Assam and Himachal wrap up wins in style
Assam 195 (Purkayastha 77) and 213 for 5 (Parida 79, Debnath 4-69) beat Tripura 215 (Dutta 54, Konwar 5-59) and 192 (Shetty 55, Katti 4-63) by 5 wickets
Tripura must have fancied their chances at Agartala when they set Assam 212 to win, having bowled them out for 195 the first time. But captain Rashmi Parida made amends for his duck earlier in the first innings, scoring 79 to lead the visitors to a five-wicket victory. Resuming at 96 for 5, Nishit Shetty took Tripura past the 150-run mark before falling to Ranjitkumar Mali after a well-made 55. Anand Katti added three more wickets to his kitty to finish with 4-63 as Tripura finished on 192, setting the visitors a competitive target. However, Parida's innings, and a 91-run third-wicket stand with Jacob Martin, ended Tripura's hopes. Jayanta Debnath's 4-69 was not enough as Deepak Sharma (41) and Sarupam Purkayastha took Assam home.
Himachal Pradesh 370 (Mukesh 88, Sangram 72, Yohannan 6-89) beat Kerala 135 (Thakur 5-26, Malik 3-24) and 179 (Malik 4-17, Sarandeep Singh 3-30) by an innings and 56 runs
Himachal Pradesh bagged maximum points after thrashing Kerala inside three days in Dharamshala. Resuming at 27 for 2, they lost Antony Sebastian two runs later in a top-order collapse engineered by Vikramjeet Malik (4-17). A seventh-wicket stand of 62 between Karimuttathu Rakesh and Vinan Nair was the highest of the innings and an unbeaten 41 from captain Sony Cheruvathur was not enough to stave off the heavy defeat.
Jharkhand 113 (Rana 5-32) and 180 for 2 (Ghosh 89, Vardhan 44) trail Haryana 500 (Saini 125, Sunny 127, Rao 4-108) by 207 runs
Jharkhand made amends for following on with a strong performance by openers Subroto Ghosh and Manish Vardhan, the captain, in their second innings. While Ghosh hit a cautious 89, Vardhan provided able support with 44 but at stumps Jharkhand still trailed by 207 runs. They began the day on a miserable note, Haryana's bowlers completed the rout by shooting them out for 113 in their first innings. Sachin Rana was the pick of the bowlers; he added two wickets on the third day to finish with 5 for 32.
Goa 337 (Asnodkar 93, D'Souza 65) and 170 for 9 (Vijay Sharma 3-15) lead Jammu & Kashmir 267 (Joglekar 120, Bandekar 4-69) by 240 runs
Jammu & Kashmir's seamers swung the momentum back in favour of the visitors as they had Goa reeling at Margao. Vijay Sharma accounted for three of Goa's top four batsmen, while Samiullah Beigh and Pranav Mahajan picked up two wickets each. Manoj Joglekar brought up his century earlier in the day as Jammu & Kashmir looked to narrow the overnight lead of 166 runs but he lacked support for his 120 and J&K failed to press home the advantage.
Bengal 210 (Kundu 66) and 126 for 4 (Saha 50*) lead Madhya Pradesh 278 (Tomar 62, Saxena 50, Dinda 5-85) by 58 runs
Jatin Saxena and Shantanu Pitre's defiant 70-run eighth-wicket partnership denied Bengal a lead against Madhya Pradesh in Gwalior. After Brijesh Tomar's dismissal for 62, Saxena and Pitre (26) helped Madhya Pradesh finish with a lead of 68 runs. Ashok Dinda was the pick of the Bengal bowlers with 5 for 85. Bengal had a nightmare start with both openers, Anustup Majumdar and Shreevats Goswami, out without scoring in successive overs. However, Avik Chowdhury (45) and Wriddhiman Saha (50) steadied the innings but Bengal still have a lot of work to do to get something out of the match.
Services 77 (Singh 5-27) and 96 for 3 (Tomar 63) need another 325 runs to beat Vidarbha 151 (Rakesh Kumar 5-45) and 346 (Faizal 200*, Paradkar 58) by 324 runs
Faiz Faizal scored an unbeaten double hundred to give Vidarbha a firm grip on the match in Delhi. Faizal and Ranjit Paradkar (58) battered the Services bowling line up, as Vidarbha declared on 346 for 5. The target of 420 was always going to be an uphill task for Services, who collapsed for 77 in the first innings. Sumit Tomar scored a fluent 63 but three wickets before stumps put Vidarbha firmly in the driver's seat.