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December 23, 2013
Hyderabad 341 for 4 (Ravi Teja 153*, Vihari 109) v Jammu & Kashmir
Rain had deemed play impossible on day one, but once the game started on Monday, the visitors immediately made inroads, rallying to 109 for 1 thanks to a partnership of 87 for the second wicket between Akshath Reddy and Ravi Teja. Akshath fell for 49, but Ravi Teja and Vihari punished the bowling in a 203-run stand for the third wicket. Vihari was eventually dismissed for 109, having struck 18 fours, but Ravi Teja remained unbeaten on 153 with 17 fours and two sixes.
Tripura 179 (Saha 61) and 20 for 3 (Shivkumar 2-8) lead Andhra 163 (Sumanth 55, Dutta 5-51) by 36 runs
Fourteen wickets fell in Agartala on day two, as the match between Tripura and Andhra remained finely balanced.
Tripura, who began the day 165 for 9, added 14 to their score in five overs before Paidikalwa Vijaykumar trapped Tushar Saha lbw in the 68th over. Andhra, in their reply, lost three quick wickets to stumble to 42 for 3. Bodapati Sumanth led the recovery with 55, but from 116 for 3, the visitors collapsed and were bundled out for 163. Seamer Rana Dutta finished with 5 for 51 - his best figures in first-class cricket - while Manisankar Murasingh grabbed three wickets.
Tripura had secured a crucial 16-run first-innings lead, but Andhra clawed their way back into the game with three early wickets, leaving the hosts 20 for 3 heading into the penultimate day.
Maharashtra 319 for 4 (Khadiwale 92, Bawne 76*) lead Himachal Pradesh 228 (Chopra 47, Fallah 3-48) by 91 runs
Half-centuries from Harshad Khadiwale and Ankit Bawne helped Maharashtra secure a first-innings lead of 91 against Himachal Pradesh in Pune. Having bowled Himachal out for 228 on the first day, Maharashtra began the second brightly with a 91-run opening stand between Khadiwale and Rohit Motwani. Rishi Dhawan dismissed Motwani in the 27th over to extend his tally in this season's Ranji Trophy to 49 wickets, but Maharashtra carried on with a partnership of 70 between Khadiwale and Sangram Atitkar, who made 49.
Himachal fought back with two quick wickets, but Bawne put on stands of 68 and an unbroken 82 with Khadiwale and Chirag Khurana respectively to lift the team to 319 for 4. Khadiwale struck 11 fours during his 92, while Bawne's 76 not out included eight fours.
Kerala 273 and 0 for 0 lead Goa 242 (Kamat 96, Niyaz 6-82) by 31 runs
Medium-pacer Nizar Niyas finished with a first-class personal-best of 6 for 82 to help Kerala secure a vital 31-run lead against Goa in Porvorim.
Goa were a comfortable 132 for 1, thanks to a second-wicket stand of 117 between Amogh Sunil Desai and Sagun Kamat, who made 49 and 96 respectively. However, both batsmen were dismissed in quick succession, and Goa failed to make the most of their start. None of their other batsmen made more than 20, as Niyas and Rohan Prem ran through Goa's batting order to dismiss them for 242.
Kerala's openers Nikhilesh Surendran and VA Jagadeesh batted out one over of their second innings without losing a wicket.
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