Rajasthan, TN, Kar, Baroda in Ranji Trophy SF

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Published: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 17:45 [IST]
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Rajasthan, TN, Kar, Baroda in Ranji SF

Mumbai-Rajasthan match drawn

Batting first, Mumbai got off to an unstable start as Rajasthan seamer Pankaj Singh ensnared both the openers - Gurav and Kukreja, with 40 runs on the board. Wasim Jaffer was then foxed by the spin of Sumit Mathur for a duck, but Ajinkya Rahane offered strong resistance. However, Rahane lost his partner Rohit Sharma, to Deepak Chahar for 21 and Mumbai were in deeper trouble at 78/4.

Then Rahane and Ajit Agarkar took their side to over 100, but the former perished soon after to a resurgent Singh for 60. Then Agarkar put on 61 runs for the 7th wicket with Iqbal Abdullah before exiting, again to Singh, for 36. Singh also accounted for the wickets of Abdullah and Aquib Shaik, who went after a useful hand of 18, before Romesh Pawar caved in to the same bowler for 25 and Mumbai folded for 252 all out in 18.1 overs.

Rajasthan had a far more prosperous time in their first innings, with centuries coming up front from No. 2 Vindeet Saxena (143) and No.3 Hrishikesh Kanitkar (113). Though Mumbai's medium-pace bowler Abhijti Nayar pegged back the hosts by getting two quick wickets when the score was at 270 and 286, Rajasthan's innings was revived by another century, this time from Ashok Menaria (121). After Iqbal Abdullah removed Vivek Yadav for 38, Nayar polished off the tail, but not before the hosts reached a mammoth total of 589, giving themselves a lead of 237.

With their backs to the wall, Mumbai put up a better show in their second innings with Rohit Sharma, promoted up the order, scoring 68 before being caught and bowled by VIvek Yadav. But then Kukrej and Rahane each notched up unbeaten centuries to give Mumbai a lead of 53 before the close of play on the fourth and final day. However, even though the match was drawn, Rajasthan advanced to the semi-finals on the basis of their first innings' lead. Rajasthan now play Tamil Nadu at Jaipur on Jan 3, 2011.

Harayana-Tamil Nadu match drawn

Haryana opened their innings with just one hic-cup when Tamil Nadu pace bowler Sam got opener Dewan out for 10. But what followed was a gigantic 2nd wicket partnership with the other opener Saini and Sunny Singh putting on 241 runs before Singh was out to paceman Laxmipathy Balaji for 102. Then Saini and new batsman Rawat, pressed on to take Haryana past 300 and to 319 before the former departed for 150. Useful cameo innings from the middle and latter order took the side to 379/6 in 116 overs, before it declared. Balaji, Sam and Ashwin were the only successful bowlers, taking two wickets a piece.

Tamil Nadu's reply was punctuated by departures a little more regularly as Haryana. Pace bowler Budhwar sent back Arun Karthik for 24 and S Badrinath for 13 as the scoreboard read 72/2. Then Mukund (34) and Vasudevadas (1) followed their team-mates back to the shed soon after, with Tamil Nadu in trouble at 91/4.

But Dinesh Karthik stood his ground and built a 91-run partnership with Sathish before going to a resurgent Budhwar for 57. Sathish then pressed ahead with Ganapathy before getting out to the spinner Chahal and Ganapathy and Ashwin played the last few overs after which the match was called off with the visitors at 285/6. Tamil Nadu, though trailing Haryana by 97 runs, advanced to the semi-finals on the basis of a slightly higher run-rate. Tamil Nadu is now up against Rajasthan.

Baroda-Railway match drawn

Put into bat by Baroda, Railways didn't get off to an ideal start. Opener Khanolkar was run out for 7 and one-down batsman Bangar was caugt behind off pace bowler Munaf Patel for 2. Railways had stumbled to 25/2. But the other opener Kartik, put on 84 for the third wicket with Awasthi before falling for 57 to Patel. Awasthi followed him back to the pavilion just two runs later for 34, with Patel picking up his third wicket. At 111/4, Railways underwent a middle order collapse as they lost thre quick wickets, but Goud stood his ground for 46 before he was out to the spinner. Useful innings from Yadav (42) and Chauhan lower down the order, took Railways to a first innings total of 248 all out in 95.5 overs.

Baroda's reply was strong. Though openers Kolsawala (18) and Williams (21) were sent back with the score at 70, Devdhar put on a 115-run stand with Yusuf Pathan en route to a century. After Pathan went for 68, Rayudu put on 79 with Devdhar before departing for 41 with the score at 264/4. Devdhar was out for 126 and was followed by Shah for a duck and Solanki, for 23 with Baroda slipping to 308/7. After a couple more wicket fells, Vohra and Patel put on 70 runs for the 10th wicket when Baroda was bowled out for 416 in 128.5 overs.

In Railways' second innings, the openers put on 44 before Kartik and Bangar exited in quick succession. But Khanolkar and Awasthi consolidated to take their side to 148 before the former was caught and bowled by Vohra for 56. Another useful partnership ensued between Awasthi and Sharma before the latter was dismissed the spinner Bhatt for 30. The latter order put up some resistance but lost three more batsman with the score reaching 298/7. Closing work by Goud (28) and Salvi (40) took Railways to 366, the score on which they declared.

Baroda was set with a target of 199 to get in 60 overs, but they batted very slowly with opener Kolsawala making 18 off 66 before being trapped plumb in front by Yadav. Williams and Devdhar then put on a 77-run partnership, but when the latter got out for 55, the score was only 108 in 49.5 overs. Solanki and Pathan didn't have nearly enough time to get going and reach the target, but anyway thair side - Baroda - advanced to the semi-finals to play Karnataka.

Karnataka beats Madhya Pradesh by 5 wickets.

Put into bat, Madhya Pradesh got off to a decent enough start with opener Ojha and Saxena putting on 42 for the first wicket. After Ojha was dismissed by Vinay Kumar for 12, Saxena built another useful partnership with Mishra before the latter was out with the score at 89/2. Bundela then held out with Saxena for a while when at 113, a flurry of wickets went down as MP slumped to 125/6. Small stands ensued with Harpreet Singh making 23 and Ankit Sharma contributing 21, before their side folded for exactly 200 in 73.5 overs. Sreenath Aravind had taken three wickets, while Vinay Kumar and Sunil Joshi pitched in with two each.

Karnataka's first innings' reply was much stronger with opener Robin Uthappa making 44 and Kawan adding 49, before the middle order came the fore. Ganesh Satish contributed 49 as well, while Amit Verma made 85, Stuart Binny, 38 and Gautam managed 51. A last stand from Mithun of 28 took Karnataka to a strong total of 361 all out with a lead of 161.

Madhya Pradesh faired better in their second innings with the top order coming good. Ojha put on 84 with Saxena before the latter was sent back for 22 by off-spinner Sunil Joshi.Then Mishra joined forces with Ojha to take MP to 140 before Mithun bowled the latter and the former was run out a short while later as MP had slipped to 146/3. Bundela was lbw to Vinay Kumar soon after, but the middle came to the rescue with Abbas Ali making 64, Harpreet Singh, 19, M Ali, 38, Ankit Sharma, 32 and T P Sudhindra contributing 22 as MP folded for 337 in 81.3 overs.

Set with a target of 177 runs to win, Karnataka underwent a slight top order collapse losing Pawan and Ganesh Satish to the bowling of Sudhindra with the score on 19, before Manish Pandey was run with the score on 38 and Uthappa who had made 37, went to Ankit Sharma when Karnataka was at 77. But then Amit Verma (68 not out) and Stuart Binny (18) steadied the innings, before Gautam joined in to add the finish touches with 13. Karnataka had won the match by 5 wickets and was through to the semi-finals where they will face Baroda.


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