Hyderabad is set to win the Ranji Trophy Super League match against Andhra Pradesh as they require only 18 runs with four wickets in hand on the final day.
Andhra added a mere 55 runs to its overnight score of 72 for 6, with Y Gnaneswara Rao (61) putting up a brave fight even as the other batsmen returned to the pavillion for single digit scores. B Sumanth (28) was the only exception.
Hyderabad bowler MP Arjun who destroyed the Andhra batting with his superb haul of six wickets claimed one more wicket on Tuesday. SM Shoaib claimed two wickets for 23 runs.
Chasing a victory target of 155 runs, Hyderabad made 137 for the loss of 6 wickets with S Anoop Pai and captain Arjun Yadav scoring 53 and 43 respectively.
However, other top order batsmen of the host team failed to make a mark as Andhra's P Vijay Kumar and D Kalyankrishna took two wickets each.
Hyderabad now need 18 runs to win the match with four wickets remaining.
A Shinde (1) and Pragyan Ojha (1) were at the crease when the stumps were drawn.
Scorecard:Andhra (1st innings): 159
Hyderabad (1st innings): 132
Andhra (2nd innings, overnight 72/6):
H Watekar lbw b Arjun 4
L Reddy b Arjun 9
A Varma b Arjun 0
A Pradeep b Arjun 0
G Shankar Rao c Ahmed b Arjun 0
M Prasad b Arjun 9
Y Gnaneswara Rao c Prince b A Yadav 61
B Sumanth lbw b Shoaib 28
M Faiq c Ahmed b Shoaib 5
D Kalyanakrishna lbw b Arjun 1
P Vijay Kumar (not out) 2
Extras: (b 1, lb 4, nb 3) 8
Total: (all out in 47.5 overs) 127Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-8, 3-8, 4-8, 5-24, 6-29, 7-91, 8-97, 9-104, 10-127Bowling: S Shoaib 15-7-23-2, M Arjun 17-5-56-7, D Manohar 5-1-8-0, A Yadav 5.5-0-21-1, P Ojha 4-0-13-0, A Shinde 4-1-1-0Hyderabad (2nd innings):
D Manohar lbw b Kalyankrishna 4
D Ravi Teja c Prasad b G Rao 23
D Prince lbw b Kalyankrishna 0
S Shoaib c Prasad b Vijay Kumar 7
A Yadav c Sumanth b Shankara Rao 43
S Pai b Vijay Kumar 53
A Shinde not out 1
P Ojha not out 1
Extras: (b 1, w 2, nb 2) 5
Total: (for 6 wickets in 59 overs) 137Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-13, 3-35, 4-35, 5-128, 6-136Bowling: D Kalyankrishna 15-4-34-2, P Vijay Kumar 17-4-44-2, G Shankara Rao 9-2-15-1, Y Gnaneswara Rao 8-4-12-1, H Watekar 5-0-18-0, A Varma 2-1-1-0, M Faiq 3-0-12-0