Parmar spins Gujarat to big win
Gujarat 228 (Popat 63, Suresh 4-46, Das 4-73) and 367 for 4 dec (Modi 151*, Niraj Patel 124) beat Assam 189 (Timil Patel 4-38) and 158 (Parmar 5-52) by 248 runs
Debutant offspinner Mohnish Parmar took five second-innings wickets to help Gujarat to a thumping 248-run victory over Assam. Resuming on 15 for 2, Nishanta Bordoloi and wicketkeeper Rajdeep Das defied the Gujarat bowling for nearly 20 over but once Das was caught behind off Timil Patel, Assam's resistance was broken. There were not too many meaningful contributions and Assam could manage only two more double-digit partnerships. Sridharan Sharath, the captain, hung around for his 27 and was last man out, falling to medium-pacer Siddharth Trivedi. Gujarat got five points for their efforts while Assam took home none.
Kerala 169 (Gandhe 4-53) and 332 (Sarma 79, Nair 72, Prasanth 50, Shitoot 4-38) beat Vidarbha 114 (Anish 5-20) and 237 (Naidu 52, Cheruvathur 4-36, Anish 4-52) by 150 runs
Sony Cheruvathur and Sadanandan Anish picked four wickets each as Kerala beat Vidharba by 150 runs in Nagpur. A half-century from Alind Naidu built on a promising first-wicket stand of 76 between the openers but Vidarbha slipped from 146 for 3 to 179 for 7. Ranjit Paradkar toiled over two hours for his 29 but didn't get much support from the other end. Offspinner Anish, who took five in the first innings, finished with a career-best match haul of 9 for 72. Kerala collected five points for their victory and face Services in the next round in Palakkad from November 15.
Madhya Pradesh 223 (Jatin Saxena 125, Bakshi 56) and 203 for 5 (Bakshi 66*) beat Jharkhand 139 (Vardhan 47, Rajan 4-51) and 117 (Jatin Saxena 4-54, Ali 4-35) by 170 runs
Having skittled out Jharkhand for 139 on day three, Madhya Pradesh went one up on day four, bowling them out for 117 to win by 170 runs at Jamshedpur. Rahul Bakshi followed his first-innings 56 with an unbeaten 66 in MP's 203 for 5 declared before the bowlers turned it on. Jatin Saxena, who scored 125 in MP's first innings, and Asif Ali spun out 4 for 54 and 4 for 35 respectively, with their brand of legbreaks. No batsman got going and MP needed just 49.4 overs to bowl Jharkhand out. MP took a full five points from their outright win, placing them equal with Goa in the Group P table.
Goa 271 (Angle 56*, J Arunkumar 55) and 221 (Ratra 86, Kamat 60) beat Haryana 246 (Sumeet 52, Jakati 6-52) and 220 (Rana 67, Robin D'Souza 4-59, Jakati 4-94) by 26 runs
Having conceded a first-innings lead to Goa, Haryana failed in their bid to chase down 241 with nine wickets on day four at Margao. Instead, the hosts dismissed Haryana for 220, 26 runs short of their target, and took five points from an outright win. Slow left-arm spinner Shabab Jakati backed his first-innings 6 for 52 with 4 for 94 and Robin D'Souza fetched 4 for 59 with his medium-pace. Goa began the day 30 for 3 but made it to 221 courtesy opener Sagun Kamat's 92-ball 60 and wicketkeeper-batsman Ajay Ratra's 86 from 117 balls. Only Sachin Rana (67) crossed fifty in Haryana's attempted chase.
Services 102 (Debnath 4-13) and 321 (Yashpal Singh 103, Khan 66, Saha 4-89) drew with Tripura 198 and 202 for 9 (Banik 52, Prasad 4-50)
Tripura escaped with a battling last-wicket draw against Services at Agartala, finishing on 202 for 9 in their attempt to chase down 226. Hari Prasad, Services' opening bowler, took 4 for 50 and the other bowlers chipped in with wickets but Services failed to take that last wicket. Vineet Jain, with an unbeaten 3 from 36 balls, and Jayanta Debnath, with 13 from 37, added 25 valuable runs in 11.2 overs for the final wicket to stave off defeat. From an overnight 308 for 7, Services managed 321 with Yashpal Singh getting to his tenth first-class hundred. Tushar Saha picked finished with 4 for 89 with his slow left-arm spin. Tripura got with three points and Services one.