Dhanbad: Tripura placed themselves in a strong position to force a win over Jharkhand as they piled on 362 all out in their first innings before their bowlers reduced the home side to 127 for 5 at close of third day in their Ranji Trophy cricket match here today.
Resuming the penultimate day at 227 for six, Tripura added another 135 runs today with overnight batsmen Abhijit Dey (65) and Kaushal Acharjee (61) hitting half centuries.
Captain Dey and Acharjee shared 111 runs for the seventh wicket as Tripura took a 220-run first innings lead.
Dey consumed 204 balls for his 65 which he made with the help of seven boundaries while Acharjee's 61 came from 133 balls and was studded with six fours and a six.
For Jharkhand, Shahbaz Nadeem grabbed four wickets for 68 while Samar Quadri got three wickets.
In their second innings, Jharkhand top order crumbled as the home side were reduced to 41 for four in the 15th over before Ishank Jaggi and Kumar Deobrat (45) stitched 75 runs together for the five wicket to do a bit of repair work.
At the draw of stumps, Jaggi was batting on 32 while Kaushal Singh was giving him company on nine.
Jharkhand now trail by 93 runs with just five second innings wickets in hand.
Jharkhand: 142 and 127 for 5 in 41 overs (Kumar Deobrat 45, Ishank Jaggi 32 batting; Manisankar Murasingh 2/26, Abhijit Sarkar 2/33).
Tripura: 362 all out in 152.4 overs (Abhijit Dey 65, Kaushal Acharjee 61; Shahbaz Nadeem 4/68).