A day of wickets at the Ranji Trophy © PTI
A day of wickets at the Ranji Trophy © PTI


Jan 10, 2014


That is it from us today. We have had a bowler’s day one would say with some sterling performances. It is great to see a bit of a balance between bat and ball. Do join us tomorrow as the results would be out as all the games are heading towards good finishes.




J&K 77/2 vs PUN


Jammu and Kashmir have ended the day on a good note one would say. However, they still have a long way to go as they need 324 runs to win. But, of course Parvez Rasool is still there in the hut. Hardeep and Ian Dev Singh are the unbeaten batsmen.




UP 55/1 vs KAR


Uttar Pradesh have lost one wicket as Mukul Dagar was dismissed. They finish the day on 55 for one. They need another 278 runs to win.





J&K 55/2 vs PUN


Jammu and Kashmir have lost their second wicket and it is a big one as Adil Rishi is caught by the wicketkeeper.




MAH 28/1 vs MUM


Zaheer Khan has Chirag Khurana edging one and it flies to Wasim Jaffer at second slip. He fumbles, but takes it on the second atempt. So, tomorrow is going to be an interesting day at Wankhede Stadium. Maharashtra need another 224 runs to win.




BEN 131/4 vs RAI


Bengal have finished Day Three on 133 for 4. It is quite a recovery after they were down for a long time. Laxmi Ratan Shukla is on 63, while Wriddhiman Saha is on 30.




UP 33/0 vs KAR


Uttar Pradesh have started positively against Karnataka as they are chasing 333. Which means they now require 300 more runs to win.






J&K 37/1 vs PUN


Jammu and Kashmir lost a wicket early, but their top run-scorer of this season, Adil Rishi is still in the centre. Hardeep is also there in the centre now. Bandeep Singh was the man out.




MUM 129 vs MAH


The resistance of the last wicket pair has finally come to an end. Mumbai have been bowled out for 129. Maharashtra need 252 runs to reach semi-finals. Shardul Thakur and Suryakumar Yadav were top-scorers with 33 runs.








BEN 112/5 vs RAI


Bengal have recovered well after a testing afternoon session. Wriddhiman Saha and Laxmi Ratan Shukla are the two batsmen in the middle and they are the ones who would take this forward. In fact, Shukla has crossed his fifty.




PUN 296 vs J&K


Second team to be bowled out in their second innings. Punjab have folded for 296 setting 324-run target for Jammu and Kashmir. Mandeep Singh scored 101 runs.




KAR  204 vs UP


Uttar Pradesh needs 333 runs to qualify for the semi-finals.  Lokesh Rahul is the last man standing on 93 after Abhimanyu Mithun, HS Sharath  were dismissed in quick succession.




KAR 203/8 vs UP


Lokesh Rahul leads the innings after tea and is now batting on 91. And, their score is now past 200 here and lead has now moved beyond 320.






MUM 100/8 vs MAH


Zaheer Khan has been trapped leg-before by Shrikant Mundhe. That is now his third wicket for the innings. They have only crossed 100 and their lead is now 222. Is that enough against this spirited Maharashtra side?



PUN 280/5 vs J&K


Something unbelievable has happened at Vadodra. We last saw Punjab leave the field at 230 for eight, but once they returned after the tea break, they have smashed the ball around with Mandeep Singh moving towards his ton. Gony is also smashing it around.




PUN 230/8 vs J&K


You will find Parvez Rasool invariably rising to the occasion for his team. He broke the partnership between Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Mandeep Singh. And then also dismissed Harbhajan Singh for a duck. That was a big wicket as Harbhajan had scored 92 in the first innings. So, at tea, Punjab are 230 for eight and that has put them 257 runs ahead.



KAR 182/8 vs UP


Rahul is batting on 85 even as Karnataka keep losing wickets. But, no worries now as they are leading by 310 runs and Uttar Pradesh will need a great effort to get there. That is tea.




MUM 88/7 vs MAH


The dangerman Suryakumar Yadav is gone. He has been dismissed for 33 as Mundhe traps him leg-before. The ball held its line and Yadav was shaping to play it through the leg-side. Instead, it trapped him plumb in front of the stumps. Zaheer Khan, the Mumbai captain is the new man in. That was tea.




BEN 46/4 vs RAI


It is tea at Kolkata as Bengal are stuttering at 46 for four. It has been very slow going as only 46 runs have been scored in the afternoon session. The Bengal batsmen seem to be playing the leading the game.




KAR 160/6


Rahul continues to fight a lone battle and he is still there on 73.  Shreyas Gopal is the sixth batsman to go.





MUM 77/6 vs MAH


Suryakumar Yadav and Iqbal Abdulla have been batting very well. They have been hitting the boundaries at regular intervals and that is helping the scoring rate. But, just then, Abdulla chases a wide one from Mundhe and the edge is well taken in the slips. There was no need to play that and there were a few he had flirted with. Big blow for Mumbai! Maharashtra celebrate…




BEN 40/4 


Anureet is the man for Railways. They may have conceded the slender advantage of three-runs but are leaving no stone unturned to do the job here. Anureet gets the fourth wicket for his side. Subhomoy Das is the man dismissed.




PUN 191/6 vs J&K


Punjab seem to have settled in as they are now nearing the 200-run mark. Both Mandeep Singh and Gurkeerat Singh have gone past their respective fifties.




KAR 136/6 | OUT! Gautam  36


Uttar Pradesh have finally taken their sixth wicket and ended the spirited stand between Gautam and Rahul. Gautam has been run-out for 36. Still, Karnataka are 264 runs ahead.




BEN 24/3 vs RAI


The contest at Kolkata gets even more interesting. Bengal were going really slow after the loss of two early wickets. And now, they have lost a third as Anureet Singh dismisses Sudip Chatterji.




KAR 122/5 vs UP


Lokesh Rahul is leading the way with his 57 not out as Karnataka have gone past 100. There have been many wickets on show today and it has been an exciting day at all the venues. Karnataka now lead by 250.




MUM 29/5 vs MAH | OUT! Tare 17


What is happening at Wankhede? Aditya Tare chases a wide one from Samad Fallah and it flies to first slip. But, the second slip dives acorss to take the catch. Iqbal Abdullah is out there earlier than he expected.




MUM 25/4 vs MAH | OUT! Nayar 0, Indulkar 4


Mumbai lose their third wicket. Vineet Indulkar prods at one from Sanklecha as the edge is taken by the wicketkeeper Rohit Motwani. Mumbai are getting themselves in a spot despite taking the lead early on. Abhishek Nayar goes first ball. He edges one from Sanklecha and it flies to Khurana in the slips.




BEN 7/2 vs RAI


Bengal have lost two early wickets after lunch on Day Three. So they are effectively now 10 for two. Anureet Singh had picked up the first wicket. Abhimanyu Easwaran was the man dismissed.







RAI 314 all-out vs BEN | PUN 152/6 vs J&K


Ashok Dinda is on fire as he has taken six-wickets to take a three-run lead for Bengal. Railways were threatening to take the first innings lead, but Bengal have managed to hold on at lunch.


Meanwhile, Punjab have gone into lunch at 152 for six. A recovery one may say.




MUM 17/2 vs MAH | KAR 97/5 vs UP


Mumbai lost two early wickets and Aditya Tare has taken them into lunch at 17 for two. They are effectively 139 runs ahead. In Bangalore, Lokesh Rahul continues to rally Karnataka and has taken them to 97 for five at Lunch, which puts them 225 ahead.




MUM 14/2 vs MAH | PUN 129/6 vs J&K


Mumbai have been rocked early after taking a sizeable lead. Wasim Jaffer was dismissed for a duck and then Samad Fallah picked the second wicket by getting an edge of Kaustubh Pawar at third slip. And, Parvez Rasool makes a mark today as he dismisses Yuvraj Singh for 40.




KAR 73/5 vs UP | RAI 314 vs BEN


Karnataka are losing wickets at a canter but still lead by 205 runs. Rahul is batting on 36 and trying to stitch their second innings along. Railways were bowled out for 314, handing in important three-run lead to Bengal. Dinda finished with six wickets.




MAH 280 | OUT!  Darekar 36


Darekar is the last wicket to fall for Maharashtra. He edges one from Shardul Thakur and the catch is taken by the wicketkeeper. Mumbai lead by 122 runs after the end of both first innings.




MAH 264/8 | OUT! Mundhe


Mundhe is gone after a spirited stand. Shardul Thakur returns to bowl and gets the edge as Mundhe chases a wide one and is caught by the wicketkeeper Tare. That is a fifer for Thakur. Mumbai take control.


Meanwhile, Railways are 314 for eight and are only four runs away from taking a lead.




KAR 33/4 vs UP | MAH 259/7 vs MUM | RAI 306/9 vs BEN


Karnataka slip further now as Manish Pandey has been dismissed. Wickets galore this morning in all centres, except the Wankhede Stadium, where Maharashtra continue to fight with their tail holding fort. Ashok Dinda has got his fifer as he dismissed Krishnakant Upadhyay. Now, it gets interesting as they are only 11 runs away.






PUN 54/5 vs J&K| KAR 29/3 vs UP


Jammu and Kashmir continue to make merry as Gitansh Khera has been dismissed leg-before by Mohammad Mudhasirl. Mandeep Singh comes out to the centre and will partner Yuvraj Singh. Also, Uttar Pradesh have taken the third Karnataka wicket at Bangalore. Abrar Kazi is the man dismissed and Uttar Pradesh are hitting back despite conceding the lead.







RAI 296/9 vs BEN | OUT! Ghosh 97


Arindam Ghosh falls three short of what would have been a magnificent century. He is trapped leg-before by Ashok Dinda. Railways are only 19 runs behind and there would be a scramble for the first innings lead.




KAR 11/2 vs UP | RAI 285/7 vs BEN | PUN 39/4 vs J&K | MAH 256/7 vs MUM


Wickets have fallen at two grounds. Murali Kartik has been dismissed for 23 as Railways have lost their seventh wicket. Meanwhile, Vinay Kumar has been dismissed leg-before. Karnataka are now 11 for two. Yuvraj continues to wage a battle for Punjab after Jammu and Kashmir struck early. And, Maharashtra continue to fight against Mumbai with Darekar and Mundhe smashing the loose deliveries.






KAR 9/1 , RAI 271/6


Uttar Pradesh were bowled out for 222 and that allowed Karnataka a 127-run lead. However, they lost the centurion of the first innings, Robin Uthappa early for a duck and interestingly, R Vinay Kumar has walked in at No 3.  Meanwhile, in Kolkata, Railways continue to fight with Arindam Ghosh nearing his ton. They lost a wicket early, but Murali Kartik is in to play.


Mahesh Rawat, the wicketkeeper batsman is out for 119. He has had a stellar season with the bat so far.




PUN 25/4 | OUT! Sandeep Sharma 


Jammu and Kashmir are on song at Vadodra. Punjab have slipped to 25 for four and it has been an amazing ride so far. The story gets better, but there is a long way to do. Umar Nazir dismisses the night-watchman Sandeep Sharma. Now, the big star, Yuvraj Singh walks in with pressure on his shoulders. He has seen pressure at the highest level. Can he do it again this time.



PUN 18/3 | RI Singh c Rishi b Dayal


Jammu and Kashmir draw first blood at Vadodra. Starting the day on 15 for two and 42 runs ahead, Punjab have been rocked early as R Inder Singh edged R Dayal to Adil Rishi.






MAH 233/7 | 62 overs | Mundhe 31*, Darekar 17*


The Maharashtra tailenders prolong their fight at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Shardul Thakur, the man who did the damage yesterday for Mumbai was welcomed with three boundaries by Shrikant Mundhe. The last shot was a graceful cover-drive that went for four.




Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 quarter-finals. I am Nishad Pai Vaidya and will bring you a few updates from the four contests we have in India today. Mumbai and Maharashtra lock horns at the Wankhede Stadium and the hosts are on top there. Then, it is nearly even stevens at Kolkata as Bengal and Railways face-off. Karnataka hold strong against Uttar Pradesh at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Lastly, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab are engaged in a good battle at Vadodra, although Punjab have a slight lead.


This should be an interesting day as we may get to know who holds the advantage. A lot depends on the first innings lead, remember!