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December 25, 2006
Kerala 223 for 6 (Ramesh 127, Yadav 3-45) v Railways
Sadagoppan Ramesh, the former Indian opener, impressed with 127 as Kerala ended the day at 223 for 6 against Railways at Delhi. Ramesh did the bulk of the scoring and was well supported by Sreekumar Nair, the captain, who contributed 34. Jai Prakash Yadav was yet again the most impressive bowler for Railways, picking up three wickets in his 21 overs.
Madhya Pradesh 28 for 1 trail Goa 223 (Kamat 50, Pandey 3-47) by 195 runs
Goa wilted under Sanjay Pandey's medium pace as his six-wicket haul bundled them out for 223 at Indore. Goa looked set for a big score at 92 for 1, led by Sagun Kamat's half century, before Pandey struck back with three wickets in quick succession. The middle order failed to consolidate as Pandey and Abbas Ali wrapped up the innings in 78 overs. In reply, Madhya Pradesh lost the early wicket of Muddassar Pasha.
Assam 205 for 8 (Katti 41*, Khare 3-16) v Vidarbha
Assam crawled to 205 for 8 against Vidarbha at Nagpur, pegged back by the spinners. Alind Naidu and Samir Khare shared five wickets between them, also restricting the scoring, as Khare gave away just 16 runs in his 12 overs. J Arunkumar looked set to score a half century but his dismissal, with the score at 118, triggered a mini collapse. Anand Katti was unbeaten at stumps with 41.
Orissa 248 for 3 (Das 126*) v Jammu and Kashmir
Shiv Sunder Das, the former Indian opener, made a welcome return to form with an unbeaten century against Jammu and Kashmir at Cuttack. Das's watchful 126 piloted the innings, as Orissa ended in a good position at 248 for 3. Orissa ensured that they had the partnerships going, as Das added 78 for the third wicket with Subit Biswal, and later an unbeaten 61 with captain Pravanjan Mullick till stumps.
Tripura 205 for 8 (Chanda 60*, Chowdhury 52) v Jharkhand
Runs were hard to come by for Tripura as they were restricted to 205 for 8 against Jharkhand at Agartala. After being put in to bat, Tripura lost early wickets to seamers Sumit Panda and Rajkumar Yadav, and were at one stage 55 for 4. Subal Chowdury who scored 52, and Timir Chanda added 48 for the fifth wicket. Chanda remained unbeaten with a dogged 60, adding 66 with Rajesh Banik. Shahbaz Nadeem was the most effective bowler with figures of 3 for 48.
Himachal Pradesh 255 for 8 (Mannu 67, Pankaj Sharma 3-40) v Services
An aggressive 67 by Ajay Mannu lifted Himachal Pradesh to 255 for 8 against Services at New Delhi. Seamer Manish Jha and left-arm spinner Arun Sharma made early inroads, reducing Himachal to 100 for 4 before Mannu and Maninder Bisla added 51. Mannu and Mukesh Sharma added 81 for the sixth wicket before seamer Pankaj Kumar struck with three quick wickets towards the close.
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