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Spirited reply by Tripura

New Delhi: Riding a fine 83 by opener Ritesh Jaiswal, Tripura were 304 for seven against Services on the third day of the Ranji Trophy match here Thursday.

Jaiswal was associated in a 87-run third wicket stand with Subhash Chander who made 45.

Tripura made a bad start to the day when they lost Rajeev Dutta early, but progressed to 171 with Jaiswal and Chander batting confidently. But wickets fell in quick succession.

Jaiswal, who hit nine boundaries in his 282-minute stay, finally became the third victim of off-spinner Sanjay Dhull who finished the day with four for 92 from 36 overs. Chander was trapped leg before to Saeed Javed as Services, who had declared their first innings at 491 for 8, hit back with two big wickets within a space of three runs.

In Kochi, Sujith Somasunder hit a magnificent ton as Kerala reached 245 for four in their second innings on the third day against Goa. Somasunder cracked 106 with ten fours and a six and put on 133 runs in an opening partnership with M P Sorab.

Earlier, resuming at their overnight 195 for 8, Goa managed to take a vital three run first innings lead before being all out for 215 after 65 minutes of batting Thursday.

SUMMARISED SCORES

n In New Delhi: Services 491/8 decl. Tripura 304/7 (Ritesh Jaiswal 83, Subhash Chander 45, Gourpada bating 38, Sujit Roy batting 35; Sanjay Dhull 4/92).

n In Nagpur: Vidarbha 300 & 148/8. Saurashtra 312 (Jolly Jobanputra 52, Firoz Bhambhani 50 n.o.)

n In Kochi: Kerala 212 & 245/4 (Sujit Somasunder 106, M P Sorab 54). Goa 215 (Sagun Kamat 33, Rohit Rane 41, Sandeep Dahad 85; Suresh Kumar 5/70, Sreeshanth 3/42).

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