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December 24, 2013
Andhra 163 (Sumanth 55, Rana Dutta 5-51) and 104 for 0 (Bharat 64*) beat Tripura 179 (Tushar Saha 61, Vijaykumar 5-40) and 86 (Shivkumar 4-24) by 10 wickets
Andhra wrapped up their first win of the season and took a bonus point for their efforts, after they bowled Tripura out for 86 in their second innings to set up a ten-wicket victory in Agartala. Medium-pacer Duvvarapu Shivkumar took four wickets to run through Tripura, who had a 16-run first-innings lead and were 20 for 3 overnight, leaving Andhra a fourth-innings chase of 103.
They overhauled this target in just 21.2 overs, with Srikar Bharat striking eight fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 70-ball 64. Prasanth Kumar provided him support, staying not out on 39.
Himachal Pradesh 228 and 98 for 1 (Dogra 41*) trail Maharashtra 488 for 6 dec (Bawne 138*, Khadiwale 92) by 162 runs
Maharashtra continued to make inroads against Himachal Pradesh in Pune, as an unbeaten 138 from Ankit Bawne lifted the team to 488 and helped the team secure a mammoth first-innings lead of 260. Bawne, who began the day at 76, put up big stands with Chirag Khurana, Shrikant Mundhe and Akshay Darekar, who all chipped in with handy scores as Maharashtra eventually declared for the loss of six wickets after 145 overs.
Himachal then suffered an early blow in their second innings as the opener Prashant Chopra was trapped lbw by Anupam Sanklecha in the sixth over. Varun Sharma and Paras Dogra, however, led the recovery, adding 74 runs and batting the remaining 34 overs of the day without losing a wicket. The visitors though still need another 162 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
Goa 242 and 82 for 5 (Vaz 33*) need 97 to beat Kerala 273 and 147 (Manoharan 40, Prasanth 46, Jakati 4-44)
The match between Kerala and Goa was nicely balanced going into the final day, with the home side needing 97 runs with five wickets remaining in Porvorim. Chasing 179, Goa were 72 for 3 when Kerala struck twice late in the day to leave them 82 for 5. Wicketkeeper Keenan Vaz was at the crease at stumps, batting on 33.
The day began with Kerala starting their second innings with a 31-run lead. They were soon 55 for 6, before Vinoop Manoharan and Padmanabhan Prasanth made 40s and put on 83 for the seventh wicket. Once Goa broke that stand, the innings quickly folded, with the last four wickets falling for just nine runs. Left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati was Goa's most successful bowler, with figures of 4 for 44.
Jammu & Kashmir 198 for 6 (Bandeep 58, Hassan 3-55) trail Hyderabad 514 for 8 dec (Ravi Teja 179, Vihari 109) by 316 runs
Hyderabad enforced their dominance against Jammu & Kashmir at the Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground by powering to 514 for 8, before reducing the hosts 198 for 6 on the penultimate day.
Dwaraka Ravi Teja top-scored for Hyderabad with 179 before being stumped by the keeper Obaid Haroon off Parvez Rasool, who notched four scalps. The visitors however were propelled by another big score- 97 from Amol Shinde- that took them close to the 500-run mark. They eventually declared after 118 overs.
J&K, in reply, made a decent start thanks to a second-wicket partnership of 71 between Haroon and Bandeep Singh, but once Bandeep folded for 58, the team lost wickets at quick intervals and were left in a precarious position- trailing by 316 runs- heading into the final day.
Mehdi Hassan was the pick of Hyderabad's bowlers, finishing the day with 3 for 55. With an outright win unlikely since the entire first day's play was called off due to rain, Hyderabad will look to bundle J&K out quickly to garner three crucial points by a first-innings lead.
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