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November 24, 2006
Tripura 156 and 129 for 4 lead Jammu & Kashmir 128 (Saha 5-8) by 157 runs
Tushar Saha's magnificent spell of left-arm spin, the best figures by a Tripura bowler, put his side in a commanding position at the end of the second day's play at Agartala. Saha, who ended with a superb 5 for 8 in 10.5 overs, and Vineet Jain (4 for 40) made full use of a lively pitch to reduce J&K from 91 for 4 to 128 all out. Tripura ended the day on a confident 129, with R Bainak, Rasudeb Dutta and SD Chowdhury making handy contributions.
Railways 303 (Yadav 78) and 18 for 1 lead Madhya Pradesh 158 (Yadav 5-61, Bangar 4-35) by 163 runs
Jai Prakash Yadav rocked the top order while Sanjay Bangar ran through the tail as Railways shot out Madhya Pradesh for 158, gaining a 145-run lead. Yadav prised out three quick wickets to leave MP limping at 44 for 4. Syed Abbas Ali put up a fight, stitching together a 69-run stand for the fifth wicket with Amay Khurasia (21) but Yadav trapped him to re-open the floodgates. One run later, Bangar removed Khurasia and proceeded to rip apart the tail as MP folded up meekly.
Assam 288 for 6 (Arunkumar 78, PK Das 50) lead Goa 134 by 154 runs
J Arunkumar's 78 helped Assam strengthen their position at the end of the second day at Guwahati, finishing on 288 for 6 with a lead of 154. Stitching together useful partnerships - of which the 73-run stand between PK Das and Arunkumar was the most prominent - Assam took control. Six of the seven top-order batsmen crossed 20 and though they chose to crawl along at less than three an over, Assam had gained a firm footing in the contest.
Vidarbha 191 for 5 (Fazal 70) trail Kerala 291 by 100 runs
Powered by Faiz Fazal's 70, Vidarbha finished 100 runs in arrears, with five wickets standing, by the end of the second day at Palakkad. Vidarbha were comfortably placed at 132 for 1 when the run out of Alind Naidu sparked of a mini-collapse, losing 3 for 4. However, O Afzal lifted Vidarbha out of trouble with an unbeaten 35. Earlier, Cheruvillil Deepak, overnight on 5, made 41 and steered Kerala to a healthy total.
Orissa 71 for 2 trail Services 346 (Yashpal 154) by 175 runs
Sourabha Sehgal prised out three quick wickets, including centurion Yashpal Singh, as Orissa fought their way back at Cuttack. Services were sitting pretty at 310 for 4 when Sehgal got into the act, removing Sarabjit Singh before inducing Yashpal to edge behind. A cosy 317 for 6 turned to 319 for 8 when Sehgal and Sanjay Satpathy dealt two further blows. Niranjan Behera made an unbeaten 39 to steer Orissa to 71 for 2 at the end of the day.
Himachal Pradesh 286 and 105 for 3 lead Jharkhand 146 (Vardhan 43, Thakur 5-45) by 245 runs
Ashok Thakur, the Himachal Pradesh left-arm seamer, impressed with a five-wicket haul to bundle out Jharkand for 146, giving his side an imposing first-innings lead of 140 on the second day at Dharamsala. Jharkand, after wrapping up the opposition early, lost wickets at regular intervals, with opener Manish Vardhan the only batsman to offer some resistance, scoring 43. Thakur gave his side the upper hand, getting rid of the top order. Himachal got off to a shaky start in their second innings, losing three wickets for 46, but Paras Dogra and Maninder Bisla added an unbeaten 49 till stumps to strengthen their position in the match.
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