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November 19, 2008
Mumbai 330 (Rahane 160, Muzumdar 83, Narwal 4-43) and 468 for 4 (Kukreja 229*, Jaffer 98, Rahane 78, Samant 53*) drew with Delhi 295 (Manhas 98, Bhatia 81, Bahutule 3-44)
Though they were 184 runs ahead of Delhi in their second innings at the start of day four, Mumbai chose to give some batting practice to their top order instead of going for a win. Sahil Kukreja scored his maiden double-hundred, while Wasim Jaffer, Ajinkya Rahane and Vinayak Samant got half-centuries each.
Kukreja and Jaffer added 178 together before Sumit Narwal bowled Jaffer for 98. By then the lead was 213 but looking at the way their openers batted with ease on the fourth-day pitch, Mumbai may have been reluctant to set Delhi a target. Rahane, Mumbai's first-innings top scorer, scored a quick 94-ball 78 before he became Narwal's second wicket. Two more wickets fell in the next eight overs before Samant and Kukreja batted out the rest of the day. Theirs was the third century-partnership of the innings. Kukreja's 315-ball 229 included 13 boundaries. Delhi used seven bowlers, including Aakash Chopra, who has taken six wickets in 124 first-class games. Mumbai currently lead the points table with 12 from three games.
Hyderabad 225 (Quadri 57, Trivedi 4-44) and 287 for 7 (Arjun 118*, Trivedi 3-60) drew with Gujarat 520 for 9 dec (Modi 250*, Niraj 76)
Arjun Yadav's unbeaten century saved Hyderabad from falling to an innings defeat against Gujarat after they were forced to follow on in Ahmedabad. Gujarat were eyeing a big win as Siddharth Trivedi reduced Gujarat to 45 for 3 overnight.
Yadav was batting on eight at stumps and day three and along with TS Suman, he added 75 for the fourth wicket before Suman was bowled by Mohnish Parmar for 43. With 48 overs still left in the day, and Hyderabad trailing by 188 runs, Yadav dug his heels in. He added 40 with D Rushi Raj, 80 with Syed Quadri and another 54 with MP Arjun but it looked like Gujarat would take six points from the game when Arjun fell as the seventh wicket and Hyderabad were still trailing with eight more overs to go. However with stolid support from Shoaib Ahmed (4 off 27 balls), Yadav managed to avert the disaster and take away one point from the match.
Orissa 281 (SS Das 74, Pati 72 Halhadar Das 59, Vivek Yadav 4-45) and 209 (Das 61, Behera 54, Vivek Yadav 4-38) drew with Rajasthan 270 (Khoda 127, Dhiraj 7-83) and 131 for 4 (Bist 60*)
Yet another draw after Rajasthan bowled out Orissa for 209 but managed only 131 of their 221-run target in Sambalpur. Orissa may have sensed a win when they removed the Rajasthan openers with six on the board but Robin Bist ensured that would not happen by batting for more than three hours for an unbeaten 60. His 68-run stand with Venugopal Rao steadied Rajasthan. There were a few nervous moments when Venugopal and Ashok Meenaria fell in quick succession but 21-year old Rajesh Bishnoi (15 off 62 balls) lent sensible support to Bist and the two batted out 22.5 overs to ensure the draw.
Railways 274 (Karan Sharma 79, Rawat 67, Pathan 4-42) and 240 for 5 (Pagnis 67, Bangar 55, Rawat 57) drew with Baroda 460 (Bilakhia 157, Williams 137)
Half-centuries from Sanjay Bangar, Amit Pagnis and Mahesn Rawat prevented Railways from losing to Baroda in Delhi.
Having conceded a 186 run first-innings lead, Railways got off to a great start as Bangar and Pagnis added 127 together. But then they lost three wickets in three overs with only two runs added to the total. Left-arm spinner Rajesh Pawar provided the breathrough when he stumped Bangar for 55. He returned to remove Karan Sharma for a duck after offspinner Utkarsh Patel had Pagnis caught for 67. Pawar now needs two more to get to 250-wicket landmark. Railways lost two more wickets after which Rawat and Harshad Rawle batted out for a draw.
Saurashtra 679 for 8 (Pujara 189, Shah 178, Kotak 102, Jadeja 56) drew with Punjab 482 (Ravi Inder Singh 114, Sohal 103, Kohli 79, Kakkar 67, Jadeja 5-106)
Over 1100 runs were scored in two innings in Rajkot's Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground as Saurashtra batted for three days for a mammoth 679 for 8 in reply to Punjab's 482. Saurashtra's innings included three centuries, including captain Jaydev Shah's on the final day, as his side sought to gain first-innings points.
Ravindra Jadeja, who picked up five wickets on day one, scored a half-century and added 161 with Shah. All 11 Punjab players bowled in looking for wickets. Debutant Varun Khanna, a left-arm spinner, was the most successful with 3 for 161.
Karnataka 366 (Uthappa 133, Joshi 65, Kalyankrishna 4-85) and 171 (Dravid 50, Vijaykumar 6-51) beat Andhra 218 (Manoj Sai 70, Suresh 54, Joshi 5-41) and 117 (KP Appanna 4-24) by 202 runs
There were no glorious uncertainties on the fourth day in Mysore with Karnataka needing a little more than two hours to complete a straightforward victory, their first of the season.
Andhra's slim chances of making the 292 more runs they needed became slimmer still when their most dependable batsman, Gnaneshwara Rao, fell to a spectacular one-handed catch by Robin Uthappa at mid-off in the fourth over of the day. Read full report here.
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