Aware's triple strike gives Goa the advantage
Tripura 141 for 5 (Sachdev 51) v Goa
Avinash Aware's triple strike restricted Tripura to 141 for 5 to give the advantage to Goa by the end of the opening day's play at Margoa. Rajesh Banik and Sujit Roy, the Tripura openers, had pushed the score along to 40 when Aware struck twice off successive deliveries. He first trapped Banik lbw and then removed the next man in Subal Chowdhury in a similar fashion. Chetan Sachdev was the lone Tripura batsman to offer some resistance.
Rajasthan 240 for 4 (Kanwat 61, Yagnik 51*, Jadeja 37*) v Kerala
An unbroken 82-run partnership between Dishant Yagnik and Ajay Jadeja, the captain, lifted Rajasthan to a commanding 240 for 4 against Kerala at the close of play at Jaipur. Earlier Rahul Kanwat stroked a fine 61 to lay the foundation for a big first- innings score. Sreekumar Nair, the Kerala captain, tried eight bowlers on a day where Rajasthan batsmen applied themselves admirably to grind out the attack.
Jharkhand 258 for 6 (Vardhan 76, Ratan Kumar 50) v Madhya Pradesh
Anand Rajan, Madhya Pradesh's opening bowler, struck thrice as Jharkhand slipped from a comfortable 149 for 1 to 258 for 6 by the end of the opening day at Indore. Half-centuries from Manish Vardhan and Ratan Kumar, the openers, had lifted Jharkhand to 110 when Rajan, the debutant who honed his fast-bowling skills at the MRF pace Foundation in Chennai, trapped Ratan Kumar in front. At close, Jharkhand's hopes of a big first innings score rested on the shoulders of Ghosh (36 not out) who added an unbroken 47-run partnership with Rajiv Kumar.
Orissa 271 for 3 (SS Das 79, Patel 88) v Vidarbha
A 147-run opening partnership between Shiv Sunder Das and P Patel lifted Orissa, opting to bat first, to a comfortable 271 for 3 against Vidarbha at the end of opening day's play in the third-round Ranji Plate match at Nagpur. Subit Biswal (41 not out) and Pravanjan Mullick put together an unbroken 57-run stand to ensure Orissa didn't waste the Das-Patel laid platform.
Jammu & Kashmir 172 for 2 (Taggar 73, Bhatt 55) v Assam
Vikrant Taggar and Arshad Bhatt hit half centuries as Jammu & Kashmir, choosing to bat first, plodded along at a tedious rate to reach 172 for 2 against Assam at close of the opening day at Guwahati. Zakaria Zuffri, the Assam captain, deployed eight bowlers but couldn't disturb the patience of the batsmen. Taggar in particular was extremely cautious, his unbeaten 73 coming off 297 balls as he steered J&K to a position of strength.
Saurashtra v Himachal Pradesh Play to be rescheduled following political problems within the Himachal Pradesh camp.