It was a day for the Das's at Cuttack. Shiv Sunder Das, the former Indian opener, amassed his maiden first-class triple hundred while Rashmi Ranjan Das chipped in with his first hundred as Orissa continued to dominate against J&K. SS Das took 500 deliveries to reach his landmark, before the declaration arrived, while RR Das, the more aggressive of the duo, cracked ten fours and two sixes in his knock. J&K began their reply on a disastrous note - going into stumps at 6 for 2. The Orissa Cricket Association declared cash prizes of Rs 30,000 and Rs 10,000 for the heroes of the day.
Jai Prakash Yadav led Railways' fightback against Kerala on a rain-affected day at Delhi, polishing off the tail to end with a five-wicket haul. Resuming on 223 for 6, Kerala lost their last four wickets for only 41. Railways were soon reduced to 64 for 3 before a spate of showers, at 1:11pm, abandoned play for the rest of the day.
Robin D'Souza and Saahil Dhuri snaffled three wickets apiece as Goa edged ahead of Madhya Pradesh on the second day at Indore. A 60-run stand for the second wicket between Monish Mishra and Amit Pal helped MP cruise to 72 for 1, chasing Goa's 223, before D'Souza triggered a mini-collapse. Murtaza Ali, in just his second first-class game, chipped in with 49 but the rest of the batsmen struggled against Goa's medium-pace duo.
Anand Katti's 93 led a lower-order revival to lift Assam to 308 but Vidarbha foughtback with 151 for 2 at the end of the second day at Nagpur. Katti's knock spanned more than five hours and he received valuable support from the tail - Nos.9,10 and 11 added 60 between them. Vidarbha, though, weren't done yet with Amit Deshpande (59) and Harshal Shitoot (51) piloting them to a healthy total.
Timir Chanda ensured that Tripura had the better of the attritional battle at Agartala. His cautious unbeaten 98 helped Tripura extended their total to 275 before his three wickets rattled Jharkhand's top order, reducing them to 59 for 3. Rajiv Kumar and Santosh Lal steadied the innings with a couple of plucky innings, taking Jharkhand to 169 for 5 at stumps.
Only 28.5 overs were possible on a curtailed day at Delhi as Himachal Pradesh extended their total to 315 before Services responded with 31 for no loss. Manish Jha, the medium-pacer, polished off HP's lower order to end with his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.