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December 4, 2006
Jammu & Kashmir 319 and 107 for 5 beat Jharkhand 242 and 183 (Khajuria 7-39) by 5 wickets
Sameer Khajuria spun Jammu and Kashmir to a five-wicket win against Jharkhand at Jamshedpur. Khajuria, an offspinner, returned amazing figures of 7 for 39 from 18 overs as Jharkhand, trailing by 77 on the first innings, were bundled out for 183 the second time around. Requiring just 107 for victory, J&K stumbled to 56 for 4 and then 72 for 5, but finally made it across the finish line, thanks to an unbeaten 36 from Dhruv Mahajan.
Assam 362 drew with Railways 179 and 253 for 5 (Khanolkar 60, Raja Ali 58*, Manjrekar 52*)
Strong performances by the middle order allowed Railways to escape with a draw against Assam at Guwahati. Assam were assured of at least two points after Railways were forced to follow on, and when Railways lost three early wickets in the second innings, there was even a chance of an outright victory for Assam. However, Shreyas Khanolkar fought back with 60, Jai P Yadav made 48, while Sushant Manjrekar and Raja Ali shared an undefeated 120-run stand to lift Railways from a shaky 133 for 5 to more safe waters.
Madhya Pradesh 307 and 172 for 2 (Mishra 69*, Saxena 53) drew with Kerala 345 (S Ramesh 118, Anish 51)
Kerala took two points from their drawn game against Madhya Pradesh at the Fort Maidan in Palakkad. With Kerala already having taken the first-innings lead by close of play on the third day, the last day's play was only of academic interest. Kerala were finally bowled out for 345, a lead of 38, while Madhya Pradesh used the last two sessions for batting practice, with Monish Mishra finishing on an unbeaten 69.
Vidarbha 436 and 27 for 0 beat Goa 306 and 156 (S Asnodkar 59, R Asnodkar 48, Acharya 4-52) by 10 wickets
Madhusudan Acharya, the offspinner, and Sandeep Singh, the right-arm fast bowler, shared seven wickets between them as Vidarbha thrashed Goa by ten wickets at Margao. Resuming their second innings at 87 for 4 on the final day, Goa were shot out for 156, with only Swapnil Asnodkar (59) and Rohit Asnodkar (48) making substantial contributions. Acharya finished with 4 for 52 while Sandeep took 3 for 64. Vidarbha got to their target of 27 in less than five overs to take all five points.
Orissa 262 and 166 (Mullick 79*, Sarandeep 5-53) drew with Himachal Pradesh 211 and 80 for 4
Sarandeep Singh led a spirited fightback by Himachal Pradesh after they had conceded the first-innings lead, but Orissa hung on to force a draw and taken two point from their clash at Dharamsala. Sarandeep took 5 for 53 as Orissa were bundled out for 166 in their second innings, with only Pravanjan Mullick (79 not out) offering resistance. Set a target 218, Himachal finished on 80 for 4.
Services 218 and 115 for 0 (Chatarjee 62*) beat Tripura 178 and 154 (Banik 48) by 10 wickets
Services rode on a solid bowling performance and an undefeated 115-run stand between their openers to clinch a convincing ten-wicket win against Tripura at the Palam A Stadium in Delhi. None of the Tripura batsmen managed a half-century in their second innings as they were bundled out for 154, with Manish Jha, a right-arm fast bowler, taking three wickets. Services knocked off the target of 115 without losing a wicket, with Soomik Chatarjee, the left-handed opener, remaining unbeaten on 62.
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