Sun rises in north and north-east: Tripura and J&K record rare wins

HP vs TRIPURA

Group C - NADAUN

It was a rare feeling for Tripura players at the end of the fourth day's play against Himachal Pradesh. Only on six other occasions have players from this state experienced the euphoria of an outright win. Their 109-run win over Himachal Pradesh in this Group C match on Tuesday was the seventh such occasion.

Chasing 359 runs for an unlikely victory on the fourth and final day, Himachal Pradesh were all out for 189 in their second innings at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium.

Tripura, who were 116 for five overnight, could manage just 177 in their second essay largely due to Vikramjeet Malik, who returned impressive figures of 5 for 36. Debutant Sanjay Majumdar and his medium pace partner Rana Dutta were the most successful bowlers for the visitors, finishing with figures of 3 for 64 and 3 for 53. For the hosts, Paras Dogra made an unbeaten 106, a knock which included 19 fours. The win has given Tripura eight points and they are currently in sixth position in this group.

Tripura's win was set-up by the batsmen in the first innings after Himachal Pradesh chose to field. Opener Subhrajit Roy made 111 and while S Abbas Ali hit 83 even as the middle-order contributed.

Medium-pacers Manisankar Murasingh and Rana Dutta ensured that the hard work of the batsmen wasn't wasted as they picked up four wickets each.

Murasingh delivered the body blow when he dismissed former Test opener Aakash Chopra for just six after removing Prashant Chopra in the fourth over of the innings for just one. Himachal Pradesh never really recovered from the early blows and conceded a 181-run lead.

Brief scores: Tripura: 441 and 177 (S Abbas Ali 68, Manisankar Murasingh 63; Vikramjeet Malik 5/36, Rahul Singh 3/51) bt Himachal Pradesh: 260 and 189 (Paras Dogra not out 105; Sanjay Majumdar 3/64, Rana Dutta 3/53).

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