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November 26, 2012
Karnataka 213 (Uthappa 43) and 43 for 1 need another 202 runs to beat Odisha 202 (Niranjan Behera 61, Akshay 4-40) and 255 (Samantaray 86, Vinay 7-58)
A tight final day is expected on Tuesday at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore after Karnataka captain Vinay Kumar's seven-for was balanced by a battling 88 from Biplab Samantaray to leave the home side a target of 245. Odisha's second innings total of 255 is the highest in the low-scoring match, and Karnataka had looked set to restrict them to a lower score, before Samantaray and Odisha wicketkeeper Subhrajit Sahoo added 100 for the sixth wicket. Other than that, there were hardly any substantial partnerships as Vinay Kumar struck regularly, to complete his third ten-for of his career. In reply, Karnataka reached 43 for 1 by stumps.
Maharashra 282 (Awate 126, Atitkar 45, Wagh 5-23) and 95 for 3 lead Vidarbha 266 (Upadhyaya 77, Fazal 59) by 111 runs
Fast bowler Samad Fallah struck twice in quick succession to hand Maharashtra a slender but crucial first-innings lead over Vidarbha in Nagpur. There was plenty of twists in the game as Maharshtra first seemed favourites to take the lead with Shrikant Mundhe dismissing the experienced pair of Hemang Badani and Sairaj Bahutule to reduce Vidarbha to 182 for 7, still 100 behind. Then, Vidarbha looked set for the first-innings lead when they reached 260 for 7 - within 22 of Maharashtra's total - on the back of Gaurav Upadhyaya's 77. Offspinner Chirag Khurana, however, had Upadhyaya caught, and Fallah finished off the innings by getting the two final wickets to give Maharashtra the advantage. Vidarbha struck three times early, but debutant opener Virag Awate added an unbeaten half-century to go with his 126 in the first innings to take Maharashtra to 95 for 3.
Haryana 295 (Dalal 104, Utkarsh Patel 5-83) and 127 for 2 lead Baroda 324 (Wakaskar 100, Waghmode 77, Rayudu 54, Mishra 5-97, Mohit 4-86) by 98 runs
Baroda won the first-innings tussle with Haryana in Lahli, most likely turning the final day into one of little consequence. Haryana had hit back with three late wickets on Sunday, and they continued to trouble Baroda by removing opener Saurabh Wakaskar on his overnight score of 100. Stand-in captain Ambati Rayudu steadied Baroda with a half-century, though a tense passage of play ensued when he became the seventh man dismissed with Haryana's total still 26 away. Gagandeep Singh smashed two fours and two sixes in a 26 to ensure the first-innings lead was secured. Haryana's batting, which has been notoriously fragile this season, began the second innings solidly, reaching 127 for 2 by stumps, leaving them well-placed at least to earn one point from the game, which will be their first of the season.
Tamil Nadu 226 (Karthik 75, Prasanna 58, Awana 4-53, Suyal 3-76) & 2 for 0 trail Delhi 555 for 4 dec by 327 runs
Tamil Nadu went into the final day of their Ranji Trophy match against Delhi in the worst possible situation: following on at the Feroz Shah Kotla, against a bowling attack that already has first-innings points in its pocket. Chasing Delhi's total of 555, Tamil Nadu were all out for 226, astonishingly losing their last six wickets for only 39 runs, all after tea. At stumps, Tamil Nadu went off at 2 for 0 in their second innings. Read the full report.
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After the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death, this match showed that cricket and life will continue to go on. This time Test cricket dug in and got through to tea.
After a long time we have seen an Indian team and captain enjoy the challenge of trying to overcome stronger opposition in an overseas Test