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February 21, 2007
Uttar Pradesh 365 (Kaif 151, Kapoor 87, Raina 50) beat Rajasthan 168 (Jain 95, Srivastava 4-48, Kumar 3-32) by 197 runs
Mohammad Kaif hit a furious 131-ball 151 to help Uttar Pradesh amass 365 before Shalab Srivastava and Praveen Kumar shared seven wickets between them to bowl UP to a crushing 197-run victory over Rajasthan. Kaif launched a ferocious assault on the bowlers, smashing 10 fours and five sixes in his 184-minute stay in the middle. Anshul Kapoor, playing in his sixth game, gave Kaif able support with a career-best 87 and Suresh Raina too joined in the carnage with a 39-ball 50. For Rajasthan, Anshu Jain hit a career-high 95 but he was the only batsman to cross 25 as the seamers wreaked havoc.
Delhi 170 (Sehwag 54) beat Himachal Pradesh 68 (Bhandari 3-23, Nehra 3-18, Sangwan 3-26) by 102 runs
In a low-scoring encounter the Delhi bowlers shared the spoils equally to bowl out Himachal Pradesh for 68 to secure a win. Earlier, Virender Sehwag, batting in the middle order, hit 54 and Abhishek Sharma contributed an unbeaten 34 in the lower order to take Delhi to a fighting 170. Amit Bhandari rocked the HP chase with three early wickets after Ashish Nehra got a wicket in the first over. Pradeep Sangwan joined in the fun as HP slid further towards defeat.
Punjab 269 (Goel 111, Mongia 71, Ricky 50) beat J&K 185 (Rajesh Sharma 4-25) by 84 runs
Karan Goel and Dinesh Mongia came to the party again as Punjab posted 269 and coasted to victory as Rajesh Sharma grabbed a four-wicket haul to polish off Jammu & Kashmir for 185. Goel was involved in two century stands - 106 for the opening wicket with Ravneet Ricky and 141 with Mongia - to lift Punjab to a healthy total. J&K lost wickets at regular intervals, with their chief tormentor Sharma, the offspinner, ending up with figures of 4 for 25.
Haryana 294 (Sumit Sharma 87, Mishra 45, Dhruv Singh 51*) beat Services 182 (Yashpal Singh 73, Mishra 4-29) by 112 runs
Haryana rode on an allround effort from Amit Mishra, 45 runs and 4 for 29, to beat Services by 112 runs at Ludhiana. Mishra put on 114 runs for the opening wicket with Sumit Sharma before Mahesh Rawat, the wicketkeeper-batsman, and Dhruv Singh added an unbroken 92-run stand to lift Punjab to a huge 294. Services started off confidently courtesy, a 72-ball 73 from Yashpal Singh, and reached 110 for 1 when Mishra got into the act. He struck twice is quick succession, including the wicket of Yashpal, to reduce Services to 115 for 3. Vinay Singh, the other spinner, got two wickets in two balls to push Services to 128 for 5, a position from which never recovered.
Madhya Pradesh 246 ( Khan 52*, Ali 50) beat Railways 174 (Jai P Yadav 54, Dholpure 5-44) by 72 runs
Sunil Dholpure grabbed a career-best five for 44 to spun Madhya Pradesh to a 72-run victory at Indore. Put into bat, MP rallied through fifties from Syed Abbas Ali and Shadab Khan to reach 246. The Railways chase seemed to going smoothly at 86 for 2 when Dholpure, the offspinner, derailed them, ripping through the middle and lower middle-order. Railways collapsed to 124 for 8 and only a dash from the tail helped them reach a decent 174.
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