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Saini, Harshal help Haryana storm into quarter-finals

Haryana won inside three days to take the other group results out of the equation Kamal Sharma (Haryana Cricket Association)

Haryana stormed into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011-12, as they beat Tripura by 119 runs at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Resuming on 186 for 4, Haryana lost their last six wickets for 75. Needing 314 to win, Tripura, who slumped to 65 for 7, were bowled out for 195.

They were in danger of losing halfway into the second session, but Haryana were defied briefly courtesy counter-attacking knocks from Manisankar Mura Singh (60) and Gurinder Singh (62) in a 119-run stand. Sanjay Pahal, the medium pacer, picked up three wickets, while Harshal Patel, who took a five-for in the first innings, finished with match haul of 7 for 60. The win was largely set up by Nitin Saini's second-innings ton.

Andhra dismissed Hyderabad for 143 before declaring on 171 for 6 in Lucknow, in a bid to beat their opponents and leapfrog into the knockouts. Hyderabad, chasing 219 to win, finished the day on 13 for 1, and need to simply draw the match to move on to the quarter-finals, while their opponents need nine wickets on the final day to win and qualify.

Hyderabad, who started the day on 81 for 5, were all out 62 runs later as Paidikalva Vijaykumar finished with figures of 4 for 40. He was assisted by D Siva Kumar and spinner Bhargav Bhatt, who shared two wickets apiece, to dismiss their opponents inside the morning's first 30 overs.

Andhra's second innings lasted only 29.3 overs as they went at a rate of 5.79 to score 171 runs before declaring. Hanuma Vihari hit a 54-ball 57 while Prasanth Kumar scored a brisk 36. Medium-pacer Mohammed Siraj took his second four-wicket haul of the season during Andhra's pursuit of quick runs.

An unbeaten ton from Sachin Baby saw Kerala bat through to finish on 271 for 5 in Delhi, trailing Services by 51 runs. Haryana's win earlier in the day had put Kerala our of contention for the knockouts.

They had started the day on 31 for 1 and lost Rohan Prem off the seventh delivery, soon followed by Salman Nazir. Medium-pacer Diwesh Pathania (2-74) removed both of them. Kerala were then reduced 74 for 4 after Bhavin Thakkar (32) was bowled by Irfan Khan. But they were revived courtesy a 187-run partnership between Baby and Jalaj Saxena (84). The duo batted almost 60 of the day's 86 overs before Saxena was removed by Irfan, who finished the day with figures of 3 for 73. Baby remained not out on 112 as play ended with Akshay Chandran (6) at the other end.

Sumeet Verma's career-best 160 and Prashant Chopra's 194 hauled Himachal to 528 as they gave themselves a realistic chance to walk away with at least three points in their clash against Goa in Mumbai. Goa were 99 for 2 at stumps, still trailing by 49 runs.

Himachal, resuming on 254 for 2, were driven by Sumeet and Prashant, who added 78 to their overnight stand of 163 before Prashant fell six short of a double century. His counter-attacking 170-ball knock consisted of 23 fours and seven sixes. Himachal lost a few quick wickets after his dismissal, but Sumeet stitched together a 108-run stand for the sixth wicket with Bipul Sharma to frustrate Goa and take HP past the 380 they had posted. Bipul scored a 58-ball 60 during the partnership which came at a slightly faster rate than HP's overall scoring rate of 5.42.

In Gwalior, Chhatisgarh took their lead to 229 after finishing on 101 for 1 at stumps against Jammu & Kashmir. Earlier in the day, Sumit Ruikar had finished with 5 for 59 to dismiss J&K for 242.

J&K, who started the day on 33 for 2, suffered two batting collapses on either side of 101-run stand for the fifth wicket between Ian Dev Singh (48) and Parvez Rasool (98). They lost their first four wickets for 67 runs and their last six for 72, as Ruikar picked up J&K's last five batsmen to give Chhattisgarh a 128-run lead.

Chhatisgarh's openers added 72 runs to that lead, before Sahil Gupta (33) fell to Rasool. His opening partner Manoj Singh (45) remained unbeaten with Amandeep Khare (17*) to see off the remaining overs without any casualties.