Ranji Trophy, Plate Group, 2nd round, 3rd day November 19, 2004

Vidarbha triumph in low-scoring game

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Plate Group

Vidarbha 157 and 96 for 3 beat Rajasthan 101 and 151 by 7 wickets

Vidarbha beat Rajasthan by seven wickets at the Vidarbha Ground in Nagpur, securing victory on the third day of a low-scoring game. Amit Deshpande, who scored 34, shared a 53-run stand for the second wicket with Alind Naidu, who remained unbeaten on 33 to see Vidarbha through to the target of 96.

Kerala 215 (Chandrasekhara 63) and 23 for 1 trail Himachal 465 and 187 for 7 dec by 414 runs

Kerala trailed Himachal by 414 runs as they battled to survive at Fort Maidan in Pallakad. They were dismissed for 215 in the first innings, which featured a quick 63 by Koragappa Chandrasekhara, and were 23 for 1 in the second. In between, Himachal declared at 187 for 7 after Tinu Youhannan took 3 for 48.

Goa 244 (Phadke 130) and 16 for 1 trail Services 507 for 5 dec by 247 runs

Mandar Phadke hit a face-saving hundred for Goa, but his effort was not enough to avoid the follow-on. His 130 came off 131 balls and contained 21 fours and a six. The next-highest score was 37. Goa were all out for 244, and were 16 for 1 in the second innings, still 247 behind Services.

Haryana 200 and 118 for 2 (Sharma 50*) lead Tripura 288 (Prasanna 98, Mishra 4-52) by 30 runs

At the Maharaja Bir Bikram College Stadium, Haryana replied strongly after dismissing Tripura for 288, reaching 118 for 2 - a total built on patient knocks by Chetan Sharma (50 not out) and Ishan Ganda, unbeaten on 43. They recovered from a shaky start (13 for 2) to erase Tripura's 88-run lead. Earlier, the bowlers did well to limit Tripura after they had reached 221 for 4. Mishra picked up three of the six wickets to fall, and ended with figures of 4 for 52.