Ranji round-up, Plate Group, 4th round, 2nd day December 15, 2004

Joginder decimates Vidarbha, Kerala lose heavily

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Haryana 154 and 208 for 8 lead Vidarbha 57 (Joginder 8-24) by 305 runs
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Joginder Sharma celebrated his inclusion in the Indian one-day squad with a burst that decimated the Vidarbha batting line-up at Nagpur. Joginder's 8 for 24, his best figures in first-class cricket, skittled Vidarbha out for just 57 with only one batsman, Amit Deshpande, managing to reach double figures. Haryana were 208 for 8 in their second innings and all but assured of a massive victory.

Saurashta 260 beat Kerala 117 and 114 by an innings and 29 runs
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Kerala suffered a humiliating innings-and-29-run defeat after being bowled out for 114 in their second innings at Palghat. Having collapsed for 117 on the first day, Kerala conceded a 143-run lead as all the Saurashtra batsmen chipped in with valuable contributions. S Jobanputra's breezy 44 was one of the highlights before he accounted for both the Kerala openers with the ball. His partner with the new ball, S Maniar, finished with 4 for 33 as Kerala were shot out in 41.5 overs.

Orissa 110 and 84 for 1 trail Jharkhand 268 (Dhoni 128) by 74 runs
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Orissa fought back through their medium pacers and trailed by just 74, with eight wickets in hand, at the end of the second day at Jamshedpur. Debasis Mohanty, Deepak Mangaraj and Pinninti Jayachandra snapped up all the wickets between them as Jharkhand lost their last eight wickets for a mere 100 runs. Mahendra Singh Dhoni added only 15 more to his overnight 113 and Jharkhand's lead was kept down to 158. Orissa reduced the deficit to 74 by stumps with Shiv Sundar Das still unbeaten on 27.

Jammu & Kashmir 93 and 58 for 1 trail Himachal Pradesh 370 (Bisla 113, Sangram 101, Mannu 74, Nabi 6-91) by 219 runs
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Maninder Bisla and Sangram Singh cracked hundreds as Himachal Pradesh tightened their stranglehold against Jammu & Kashmir at Dharmasala. Their 125-run partnership built a solid foundation before Bisla and Ajay Mannu, who made 74, stretched the lead. Abid Nabi, the J&K opening bowler, mopped up the tail and finished with 6 for 91 but Himachal managed a comfortable 270-run lead. J&K were 58 for 1 in response and staring at a heavy defeat.

Goa 198 and 74 for 1 lead Rajasthan 227 (Aware 5-57) by 45 runs
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Avinash Aware and Sher Yadav got Goa back into the contest as they restricted Rajasthan to 227 in their first innings at Jaipur. Rajasthan were in a comfortable position at 162 for 3 before being pegged back by Aware's medium pace and Yadav's left-arm spin. Rajasthan managed to take the lead thanks to Rahul Kanwat's unbeaten 46. Goa were 74 for 1 in reply when stumps were drawn.

Services 192 for 2 (Narender 52, Jasvir 50*) trail Tripura 237 (Prasanna 100, Sharma 6-72) by 45 runs
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Arun Sharma's six-wicket haul restricted Tripura to 237 before the Services batsmen seized the initiative on the second day at Agartala. Ramaswamy Prasanna, an import from Tamil Nadu, completed his debut hundred but Sharma, the left-arm spinner, cleaned up the tail to give Services the edge. The three Singhs then made vital contributions with the bat - Narender and Jasvir reached fifties while Yashpal was unbeaten on a patient 40.