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    Ranji Trophy, Group C: Samson, Zol score double centuries on Day 3

    Pune: India U-19 skipper Vijay Zol smashed a terrific unbeaten double hundred and opener Harshad Khadiwale scored a century as Maharashtra gained upperhand over Tripura at the end of Day 3 of their Ranji Trophy Group C match, on Tueday.

    Resuming the day on 133 for 1, overnight batsmen Zol and Khadiwale put on a splendid 199-run partnership as Maharashtra declared on an imposing 460 for 3 in their first innings while Tripura were one wicket down on 28 at stumps - still 128 runs behind at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here.

    The day belonged to 18-year-old Zol, who carted Tripura bowlers all around the park and hit 19 fours and a six in his 324-ball knock. Zol's superb batting display somewhat overshadowed a solid 112 off 228 by Khadiwale, who had 13 boundaries and a six against his name. Khadiwale started on 64 while Zol was unbeaten on 42 last evening.

    Zol shared century stands with Kedar Jadhav (57) and Sangram Dilp Atitkar (54 not out) for the third and fourth wicket respectively to take the hosts past Tripura's first innings score of 304. Abbas Ali (1 for 23), Manisankar Murasingh (1 for 65) and Rana Dutta (1 for 80) grabbed a wicket each for the visitors.

    Subhrajit Roy (12) and Abhijit Dey (4) were at the crease for Tripura while KB Pawan was dismissed for 10 in their second innings.

    In another Group C match in Guwahati, riding on Sanju Samson's (211) double century, Kerala gained a crucial first innings lead against Assam in the third day's play.

    Kerala were dismissed for 362 in reply to Assam first innings total of 323, courtesy four wickets apiece from spinners J Syed Mohammad (4 for 87) and Arlen Konwar (4 for 94) after visitors started the day on 119 for 3.

    At the close of play, Assam were 13 for no loss at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium.

    18-year-old Samson did the bulk of scoring for side as his team-mates found it difficult to stay put at the crease. Holding one end up, Samson stitched important partnerships with P Anthaf (19), Robert Fernandez (27) and C Shahid (11) to guide his past Assam's first innings score.

    Samson's entertaining knock came of 327 balls, including 23 fours and five maximums.

    At Uppal, Hyderabad wrested the initiative from Andhra as their bowlers led by India spinner Pragyan Ojha scuttled their opponent's batting for 185 thereby taking first innings lead.

    Hyderabad were 96 for 2 in the second innings with T Suman (17) and G Hanuma Vihari (13) at the crease. The two batsmen dismissed were Akshath Reddy (26) and D Ravi Teja (37) as Hyderabad stand 132 runs ahead at the end of day three.

    Andhra, who started the day on 85 for 1, squandered a solid start as overnight batsmen Prasanth Kumar (47) and Marripuri Suresh (20) were early in the day.

    Ojha (3 for 59) along with medium pacer Ashish Reddy (3 for 49) made inroads into Andhra's middle order, pegging them 114 for 6.

    Pacer Chama Milind (1 for 36) and Ravi Kiran (2 for 36) did the rest for Hyderabad as they put the Andhra batting to rest 36 run behind their first innings score of 221.

    D Shivkumar did put up some resistance but was bowled for 39 by Ravi Kiran. He hit seven boundaries in his brief knock and was the second highest scorer after Kumar.

    At Dharamsala, riding on Paras Dogra's double century and a hundred from Bipul Sharma, Himachal Pradesh posted 558 for 5 declared before enforcing a follow-on on Goa in their Ranji Trophy Group C match on Tuesday.

    Replying to HP's massive total, Goa were all out for 243 in their first innings before finishing the day on 38 for no loss in the second essay while following on. Goa require 277 more runs with 10 wickets in hands to avoid an innings defeat.

    HP resumed the day on 543 for 5 with overnight double centurion Dogra and Bipul at the crease. While Bipul, resuming on 86, completed his century, Dogra added just one run to his overnight score of 208 to remain unbeaten on 209 before the hosts decided to declare the innings. The duo put on an unbeaten 147-run stand for the sixth wicket.