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November 18, 2012
Maharashtra 233 (Mundhe 61, Balaji 4-28, Rangarajan 4-55) trail Tamil Nadu 276 (Mahesh 81, Prasanna 56, Rangarajan 53) by 43 runs
Matches: Delhi v Baroda at Delhi | Haryana v Odisha at Rohtak | Tamil Nadu v Maharashtra at Chennai | Uttar Pradesh v Karnataka at Meerut
Maharashtra's revival began through Sangram Atitkar and Kedhar Jadhav's 53-run stand, but both were dismissed within 15 runs of each other. When Jadhav, who made a triple-century in the previous match, was stumped by Dinesh Karthik off Malolan Rangarajan, Maharashtra were 109 for 6 and Tamil Nadu were looking at a huge lead. They hadn't bargained for the seventh-wicket stand between Maharashtra captain Rohit Motwani and Shrikant Mundhe though. The two added 98 to briefly threaten to put Maharashtra in the lead, but Motwani was lbw to J Kaushik after which Tamil Nadu polished off the tail.
Uttar Pradesh 283 (Kaif 122, Sharath 5-67 and 55 for 3) lead Karnataka 181 (Pandey 54, Verma 52, Bhuvneshwar 5-36) by 157 runs
Uttar Pradesh completed their first task of taking the first-innings lead against Karnataka in Meerut, but three second-innings wickets late in the day boosted the visitors. Karnataka's batting floundered either side of a 93-run stand between Manish Pandey and Amit Verma for the fourth wicket. The pair came together at 28 for 3 after the settled top order of Robin Uthappa, KB Pawan and Ganesh Satish flopped. Both Pandey and Verma hit half-centuries but both were dismissed soon after, and Karnataka's lower order folded to the pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Imtiaz Ahmed.
In what is shaping up to be a low-scoring match, UP grabbed a substantial 102-run lead. However, in the 22 overs before stumps, they lost three wickets, including the important one of Suresh Raina, who made his second low score of the match.
Haryana 165 for 5 (Khod 56*) and 66 (Mohanty 5-24) lead Odisha 219 (Mohit Sharma 5-49) lead by 12 runs
After bowling out Haryana for 66 on the first day, Odisha couldn't bat them out of the game with a big first innings score, but still remained well in control of the game at Rohtak. Mohit Sharma took the wicket he needed to complete his five-for, and none of the Odisha batsman went on to make half-centuries as their side was bowled out for 219, still a handy lead of 153.
Haryana fared much better in their second innings, though their openers both fell in the first five overs. Another chance of a reprise of the first innings was ruled out as Sunny Singh and Abhimanyu Khod added 50 runs for the third wicket. Khod ended the day unbeaten on 56, and he steered Haryana to 165 for 5, still only a lead of 12 runs.
Baroda 525 for 7 (Rayudu 131*, Chauhan 113, Panchal 72*) v Delhi
Baroda, led by centuries from captain Ambati Rayudu and Abhimanyu Chauhan, continued to pile on the runs against a listless Delhi attack, reaching 525 for seven at stumps on the second day. There were no signs of declaration and it now seems a foregone conclusion that the visitors will be playing for three points on a track that is getting slower. Baroda will back themselves, given Delhi's inconsistent batting over the last two games. Read the full report.
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