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November 4, 2008
Himachal Pradesh 113 and 185 for 4 (Dogra 61*, Thakkar 43) lead Haryana 98 (Saini 20, Malik 6-43) by 200 runs
After a first day when 16 wickets fell, Himachal Pradesh took the honours in Rohtak on the second, bowling out Haryana for 98 in the first innings and ending the day at 185 for 4 - a lead of 200. Vikramjeet Malik, the right-arm medium bowler, who took five wickets on the first day, finished with figures of 6 for 43, while Ashok Thakur and Sarandeep Singh took two wickets each. Only four Haryana batsmen reached double figures, with Nitin Saini top-scoring with 20.
Himachal Pradesh put on a better show with the bat in their second innings, with Paras Dogra, who was not out on 61, getting involved in two half-century partnerships, adding 65 for the fourth wicket with Bhavin Thakkar, and an unbeaten 51 for the fifth with Mukesh Sharma.
Kerala 107 for 2 (Jagdeesh 47*, Nair 38*) trail Goa 460 (Asnodkar 191, Ratra 136, Cheruvathur 6-96) by 353 runs
Kerala came back strongly on day two in Palakkad to restrict Goa to 460 after they finished on 328 for 3 the previous day. They were then rescued by an unbeaten stand of 89 for the third wicket between Vasudevan Jagdeesh and Sreekumar Nair, after losing two early wickets, to end at 107 for 2 at stumps.
Goa began well, with Swapnil Asnodkar, who top-scored with 191, and Ajay Ratra, who made 131, adding 60 more runs to their overnight partnership of 193. But Sony Cheruvathur, broke the partnership, and took a further four wickets in the day, to finish with figures of 6 for 96, as Goa lost seven wickets for 72 runs.
Madhya Pradesh 299 for 5 (Kanitkar 75, Bundela 59) lead Vidarbha 217 (Fazal 77, Dholpure 7-37) by 82 runs
A 132-run stand between Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Devendra Bundela for the third wicket helped Madhya Pradesh consolidate their dominant position in Indore on the second day, after they had bowled out Vidarbha for 217 on the first.
Kanitkar and Bundela came together with the score on 92, and hit 21 fours between them. However, they both fell to Harshal Shitoot, the offspinner, within a space of five runs. Vidarbha may feel they have just about weakened the advantage held by Madhya Pradesh, taking one more wicket, that of Brijesh Tomar for 26, before the end of the day's play, as the hosts were 299 for 5 at stumps, a lead of 82.
Tripura 223 (Saha 58, Karmakar 5-44, R Kumar 5-79) and 0 for 0 lead Services 138 (Khan 52, Dey 3-16, Debnath 2-22, Jain 2-33) by 85 runs
Tripura were on top at the end of the second day in Delhi after bowling out Services for 138 to gain a lead of 85. The Tripura bowlers made frequent inroads, preventing any partnership from exceeding 25 runs. Just three Services batsmen reached double-figures, with Tahir Khan top-scoring with 52. Abhijit was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 for 16, and was ably assisted by spinners Jayanta Debnath and Tushar Saha, who took two wickets each. Tripura, in their second innings, faced just one over, without losing a wicket.
Earlier, Tripura managed to add just 17 runs to their overnight score of 206 for 7, as Rakesh Kumar and Shuvra Karmakar took the three remaining scalps, to finish with five wickets each.
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