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Uttar Pradesh register 1st win of the season

Ranjane helps Mumbai pull off draw

Shubham Ranjane helped Mumbai pull off a draw and pick three points in a nerve wracking game against Bengal. He was guided by Abhishek Nayar after Manoj Tiwary with the bat and Ashoke Dinda with the ball had Bengal back in the game.

Gujarat are at No 2 with 24 points after picking a first innings lead against Punjab while Tamil Nadu are at No 3 with 23 points.

Group A, Round 8 – Day 4 Round-up:

Bengal vs Mumbai in Nagpur: Bengal 1st inn 99/10 (S Chatterjee 35, S Thakur 6/31, D Kulkarni 3/22); Mumbai 1st inn 229/10 in 58 overs (S Thakur 25, D Kulkarni 22, A Dinda 5/88, M Kumar 3/56); Bengal 2nd inn 437/10 in 133.3 overs (P Ojha 31, D Kulkarni 5/110); Mumbai 2nd inn 203/6 in 87 overs (S Ranjane 76*, A Nayar 51, A Dinda 4/74) Match Drawn. Mumbai took first innings lead.

Shubham Ranjane helped Mumbai pull off a draw and garner three crucial points on the basis of a first innings lead that will keep the team at the top of the points table.

After a dismal performance in the first innings, Manoj Tiwary and Sudip Chatterjee had taken the match to Mumbai with determined centuries in the second innings. Bengal resumed their second innings on 433 for eight and were bowled out by the Dhawal Kulkarni-led attack for the addition of four runs to the overnight score.

Having set Mumbai a 308-run target Ashok Dinda claimed the top-order to leave Mumbai reeling on 22 for three. The Bengal attack stepped up the pressure as Mukesh Kumar accounted for Suryakumar Yadav 33 runs later while Pragyan Ojha followed up with wicket of Aditya Tare to leave Mumbai reeling on 67 for five. 

With the defending champions struggling at 67 for five, and Bengal sniffing a win, Abhishek Nayar joined Shubham Ranjane, who was playing in only his second first-class game and scripted a draw. The pair stemmed the fall of wickets and kept the Bengal attack at bay as they batted patiently. They had added 112 runs for the sixth wicket when the experienced campaigner was sent back by Dinda. Nayar’s 135-ball knock ended with 51 runs leaving the side on 179 for six in the final session.

With another experienced hand, Dhawal Kulkarni, the 22-year old continued to hold the fort. When play ended, Ranjane was batting on 76 off 193 while the pacer had displayed grit during his 42-ball 6-run knock to help Mumbai pick three points and stay at the top of the table.

Baroda vs Madhya Pradesh in Dharamsala: MP 1st inn 217/10 in 67.5 overs (D Bundela 86, B Pathan 5/48, I Pathan 2/51); Baroda 1st inn 164/10 in 48.1 overs (D Hooda 61, I Pandey 5/29, P Datey 3/40); MP 2nd inn 293/10 in 87.2 overs (HS Bhatia 73, P Datey 41*, A Sheth 4/51, IK Pathan 2/51); Baroda 2nd inn 114/10 in 35.2 balls (B Pathan 10*, C Sakure 5/17) MP won by 232 runs

Chasing 347 runs, Baroda resumed their innings on 114 for nine and lost their last wicket off the second ball of the day. Chandrakant Sakure accounted for S Manglorkar to finish with a five-for as he bowled MP to a resounding win. The result leaves Baroda at the bottom of the group table.

Gujarat vs Punjab in Belgaum: Gujarat 1st inn 624/6 decl in 156.4 overs (P Panchal 314*, A Patel 65, B Merai 65, S Sharma 3/126); Punjab 1st inn 247/10 in 85.2 overs (M Vohra 68, G Khera 35*, R Kalaria 4/41, H Patel 2/24); F/o Punjab 2nd inn 241/2 in 89 overs (Jiwanjot Singh 101*, U Kaul 64*, J Bumrah 1/30) Match Drawn. Gujarat took first innings lead

Forced to follow on, Punjab resumed their second innings on 36 for one. Trailing by 341 runs when play started on Day 4, Jiwanjot Singh resumed the innings with Manan Vohra. While the opener’s was the only wicket to fall; sent back by Jasprit Bumrah for 47, the No 3 bat strove to keep the Gujarat attack at bay. He was joined in the effort by Uday Kaul. The duo kept the innings afloat until the stumps were drawn.

Jiwanjot was unbeaten on 101 with Uday on 64 when the game ended in a draw. Gujarat gained three points from the game as they strengthen their position for a place in the knockouts while Punjab garnered one point.

Uttar Pradesh vs Railways at Rajkot: UP 1st inn 259/10 in 70.3 overs (S Raina 91, S Kumar 53, K Sharma 4/48, A Singh 4/67); Railways 1st inn 213/10 in 79.4 overs (S Wakaskar 74, A Gosh 58, I Ahmed 5/34); UP 2nd inn 330/10 in 90 overs (S Choudhary 124, S Raina 91, K Sharma 5/71, K Thakur 3/82); Railways 2nd inn 155/10 in 61.5 overs (A Yadav 43, K Sharma 35, K Yadav 4/33) UP won by 221 runs

Uttar Pradesh registered their first win of the season in the penultimate round as they fight to avoid relegation. Having set Railways a 377-run target, they bowled the side out for 155 to post a 221-run win. Praveen Kumar leading the attack left Railways reeling at 35 for five at stumps on Day 3. The lower-order however tried to put up a resistance after resuming on the fourth morning. Avinash Yadav made 43 off 83 balls while captain Karn scored 35 off 92 as they looked to extend the innings. While Mahesh Rawat was the first to depart in the morning, run out for 19, Kuldeep Yadav wrapped up the innings and finished with a four-for. 

Prajakta Pawar
Prajakta Pawar

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On 30th anniversary, recalling India’s only Tied Test

In the thick of action at Chepauk, Maninder Singh reflects the thrilling finish

It is exactly 30 years to the day when for the second time in the history of cricket that a Test match was tied. To this day, the feat hasn’t been repeated. While Australia was in the mix of the things for a second time as well, it was the first and only time for India.

As the Kapil Dev-led India chased 348, Australian Greg Matthews bowling to the 11th man looked to restrict India. Maninder Singh was on strike after Ravi Shastri had taken a single to tie the thrilling encounter on the fourth day of the first Test of the series against Australia in the September of 1986 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. However, he was trapped lbw by the bowler with India on 347.

Reflecting on the moment, Maninder Singh said, “I think about everything in the present, and in present if you think about it, it is just two tied Tests in the history of the Test match cricket and I was a part of it. I can’t change it now, can I? I think it is one of the greatest Test matches ever played.” 

Remembering his conversation with his partner Shastri, who remained unbeaten on 48, the former India cricketer said, “Ravi first said take a single so that you can tie it then even if you get out, you don’t lose the Test match. So that was the plan and that is exactly how we went about it. There was a big gap on the off side and I thought that I could just push the ball and take a single and win the Test match for the country, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. As a result, we had the second tied Test and such a feat has never happened since.”

Looking back and recalling the atmosphere in the dressing room, he said, “Everybody went quiet because at one stage, it looked like that we were going to win the game hands down and it came to a stage where it ended up in a tie, so I think for that moment we were all very quiet but afterthoughts were that it is one of the greatest Test matches that we ever played. Both teams were so competitive, hats-off to the Australians as well. Forget about the couple of bad decisions or whatever that’s all part of the game, but I think the Australians played the way they do because at one stage the Australians also must have thought this Test match has gone out of their hands the way we batted on the fifth day on that pitch, but at the end of the day when I think about it now or probably after a month of the tied Test match everybody must have started thinking that Test match deserved the way it ended.”

BCCI Staff

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