Two strong and the deserved teams take on each other to crown themselves the Indian Domestic Champions. Bharath Seervi brings out a statistical preview of the final between Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Karnataka and Maharashtra will play the final battle of Ranji Trophy 2013/14 at Hyderabad from January 29. Both teams look equally strong considering the current season performance. Six victories and four draws is what both the teams have produced in their ten matches this season.
Karnataka and Maharashtra will be playing against each other in Ranji Trophy final for the first time. They have played in the semifinal (1970/71) and quarterfinal (1975/76) earlier.
Maharashtra became the Ranji Trophy champion for the last time way back in 1940/41 whereas Karnataka’s last championship victory was in 1998/99. Both have a 50% win ratio in Ranji Trophy finals. Karnataka has won six out of 12 finals they played while Maharashtra won two of four.
Maharashtra in Ranji Trophy finals
Maharashtra have appeared in Ranji Trophy final four times. The last time they played a Ranji Trophy Final was in the season 1992/93 against Punjab which they lost by 120 runs. They became Champions twice (1939/40 and 1940/41) and Runner-Up twice.
|1939/40||United Provinces||Pune||Won by 10 Wickets|
|1940/41||Madras||Madras||Won by 6 Wickets|
|1970/71||Bombay||Bombay||Lost by 48 Runs|
|1992/93||Punjab||Ludhiana||Lost by 120 Runs|
Karnataka in Ranji Trophy finals
The final of season 2013/14 will be the 13th final for Karnataka in Ranji Trophy History. In previous 12, they had won six and lost six. Their last final appearance was in 2009/10 against Mumbai which they lost by six runs.
|1973/74||Rajasthan||Jaipur||Won by 185 Runs|
|1974/75||Bombay||Bombay (BS)||Lost by 7 Wickets|
|1977/78||Uttar Pradesh||Mohan Nagar (UP)||Won by Inn and 193 Runs|
|1978/79||Delhi||Bangalore||Lost by 399 Runs|
|1981/82||Delhi||Delhi||Lost on first Innings lead|
|1982/83||Karnataka||Bombay (WS)||Won on first Innings lead|
|1995/96||Tamil Nadu||Chennai||Won on first Innings lead|
|1997/98||Uttar Pradesh||Bangalore||Won on first Innings lead|
|1998/99||Madhya Pradesh||Bangalore||Won by 96 Runs|
|2009/10||Mumbai||Mysore||Lost by 6 Runs|
Maharashtra’s performance this season
Maharashtra began their 2013/14 campaign with an easy win at their home ground (Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune) against Tripura. With three draws against Hyderabad, Goa and Andhra Pradesh, they were still contenders for the next round. Three wins in their next four games against Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala (drawn), Himachal Pradesh and Assam made them reach top of the Group C with a very good lead (35 points).
Maharashtra marched to the final of the Ranji Trophy 2013/14 with easy wins of eight wicket and ten wickets against Mumbai (in the quarterfinal) and Bengal (in the semifinal) respectively.
|Tripura||Pune||Won by 9 Wickets|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Pune||Won by 9 Wickets|
|Himachal Pradesh||Pune||Won by 10 Wickets|
|Assam||Guwahati||Won by 128 Runs|
|Mumbai (quarterfinal)||Mumbai (Wankhede)||Won by 8 Wickets|
|Bengal (semifinal)||Indore||Won by 10 Wickets|
Karnataka’s Performance this season
Karnataka, in Group A, had to draw their first three matches against Jharkhand, Gujarat and Vidarbha before winning the remaining five matches against Odisha, Haryana, Punjab, Mumbai and Delhi. All of their victories were by good margins — four wickets, three wickets, ten wickets, 160 runs and eight wickets.
Karnataka defeated Uttar Pradesh in the quarterfinals by 92 runs at their home ground — Chinnaswamy Stadium. Due to rain, the semifinal against Punjab at Mohali was drawn, but Karnataka moved to the final banking on the first innings lead.
|Odisha||Cuttack||Won by 4 Wickets|
|Haryana||Rohtak||Won by 3 Wickets|
|Punjab||Hubli||Won by 10 Wickets|
|Mumbai||Bangalore||Won by 160 Runs|
|Delhi||Delhi||Won by 8 Wickets|
|Uttar Pradesh||Bangalore||Won by 92 Runs|
Karnataka vs Maharashtra in Ranji Trophy
Karnataka have always been a more dominating team than Maharashtra in their encounters other than the first two encounters in 1948/49 and 1970/71 when Maharashtra were at their peak. This can be depicted from the below data which shows the head to head results between the two teams.
Played — ten
Karnataka Won — five (three by an innings)
Maharashtra Won — two
Drawn — three (Karnataka won on the basis of first innings lead in two of those draws)
List of Matches between the two teams in the Ranji Trophy:
|1948/49||Bangalore||Maharashtra Won by 176 Runs|
|1970/71 (semifinal)||Pune||Maharashtra Won by 40 Runs|
|1975/76 (quarterfinal)||Bangalore||Drawn — Karnataka Won on first innings lead|
|1990/91||Pune||Drawn — Karnataka Won on first innings lead|
|2005/06||Bangalore||Karnataka Won by an Inn and 8 Runs|
|2007/08||Ratnagiri||Karnataka Won by an Inn and 129 Runs|
|2008/09||Bangalore||Karnataka Won by 155 Runs|
|2009/10||Pune||Karnataka Won by an Inn and 128 Runs|
|2012/13||Pune||Karnataka Won by 8 Wickets|
Highest Individual Scores by batsmen in Karnataka-Maharashtra encounters
Best Bowling Figures in an inning by bowlers in Karnataka-Maharashtra encounters
Records and Milestones to aim for in the Ranji Trophy final:
- If Karnataka wins the final then they will join Delhi as the second most number of Ranji Trophy Championships (seven) behind Mumbai’s 40 triumphs.
- Kedar Jadhav (Maharashtra) has scored 1,074 runs in 15 innings at 89.50 this season. He just needs 16 more runs to become the fourth-highest run-getter in a Ranji Trophy season behind VVS Laxman’s 1,451 in 1999/00, Vijay Bharadwaj’s 1,280 in 1998/99 and Wasim Jaffer’s 1,260 in 2008/09. Ajinkya Rahane (1,089) and Sridharan Sriram (1,075) are the ones Jadhav is most likely to eclipse.
- Jadhav has also crossed the century mark five times this season. He is joint-second with 15 other cricketers who have scored five centuries in a season. Only Laxman (1999/00) has scored more centuries in a Ranji Trophy Season — eight.
- Harshad Khadiwale needs 20 more runs to become the 14th player to aggregate 1,000 runs in a Ranji Trophy Season.
- If Khadiwale scores those 20 runs, it will be only the third time in the history of Ranji Trophy that two players from same team aggregated a thousand or more runs in a season. Raman Lamba (1,034) and Ajay Sharma (1,033) had done it for Delhi in 1996/97 while Wasim Jaffer (1,260) and Ajinkya Rahane (1,089) for Mumbai in 2008/09.
- Lokesh Rahul (Karnataka) needs 127 runs to complete his 1,000 runs in this season. He will become the second player after Vijay Bharadwaj (1998/99) to complete 1,000 runs for Karnataka in a Ranji Trophy Season.
- Rohit Motwani (Maharashtra) has effected 38 dismissals (34 catches and four stumpings) this season. He is just three dismissals short of the record 41 dismissals by Uday Kaul (2012/13) and Aditya Tare (2012/13). Just for the information, Chidambaram Gautam (Karnataka) has 35 dimissals (33 catches and two stumpings) this season as well.
- Vinay Kumar (Karnataka) needs seven wickets to complete 300 Wickets in his First Class career.
All stats updated till January 27, 2014.
(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)
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