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December 24, 2013
Jharkhand 332 and 83 for 3 (Wagh 3-20) lead Vidarbha 218 (Fazal 89, Quadri 6-65) by 197 runs
Vidarbha collapsed against Jharkhand legspinner Samar Quadri, losing their last nine wickets for 82 runs to concede a big first-innings lead in Jamshedpur. Vidarbha were strongly placed at 136 for 1 in reply to Jharkhand's 332. But Quadri provided the breakthrough, breaking a 69-run partnership between Faiz Fazal and Ravi Jangid by removing the latter for 30. He then bowled Vidarbha captain Shalabh Shrivastava for 4 and also sent back Rashmi Parida for a duck. Vidarbha were 150 for 4, but opener Fazal and wicketkeeper Urvesh Patel pushed the total past 200 before Jharkhand captain Shahbaz Nadeem broke the stand. Nadeem caught-and-bowled Fazal for 89, and Quadri ran through the tail to end with 6 for 65. Trailing by 114, Vidarbha hit back, Shrikant Wagh reducing Jharkhand to 45 for 3, before Ishank Jaggi and Saurabh Tiwary steadied the innings.
Odisha 345 for 8 (Natraj Behera 106, Dhurv 4-78, Bumrah 3-76) trail Gujarat 479 by 134 runs
Odisha's Natraj Behera made his fourth successive century but Gujarat were favourites to take the first-innings lead in Ahmedabad. Odisha began the day on 111 for 1 in pursuit of Gujarat's 479. Behera moved from his overnight unbeaten 64 to complete another century after making 158 against Delhi and twin hundreds against Mumbai. Odisha were 177 for 1 at one stage but just when partnerships developed through the day, they lost a couple of quick wickets every time. Rakesh Dhurv gave Gujarat the opening, having Behera caught for 106. Govind Podder and Biplab Samantray took Odisha towards 250 before both departed for forties, to Dhurv and Jasprit Bumrah, both of whom kept striking to reduce Odisha to 345 for 8 by stumps.
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