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December 16, 2004
Mumbai 467 beat Gujarat 232 and 171 (Bahutule 5-52) by an innings and 64 runs
Sairaj Bahutule spun out Gujarat in quick time on the final day as Mumbai ran away to an innings-and-64-run win. It took just 25.2 overs for Gujarat to be wiped out as Bahutule and Ramesh Powar, the offspinner, claimed seven wickets between them. Mukund Parmar, the Gujarat captain, and Parthiv Patel couldn't bat because of injury. Gujarat had struggled in the first innings as well with Powar being the tormentor in chief. Barring Parthiv Patel, who made a gritty 87 on the first day, none of the Gujarat batsmen passed 50 in either innings.
Andhra Pradesh 188 and 193 for 6 (Gnaneswara 63) beat Bengal 234 and 144 by 4 wickets
Gnaneswara Rao steered Andhra to a tense four-wicket win against Bengal at Vishakapatnam. Chasing 191 on the final day, Andhra rode on Gnaneswara's 63, which included eight fours and a six. There were handy contributions from Prasad Reddy, the wicketkeeper, and Venugopal Rao, Gnaneswara's elder brother. Ranedeb Bose, the Bengal opening bowler, claimed three wickets and reduced them to 143 for 5, but RV Ch Prasad joined Venugopal and the two took Andhra to their first win of the season.
Hyderabad 246 and 221 beat Uttar Pradesh 325 and 120 (NP Singh 5-51) by 22 runs
Narender Pal Singh bowled Hyderbad to a thrilling 22-run win over Uttar Pradesh at the Gymkhana Ground in Hyderabad. Chasing just 143 for a win, UP faltered against the medium-pace of Singh and Vishnuvardhan, and collapsed for 120 in 36.3 overs. Suresh Raina's breezy 36 gave the innings a much-needed surge, but the rest of the middle order couldn't chip in with enough. Ali Hameed and Ashish Winston Zaidi got UP close, but neither could clinch the issue as UP fell 22 just runs short.
Railways 373 and 82 for 4 drew with Madhya Pradesh 207 and 303 (Bundela 98, Parida 8-68)
Kulamani Parida's eight-wicket haul gave Railways a great chance but their batsmen couldn;t manage the 138 required as the game at Indore finished in a draw. Parida, the offspinner, knocked over all the MP batsmen to fall today to finish with 8 for 68. But Devendra Bundela, with a fighting 98, managed to eat up valuable time before being the last man to be dismissed with a lead of 137. Railways began in rollicking fashion, racing to 32 in just the fifth over, but a few quick wickets pegged them back and they finally fell 56 short of victory and had to settle for two points from the game, by virtue of their first-innings lead.
Tamil Nadu 244 and 408 for 9 (Sharath 112, Badrinath 97) drew with Punjab 218
Tamil Nadu didn't push for an outright victory on the final day against Punjab at Chennai and were content to take away first-innings honours from the top-of-the-table clash. Sreedharan Sharath (112) and Subramaniam Badrinath (97) added 163 for the fourth wicket, and collected some useful batting practice as the game petered out to a tame draw. Rajesh Sharma and Navdeep Singh picked up three wickets apiece for Punjab but it was too late to force the issue.
Karnataka 292 and 201 for 7 (Rowland 76) drew with Delhi 427 for 7 dec and 115 for 1 dec (Chopra 66*)
Delhi were denied their first victory of the season as the Karnataka lower order resisted on the final evening at the Jamia Millia Ground in Delhi. After gaining a 135-run lead, Delhi raced to 115 in only 18 overs in their second innings. Aakash Chopra led the charge with a 61-ball 66, and Delhi declared 250 ahead. Karnataka were in the hunt at 134 for 3, with Barrington Rowland anchoring the chase, but he fell at that point and the lower order ensured that a defeat was averted.
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