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December 15, 2012
Haryana 32 for 1 trail Uttar Pradesh 227 (Alam 52, Raina 49, M Sharma 5-47) by 125 runs
Haryana's Mohit Sharma moved one wicket behind leader Sandeep Sharma of Punjab with his third five-for of the season, against Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow. Haryana asked UP to bat and Mohit made the initial breakthroughs, sending back the openers for not much. The allrounder Joginder Sharma marked his return following an accident last year by having Mohammad Kaif caught behind to reduce UP to 63 for 3. Suresh Raina (49) and Parvinder Singh (32) staged a mini-recovery before Harshal Patel dismissed the duo. Mohit cleaned up the tail to finish with 5 for 47 as UP were bowled out for 227. Ankit Rajpoot sent back Abhimanyu Khod in the fourth over of Haryana's innings which closed on 32 for 1 at stumps.
Baroda 191 for 9 (Rayudu 54, Vahora 45*, Mahesh 5-25) v Tamil Nadu
Yo Mahesh was another quick bowler who picked up a five-for but Baroda's last-wicket pair salvaged the innings to some extent against Tamil Nadu. The hosts were sent in to bat on a Moti Bagh pitch which aided seam movement and lost regular wickets to be limping on 128 for 9 at one stage. Ambati Rayudu, the Baroda captain, was the only specialist batsman to make a score of note, his 54 taking Baroda past 100. The Nos 10 and 11, Murtuja Vahora and Bhargav Bhatt, added 63 runs in a stand stretching over 21 overs to take Baroda towards 200.
Delhi 60 for 3 trail Maharashtra 196 (Bawne 58, Mundhe 42, Narwal 3-35) by 136 runs
Delhi's five-man all-seam attack ran through the Maharashtra line-up at the Roshanara Club ground. Sumit Narwal led with three strikes while Pawan Suyal and Pradeep Sangwan picked up two each after Delhi chose to bowl. Ankit Bawne was the only man to get a half-century while Shrikant Mundhe contributed 42 down the order. Samad Fallah produced two beauties to get rid of Unmukt Chand and Mohit Sharma cheaply when Delhi came out to bat after tea. Shikhar Dhawan, the Delhi captain, ran himself out attempting a tight single and it was left to Mithun Manhas and Vaibhav Rawal to carry Delhi to 60 for 3 by stumps.
Karnataka 308 for 2 (Rahul 145, Gautam 129*) v Vidarbha
Lokesh Rahul, the former India Under-19 batsman, made his maiden first-class century in Mysore as Karnataka posted a commanding 308 for 2 against Vidarbha. The wicketkeeper CM Gautam made the most of a promotion in the order to get a hundred himself. Karnataka shrugged off an indifferent beginning as Rahul and Gautam put on an unbroken 256 for the third wicket. Vidarbha, who used as many as nine bowlers, were left to rue their decision to field. Both batsmen came together after Robin Uthappa and Ganesh Satish fell cheaply. The duo scored at similar rates and put Karnataka on top.
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