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November 26, 2006
Railways 303 and 120 beat Madhya Pradesh 158 and 251 (Mishra 87, Yadav 4-38) by 14 runs Scorecard
Railways prevailed in a exciting contest at the Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi scampering home by 14 runs against Madhya Pradesh. A comprehensive win was on the cards as Madhya Pradesh lost their ninth wicket at 181, still needing another 85, but a fighting stand between Sunil Dholpure (53) and Anand Rajan (17*) gave Railways a scare. Earlier, Madhya Pradesh's chances hinged around Monish Mishra, who fell for 87, trapped leg before by Sanjay Bangar with the score at 179 for 7. Jai Prakash Yadav rounded off a sound allround performance, picking up four wickets, finishing with a match haul of 9 for 99 and a half century to boot.
Kerala 291 and 277 for 6 (Ramesh 60, Fernandez 72, Nair 58*) drew with Vidarbha 346
The match between Kerala and Vidarbha ended in a stalemate as Kerala chose to bat out the last day to finish at 277 for 6. Sadagoppan Ramesh, overnight on 49, scored 60, while Robert Fernandez and captain Sreekumar Nair helped themselves to half centuries, with Nair and Fernandez adding 101 for the fourth wicket. Akshay Wakhare, the offspinner, picked up two wickets.
Services 346 and 37 for 0 drew with Orissa 399 (Mohanty 97, Das 86)
Debasis Mohanty fell three short of what would have been his first first-class century, as Orissa gained first-innings points against Services Cuttack. Mohanty hung around till the end as his side were bowled out for 399, 53 ahead of Services' total. He added 161 for the seventh wicket with H Das before Das fell at 312, and his last-wicket stand of 73 with Kuldeep Sharma gave Orissa the lead. Fazil Mohammed and AK Mohanty were the most effective bowlers for Services, taking three wickets each.
Tripura 156 and 259 beat Jammu and Kashmir 128 and 155 (Nabi 37*, Jain 5-40)
Seamer Vineet Jain bowled Tripura to their first ever outright win in the Ranji Trophy, beating Jammu and Kashmir by 132 runs at Agartala. Chasing 288, Jammu and Kashmir never recovered from their overnight position at 88 for 4, as Jain made early inroads, reducing the opposition to 98 for 8. He finished with 5 for 40 in 14 overs. Abid Nabi entertained with an unbeaten 37 off 42 balls which included five fours and a six, in a losing cause.
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