Rishi Dhawan five-for sinks Assam

Goa 251 (Pinto 82, Rana 6-64) and 238 for 9 dec (Gaonkar 74, Yadav 50, Murasingh 4-49) drew with Tripura 265 (Murasingh 63, Yadav 4-62) and 113 for 1 (Ghosh 47*, Bose 41)

Tripura and Goa played out a draw in Agartala, though Tripura were the happier of the two teams, as a 14-run lead in the first-innings gave them three crucial points. Goa, who began their second innings at an overnight score 123 for 5, tried to force an outright win, as a 99-run partnership between Deepraj Gaonkar (74) and Amit Yadav (50) pushed the team to 238 for 9, after which they declared. It meant Tripura needed 225 for victory, but with only 31 overs left in the day, a favourable result for either team was unlikely. Bishal Ghosh (47) and Udiyan Bose (41) shared in an 89-run opening stand, as Tripura made 113 for 1 before the match ended.

Himachal Pradesh 549 for 4 declared (Dogra 230*, Bains 156) beat Assam 218 (Das 52, Bipul 2-20) and 198 (Tarjinder 90*, Dhawan 5-53) by an innings and 133 runs

Assam resisted for almost 80 overs on the final day, but a five-wicket haul from Rishi Dhawan helped Himachal Pradesh complete an innings and 133-run win in Guwahati. After being asked to follow on, Assam lost four early wickets to stumble to 28 for 4, but Tarjinder Singh, coming in at No.6, batted for nearly five hours to score an unbeaten 90.

Tarjinder stroked 13 fours during his knock, but was hard-pressed to find solid support at the other end, as only three other batsmen reached double-digit scores and Assam were eventually bundled out for 198. Dhawan claimed 5 for 53, while Ankush Bedi and Vikramjeet Malik snared two wickets apiece.

Jharkhand 337 (Virat 100, Kaushal 53) and 337 for 5 (Tiwary 125*, Nadeem 71) drew against Kerala (Samson 89, Gomez 76, Monish 75*, Rituraj 4-74)

Saurabh Tiwary scored his first century of the season, as Jharkhand batted out the whole day against Kerala in Dhanbad to secure a draw, though Kerala had already secured first-innings points. Starting the day at 68 for 1, Jharkhand lost Virat Singh early, but Tiwary put up big stands with Shahbaz Nadeem (71), Ishank Jaggi (51) and Kumar Deobrat (39) for the third, fourth and fifth wickets to lift the team to 337 for 5. Tiwary remained unbeaten on 125, with five fours and four sixes, helping Jharkhand make 337 for 5.

Services 306 (Chatterjee 70, Punia 70, Bhandari 4-75) and 285 (Yashpal 60, Bhandari 5-109) drew against Hyderabad 338 (Vihari 119, Saurabh 4-92) and 52 for 1

A fifty from Services captain Yashpal Singh ensured the team secured a draw against Hyderabad in Uppal. With Hyderabad already having gained a 32-run lead, Services had fallen further behind by slumping to 75 for 4 on the penultimate day. However, Yashpal (60) put up 50-plus stands with Devender Lochab and Saurabh Kumar, before Abhishek Sakuja chipped in with 46 down at No.10, to propel Services to 285. Akash Bhandari took five wickets, taking his match tally to nine, but leaked 109 runs from his 40 overs. Services' efforts meant that Hyderabad needed 254 to win, but with only 14 overs remaining, a draw was the only possible outcome. The hosts were 52 for 1 when the match ended.