Ranji Trophy round-up, Plate Group, 4th day January 5, 2006

Jain bowls Tripura to historic win

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Tripura 163 and 203 (Dutta 71) beat Himachal Pradesh 80 and 156 (Jain 7-29) by 130 runs

Vineet Jain and Timir Chanda grabbed two wickets apiece to bowl out Himachal Pradesh for 156 to register a historic first win for Tripura in the Plate encounter at Agartala. This win ends a drought of 21 years; Tripura played their first Ranji game in the 1985-86 season. Jain removed Rajeev Nayyar, the overnight batsman, in the third over of the day before Chanda got rid of the next two batsmen. Appropriately, the final historic blow involved the two Tripura heroes of the game. Jain, who finished with a seven-wicket haul, combined with Rajib Dutta, who had earlier made a valiant 71 to set up a big target, to remove Rajinder Thakur and usher in their first victory.