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December 25, 2009
Delhi 69 for 2 trail Tamil Nadu 463 (Anirudha 113*, Mishra 5-112) by 394 runs
An century from Srikkanth Anirudha carried Tamil Nadu from 278 for 4 to a very imposing 463, with help from an in-form lower order, and by stumps at the Palam A Ground hosts Delhi were under the kosh. Anirudha, overnight on 41, made his way to 113 and forged a 99-run stand with C Ganapathy (41) before he fell. Then L Balaji picked up 42 and Tamil Nadu got past 450, with Vikas Mishra bagging a deserved five-wicket haul. Facing a mountain, Delhi lost their openers inside 14 overs, meaning their middle order has plenty to do.
Uttar Pradesh 213 and 25 for 0 lead Assam 149 (Muzumdar 53) by 89 runs
RP Singh and Piyush Chawla, neither of which has been in the preference of the national selectors, lead Uttar Pradesh's march toward the semi-finals on day two in Guwahati. UP knocked over Assam for 149 to take a lead of 64, which was extended to 89 for the loss of no wicket by the close. In reply to UP's 213, Assam were all out in 54.4 overs with the opposition bowlers turning in a proper team effort. Assam's captain Amol Muzumdar (53) was the only batsman to weigh in during a disappointing day for the hosts, which began with early losses. The left-arm spinner Praveen Gupta got the ball rolling UP's way by dismissing Amit Sinha, after which RP and his new-ball partner Shalabh Srivastava nipped away. Chawla added two to his name. UP were 25 for 0 in their second innings with Tanmay Srivastava and Shivakant Shukla batting.
Haryana 34 for 2 trail Mumbai 400 (Rahane 143, Powar 53, Rana 4-72)
by 366 runs
Mumbai continued their fightback against Haryana on the second day in Rohtak. From 238 for 5, they finished on 400 thanks to Ajinkya Rahane and the lower order. Rahane resumed on 116 with Powar, who had yet to get off the mark after 29 deliveries, and frustrated Haryana for 23.1 until over, at which point he was dismissed for 43. Powar found able assistance in the form of Iqbal Abdullah, and the pair put on 55. Powar made 53 from 191 deliveries and Abdullah was unbeaten on 45 off 100. In the 18 overs remaining in the day Haryana progressed to 34 for 2, losing Nitin Saini and Sunny Singh to the economical Dhawal Kulkarni.
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