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February 22, 2012
Kedar Jadhav blazed an unbeaten hundred to set up Maharashtra's 43-run win over Gujarat at the Bandra Kurla Complex ground in Mumbai. Maharashtra were reduced to 6 for 2 by Amit Singh after choosing to bat but Rohit Motwani (71) and Ankit Bawne (52) revived their side. Salil Yadav removed the duo off successive deliveries to make it 131 for 4. Jadhav and Nikhil Paradkar took the game away from Gujarat with an unbeaten 199-run partnership that came at close to nine runs an over. Jadhav took just 68 balls for his 107 while Paradkar made 87 off 70. Priyank Panchal kept Gujarat's chase going with a breezy century. Niraj Patel chipped in with 64 as he added 114 with Panchal. Samad Fallah bowled Niraj and the rest of the line-up could not last for long. Panchal's dismissal for 129 off 113 made it 258 for 7 and Gujarat were bowled out for 287, Fallah taking the last wicket to finish with 4 for 48.
Services won a low-scoring game narrowly against Jammu & Kashmir by 14 runs at the Palam A Ground in Delhi. Services had a poor outing with the bat with no batsman making more than 29 as they managed 187. Their lower order did well to get even that much from 133 for 7. J&K had a worse start to their chase and were 38 for 4 at one stage. Hardeep Singh kept them in the hunt with a fifty but once he departed with the score on 146, Services terminated the innings on 173, with 33 deliveries still left.
Sachin Rana led with a century as Haryana comfortably got past Himachal Pradesh at the Palam B Ground in Delhi. Rana made 110 off 105 to take Himachal to 291 for 7. Rana got support from Sunny Singh (42) and Rahul Dewan (54). Rishi Dhawan had 4 for 64 but that didn't deter Haryana from posting a stiff total. Himachal were never in the chase and lost wickets regularly to be dismissed for 212, with Kuldeep Hooda taking 3 for 27.
Jharkhand completed a tight chase against Tripura winning by three wickets in the last over at the Jadavpur University Complex in Kolkata. Ishank Jaggi made 63 to rescue the tottering innings from 44 for 3. Rana Dutta, who took 4 for 47, reduced Jharkhand to 168 for 6 but Deepak Chougule steered them home with an unbeaten fifty. Half-centuries from Samrat Singha and Nirupam Sen Chowdhary had earlier taken Tripura to 236 for 9.
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Plays of the day from the fifth ODI in Ranchi
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