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December 27, 2006
Mumbai 503 for 7 beat Gujarat 147 (Kulkarni 6-31) and 193 (Bilakhia 88, Powar 5-72, Kulkarni 4-80) by an innings and 163 runs
Nilesh Kulkarni's match haul of ten wickets enabled Mumbai to storm to their first win of the season, steamrolling Gujarat by an innings and 163 runs at the Wankhede Stadium. Kulkarni snared 10 of the Gujarat 15 wickets to fall today, and along with offspinner Ramesh Powar who snapped up five in the second innings, gave Gujarat no chance. Gujarat, who were felled for 147 in the first innings, didn't do much better in the second, rolling over for 193. Azharuddin Bilakhia stood out with a steady 88, including 11 fours, but Kulkarni and Powar shared nine wickets between them to seal the contest.
Tamil Nadu 325 and 63 for 0 trail Uttar Pradesh 420 (Raina 124, Murtaza 68, Ashwin 6-128) 32 runs
Suresh Raina rediscovered his form with an excellent 124 at Chennai, enabling Uttar Pradesh to gain the first-innings lead against Tamil Nadu. Raina struck 20 fours in his 230-ball knock, one that spanned two minutes less than five-and-a-half hours, and received good support from Ali Murtaza in a 165-run stand. Ravichandran Ashwin was he lone bowling star for Tamil Nadu, toiling hard for 44.3 overs for his six wickets. Tamil Nadu replied with 63 for no loss at the end of the day with Anirudha Srikkanth finishing on a 67-ball 48.
Karnataka 111 and 35 for 2 need 375 more runs to beat Andhra 238 and 282 for 9 dec (ASK Varma 81, Prasad Reddy 52)
A couple of half-centuries from ASK Varma and Prasad Reddy steered Andhra towards a big win on the third day at Anantpur. Varma followed up his first-innings century with a gritty 81, including nine fours and two sixes, while Reddy continued the good form he's shown all season with a crucial 52. Syed Sahabuddin's breezy 46 added to Karnataka's misery, stretching the lead to beyond 400. Karnataka began their reply in sloppy fashion, losing two wickets for 35 before stumps.
Baroda 169 and 129 for 5 (Mishra 4-45) need 84 more runs to beat Haryana 171 and 210 (Joginder 54, Rakesh Patel 5-54)
The Vadodara clash was poised on a knife edge at the end of the third day, with Baroda needing 84 more runs with five wickets in hand. Chasing 213, Baroda got off to a confident start with Connor Williams and Satyajit Parab adding 74 for the opening partnership but a glut of wickets changed the complexion of the contest. Amit Mishra, the legspinner, led Haryana's fightback with 4 for 45 in 20 overs and set up an exciting finish. Earlier, Joginder Sharma, with a stroke-filled 65-ball 54, boosted Haryana to 210 in their second innings.
Maharashtra 215 and 78 for 1 trail Bengal 325 (SS Lahiri 54) by 32 runs
Sourashish Lahiri led a solid middle-order performance as Bengal gained the upper hand against Maharashtra at Kolkata. Resuming on 199 for 5, Bengal extended their total to 325 thanks to Lahiri's 54, including seven fours. Deep Dasgupta and Rohan Gavaskar chipped in with 49 and 38 respectively as Bengal gained a handy 110-run lead. Maharashtra replied in confident fashion, ending on 78 for 1 before the day was out.
Punjab 311 for 6 (Dharmani 151*, Kaul 71*) trail Rajasthan 332 by 21 runs
Pankaj Dharmani's fantastic 151, along with Uday Kaul's painstaking 71, rescued Punjab from dire straits at Jaipur. Punjab were reeling at 61 for 4, chasing Rajasthan's healthy 332, but Dharmani stitched together a vital 51-run stand with Vipul Sharma before seizing the initiative with Kaul. Dharmani, a master of batting with the tail, cracked 16 fours in his unbeaten knock, while Kaul was the more patient partner, consuming 240 deliveries for his 70. Both were undefeated at the end of the day with the Rajasthan's lead whittled down to just 21.
Delhi288 (Dhawan 80, Bhatia 71, Dhruv 4-81) and 84 for 4 trail Saurashtra 492 by 120 runs
Delhi were facing the humiliating prospect of an innings defeat, after being forced to follow-on, on the third day against Saurashtra at Rajkot. Resuming on 84 for 4 in their first innings, Delhi rode on half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Rajat Bhatia apart from a 74-ball 43 from Ashish Nehra. But no-one went on to a big score, with four batsmen falling to the left-arm spin of Rakesh Dhruv, as Delhi failed to avoid the follow-on. They were in further trouble in the second innings, ending on a precarious 84 for 4 at stumps.
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