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December 1, 2007
Tripura 27 for 0 trail Kerala 179 (Jain 4-42, Debnath 3-24) by 152 runs
Kerala's batting woes continued as Tripura bowled them out in 76.1 overs for 179. This is the third time in four matches that they have been bowled out inside the first day. The only time they survived the first day, Sreekumar Nair scored a triple-century for them.
Vineet Jain, Tripura's right-arm opening bowler, took four wickets, while Jayanta Debnath, the offbreak bowler, took three. Nair was Tripura's top-scorer with 30. By stumps, Tripura had made a steady start, scoring 27 without loss.
Services 272 for 5 (Tahir Khan 142) v Assam
Tahir Khan scored his second first-class century, a career-best 142, to take Services to a position of strength against Assam. Assam will be relieved they got Tahir out, four overs before stumps. Tahir hit 19 boundaries in his innings and scored at a fine strike-rate of 55.90. He got good support from captain Yashpal Singh who scored 40. They added 83 for the fourth wicket. Kushaljit Das and Arnald Konwar took two wickets apiece for Assam.
Haryana 247 for 4 (Rana 108*, Sumeet Sharma 50, Vijay Sharma 3-50) v Jammu & Kashmir
Haryana made up for a late and poor start at Jammu by scoring 247 for 4 in 57 overs, with Sachin Rana scoring an unbeaten 108 off 160 deliveries. They were 54 for 3 at one stage after Vijay Sharma had struck thrice in his first spell. That's when Rana came in to join Sumeet Sharma and they added 102 runs for the fourth wicket. Sumeet scored an even fifty. But the innings of the day came from Rana who hit 13 fours and two sixes in his 108.
Goa 251 for 7 (Joglekar 47, Roy 5-62) v Jharkhand
Jharkhand's Sujit Roy, playing in his fourth first-class match, picked up his first five-wicket haul to keep Goa down to 251 for 7, despite four of their batsman scoring forties. Roy, a right-arm medium-pacer, dismissed three of those batsmen.
Goa will rue that none of the four batsmen - Sagun Kamat, Saahil Dhuri, Manoj Joglekar and Ajay Ratra - who looked set went on to play a big innings.
Railways 256 for 5 (Pagnis 66, Rawat 50, Jalaj Saxena 4-49) v Madhya Pradesh
Led by steady half-centuries from Amit Pagnis and Mahesh Rawat, Railways made a strong start against Madhya Pradesh, scoring 256 for 5 on the first day. MP had to struggle for the wickets, as the first-wicket stand lasted 26 overs and produced 90 runs. After Pagnis's wicket for 66, MP got two quick wickets, but Rawat made sure there was no collapse.
For MP, Jalaj Saxena took 4 for 49; his previous best is 4 for 54.
Gujarat 270 for 5 (Niraj Patel 93, Thaker 61) v Vidarbha
Niraj Patel narrowly missed what would have been a second consecutive century, as he, in company with Bhavik Thaker put Gujarat in control against Vidarbha. They ended the day at 270 for 5, making Vidarbha, who tried eight bowlers, work hard. Thaker and Niraj added 134 for the third wicket, after Gujarat found themselves in a somewhat precarious situation at 63 for 2.
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