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Mumbai beat Himachal Pradesh by nine wickets

india Updated: Jan 02, 2009 01:10 IST

Abhishek Nayar and Wasim Jaffer stood out in Mumbai's comprehensive win. With six wickets, Nayar lived up to his reputation of being a partnership breaker, bringing Mumbai back in the game. Having erred in choosing to bowl on a pitch that was slow, Nayar's six wickets laid the platform. After restricting HP to 250, Mumbai needed a responsible knock from captain Wasim Jaffer. He saw to it that his team took the first innings lead before eventually falling for 108. HP succumbed to the huge first innings lead. The return to form of medium-pacer Ajit Agarkar (5/78) was a good sign.

Player of the match:

Saurashtra beat Karnataka by five wickets

For the second successive year, Saurashtra, without any established big names but with a couple of players who can be future stars, have made it to the semifinals. That they chased successfully 325 after trailing by 116 runs in the first innings speaks highly of their approach.

Young Ravindra Jadeja not only bowled his heart out by taking nine wickets in the match but also kept his team afloat with a brisk 55 after the platform was laid by veteran Sitanshu Kotak's 87.

Pujara, whose form dipped after big hundreds in the league stage, made a timely return to form with an unbeaten 112 to emerge the star of the run chase.

Player of the match:

Tamil Nadu beat Bengal by eight wickets

'Smiling assassin' Lakshmipathy Balaji inspired Tamil Nadu with a brilliant spell on the fourth morning to help his team win a game they looked well down and out in. The Bangalore pitch was dead with the bowlers not getting any assistance. Having conceded the lead, TN coach WV Raman was looking for something special as TN lost their top half for 147, replying to Bengal's 345. But, despite, a brilliant fightback from the lower order, TN conceded a first innings lead. Desperate for an outright win to take them to the last four, Balaji's six for 24, including four on the final morning, got TN back in to the game. With plenty of overs in hand, the target of 227 was never a difficulty.

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Uttar Pradesh roll over Gujarat in tame draw

Despite the absence of Rudra Pratap Singh due to a stiff shoulder, Uttar Pradesh had the weapons to stop Gujarat in their tracks. Praveen Kumar led from the front with five wickets, with youngster Bhuvanesh Kumar providing able support, as Gujarat were dismissed cheaply. Despite big scores in the league stage, no one in Gujarat's top-order delivered when it mattered. Suresh Raina's knock of 93 was vital in UP securing a last-four berth. Gujarat were also let down by Mohnish Parmar and Siddarth Trivedi, both going into the match with plenty of wickets in the bag.