Ranji Trophy 2012-13: Round-up, Jan 1
Railways, Karnataka, Saurashtra and Jharkhand posted wins on the fourth day of the last round of the league phase of the Ranji Trophy 2012-13.
The following teams have entered the quarter-finals that will be played from January 6 to 10, 2013.
GROUP A: Punjab - 32 pts, Saurashtra - 23 pts, Mumbai - 23 pts (Saurashtra were placed second, by virtue of their two outright wins at the league stage, as compared to Mumbai’s one.)
GROUP B: Uttar Pradesh - 33 pts, Baroda - 22 pts, KSCA -21 pts
GROUP C: Services -26 pts, Jharkhand - 24 pts
Here is the round-up for the day:
Mumbai vs Gujarat in Mumbai: After bowling Gujarat out for 337 earlier in the day, Mumbai needed 135 off a minimum of 41 overs to win. However, the match resulted in a draw after being called off at 65 for one.
It was once again Abhishek Nayar who got Mumbai vital breakthroughs by breaking the flourishing partnership between Manprit Juneja and Chirag Gandhi, after Gujarat resumed their innings on 159 for five. The all-rounder first claimed Gandhi and then followed up with the wicket of Rakesh Dhruv, while Ankit Chavan and Dhawal Kulkarni sent back the rest to give Mumbai an opportunity for an outright win. The home team will take three points on the basis of their first innings lead, while Gujarat will get one.
Saurashtra vs MPCA in Rajkot: Saurashtra registered a thumping 227-run victory over Madhya Pradesh to claim six points and a place in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals.
After Cheteshwar Pujara’s double-ton helped the home team set MP a 411 target, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (six wickets) and Kamlesh Makvana (three wickets) bundled out the opposition for 183 on the final day of the match. Although Jalaj Saxena fought hard to extend the visitors’ innings with a valiant 75, he did not receive much support from the other end. Resuming on 89 for two, MP lost the remaining eight wickets for 94 runs on the earlier in the day.
Tamil Nadu vs Haryana in Chennai: The Group B match between Tamil Nadu and Haryana at the India Cement Limited Guru Nanak College Ground ended in a draw. Both teams received a point each from the encounter.
Haryana resuming their first innings on seven without loss were 180 for three when the match ended today.
Karnataka vs Maharashtra in Pune: Karnataka picked six points on the basis of a thrilling eight-wicket win over Maharashtra at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium and sealed a quarter-final berth in the ongoing tournament.
Maharashtra put up a fight in the second innings and set the visitors an 89-run target to win in the latter half of the last day. Following on, the hosts posted 561 runs thanks to centuries by Harshad Khadiwale (136) and Ankit Bawne (155 not out). However, Karnataka chased it down in 11.4 overs. Although Karnataka lost opener Kunal Kapoor early in the innings, Lokesh Rahul took the team across the line with an unbeaten 42.
UPCA vs Odisha in Cuttack: Uttar Pradesh beat Odisha by 43 runs and claimed six points.
Delhi vs Vidarbha in Nagpur: After declaring their innings for 523, Delhi bowled Vidarbha out for 257 and enforced a follow-on, but since they weren’t able to bowl out the home team on the final day. Vidarbha rallied on in their second innings to pull off a draw and were 216 for seven when the match ended.
Delhi gained three points from the match on the basis of their first innings lead, while Vidarbha got one.
Andhra vs Kerala in Kadapa: The Group C game between Andhra and Kerala ended in a draw at the YS Raja Reddy Stadium. Andhra received three points on the basis of their first innings lead, while Kerala was awarded one point.
SSCB vs Jharkhand in Delhi (Palam): Chasing 218, Jharkhand registered a five-wicket win over Services on the final day of the game at the Palam A Ground, Model Sports Complex in Delhi. Openers Akash Verma (72) and Rameez Nemat (86) got Jharkhand off to a flying start with a 151-run opening stand. But after the openers departed with the team within sniffing distance of an outright win, No.3 bat Ishank Jaggi took the team across the line.
Jharkhand picked six points from the win.
J&K vs Tripura in Jammu: J&K and Tripura finished with a point each from the drawn encounter at the Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground.
After J&K declared their innings for 355, Tripura were 47 for the loss of one wicket when the match ended.
Goa vs Assam in Goa: A drawn game against Assam gave Goa three points on the basis of their first-innings lead in the Group C match. After resuming their second innings on 11 without loss, the hosts were 241 for one when play ended on the fourth day at the District Institute of Education and Training Ground in Porvorim.
Rajasthan vs Hyderabad in Jaipur: Rajasthan were awarded three points on the basis of their first innings lead in the drawn match against Hyderabad at the KL Saini Ground.
Vineet Saxena made 146 not-out in the second innings to take the home team to 329, before declaring their innings. The visitors were 38 without loss when the match was called off on the last day.
Railways vs Bengal in Kolkata: A comprehensive 122-run victory over Bengal earned Railways six points in their Group A Ranji Trophy encounter.
After setting the hosts a 372-run target, Railways bowled Bengal out for 249 on the final day of the match. Anureet Singh (four wickets) and Karan Sharma (three wickets) ran through the Bengal line-up, after they resumed on 13 for one, while Railways skipper Sanjay Bangar claimed the key wickets of Arindam Das and his opposite number Wriddhiman Saha to wrap up the home team.