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Wisden Cricinfo staff
November 19, 2004
Madhya Pradesh 255 and 222 (Bundela 139*, Kulkarni 5-55) drew with Mumbai 233 and 81 for 4 (Pandey 4-20)
In what was one of the early season surprises, Mumbai conceded two points to newly promoted Madhya Pradesh at the Wankhede Stadium. Devendra Bundela's battling 139 on the final day thwarted Mumbai's hopes of forcing an outright victory. Madhya Pradesh were staring at defeat on the third afternoon when they were reduced to 13 for 4, having gained a slender lead of 22 runs. But Bundela was supported ably by the lower order as he inched towards his 11th first-class hundred. Sanjay Pandey, the No. 11, stayed with him for more than a session and Mumbai were left with just 33 overs to chase the target of 245. Although they made an effort to go for the target, they were thwarted by defensive fields and never had a chance once wickets started falling at regular intervals.
Tamil Nadu 353 drew with Uttar Pradesh 136 and 157 for 8
Uttar Pradesh held on for a tense draw at Lucknow as Tamil Nadu finished with just two points from their second game of the season. Ramakrishnan Ramkumar, the left-arm spinner, had given Tamil Nadu a great chance of a thumping victory as UP were forced to follow on on the third day. But Ramkumar and his team-mates managed to snap up just eight wickets in the UP second innings and had to be content with first-innings honours.
Gujarat 330 and 307 for 4 (Timil Patel 78*, Niraj Patel 70, Akash Christian) drew with Karnataka 272 and 156 for 7 (Trivedi 6-52)
The Karnataka tailenders defied Gujarat and managed to hold on for a draw on the final day at Bangalore. Needing to play out 38 overs, Karnataka were rocked by Siddharth Trivedi, the medium-pacer, and were reduced to 24 for 5 within the first seven overs. But a gritty 46 from Thilak Naidu took them to safety as they managed to limit the damage to just two points to Gujarat. Earlier in the day, two Patels had helped to extend Gujarat's lead as Timil (78 not out) and Niraj (70) shared a 126-run stand. And a third Patel - Parthiv - then contributed a quick 37 as Gujarat declared on 307 for 4.
Punjab 422 beat Assam 213 and 158 (Gagandeep 6-26) by an innings and 51 runs
It took just six overs this morning for Punjab to wrap up their game against Assam at Amritsar. Gagandeep Singh, the medium pacer, finished with 12 wickets in the match as Punjab registered their first win of the season. Navdeep Singh and Rajesh Sharma ended up with two wickets apiece.
Railways 348 and 217 for 6 dec (Pagnis 89) drew with Bengal 255 and 212 for 5 (Shukla 65, Arindam 60)
Arindam Das and Laxmi Ratan Shukla helped Bengal hang on for a draw against Railways at the Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi. Railways extended their lead to 310 this morning and were left with almost the entire day to wrap up Bengal's second innings. However, they had to be content with just two points from the game as the Bengal batsmen doggedly resisted. Das used up 241 balls for his 60 while Shukla made a cheerful 65, with nine fours and a six, at the end of the day.
Delhi 491 drew with Andhra 311 and 152 for 5 (MSK Prasad 71*)
MSK Prasad, the former Indian wicketkeeper, helped Andhra secure a draw and deny Delhi an outright victory at the Roshanara Club in Delhi. After being asked to follow-on Andhra lost only five wickets in their second innings as Prasad's patient 71 held it together. With this result, Delhi have four points from their first two games while Andhra have two, with a clash against defending champions Mumbai next week.
Baroda 446 and 189 for 1 (Parab 100*, Powar 64*) drew with Maharashtra 387 (Marathe 110, Mohan 101, Pawar 5-79)
Satyajit Parab helped himself to his second hundred of the match as Baroda got the better of the draw in their game against Maharashtra at Pune. Maharashtra resumed at 328 for 4 this morning, still needing 119 runs to gain first-innings points. Dhruv Mohan, batting on 87 overnight, managed to reach his first hundred in first-class cricket but Rajesh Pawar, the left-arm spinner, brought Baroda back into the game. The last five wickets fell for just 28 runs and Baroda picked up two valuable points from the match. Kiran Powar (64 not out) and Parab then got some useful batting practice in the middle as the game meandered to a draw.
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