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With a bonus point gained for the innings' win, the host garnered three points from this match and has four from three matches in the seven-team cluster. Orissa has none from four matches.
It was the lanky mediumpacer's second consecutive 10-wicket match haul; the one against Uttar Pradesh, however, had gone in vain. He had missed the season opener against Baroda.
On a wicket that continued to aid mediumpacers (which was why the home team operated only pace bowlers through the match), Balaji, who took five for 25 in the first innings, scalped Sujan Mohanty, P. Jaychandra and Gautam Gopal in quick time to leave Orissa, resuming at 78 for four, breathless at 100 for seven.
Hat-trick by Gagandeep
Gagandeep Singh became the first Punjab bowler to achieve a hat-trick while powering his side to a 47-run win over Uttar Pradesh in an elite group `B' encounter at Mohali. His victims were Nikhil Chopra, Javed Anwar and M.B. Tripathi.
At the Kotla, Delhi, resuming at 57 for one and needing 128 more for victory over Andhra, achieved it with seven wickets to spare, highlighted by Akash Chopra's undefeated 93.
Among the other notable performers in the elite group matches were Rajasthan off-spinner Rahul Kanwat (five for 47) and Railways' Amit Pagnis (116).
Elite Group `A':Andhra 198 & 97 lost to Delhi 111 & 186 for three (Akash Chopra 93 not out, Mithun Manhas 53, Kalyan Krishna three for 48), in Delhi.
Himachal Pradesh 166 & 195 (Rahul Kanwat five for 47) v Rajasthan 266 (Ashok Thakur five for 73) & 35 for no loss, in Jaipur.
Mumbai 248 & 10 for one v Railways 282 for eight decl. (Amit Pagnis 116, T.P. Singh 83, J.P. Yadav 60, Nilesh Kulkarni four for 56), in Delhi.
Hyderabad 395 & 127 for one (Daniel Manohar 66 batting, A. Nandakishore 50 batting) v Bengal 313 (Deep Dasgupta 65, L.R. Shukla 84 not out, Utpal Chatterjee 36, Vishnuvardhan three for 54), in Hyderabad.
Group `B': Orissa 122 & 156 (Pravanjan Mullick 35, R.R. Parida 61, L. Balaji six for 26, G. Vignesh three for 50) lost to Tamil Nadu 314, in Chennai.
Baroda 498 v Gujarat 210 (Luv Pawar 36, Mukund Parmar 37, Pallav Vora 37, Hitesh Bachani five for 47, Tushar Arothe four for 51) & 42 for two, in Ahmedabad.
Punjab 208 & 199 (Samrat Sharma 44, Dinesh Mongia 86, A.W. Zaidi three for 71, M.B. Tripathi six for 62) bt Uttar Pradesh 111 & 249 (Jyoti Yadav 39, Md. Saif 41, Nikhil Chopra 64, Gagandeep Singh four for 69 (including a hat-trick), Vineet Sharma three for 59), in Mohali.
Goa 311 & 138 for eight (S. Jakati 47, Shaikh 30, Dhruv three for 24) v Saurashtra 251 (F. Bambhania 46, Rakesh Dhruv 65, Faisal Shaikh five for 52), in Rajkot.
Tripura 102 & 170 (Ritesh Jaiswal 51, Chetan Sachdev 41, Preetam Gandhe three for 63) lost to Vidarbha 445, in Nagpur.
Kerala 478 for eight decl. v Services 266 for seven (Yashpal Singh 61, Krishna Chawda 52, Sanjeev Mishra 42), in Delhi.
Jammu & Kashmir 131 & 336 for five (Vikrant Taggar 128, Kawaljit Singh 99, Shami Salaria 50 batting) v Maharashtra 397, in Pune.
Bihar 225 & 136 for two (M.S. Dhoni 40, Rajiv Kumar 53 batting) v Haryana 491 (Joginder Sharma 80, Jitender Singh 73, Sumit Sharma 37, Sumit Narwal 137, Dharmender Phagna 54, Nikhilesh Ranjan three for 52), in Gurgaon (Haryana).
Madhya Pradesh 314 & 69 for three v Karnataka 263, in Gwalior.
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