Report: Asia Cup - Ind U-19 vs Pak U-19

Aslam ton helps Pak colts to two-wicket win

Pakistan pulled off a two-wicket win against India in a nail-biting finish in the ongoing Asian Cricket Council Under-19s Asia Cup tournament.
Earlier, India won the toss and opted to bat first at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Akhil Herwadkar was the first to depart after a 74-run opening stand with Ankush Bains. Karamat Ali, who ended the opening stand, also trapped Bains leg-before nine runs later. He also claimed the key wicket of Vijay Zol 10 overs later. Ricky Bhui however made a crucial 64 lower down the order to help India U-19 to a competitive total in the last game of the stage. And Sanju Samson contributed a useful 38 before being castled by Kamran Ghulam. Ali, who had claimed the top three batters, also accounted for the wicket of Sarfaraz Khan to finish with four for 28 in the game.

Skipper Sami Aslam then led the chase for Pakistan U-19. Opening the innings, he scored 108 and anchored the innings. After he lost his opening partner with 33 runs on the board and Imam-ul-Haq followed, Aslam rallied on.

After the captain was run out, Ghulam held the innings together as the Pakistan colts strove hard to attain the target.

Zol used as many as seven bowlers in an attempt to successfully defend the total. Then, with Pakistan U-19 needing 21 runs, Kuldeep Yadav struck in the 47th over to remove Saifullah Khan – Yadav conceded only one run in that over. With the match hanging in the balance, Zafar Gohar joined Ghulam in the middle to scale the target. With Chama Milind conceding nine runs in the next over, the Pakistan colts needed 11 runs from the last two.

To add to the drama, Ghulam was run out for 55 off the last ball of the penultimate over. And with the opposition needing six, Milind came on to bowl the last over. As the pressure crept up, Salman Saeed was run out off the first ball of the last over while attempting to sneak in a single. However, Gohar struck a boundary off the next ball to take Pakistan U-19 within sniffing distance of the target. He then struck another four over mid-off to pull off a thrilling victory.


Ranji Trophy 2013-14: Round-up, Dec 31

Saurashtra post nine-wicket win

Saurashtra finished the league phase with a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Services to add six points to their tally in the Ranji Trophy 2013-14. Here is the round-up for Day 2 of the final round:

Group A

Delhi vs Karnataka: Karnataka had taken a 24-run first-innings lead with five wickets remaining against hosts Delhi in the ongoing match at the Feroz Shah Kotla. At stumps, the visitors were 226 for five with opener K Nair batting on 92 with S Gopal on seven. Delhi's Ashish Nehra and Varun Sood picked two wickets apiece, while Rajat Bhatia took one.

Jharkhand vs Punjab: Punjab piled on a massive 516 in the first innings against hosts Jharkhand in their ongoing match at Dhanbad. Resuming on 380 for four, they were bowled out earlier on the second day. Jharkhand captain Shahbaz Nadeem claimed a four-for in the innings. Led by Rajwinder Singh and Gurkeerat Singh, Punjab then reduced Jharkhand to 210 for nine at stumps. Both bowlers had claimed four wickets each, while Rajwinder was also involved in a run out.

Odisha vs Haryana: Courtesy Rahul Dewan's 136, Haryana had taken a 52-run first-innings lead with eight wickets still in hand at stumps on the second day against Odisha. Batting with the opener is Sachin Rana on 83. The pair had taken Haryana to 294 for two at the end of day's play.

Earlier in the day, Haryana had claimed Odisha's remaining one wicket and bowled them out for 242.

Group B

Rajasthan vs Baroda: Aditya Waghmode's unbeaten 114 helped Baroda to 236 before getting bowled out on Day 2. Resuming on 163 for six, they lost the remaining four wickets earlier in the day. Deepak Chahar finished with a fiver in the innings. Rajasthan then made 155 for one until bad light stopped play in Jaipur. Vineet Saxena was batting on 54 with S Suwalka on 70 when play was called off.

Saurashtra vs Services: The four-day match between Saurashtra and Services was over in less than two days with the hosts registering a nine-wicket win at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. They now have 22 points against their name. However, since Tamil Nadu and Bengal, both on 18 points, are playing against each other and the match is headed for a result, the winner will upstage Saurashtra to enter the knock-outs.

Earlier, Resuming on 176 for nine, Saurashtra were bowled out after the addition of one run to the total. Nayan Doshi then scripted Services’ downfall in the second innings. He claimed four wickets, while K Makvana and D Jadeja picked three wickets each to bowl Services out for 135. Anshul Gupta put up a lone fight and was the last to be dismissed on 85. Having bowled Services out for 135 in the second innings, Saurashtra were left to chase 31 runs, which they did for the loss of one wicket.

Tamil Nadu vs Bengal: In a match dominated by the bowlers, Tamil Nadu need 83 runs to beat Bengal and still have nine wickets in hand.
Earlier, resuming their innings on 66 for six, TN were bowled out for 85. A Nandi claimed four, while S Lahiri had picked three to help wrap up TN's first innings.

Rahil Shah and M Rangarajan once again skittled Bengal out. In the second innings, Shah claimed six wickets, while Rangarajan took four to bowl Bengal out for 139. Both bowlers have now claimed 10 wickets each in the game.

Chasing 185, TN were 102 for one at stumps with Dinesh Karthik (56*) and S Badrinath (16*) still at the crease.

UPCA vs Railways: No play was possible on the second day at the Dr Akhilesh Das Stadium in Lucknow.

Group C

Goa vs Andhra: Goa were bowled out for 267 with a sizeable first0innings lead, after resuming on 58 for two in the morning. Goa's middle-order batters were sent back for single-digit scores, but useful contributions by the lower order helped the hosts put up a decent score on the board. They then claimed early wickets to leave Andhra on 32 for three at stumps, with S Sriram on nine and B Sudhakar yet to open his account.

Assam vs Maharashtra: Akshay Darekar claimed six wickets to wreck the Assam line-up and help Maharashtra to a massive 209-run first-innings lead. S Mundhe had picked three wickets, while Chirag Khurana took one to help bowl Assam out for 152. At stumps, Maharashtra were 16 without loss.

Tripura vs J&K: Resuming on 176 for three, Tripura were bowled out for 280 in the first innings earlier on the second day. S Beigh claimed five wickets in the innings. In reply, J&K were 117 for three at stumps. Opener AN Reshi was batting on 50 with Parvez Rasool on 13 at the end of day's play.