Report: Asia Cup, 2nd SF: Ind U-19 vs SL U-19
Ind beat SL to enter final
India pulled off a three-wicket in the last over to claim a spot in the final of the Asian Cricket Council Under-19s Asia Cup. After retiring hurt at the end of the first over, opener Ankush Bains returned to lead India’s fight back with a determined 54. However, after he was run out with India U-19 within sniffing distance of a win, Kuldeep Yadav and Monu Kumar took India across the line with five balls to spare in the second semi-final against Sri Lanka Under-19.
The Vijay Zol-led side will now take on Pakistan Under-19 in the final on Saturday, January 4th 2014 at the ICC Academy in Dubai.
Earlier, asked to bat, Sri Lanka lost opener View dismissal S Samarawickrama with just nine runs on the board. But, Hashan Dumindu and Kusal Mendis built a 94-run partnership until the latter was sent back by Kuldeep Yadav for 52. Avesh Khan who had given India their first breakthrough then followed up with the wicket of Minod Bhanuka three runs later.
Priyamal Perera and Dhumindu then took SL to 163 until Yadav struck again to send back the opener. And with just one run added to the total, Khan claimed Perera. In the next over Deepak Hooda had A Tyronne sent back caught by Monu Kumar. Wickets falling in a cluster kept the flow of runs in check.
Hooda then trapped T Sumanasiri leg-before to leave SL on 187 for seven in the 46th over. In the next over Yadav accounted for P Anurudda. However, Anuk Fernando who had watched wickets fall in quick succession at the other end found an able ally in Binura Fernando. In the unbroken 29-run partnership, Binura struck a quick-fire 12-ball 22 to take SL to 223 for eight.
Chasing the competitive target, the India were sent on the back foot at the end of the first over when opener Bains retired hurt. Then with 51 runs on board Akhil Herwadkar was sent back by S Fernando. Eight runs later he also removed captain Zol. Sanju Samson was the next to be dismissed with the score on 88. India's woes continued as a while later with Ricky Bhui was run out for 37. Lakshan Jaisinghe accounted for Sarfaraz Khan to leave India on 127 for five. At the fall of the fifth wicket, Bains returned to the middle in an effort to salvage the match. His blossoming partnership with Deepak Hooda was ended for 32 by B Fernando.
However, Yadav then joined Bains and the pair put up a fight for a place in the finals. They kept the scoreboard ticking with singles, and the occasional hits to the boundary helped India inch towards the target. But, with seven runs required Bains was run out while attempting to steal a second run.
Monu Kumar who replaced the opener in the middle flicked Anurudda to the boundary to bring India within three runs of the target. The pair then took India to 224 with three singles.
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:
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.
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.
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.