Hyderabad in complete control
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Jammu and Kashmir find itself in a tight corner after Hyderabad reduced the hosts to 198 for six in their first innings in reply to the visiting team's mammoth 514 for eight declared at stumps on the third and penultimate day of a Group C Ranji Trophy match in Jammu on Tuesday.
Bandeep Singh scored a strokeful 58 for J&K which came off 82 deliveries and was laced with 10 hits to the fence.
Skipper Parvez Rasool made a breezy 24 off 17 balls with the help of three fours and one six before he was cleaned up by left-arm spinner Mehdi Hasan (3/55), who was the pick of Hyderabad bowlers.
At the close of play, Hardeep Singh (32 batting) and Samiullah Beigh (30 batting) were at the crease. The duo so far stitched an unbeaten 57-run stand for the seventh wicket after J&K were tottering at 141 for six at one stage.
A improbable task awaits J&K on the final day tomorrow as in order to avoid conceding the vital first innings lead to Hyderabad, the hosts still need to score 316 runs with just four wickets in hand.
Apart from Hasan, medium pacer M Ravi Kiran picked up two wickets giving away 32 runs.
Earlier resuming their first innings at 341 for four, D B Ravi Teja (179) added 26 runs to his overnight score before his marathon knock was cut short by Rasool, stumped by Obaid Haroon.
But Amol Shinde smashed an attacking 97 off 104 balls to take Hyderabad forward.
Shinde struck as many as 13 boundaries during his knock before becoming Rasool's victim.
Rasool shone with the ball for J&K picking up four wickets for 99 runs.
Behera hits 4th successive ton but Gujarat retain upper hand
Natraj Behera scored his fourth successive century but Odisha could reach just 345 for eight at the end of the third day's play, even as Gujarat remained favourites to take the first innings lead in their Ranji Trophy Group A match in Motera on Tuesday.