Plate Group, 3rd Round, 1st day December 5, 2004

Tripura bundled out for 108

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Rajasthan 50 for 1 trail Tripura 108 by 58 runs

The Rajasthan bowlers justified their captain's decision to field first and shot Tripura out for just 108 on the opening day at Jaipur. Over the last two seasons, the KL Saini Ground has produced some low-scoring contests and none of the Tripura batsmen even crossed 20. S Mathur, the opening bowler, finished with 3 for 28 while the rest of the wickets were shared between the other four bowlers. Rajasthan were 50 for 1 at the end of the day with Dishant Yagnik unbeaten on 30.

Himachal Pradesh 230 for 4 (Sangram 99*, Mannu 50*) v Orissa

Sangram Singh carried on his great form this season as his unbeaten 99 helped Himachal Pradesh reach 230 for 4 at the end of the first day at Dharmasala. Choosing to bat first on their homeground, Himachal were in early trouble with both their openers gone in the first four overs. But Sangram stitched together partnerships with the rest of the middle order and an unbeaten 118-run stand with Ajay Mannu gave them the edge. Mannu was unbeaten on 50 when stumps were drawn.

Haryana 232 (Chetan 88, Shafiq 85*) v Services

Chetan Sharma and Shafiq Khan made patient 80s as Haryana overcame a jittery start at the Palam A Ground in Delhi. Fazil Mohammad, the medium-pacer, snapped up two wickets early in the day and finished the day with a four-wicket haul, but a steady 136-run stand between Sharma and Shafiq bailed Haryana out of the hole. Joginder Sharma, who was recently selected in the Indian one-day squad, was unbeaten on 4 at the end of the day.

Goa 299 for 6 (Asnodkar 101, Phadke 88)) v Vidarbha

Shami Asnodkar cracked a crucial hundred as Goa finished on 299 for 6 on the first day against Vidarbha at Margao. On a day when Goa lost wickets at regular intervals, it was left to Asnodkar and Mandar Phadke to play the revival role. Phadke, who has been in fine form this season, made a composed 88 with the help of 11 fours.