at 278 all out in 84.2 overs at the Maharaja Bir Bikram College Stadium here.

    Murasingh then took two wickets, while rana Dutta and BB Roy scalped one each to leave Goa tottering at 64 for four in 26 overs. At the draw of stumps, Reagan Pinto was batting on 18 and giving him company at the crease was RD Asnodkar at 4.

    Brief score: Tripura first innings: 278 all out in 84.2 overs (NN Sen Chowdhary 57; SS Bandekar 4 for 90). Goa first innings: 64 for 4 in 26 overs (R Pinto 18 not out; MB Murasingh 2 for 8).

    Assam vs Andhra:

    In Guwahati, Tarjinder Singh scored an unbeaten ton, while Dheeraj Jadhav hit a half-century to hand Assam the first innings lead over Andhra.

    Resuming at an overnight total of 166 for two in reply to Andhra's first innings score of 249 all out, the hosts declared at 394 for five, taking a 145-run lead.

    At stumps, Andhra were on 10 for no loss with openers, Murumulla Sriram (8) and Prasanth Kumar (1) at the crease.
    Earlier, Assam did not have an ideal start today as both their overnight batsmen - Sibsankar Roy and Amit Sinha - got out early.

    While Roy, after resuming on 72, could add only five more runs to the total, falling for a 209-ball 77 that included with nine fours, Sinha failed to add even a single run to his yesterday's score of 20.

    But Jadhav and Tarjinder came to the team's rescue and together they put on a solid 173-run stand for the fifth wicket. At the personal score of 60 from 152 balls studded with six boundaries and two sixes, Jadhav retired hurt.

    However, Tarjinder continued to play well and found able companions in J Syed Mohammad (21) and Dhiraj Goswami (33 not out) to take the hosts past 300-run mark. After Tarjinder reached 103 off 223 balls laced with 11 fours and a six, Assam declared the innings.

    Brief scores: Assam: 394 for five in decl in 147 overs (Tarjinder Singh not out 103, Dheeraj Jadhav retired hurt 60; DP Vijaykumar 2 for 74). Andhra: 249 & 10 for no loss in 8 overs (Murumulla Sriram 8).

    (With inputs from agencies)