Jamshedpur, Dec 8: A brilliant 67 by opener Manish Vardhan and his valuable partnership of 61 runs with S P Gautam (27) helped Jharkhand score 204 in their second innings on the penultimate day of the four-day plate group Ranji Trophy match against Goa at Keenan Stadium here today.
At stumps, Goa scored 62 for one with their opener Reyan D'souza batting at 28 and Vidyadhar Kamat on 30, needing another 172 runs for an outright win with nine wickets in hand. Jharkhand had scored 218 runs in their first innings and then restricted Goa for 189 to earn a 29-run first innings lead.
Earlier, resuming at 42 for no loss, openers Vardhan and Rameez Nemat added 16 runs more in the home team's kitty before Goa's strike bowler Robin D'souza struck to claim the later caught off S Bandekar. Nemat, who was on 23 overnight, made 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) returning cheaply.
Middle-order batsman S P Gautam, who walked in after Jaggi's dismissal, stared off confidently and faced Goa's seam-spin attack to stitch a 61-run partnership with Vardhan.