Ranji round-up, Plate Group, 4th round, 4th day December 17, 2004

Joginder bowls Haryana to victory

Cricinfo staff

Plate Group Points Table

Haryana 152 and 230 beat Vidarbha 57 and 286 (Fazal 81, Shitoot 53, Joginder 6-92) by 41 runs

Joginder Sharma tore the Vidarbha batting line-up apart and his six-wicket haul, and 14 in the match, helped Haryana triumph by 41 runs at Nagpur and post their third win of the season. Vidarbha were within striking range of the 328 needed for victory with Faiz Fazal, the opener, anchoring the chase with a fighting half-century. But Fazal's wicket, at 176 for 5, pegged them back and Joginder seized the moment immediately. He snapped up four of the next five wickets to fall and Harshal Shitoot's fighting 53 and baburao Yadav's breezy 33 wasn't enough to reach the target. Joginder finished with 6 for 92.

Jharkhand 268 and 137 for 4 (Rajiv 61*) beat Orissa 110 and 294 (Mullik 60) by 6 wickets

Rajiv Kumar weathered the storm and steered Jharkhand to 137 on the final day at Jamshedpur. Rajiv helped Jharkhand recover from a perilous 24 for 3 with help from Nikhilesh Ranjan and Sunil Kumar. Rajiv was unbeaten on 61, off 142 balls, when the target was reached. With this win, Jharkhand moved to second place in Group A while Orissa's semi-final ambitions suffered a setback.

Goa 198 and 348 drew with Rajasthan 227 and 214 (Saxena 105, Yagnik 55)

Vineet Saxena made 105 as the game between Goa and Rajasthan finished in a draw. Goa's only chance lay in forcing an outright victory but Rajasthan thwarted their bid, making 214 for 5, and collected two points by virtue of the first-innings lead. Saxena, who cracked seven fours and a six, received good support from Dishant Yagnik (55) and the two shared a 137-run stand. Four quick wickets fell in the end of the day, including three to run-outs, but Rajasthan held on to get the better of the stalemate and moved to fourth place in Group B.

Services 422 and 14 for 0 beat Tripura 237 and 196 (Shanbal 79, Sharma 5-67)

Arun Sharma spun Services to a comfortable ten-wicket win over Tripura at Agartala. Sharma, the left-arm spinner, finished with 11 wickets in the match, five of those came in the second innings, as Services leapfrogged to the second spot in Group B. Resuming on 65 for 1 Tripura lost wickets to Sharma and Yashpal Singh (3 for 26) with only Rajashekhar Shanbal, the import from Karnataka, managing a half-century. The Services openers then knocked off the 12 required for victory in just one over.

These matches finished earlier.

Himachal Pradesh 370 beat Jammu & Kashmir 93 and 158 by an innings and 119 runs

Jammu & Kashmir collapsed for just 158 in their second innings as Himachal Pradesh romped to a massive victory at Dharamasala. After crumbling for 93 in the first innings, J&K were given a solid start by their openers, with a 58-run partnership, the second time around. But once they were separated, wickets tumbled at regular intervals and only Manzoor Dar's defiant 43 delayed the inevitable. Vishal Bhatia, the left-arm spinner, snapped up four of the wickets as Himachal cruised into the semi-finals with three rounds still to go.

Saurashtra 260 beat Kerala 117 and 114 by an innings and 29 runs

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.