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Ranji Trophy 2013-14: Round-up, Jan 2

Mumbai, J&K make it to QFs

Group A teams Karnataka, Punjab and Mumbai along with Railways, Uttar Pradesh and Bengal from Group B and Maharashtra and J&K from Group C have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy 2013-14.

Maharashtra posted a 128-run win over Assam, while Mumbai pulled off a 27-run victory over Gujarat to make it to the knockouts. Karnataka registered an eight-wicket win over Delhi and Rajasthan beat Baroda by six wickets on the last day. J&K captain Parvez Rasool's all-round heroics helped his team knock Goa out to enter the quarter-finals.

Here is the round-up at the end of Day 4 of the last round of the league phase:

Group A


Gujarat vs Mumbai: Spinners Iqbal Abdulla and Vishal Dabholkar bowled Mumbai to a thrilling 27-run victory to book a place in the quarter-finals.

Chasing a 175-run target, Gujarat resumed their innings on 67 for three on the last day. Abdulla and Dabholkar then claimed three wickets each in the morning, while Suryakumar Yadav chipped in with one to help Mumbai claim victory and six vital points. Abdulla finished with a 11-wicket haul in the must-win game in Valsad.

Delhi vs Karnataka:
Karnataka beat Delhi by eight wickets at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium and finished on top of the Group A points table.
Karnataka claimed the remaining four Delhi wickets on Thursday morning to bowl the hosts out for 201 in their second innings.

Then, while chasing the 115-run target, they lost K Nair with 16 runs on the board, before sailing to an easy win. Opener Mayank Agarwal was unbeaten on 68 when play ended.

Jharkhand vs Punjab: With a thumping innings and 173-run win over Jharkhand, Punjab rose to the second position in their group.

Odisha vs Haryana: The match between Odisha and Haryana finished in a draw, with the latter gaining three points on the basis of a first-innings lead. Hence Haryana, who were at the bottom of the Group A table before this round, finished in the second-last place and have therefore avoided relegation.

In reply to Odisha's first-innings total of 244, Haryana had declared their innings on a mammoth 626 for four. When play was called off, Odisha were 228 for six in their second innings.

Group B

Rajasthan vs Baroda: Rajasthan beat Baroda by six wickets at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

Resuming their second innings on 112 for six, Baroda were bowled out for 167 on the last day of the match. Rajasthan then chased down the 71-run target in 13.4 overs for the loss of four wickets. They gained six points from the win.

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 the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.

Tamil Nadu vs Bengal: With a seven-wicket haul, Saurasish Lahiri bowled Bengal to a thrilling four-run win over Tamil Nadu.

UPCA vs Railways: Arindam Gosh was sent back for 181, while Mahesh Rawat for 188 on the last day by Ali Murtuza. Railways then declared their first innings on 518 for nine, after the departure of Rawat. Murtuza finished with a four-for in the innings.

In response, Uttar Pradesh were 213 for three when the match ended in a draw on Thursday evening.

Group C

Goa vs Andhra: An eight-wicket win over Andhra earned Goa six points from this match.

Assam vs Maharashtra: The table-toppers of Group C finished the league phase with a comprehensive 128-run over victory on the last morning of the match. Akshay Darekar claimed four to help bowl Assam out for 215 in the four-day game.

Tripura vs J&K: Although the match between Tripura and J&K ended in a draw, the latter have displaced Goa from the second position to enter the quarter-finals on the basis of a better quotient.

Earlier, with seven-wickets in the innings, Parvez Rasool helped bowl Tripura out for 272, after resuming on 103 for two. Then while chasing the 228-run target, the J&K captain smashed 35 off 27 balls to take his team to 87 for two before the match was called off, thus ensuring them a place in the knockouts.

Hyderabad vs Kerala:
The match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal ended in a draw with Kerala receiving three points on the basis of their first-innings lead. Resuming their second innings on 329 for five, Hyderabad were bowled out for 429 on the last day. When the match was called off later in the day, Kerala were 146 for two.

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Ranji Trophy 2013-14: Round-up, Jan 1

Punjab, Bengal, Goa post wins

Punjab beat Jharkhand, Bengal beat Tamil Nadu and Goa beat Andhra on the penultimate day of the league phase of Ranji Trophy 2013-14. Here is the round-up for the Day 3:

Group A

Gujarat vs Mumbai: A better performance in the second innings helped Mumbai set Gujarat a 175-run target for victory. The hosts were 67 for three with B Merai and Akshar Patel still at crease at stumps. Iqbal Abdulla who claimed six in the first innings sent back both the Gujarat openers early in the innings, while Vishal Dabholkar picked the key wicket of Parthiv Patel.

Earlier in the day, Mumbai fought back to post 273 in the second innings after resuming on 76 for four.

Gujarat now need 108 runs, while Mumbai need seven wickets to win.

Delhi vs Karnataka: Karnataka lost their remaining five wickets for 63 runs and were bowled out for 289 earlier in the day with a first-innings lead. Ronit More (three wickets), HS Sharath (two wickets) and S Gopal (one wicket) left Delhi on 132 for six at stumps.

Jharkhand vs Punjab: With a thumping innings and 173-run win over Jharkhand, Punjab rose to the second position in the group.

Earlier in the day, Punjab claimed the remaining Jharkhand wicket for six runs and enforced a follow-on.

In reply to the visitors’ 516, Jharkhand were bowled out for 216 in the first innings and 127 in the second. Gurkeerat Singh, who had claimed four in the first innings, claimed four more in the second, while Rajwinder Singh followed up his fiver with three in the second innings to wreck the hosts’ line-up. Rahul Sharma claimed three wickets in the second innings to help bowl the opposition out in 34.1 overs.

Odisha vs Haryana: Haryana posted 626 for four before declaring their innings in a run-fest at the East Coast Railway Sports Association in Bhubaneswar. Rahul Dewan scored 273, while Sachin Rana and Nitin Saini scored 157 and 102 respectively. In reply, Odisha were 33 without loss in the second innings and trailed by 351 runs at stumps.

Group B

Rajasthan vs Baroda: Resuming on 155/1, Rajasthan had secured a first-innings lead before being bowled out for 333 earlier in the day. Gagandeep Singh claimed seven wickets to help wrap up the hosts’ innings on Day 3. In reply, Baroda were 112 for six. Pankaj Singh claimed three, while the rest of the attack picked one wicket each. Irfan Pathan was batting with G Natt when play ended for the day.

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.

Tamil Nadu vs Bengal: With a seven-wicket haul, Saurasish Lahiri bowled Bengal to a thrilling four-run win over Tamil Nadu. In the low-scoring game at Chepauk, the visitors bowled TN out for 180 after the home team had resumed their innings on 102 for one on the third morning.

UPCA vs Railways:
Arindam Gosh (167*) and Mahesh Rawat (163*) had taken Railways to 460 for four in the first innings at stumps on Day 3. Their partnership was unbroken on 294 at the end of day's play.

Group C

Goa vs Andhra: An eight-wicket win over Andhra gave Goa six points from the game. The Harshad Gadekar-led attack bowled Andhra out for 160 in the second innings earlier in the day. Gadekar picked four, while Shadab Jakati and Amit Yadav picked three wickets each. Goa then chased down the 42-run target in 15 overs.

Assam vs Maharashtra: Resuming their second innings on 16 without loss, Maharashtra were bowled out for 134 earlier in the day and set Assam a 344-run target. J Syed Mohammad claimed seven for 50 to help skittle the opposition out and give Assam an opportunity to scale the target. However, Assam lost quick wickets and were reduced to 94 for four at stumps. When play ended Assam required 250 runs with six wickets in hand. Opener Dheeraj Jadhav was batting on 37 with G Sharma on two at the end of day's play.

Tripura vs J&K: J&K secured a first-innings lead before being bowled out for 325 earlier in the day. Tushar Saha claimed a five-wicket haul in the innings. Resuming on 117 for three, J&K were bowled out for 325. At the end of day's play, Tripura were 103 for two in the second innings and trailing by 58 runs with eight wickets in hand.

Hyderabad vs Kerala:
114 by Hanuma Vihari helped Hyderabad to 239 for four in the second innings at stumps on Day 3. He was batting with Amol Shinde when play ended. However, they have conceded a first-innings lead to Kerala.