Goa lead HP by 9 runs


In a tight battle for first-innings lead, Goa edged past Himachal Pradesh, ending the third day, of their Group C Ranji Trophy tie, on 347 for 8, nine runs ahead of Himachal’s 338 at GCA academy grounds, Porvorim.
Middle-order batsman Reagan Pinto and opener Swapnil Asnodkar played two crucial knocks – 85 not out and 80 respectively – to help Goa take the lead. But it looked unlikely when they were 193 for 6 after losing five wickets for 33 runs at one stage.
Asnodkar and No 3 Amogh Desai resumed at 118 for 1, and the team had progressed to 160 for 2 when Asnodkar got out.
This led to a slide, but vital stands between Pinto and Shadab Jakati, and later between Pinto and Saurabh Bandekar helped them recover.
Brief Scores: Goa 347 for 8 (Pinto 85*, S Asnodkar 81, Desai 59, Rahul 4-71) lead Himachal Pradesh 338 (Amit 86, Mukesh 73, Gawas 4-109) by nine runs. [NT]