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November 5, 2008
Madhya Pradesh 29 for 0 and 353 (Kanitkar 75, Bundela 59, Yadav 4-72) beat Vidarbha 217 (Fazal 77, Dholpure 7-37) and 162 (Dholpure 5-50, Pandey 4-66) by ten wickets
Sunil Dholpure snared 12 wickets in the match to help Madhya Pradesh open their campaign with an emphatic victory in Indore. Vidarbha's second innings bore several similarities to their first: their openers, Faiz Fazal and Amit Deshpande, top scored and their batsmen had no answer to Dholpure's offspin.
Medium-pacer Sanjay Pandey took the first two wickets to fall but Vidarbha progressed to 75 for 2 before succumbing to Dholpure. They lost six wickets for 37 runs, and had their last two batsmen to thank for not losing by an innings. Madhya Pradesh were eventually left with a target of 27 which their openers knocked off in 6.1 overs.
Himachal Pradesh 113 (Budhwar 5-30) and 238 (Dogra 64) beat Haryana 98 (Malik 6-43) and 150 (Dewan 66, Malik 7-29) by 103 runs
There was a third-day finish in Rohtak as well, with Himachal Pradesh's Vikramjeet Malik taking 13 wickets in the match to consign Haryana to a 103-run defeat. Himachal, who were in the Super League last season, resumed on 185 for 4 only to slump to 238 all out. The collapse would have been even more dramatic had it not been for former Indian offspinner Sarandeep Singh lashing a 21-ball 25.
Haryana's chase of 254 rarely looked like succeeding with eight of their batsmen making single-digit scores. Debutant Rahul Dewan was the only batsman to offer resistance, scoring a combative 66. The rest struggled to cope with Malik, who went one better than his six wickets in the first innings, to ensure five points for Himachal Pradesh.
Kerala 327 for 3 (Sreekumar Nair 143*, Prem 96*) trail Goa 460 by 133 runs
The match between Kerala and Goa in Palakkad lurched towards a stalemate with Kerala crawling to 327 for 3 in their first innings by the end of the third day. Though they lost only one wicket in the day, Kerala pottered along at less than two-and-a-half runs an over. VA Jagadeesh was dismissed in the third over of the day after which Sreekumar Nair and Preambhastn Prem ground out an unbroken 216-run partnership. With an outright result improbable, the match has now been reduced to a tussle for the three points on offer for the first-innings lead.
Services 55 for 3 and 138 need another 261 runs to beat Tripura 223 and 230 (Vineet 58*)
Tripura's tailenders, led by Vineet Jain's breezy 58, left their side well-placed for an outright win against Services in Delhi. After conceding a 95-run first-innings lead, Services had clawed their way back into the match by reducing Tripura to 93 for 7. However, their bowlers were unable to finish the job and Tripura's last three wickets realised 137 valuable runs. Jain slammed five fours and four sixes in his knock while wicketkeeper Tushar Saha made a 33-ball 38 to help push Tripura's lead beyond 300.
To make matters worse for Services, they lost two wickets off the last two overs of the day to finish on 55 for 3, needing another 261 more runs.
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