Pacers seal victory for Bengal

Bengal 155 (Mondal 69, Chanda 4-28) beat Tripura 133 by 22 runs

Bengal's disciplined bowling attack defended a relatively low total of 156 to bowl Tripura out for 133 at Bhubaneshwar. The three-pronged pace attack of Ranadeb Bose, Shib Paul and Laxmi Ratan Shukla left Tripura reeling at 39 for 6, and only Timir Chanda (43) managed any decent score as Bengal affected three run outs. Choosing to bat first, Bengal had been in similar trouble after Chanda (4 for 28) and Manoj Singh (3 for 27) bowled excellent spells, but Kamal Mondal (69) helped them to what would prove a winning total.

Orissa 195 for 6 (Pati 80) beat Jharkhand 194 (Keshav Kumar 56) by four wickets

Orissa opener Bikas Pati's 84-ball 80 made most of the difference as his side clinched a four-wicket win over Jharkhand at Cuttack. Set 195 to win, Pati forged small yet crucial partnerships for the first and second wickets, and though he departed with 56 to get, Orissa managed to get home with 32 deliveries remaining. Batting first, Jharkhand slumped to 30 for 3 before Rajiv Kumar (49) and Keshav Kumar (56) chipped in. Preetamjit Das, the left-arm medium-pacer, had the best figures of 32.