Nayar's six-wicket haul gives Mumbai advantage

Mumbai 19 for 0 trail Himachal Pradesh 250 (Sarandeep Singh 75, Mannu 61, Nayar 6-45) by 231 runs

Abhishek Nayar starred with a six-wicket haul to bowl out Himachal Pradesh (HP) for a below-par 250 after the opening day's play in Ahmedabad. HP were strangled by Nayar's triple-strike late in the first session before a rearguard from Ajay Mannu and Sarandeep Singh extricated them from a precarious 74 for 5. However, on a slow, unresponsive track, Mumbai hold all the aces and can be expected to take a handy first-innings lead.

After being sent in, HP's openers provided a solid start, reaching 50 without loss before Nayar struck; his wicket-to-wicket line paid off as he claimed two lbw victims. Dhawal Kulkarni too got into the act with a double-strike to further jolt HP before Sarandeep and Mannu started the repair job. The pair's 101-run partnership lent some respectability to the total but another slide started when off-spinner Ramesh Powar got rid of Mannu. Nayar returned to get rid of Sarandeep and ran through the tail to finish with career-best figures.

Uttar Pradesh 242 for 6 (Raina 93, Parvinder Singh 53*) v Gujarat

Suresh Raina hit 93 to push Uttar Pradesh to 242 for 6 after being put into bat by Gujarat in Vadodara. However, Gujarat will be happy with the end-of-the-day situation as UP were sitting pretty at 108 for 1 at one stage.

After the early loss of the in-form Tanmay Srivastava, Raina combined with the opener Shivakant Shukla to take UP to a healthy position. However, the run-outs of Shukla and Mohammad Kaif hampered their progress. Raina, who has a solitary fifty this season, hit 12 fours and four sixes in a 172-ball stay, but fell to Ashraf Makda to leave UP in more trouble at 160 for 4. Parvinder Singh then scored a patient unbeaten fifty to ensure Gujarat didn't run away with the game.

Medium-pacer Siddharth Trivedi and off-spinner Mukund Parmar didn't do much damage but Makda chipped in with two wickets to keep Gujarat in the hunt.

Karnataka 265 for 8 (Uthappa 139, R Jadeja 5-71) v Saurashtra

Ravindra Jadeja continued his magnificent form to restrict Karnataka and help Saurashtra gain the upper hand on the opening day of their quarter-final clash. In a marathon 30-over spell of accurate and incisive left-arm spin Jadeja bagged his fourth five-for of the season which included three wickets in seven balls to overshadow Robin Uthappa's brilliant century. At stumps R Vinay Kumar remained unbeaten on 22 after partnering Sunil Joshi in a 40-run eighth-wicket stand that frustrated Saurashtra. Read full report here.

Bengal 292 for 5 (Tiwary 134*, Chakrabarthy 57, Saha 53) v Tamil Nadu

Manoj Tiwary hit an attractive century to propel Bengal to 292 for 5 on a flat track at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Tiwary stitched together a 127-run partnership with Dibyendu Chakrabarty to lift Bengal from 131 for 4 towards a position of relative strength. However, on a batting beauty Bengal need at least 400 to put Tamil Nadu under pressure. Read full report here.

Gujarat 4th innings Partnerships

1st2ND ModiPK Panchal
2nd8NK PatelND Modi
3rd42ND ModiPA Patel
4th54ND ModiBD Thaker