Chowdhury holds fort as Tripura go top
Tripura 179 (Khatri 6-49) and 130 for 9 (Chowdhury 30*, Debnath 6*, Khatri 4-43) beat Rajasthan 102 (Mota 6-26) and 206 (Saxena 70, Bist 47*, Chowdhury 5-35) by one wicket
Tripura took the top spot in the group - to reach eight points - after narrowly beating Rajasthan by one wicket in Agartala. The match was tantalisingly poised at stumps yesterday with the hosts needing 16 runs to win with two wickets remaining. There were some anxious moments before Tripura achieved the target of 130 in the 14th over of the day. Debabrata Chowdhury, who cracked four boundaries during his 103-ball effort guided them home along with Jayanta Debnath. Madhur Khatri claimed 4 for 43 for Rajasthan, finishing with a match haul of ten, but it was in vain as Tripura grabbed all five points.
Jharkhand 292 and 155 for 9 (Nemat 27, Gautam 27, Yadav 6-40) drew with Vidarbha 248 (Wakhare 56, Sharma 3-44, Nadeem 3-51)
Jharkhand and Vidarbha played out a draw in Ranchi, and the washed out first day contributed heavily to the result. Vidarbha had reached 160 for 7 at stumps on the third day, but a half-century from Akshay Wakhare, who was supported well by the lower order, took them to a respectable 248. For Jharkhand, Kuldeep Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem grabbed three wickets each to give their team a handy lead of 44. But their batsmen struggled in the second innings, as fast bowler Umesh Yadav grabbed a career-best 6 for 40 to leave Jharkhand at 155 for 9 at stumps, just 111 ahead. Jharkhand and Vidarbha have drawn each of their two games in the league, but the former are ahead on points after gaining a first-innings lead. Jharkhand are placed third in Group A with four points, while Vidarbha are fifth with just two.
Assam 177 for 5 (Jadhav 57, Muzumdar 44) drew with Goa
Margao finally witnessed some play after three washed out days, as Assam reached 177 for 5 at stumps on the fourth and final day. With little to be derived out the game, but for a point for each team, Assam got some batting practice in the 64 overs they faced. Opener Dheeraj Jadhav top scored with 57, while captain Amol Muzumdar made a patient 44. There were two wickets apiece for Kshemal Waingankar and Reagan Pinto. Goa now stand with three points and are placed fourth on Group A, while Assam are at the bottom.
Haryana 225 and 57 for 3 (Sunny 50*, Nabi 2-16) drew with Jammu and Kashmir 179 (Shah 52, Chahal 4-22, Joginder 3-50)
Haryana are at the top of the Group B table after securing three points against Jammu and Kashmir, who conceded a first-innings lead, in Srinagar. J&K, who are now placed at the bottom of the table, had done well on the third day, bowling out the opposition for 225. However, they were let down by their batsmen in the reply, as they failed to measure up to the bowling of legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal (4 for 22) and Joginder Sharma (3 for 50) to be bowled out for 179, a deficit of 46. Only Hiken Shah offered any significant resistance, scoring 52, but his efforts were in vain. Haryana's performance in their brief second innings was lacklustre - they reached 57 for 3 at stumps - but a lead in the first innings meant they got what they wanted out of a rain-affected encounter.
Madhya Pradesh 172 for 1 (Ojha 87*, Kanitkar 63*) drew with Kerala
There was no play possible on the fourth day in Indore, between Madhya Pradesh and Kerala. Only one team had an opportunity to bat in the game - MP made 172 for 3 - and as a result, the teams earned a point each. Both teams are equal on points, but MP are ahead at third place in the table, due to a higher quotient of 0.697.
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