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Wisden Cricinfo staff
November 19, 2004
Services 507 for 5 dec drew with Goa 244 and 269 for 4 (Phadke 125*, Kolambkar 72)
Mandar Phadke completed his second century of the game as Goa hung on for a draw at the Palam A Stadium in Delhi. On the final day, he was well supported by Vivek Kolambkar (72) and their 98-run stand took Goa towards safety after they were forced to follow on. After amassing 507 in their first innings, Services had to be content with just two points from the game.
Haryana 200 and 437 for 5 (Ganda 142, Joginder 139, Chetan 116) drew with Tripura 288
Three Haryana batsmen piled on hundreds on the final day but Tripura came away with two points at the end of the game at Agartala. Haryana had collapsed for just 200 in their first innings and their only chance was to try and force an outright victory. Instead they chose to get some useful batting practice as Ishan Ganda, Chetan Sharma and Joginder Sharma cracked centuries.
Himachal Pradesh 465 and 187 for 7 dec drew with Kerala 215 and 290 for 6 (Oasis 82*, Nair 62)
Sunil Oasis helped Kerala save the game at Palaghat as Himachal Pradesh had to settle for first-innings points. Oasis shared a vital 60-run stand with Sreekumar Nair (62) as they thwarted the HP's bid to force an outright victory.
Saurashtra 274 and 279 for 6 (Kotak 98, Bhatt 93) drew with Bihar 358 for 9 dec
Sitanshu Kotak and Prakash Bhatt missed out on centuries but helped Saurashtra draw the game against Bihar at Rajkot. Trailing by 84, Saurashtra were precariously placed at 82 for 4 at one stage. But a 179-run stand between Kotak and Bhatt prevented a collapse and Bihar had to be content with just two points as the game petered out to a draw.
This game finished earlier
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.
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