Skipper Soumik Chatterjee, battling a knee injury, struck a valuable unbeaten 34 as Services beat Uttar Pradesh by five wickets on the third day of the fourth quarterfinals Tuesday and will be making their first Ranji Trophy semi-final appearance since 1967-68.
Services are the first team to book the semi-final spot while Saurashtra, Karnataka, Mumbai, Baroda, Punjab and Jharkhand battle it out in the other three quarterfinals for a place among the last four.
At the Holkar Cricket Stadium here, it was a gutsy innings by the Services captain Chatterjee after he badly injured his left knee.
Barely able to walk, Chatterjee was out in the field with Services struggling at 54 for five in the second innings while chasing a target of 113. Services made 263 in the first innings. Uttar Pradesh were bowled out for 134 in the first innings and 241 in their second essay.
Chatterjee put on a brave front and smashed Uttar Pradesh bowlers to all parts of the ground. The Army man hit five fours and two sixes during his 46-ball stay and his 62-run unbeaten stand with Rajat Paliwal (32 not out) took Services home safely.
Brief Scores: Uttar Pradesh 134 and 241 (Tanmay Srivastava 54, Arish Alam 50; Suraj Yadav 7-71) lost to Services 263 and 116 for 5 (Soumik Chatterjee 34*, Rajat Paliwal 32*; Ankit Rajpoot 5 for 36) by five wickets
First Published: January 8, 2013, 10:47 pm