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December 26, 2005
Jharkhand 13 for 1 and 189 (Joglekar 167, Santh 3-38, Suresh 3-29, Nair 3-35) trail Kerala 399 (Robert 59) by 197 runs
Sreesanth rocked the top order, Somasetty Suresh ripped the middle while Sreekumar Nair removed the tail to bundle out Jharkhand for a paltry 189 in their first innings and following on Jharkhand were 13 for 1 at stumps as Kerala gained complete command over the Plate match at Palakkad. Manoj Joglekar offered the lone resistance with an half-century. Earlier Fernandez Robert hit 59 to lift Kerala, overnight at 320 for 6, to 399.
Vidarbha 156 and 184 for 5 (Deshpande 57, Shrivastava 50) lead Tripura 112(Acharya 3-16) by 228 runs
Madhusudan Acharya and Sandeep Singh shared five wickets between them to engineer a stunning collapse as Tripura, well placed overnight at 63 for 1, crumbled to 112 before Vidarbha rode on half-centuries from Amit Deshpande and Alind Naidu to reach 184 for 5, 228 runs ahead, at stumps on the second day at Agartala. Acharya, the offspinner, struck twice off successive deliveries to reduce Tripura to 91 for 6 before Sandeep, the medium pacer, got into act, grabbing two wickets in an over to further push Tripura to 104 for 8. Vidarbha then consolidated their hold on the game through a 107-run partnership for the second wicket between Deshpande and Naidu.
Goa 50 for 3 trail Saurashtra 439 (Pujara 145, Songavkar 80, Kotak 60) by 389 runs
Half-centuries from B Songavkar and Shitanshu Kotak powered Saurashtra, overnight on 269 for 4, to 439 before they reduced Goa to 50 for 3 to dominate the second day's play at Rajkot. Songavkar and Kotak added 92 runs for the sixth wicket after the departure of the overnight centurion Cheteshwar Pujara who added 34 runs today. Sandip Maniar grabbed two wickets to push Goa on the backfoot by close of play.
Rajasthan 172 for 4 trail Assam 240 (Arunkumar 123, Aslam 4-35) by 68 runs
Mohammad Aslam grabbed three wickets to bundle out Assam, overnight at a comfortable 198 for 5, for 240 before Rajasthan batted their way to a position of relative strength at 172 for 4 by the end of the second day's play at Udaipur. J Arunkumar, overnight centurion, took the score to 223 for 5 when he fell triggering a collapse; 5 wickets fell for the addition of 17 runs. Naresh Gehlot, the left-hand middle order batsman, hit an unbeaten 42 to consolidate the Rajasthan innings after the openers had put a 76 run stand.
Jammu & Kashmir 257 for 5 v Madhya Pradesh
Powered by an 119-run stand between Arshad Bhatt and Kavaljit Singh for the third wicket J&K reached 257 for 5 by the end of the opening day against Madhya Pradesh at Indore. While Bhatt's was a breezy effort, 89 off 146 balls with 11 fours and a six, Kavaljit played a patient hand. The duo's efforts were consolidated by an unbeaten 41 from Pranav Mahajan. The match had been postponed by a day since the J&K team had not arrived in time due to flight delay.
Orissa 18 for 0 trail Himachal Pradesh 168 (Gupta 62, Nayyar, 50*, Sehgal 7-39) by 150 runs
S Sehgal starred with an seven-wicket haul as Himachal Pradesh collapsed from 120 for 2 to 168 all out before Orissa reached 18 for 0 at stumps to dominate the opening day's play at Cuttack. Owing to bad weather and problems in flight connectivity the match between Orissa and HP was postponed by a day. Half-centuries from Mridul Gupta and Rajeev Nayyar had lifted HP to a comfortable position before Sehgal got into the act.
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