After the disgraceful scenes at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi wherein Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary almost traded blows, the latter responded with a stellar innings to frustrate the Delhi bowlers. In reply, the home batsmen negotiated the remainder of the day even as Gambhir did not come out to bat.
Bengal 357 & 217/5 (Tiwary 97, Gani 62, Narwal 2-37) Declared; Delhi 249 & 161/4 (Pant 57, Gani 3-47) – Match Drawn
In Nagpur, Vidarbha completed a tense victory over Assam to garner 6 points. On the back of a convincing opening partnership between Faiz Fazal and former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer, Vidarbha appeared to be cruising towards the target. Despite a late flurry of wickets, Assam could not stop the home team from chasing the target.
Vidarbha 154 & 215/7 (Jaffer 71, Fazal 63, Verma 3-55); Assam 206 & 160 – Vidarbha won by 3 wickets
Ankit Rajpoot’s 5-wicket haul demolished Andhra Pradesh to help Uttar Pradesh successfully defend 183 in Ongole. The medium pacer bowled with impressive control as he ran through an Andhra outfit led by former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif. He was ably supported by the likes of Praveen Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav.
Andhra Pradesh 297 & 126 (Target 183) Rajpoot 5-35; Uttar Pradesh 170 & 309 – Uttar Pradesh Won by 56 Runs
Resuming at 345/9, the last-wicket pair added vital runs for Baroda to douse Mumbai’s hopes of forcing a result. Suryakumar Yadav’s 2nd innings century in Vadodara meant that the contest ended in a draw.
Baroda 397 (Devdhar 95, Vahora 57, Kulkarni 5-82); Mumbai 447 & 202/5 (Suryakumar Yadav 100*, Swapnil 3-70) – Match Drawn
Defending champions Karnataka managed to escape with a draw against Haryana in Mysuru. Chasing an unlikely 373 to win, the Karnataka batsmen decided to hold fort and scrape a draw. Haryana, led by the recently retired Virender Sehwag came within 2 wickets to securing a major triumph.
Karnataka 221 & 202/8 (Target 373) Jayant 6-65; Haryana 331 & 262-9 Declared – Match Drawn
In the picturesque city of Dharamsala, the encounter between Himachal Pradesh and Goa ended in a tame draw after the Goan batsmen had made merry on a placid surface.
Goa 324 & 367/6 Declared (Kauthankar 101, Asnodkar 72, Rishi 2-58); Himachal Pradesh 376 & 125/2 (Target 316) – Match Drawn
Ashok Menaria’s patient 150* enabled Rajasthan to reach a position of safety at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur and prevented Maharashtra from seizing the advantage.
Rajasthan 318 & 334/5 Declared (Menaria 150*, Mundhe 2-51); Maharashtra 409 & 17/0 – Match Drawn
Madhya Pradesh thwarted the Yuvraj Singh-led Punjab as Jalaj Saxena, Rameez Khan and Devendra Bundela scored half-centuries in Patiala.
Madhya Pradesh 370 & 314/6 (Saxena 95, Bundela 55*, Ladda 3-52); Punjab 358 – Match Drawn
After dismissing Services for 319, the Kerala batsmen never attempted to score quickly and put the opposition under pressure as the match finished in a draw.
Kerala 322 & 176/3 Declared (Kodoth 72); Services 319 & 43/4 (Baby 3-24) – Match Drawn
Despite Jammu & Kashmir’s urge to unearth a victory, Arindam Das and Parvinder Singh posted hundreds to save Tripura from defeat.
Jammu & Kashmir 428 and 163 for 3 Declared; Tripura 224 & 243/2 (Das 106*, Parvinder 100*) – Match DrawnPublished 25 Oct 2015, 20:31 IST