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Ranji Trophy's QF line-up settled

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Published: Sunday, December 19, 2010, 9:32 [IST]
 
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Ranji Trophy's QF line-up settled

Railways inflicted a crushing defeat over Bengal by an innings and 10 runs at Delhi, ending a dire season for the latter. The hosts needed less than an hour to polish off the Bengal tail for 134 with Jai P Yadav picking up 3 wickets and finishing with 5 for 20. With the win, Railways moves to second place in Group A and will face Baroda on the latter's home ground in the quarterfinal.

Having already secured a quarterfinal face-off with Haryana, Tamil Nadu declared their innings at 240 for 6 against Gujarat at Chennai. The visitors then stumbled to 115 for 4 when the match was called off. Tamil Nadu top-order batsman S Badrinath top-scored with with 84 and his team-mate leg-spinner Salil Yadav, found enough time to claim 4/96.

A strong latter order revival took Delhi from a desperate 69/5 in their home ground to 246/6, but it was an exercise in vain as the side are already eliminated from the tournament. The day started with Delhi wrapping up Mumbai's innings for the addition of just 6 runs, but was in no position to chase down 550. A 106-run 7th wicket stand revived Delhi with Sumit Narwal racing to 79 off 72 balls and Rajat Batra churning out a patient 57 off 147 balls to make sure Delhi signed off the season with a draw. Mumbai now take on Rajasthan who progressed to the Plate League in Jaipur.

Having already edged out Uttar Pradesh from the competition, Karnataka batted out Day 4 as a mere formality. Stuart Binny continued his blistering form, scoring 127 off 157 balls to take Karnataka to 537 for 4 at the close of the match. His efforts were complemented by Ganesh Satish who notched up his maiden century of the season. Karnataka now play Madhya Pradesh for a semi-final berth at Indore.

Baroda romped home in its match against Himachal Pradesh by an innings and 17 runs in just three days. After completing their innings at 350, Baroda had secured a comfortable lead of 331 as middle-order batsman Pinal Shah emerged as the top-scorer with 132 and a useful hand came from Kedar Devdhar with 81. Baroda then took 87.2 overs to bowl out Himachal for 214 with only resistance coming from the middle order as Varun Sharma made 43. Paras Dogra, 53 and VA Indulkar and Rishi Dhawan pitching in with 36 each. Yusuf Pathan finised the match with the most impressive figures of 8/103. Baroda will now play Railways for a semifinal slot.

Another match with wound up in three days was the Harayana-Orissa encounter which Haryana won by 7 wickets. After Harayana leg-spinner Amit Mishra and Ajit Chandila polished off the Orissa tail for 170, Haryana set about chasing down 144 to win. Opener Nitin Saini lost his parner Rahul Devan for 23 and one-down batsman Sunny Singh for 11, before he himself fell for a well-made 63, leaving Ankit Rawa, not on 34 and Sachin Rana, unbeaten on 4, to take Haryana to victory in 47.4 overs. The victors will now take on Tamil Nadu in the quarterfinals.

The last match to reach a result in three days was Suarashtra's pre-quarterfinal face-off with Assam which the former wrapped up by 172 runs. After squeezing out a slim 13-run lead from the first innings, Saurashtra put on a stronger performance in the second innings, notching up 235 all out as middle-order batsman Ravindra Jadeja, held the innings together with a 82. A couple of 20s at the top of the order and several batsman pitching in with teen scores, helped Saurashatra's cause before their bowlers demolished Assam for just 76 in 29.3 overs. Short-lived defiance came from the top of the order before middle and latter order collapsed to the spin of Kamlesh Makvana, who picked up 6/22 in the innings and 10/67 in the match. However, the encounter was inconsequential as neither side made the quarterfinal line-up.

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