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November 30, 2011
Assam put on a solid batting performance to take firm control of their match against Jharkhand in Dhanbad. Overnight batsman Amit Sinha went on to score a maiden first-class hundred, Gokul Sharma followed up his effort with a fluent ton of his own and Tarjinder Singh made 75 as Assam piled up 502. Abu Nechim then knocked over two quick wickets, reducing Jharkhand to 25 for 2 at stumps, to consolidate Assam's position in the match.
A 141-run stand between Akshath Reddy and Bavanaka Sandeep carried Hyderabad to a comfortable 298 for 6 against Goa in Porvorim. Hyderabad began the day on 61 for 2, with Reddy and Sandeep at the crease, and Reddy went on to hit his second century in two matches while Sandeep made 68. After the pair was dismissed, the lower middle order built on the platform with cameos that took Hyderabad's first-innings lead to 151, with four wickets in hand, at stumps.
Some stout resistance from Jammu & Kashmir's lower order pushed the side from an overnight 302 for 8 to 388, against Maharashtra in Ratnagiri. The boost was courtesy an 86-run stand from Nos. 9 and 10, Samiullah Beigh and Abid Nabi. Beigh made 69, the innings' second-highest score, before becoming one of left-arm spinner Akshya Darekar's five wickets. Maharashtra's openers - Harshad Khadiwale and Chirag Khurana - were steady in reply, putting on a century stand. Khurana fell for 81, after putting on another steady partnership with Sangram Atitkar, who was unbeaten on 56 at stumps. Maharashtra finished on 204 for 2.
Driven by an unbeaten century from No. 7 Amit Kumar and an all-round show from Rishi Dhawan, Himachal Pradesh took charge of their match against Services in Dharmasala. Himachal began day two on 262 for 6, and the overnight pairing of Amit and Dhawan put on a century stand to push the team towards the 350-run mark. That Services bowled 63 extras helped, and they finished with 364. Dhawan then came good with the ball, taking three wickets as Services slipped to 134 for 6.
Twenty-one wickets tumbled on day two of the Kerala v Andhra match in Kochi. Kerala began the day on 110 for 6, but their Nos. 8 to 11 managed only two runs among them as the side folded for 130. Atchuta Rao was the pick of the Andhra bowlers, finishing with 6 for 43. Sony Cheruvathur bettered, however, bettered that effort, taking 6 for 25 to ensure Kerala took the first-innings' lead. Andhra were shot out for 74 as none of their batsmen managed to get past 22. The wickets fest continued in Kerala's second innings, as they slipped to 81 for 7 - a lead of 137 - with Syed Sahabuddin and Shankara Rao picking up three wickets apiece.
Tripura looked on course to take the first-innings' lead against Vidarbha, reducing them to 204 for 7 after making 281 in Agartala. Udit Patel went on to score a fifty for Tripura at No. 8, ensuring they finished with a competitive total. He eventually fell for 56 to Sandeep Singh, who was the pick of Vidarbha's bowlers with 6 for 79. Tripura's bowlers then struck at regular intervals, not allowing the visiting batsmen to build on starts - five of the top seven got into double figures without going past Shiv Sunder Das' 45 - to give their side the edge going into the third day.
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