Jamshedpur: A brilliant 67 runs by opener Manish Vardhan and his valuable partnership of 61 runs with S P Gautam (27) helped host Jharkhand to score 204 in their second innings on the penultimate day of the four-day plate group Ranji Trophy match against Goa at Keenan Stadium on Thursday.
At stumps, Goa scored 62 runs for one with their opener Reyan D?souza batting at 28 (4x4) and Vidyadhar Kamat on 30 (4x4) needing another 172 runs for an outright win with nine wickets at hand.
Jharkhand had scored 218 runs in their first innings and then restricted Goa for 189 to earn 29 run first innings lead.
Earlier resuming at 42 for no loss, openers Vardhan and Rameez Nemat added 16 runs more in the host team’s kitty before Goa’s strike bowler Robin D?souza struck to claim the later caught off S. Bandekar.
Nemat, who was unbeaten at 23 overnight, notched 30 studded with two fours.
Vardhan, who was well settled at the other end, resisted the opponent’s attack as the wickets kept tumbling at regular interval with Ratan Kumar (0), in-form Ishank Jaggi (7) returned cheaply.
Middle-order S P Gautam, who walked in after Jaggi’s dismissal, stared off confidently and faced the Goa’s seam-spin attack to stich a 61 run partnership with Vardhan.
Gautam misread a raising delivery off Sher Bahadur Yadav only to see the bails uprooted. Vardhan followed the suit soon as he edged a catch to S.Bandekar off spinner Amit Yadav, who returned with rich haul of five for 39.
Deepak Chougule chipped in with unbeaten 38 studded with six boundaries off 88-balls.
Robin D’souza and Sher Bahadur Yadav shared two wickets apiece.
Chasing a target of 234 runs for an outright victory, Goa received an early setback in their second knock when their opener Anup Kolambkar returned for a duck in the very first over.
Jharkhand strike bowler S S Rao had him bowled in the fifth delivery of the first over.