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December 23, 2013
Services 151 for 8 (Yashpal 67, Anureet 3-44, Karn Sharma 3-25) lead Railways 107 (Nishan Singh 5-21) by 44 runs
Seamer Nishan Singh ran through Railways' batting order to take his second five-wicket haul in first-class cricket, as Services took a narrow but potentially crucial lead at the Jamia Millia Ground. Railways hadn't added to their overnight 85 when they lost their sixth wicket off the second ball of the day, as Suraj Yadav got Ashish Yadav caught behind. Nishan took the next four wickets, dismissing Nitin Bhille for a 128-ball 21 before wrecking the tail to finish with 5 for 21.
Services too lost regular wickets, mainly to medium-pacers Anureet Singh and Krishnakant Upadhyay, but ended the day with a 44-run lead thanks to Yashpal Singh, who struck eight fours and a six in a 139-ball 67.
Rajasthan 89 for 0 (Saraf 43*, Saxena 41*) trail Tamil Nadu 318 (Badrinath 50, Prasanna 73, Shankar 60, Pankaj 5-54) by 229 runs
Rajasthan's openers resisted Tamil Nadu's unrelenting spin examination to end the day unbeaten and give their side hope in their hunt for the first-innings lead. Replying to Tamil Nadu's 318, the openers Siddharth Saraf and Vineet Saxena played through 47 overs to reach 89 for no loss at stumps. Tamil Nadu's spinners bowled 39 of those overs.
Resuming on 231 for 5, Tamil Nadu lost overnight half-centurions R Prasanna and Vijay Shankar early, before a 39 from Malolan Rangarajan and 15 from captain L Balaji pushed their total to 318. After Pankaj Singh dismissed Shankar to complete his five-for, Rajasthan's spinners took the remaining wickets, with left-armer Aristh Singhvi finishing with 3 for 83.
There was no play in Kanpur between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh due to fog.
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