Group A

Assam vs Uttar Pradesh : At stumps on Day Three, UP was 229 for 2, with Umang Sharma batting on 133. It leads by 260 runs. Assam was bowled out for 318 in its first innings.

Maharashtra vs Railways : At stumps on Day Three, Railways is on 330 for 5. Amol Karhadkar reports from Pune:

. Arindam Ghosh and Manish Rao have survived the anxious last hour with the new ball to help Railways end the day at 330 for five. The duo will hold the key on Sunday morning if Railways has to earn the innings lead.

. Nikit Dhumal strikes off the third ball with the new ball to get rid of captain Mahesh Rawat, but Arindam Ghosh and all-rounder Manish Rao then avoid further damage. With 14 overs remaining in the day's play, Railways is 304 for five.

. Offie Chirag Khurana gives Maharashtra a crucial breakthrough minutes before tea, as Pratham Singh's impressive debut results in a thick edge to 'keeper Rohit Motwani. Seasoned duo of Arindam Ghosh and Mahesh Rawat then avoid further damage as Railways is placed at 268 for four at tea. With the new ball available, Maharashtra would be hoping for late strikes!

. Just when debutant Pratham Singh and Nitin Bhille were set to snatch the advantage away from Maharashtra, another debutant, left-arm pacer Mukesh Choudhary, brought the host back in the game, enticing Bhille into a lofted drive straight to Chirag Khurana at covers. Railways 232 for 3, still some distance off the magic mark of 482!


Uttar Pradesh's players celebrate after claiming the wicket of Abu Nechim of Assam in Guwahati. Assam was bowled out for 318 in its first innings. Photo: PTI


. Pratham Singh has been impressive in his pratham (first) knock in first-class cricket. Nitin Bhille has played the role of the senior pro to perfection as Railways take lunch at 186 for 2.

. Chirag Khurana's off-spin did the trick in the second over of the day as he trapped Saurabh Wakaskar in front of the wickets and Shivakant Shukla, the other opener, was pouched by 'keeper Rohit Motwani just after the first hour's play. Since then, however, debutant Pratham Singh and Nitin Bhille have looked in little trouble as Railways has coasted to 166 for two. [ Day Two report ]

Karnataka vs Delhi : Delhi, at 277 for 4 in its first innings at stumps on Day Three, trails Karnataka by 372 runs. [ Day Two report ]

Group B

Jharkhand vs Jammu and Kashmir : J&K is 246 for 7 in the second innings at stumps on Day Three, leading Jharkhand by 330 runs.

Haryana vs Team Rajasthan : Haryana is on 179 for 4 in its second innings at stumps on Day Three, it leads Team Rajasthan by 252 runs.


Uttar Pradesh's Suresh Raina plays a stroke during his innings of 33 on Saturday in Guwahati. Photo: PTI


Saurashtra vs Gujarat : Gujarat, at 304 for 4, trails Saurashtra by 266 runs at stumps on Day Three. Rujul Bhatt is batting on 75. Priyank Panchal scored 145.

Group C

Tripura vs Andhra : Andhra, at 51 for 1 in its second innings, leads Tripura by 138 runs at stumps on Day Three. A. Joseph Antony reports from Agartala:

. At tea, Tripura was on 273 for seven, captain Murasingh having departed after a valiant 81. Gurinder Singh revived the fightback with a useful and unbeaten 58.

. Tripura recovered marginally through a sixth-wicket partnership worth 51 between skipper M.B. Murasingh and Yashpal Singh to go to lunch at 163 for six, the latter falling in the penultimate over of the session.

Tripura was in serious trouble less than two hours into day three, tottering at 111 for five in response to Andhra's 402 in their group C match at the Maharaja Bir Bikram University stadium on Saturday. [ Day Two report ]

Odisha vs Tamil Nadu : Odisha, at 286 for 4 at stumps on Day Three, trails Tamil Nadu by 244 runs. S. Dipak Ragav reports from Cuttack:

. It was a crucial session for TN and Washington Sundar has delivered for the visitor picking two wickets in one over. Odisha goes to tea at 211 for four. Rahil Shah accounted for Natraj Behera who looked set for a well-deserved century before getting leg before for 91. Two new batsmen at the crease boosts TN's chances in the final session of decisively pressing forward for victory.

. The first session clearly belonged to Odisha. TN needed quick wickets but the home team has managed to lose just one. Odisha 136 for one with Natraj Behera playing on 55 with skipper Govinda Poddar. Yo Mahesh was the only TN bowler who troubled the batsman regularly and was finally rewarded when he removed Sandeep Pattanaik for 66 caught at short cover, inducing a mistake on the drive.


Odisha's Nataraj Behera celebrates his half-century in Cuttack on Saturday. Photo: Biswaranjan Rout


. Odisha has come out positively and seen through the first one hour with relative ease. Not only that, the openers Sandeep Pattanaik and Natraj Behera have been able to pick boundaries at will against the TN pacers. Pattanaik slammed six boundaries in the first hour and reached his fifty. Odisha 89 for 0 at drinks break. The first 16 overs have accounted for 61 runs so far and it could be a long day for TN on the field. While it has a cushion of big total, three points from here is not going to be enough for TN. [ Day Two report ]

Mumbai vs Baroda :

Baroda declared its first innings closed on 575 for 9. Mumbai, in its second innings, is on 102 for 4, trailing Baroda by 302 runs. Mumbai was bowled out for 171 in its first innings on the first day. [ Day Two report ]

Group D

Bengal vs Vidarbha : Bengal, following on, is on 86 for 3 in its second innings at stumps on Day Three, 206 runs away from making Vidarbha bat again. [ Day Two report ]

Himachal vs Chhattisgarh : Himachal was bowled out for 167 in its second innings as Chhattisgarh takes an innings win.

Services vs Goa : Goa took a slender first-innings lead of seven runs when its innings closed on 270. Services, at 108 for 3 in its second innings at stumps on Day Three, leads by 115 runs.