Ganguly and Das shine for Bengal
An opening stand of 159 between Subhomoy Das and Sourav Ganguly guided Bengal to a nine-wicket win over Jharkhand at Dhanbad. Ganguly was dismissed for 72, but Das went on to score 126 not out off 139 balls. Jharkhand's 245 for 9 was built around an unbeaten from Rajiv Kumar, with Ganguly, Shib Paul and Saurasish Lahiri each taking two wickets.
Tripura clinched a low-scoring affair against Assam at Dhanbad by five wickets thanks to the steady hand of Manoj Singh (44). Winning the toss and electing to field, Tripura dismissed Assam for just 123 in 46.1 overs with Vinit Jain (3 for 33) and Timir Chandra (3 for 25) rocking the top order. Left reeling at 46 for 7, Assam recovered somewhat thanks to Anand Katti's dour 29 from 89 deliveries, but in the end a total of 123 proved too little. S Tarafdar gave Tripura a run for their money initially, taking 4 for 41before they reached home in the 44th over.
Hemang Badani's 109 and tight bowling from Tamil Nadu's bowlers saw them clinch a 66-run win over Hyderabad. Consuming just 77 deliveries in his thrilling innings - complete with seven sixes - Badani took TN to a commanding 264 before Ganapathi Vignesh and Sridharan Sriram picked up key wickets to rout Hyderabad for 198 in 45.3 overs. Badani also picked up the wicket of top-scorer D Vinay Kumar (58) as TN swept the hosts aside. The win, the third in-a-row for TN, gave them 14 points from three matches. It was Hyderabad's third consecutive loss.
Chandrashekar Raghu's second hundred of the tournament and four wickets from Vinay Kumar powered Karnataka to a 66-run win over Andhra Pradesh and helped record their third straight win to pick 14 points from three matches. at Secunderabad. Batting first, Karnataka's total of 273 was centered around Raghu's 110 from 92 deliveries and Robin Uthappa's 54 at the top of the innings. In response, Andhra never really got off the blocks as strikes from Kumar left them struggling at 28 for 3. Venugopal Rao, the Andhra captain, hit 72 to try and lead a fightback but was unable to sustain it due to a lack of partners at the other end.
Vasudevan Jagadeesh's unbeaten 52 and a breezy 41 not-out from Sreekumar Nair saw Kerala romp home by seven wickets against Goa at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Dismissed for 175 - with only Swapnil Asnodkar (56) and Robin D'Souza (46*) offering any resistance - Goa struggled to contain Asnodkar, Nair and a rampaging PV Manikandan, who smashed 40 from 24, as Kerala claimed victory in the 37th over. Prasanth Chandran (2 for 34) and Nair (2 for 33) were the prime wicket-takers for Kerala.