Hosts Uttar Pradesh took the vital first innings lead over Services on the penultimate day of the Elite Ranji Trophy Group 'B' match in Lucknow on Sunday.
Resuming on their overnight score of 106 for two, India batsman Suresh Raina departed at his overnight score of 51 on the first ball he faced today. But veteran Rizwan Shamshad scored a brilliant century (110) to put the hosts on top.
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He was ably supported by Ravikant (65), former India player Gyanendra Pandey (69 not out) and tailender A W Zaidi (52 not out), who all smashed the rival bowlers all around the ground, to give UP a lead of 109 runs with one wicket in hand.
At the close of the third day's play, UP were 430 for the loss of nine wickets. Gyanendra and Zaidi contributed an unbeaten 96-runs stand.
Zaidi smashed nine boundaries, while Gyanendra hit six boundaries and a six.
Services (1st innings): 321
UP (1st innings): Overnight 106/2
Rohit Prakash lbw Arun Sharma 16
Jyoti Yadav c Sarbjeet b Fazil Md 02
Suresh Raina b Fazil 51
R Shamshad c sub b Arun 110
Ravikant b Pankaj Kumar 65
Gyanendra Pandey not out 69
Amir Khan lbw Pankaj 04
Piyush Chawla lbw Amrender 29
Praveen Kumar c Sarbjeet b Arun 07
Avinash b Arun 00
Zaidi not out 52
Extras: (b 8, lb 5, nb 9, w 3) 25
Total: (for 9 wkts) 430
Fall of wickets: 1/06, 237, 3/106, 4/253, 5/267, 6/273, 7/309, 8/324, 9/334.
Bowling: Fazil Md 25-3-95-2, Pankaj Kumar 24-7-60-2, A K Mohant 25-6-83-0, Arun Sharma 31-10-116-4, Amrender Singh 15.1-2-63-1