Dogra cracks double ton as HP take command against Services

Naduan: Paras Dogra cracked a double ton as Himachal Pradesh scored 544 for six declared to take a massive first innings lead over Services on the third day of their Group C Ranji Trophy encounter here on Sunday.

Himachal then reduced the visitors to 46 for two in their second essay when stumps were drawn. Pratik Desai (not out on 26) and Anshul Gupta, yet to open his account, were in the middle.

Starting the day at 252 for two, HP reached 540 plus runs before declaring the innings in response to Services` first innings total of 312.

The right-handed Dogra was well supported by Amit Kumar who missed a well-deserved century by just nine runs.

Hemanth Kumar was the first one to go without adding any runs to his overnight total of 29. However, his dismissal had little effect on the hosts as Dogra and Amit Kumar combined together to raise 110 for the fourth wicket before the latter fell to leg spinner Muzzaffaruddin Khalid.

Dogra (210) was the next one to go, but not before helping his team cross 500-run mark. His 334-ball stay at the crease was laced with 25 fours and one six.

Services, meanwhile, started their second innings positively raising 42 runs for the first wicket before Rishi Dhawan struck twice to dismiss Soomik Chaterjee and Shadab Nazar of successive deliveries to leave the visitors trailing by 186 runs with eight wickets in hand at the close of the day.

Brief Scores:

Services: 312 & 46 for two in 15 overs (Pratik Desai not out 26; Rishi Dhawan 25/2).

Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 544 for six dec in 153 overs (Paras Dogra 210, Amit Kumar 91; Muzzaffaruddin Khalid 182/4).


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