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December 30, 2013
Maharashtra 361 (Jadhav 128, Chavan 65) and 16 for 0 lead Assam 152 (Patel 40, Darekar 6-53) by 225 runs
Maharashtra remained on course to finishing on top of Group C unbeaten, after the left-arm spinner Akshay Darekar picked up six wickets to dismiss Assam for 152 and helped the visitors secure a first-innings lead of 209 in Guwhati.
Assam's top-order all made starts, but apart from Niraj Patel who top-scored with 40, none of the batsmen scored more than 20. Darekar finished with 6 for 53- his seventh five-wicket haul in first-class cricket- while Shrikant Mundhe notched three scalps to bowl Assam out in 71.2 overs. Maharashtra batted out the final eight overs of the day without losing a wicket, and finished at 16 for 0 with a lead of 225. They had earlier managed 361 in their first essay with the bat, adding just 18 to their overnight score of 343 for 8.
Andhra 148 and 32 for 3 (Gadekar 2-8) trail Goa 267 (Asnodkar 80, Yadav 51, Sudhakar 3-42) by 87 runs
Fifties from the captain Swapnil Asnodkar and Amit Yadav helped Goa take a first-innings lead against Andhra in Porvorim. Asnodkar struck 10 fours during his 80, but was bowled by Padikalva Vijaykumar in the 46th over. Ravikant Shukla and Darshan Misal chipped in with handy contributions down the order, before Yadav's 51 took Goa to 267.
Bodavarapu Sudhakar was the pick of Andhra's bowlers, finishing with 3 for 42, while Kakani Harish, Shaik Basha and Vijaykumar picked up two wickets apiece.
The day was to get worse for the visitors, as they lost three early wickets in the second innings to head into day three at 32 for 3 needing another 87 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
Hyderabad 201 and 46 for 1 trail Kerala 264 (Prasanth 106, Fernandez 78, Ravi Kiran 4-81) by 17 runs
Padmanabhan Prasanth's maiden first-class hundred helped Kerala secure a first-innings lead against Hyderabad. By close of play on the second day, Hyderabad had wiped out 46 of the 73-run lead for the loss of one wicket.
Prasanth's hundred and his 151-run eighth-wicket stand with Robert Fernandez helped Kerala recover from 94 for 7 after a few quick wickets hurt the visitors on the second morning. His 106 came off 197 balls and included 12 fours and two sixes, and he got good support from Fernandez, who was out for 78 off 199 balls. Once their stand was broken, however, the Kerala innings came to a swift end at 264.
In reply, Hyderabad lost opener Akshath Reddy off the second ball of the innings, but recovered through a 46-run stand between Hanuma Vihari and Bavanaka Sandeep.
Jammu & Kashmir 117 for 3 (Rishi 50*) trail Tripura 280 (Takawale 83, Beigh 5-80) by 163 runs
Tripura, who began the day at a commanding 176 for 3 lost quick wickets early on, including the wicket of top-scorer Yogesh Takawale for 83. The hosts were struggling at 225 for 8 before a fighting fifty from Abhijit Dey lifted them past 250.
In reply, J&K openers put together a fifty-run stand but regular strikes thereon put them on the backfoot. Opener Adil Rishi's unbeaten fifty anchored the innings but J&K still trail Tripura by 163 runs.
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