Chhattisgarh rode on half-centuries from Amandeep Khare and Manoj Singh to take a crucial 56 runs first innings lead over Services on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group C encounter, here today. Resuming the day at eight for no loss at the MCA's Bandra-Kurla complex ground, Chhattisgarh were bundled out for 281 in 90.4 overs in response to 225 posted by the Services in their first innings. Chhattisgarh skipper Abhimanyu Chauhan was cleaned by up Services pacer Sachidanand Pandey for a duck without a run being added to the overnight score. While one down Anupam Toppo (21) was caught by keeper Nakul Verma off medium-pacer Diwesh Pathania, Ashotosh Singh, who walked at number 5, also fell cheaply on 13. Amandeep (51 off 112 balls) made a patient half-century hitting six boundaries but eventually was sent back to the pavilion by spinner Vikas Yadav, who trapped him leg before. Chhattisgarh were reeling at five for 159 when Khare departed when stumper Manoj came out to bat and made a quick 67 off just 65 balls with nine boundaries and two sixes to ensure the all-important first innings lead for his side. For Services, Diwesh Pathania grabbed six wickets conceding 78 runs in 27 overs, while Vikas Yadav scalped two wicket. Brief Scores: Services: 225 all out in 85.1 overs vs Chhattisgarh: 281 all out in 90.4 overs (Manoj Singh 67, Amandeep Khare 51; Diwesh Pathania 6/78). Summarised scores of other Group C matches: 1) Andhra vs Goa at Dhanbad Goa: 115 & 276 (Saurabh Bandekar 75, Snehal Kauthankar 61; Hanuma Vihari 3/17). Andhra: 159 & 99 for three in 25 overs (D B Ravi Teja 35 batting, Ricky Bhui 32 not out; Amulaya Pandrekar 2/50). 2) Haryana vs Himachal Pradesh at Valsad Haryana: 401 all out in 132.4 overs (Guntashveer Singh 120, Shubhan Rohilla 64; Kanwar Abhinay 6/84). Himachal Pradesh: 101 for three in 34 overs (Prashant Chopra 33; Poonish Mehta 1/16). 3) Jammu and Kashmir vs Hyderabad at Vadodara Hyderabad: 328 all out in 131.2 overs (Tanmay Agarwal 119; Parvez Rasool 4/63). Jammu and Kashmir: 156 for seven in 46 overs (Parvez Rasool 70; M Ravi Kiran 4/31). 4)Kerala vs Tripura at Cuttack Tripura: 213 & 17 for no loss Kerala: 193 all out in 72.2 overs (Mohammed Azharuddeen 40; M B Mura Singh 4/52).
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