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February 26, 2013
Karnataka 197 for 3 (Rahul 104*, Satish 53) beat Uttar Pradesh 194 (Kaif 37, Gupta 34, Sharath 3-46, Appanna 2-42) by seven wickets
Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh comfortably in the first preliminary quarter-final, winning by seven wickets. Lokesh Rahul made an unbeaten 104 in Karnataka's successful chase of 195, his innings containing six fours and three sixes. Ganesh Satish supported him with a half-century in a second-wicket stand worth 119 and Karnataka won with 15 balls to spare. UP, who were asked to bat, were bowled out for 194. Each of their top six reached double-figures but the highest was just 37, and the last six wickets fell for 53. Medium-pacer HS Sharath picked up three wickets.
Assam 211 for 6 (Roy 97*, Pandey 2-36) beat Madhya Pradesh 210 (Ojha 74, Birla 72, Ahmed 5-32, Das 3-45) by four wickets
Assam qualified for the quarter-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy by beating Madhya Pradesh by four wickets in Visakhapatnam. Sibsankar Roy guided the Assam chase of 211 with an unbeaten 97, and was helped along the way by useful contributions from Tarjinder Singh and wicketkeeper Rajdeep Das, with whom he added 61 for the sixth wicket. Roy backed up a a five-wicket haul from seamer Abu Nechim Ahmed that helped restrict MP for 210. Naman Ojha and captain Udit Birla scored half-centuries for MP, and their team was reasonably well placed at 186 for 4 in 44 overs. But the last six wickets fell for 24 in 25 balls.
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