Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium will host the big final of Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium © Wikipedia
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium will host the big final of Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium © Wikimedia Commons

The final of ongoing Ranji Trophy 2015-16 will be hosted by Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed on Tuesday. While quarter-finals of the domestic tournament will be played in Vizag, Valsad, Mumbai and Bengaluru, the semi-finals will happen in Baroda and Cuttack. The teams that have qualified for the knockout stages are Vidarbha, Saurashtra, Assam, Punjab, Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkand and Mumbai. The knockout round of Ranji trophy 2015-16 will be played between February 3 and 28. Karnataka who have been winning the tournament for the last two years have failed to progress for the next round so a new team will be crowned champions this year. READ: Ranji Trophy 2015-16: Shreyas Iyer, Akhil Herwadkar, Ravindra Jadeja, and others who did well in the group stages

The first quarter-final will be played between Vidarbha and Saurahtra, which will take place at Vizag. The second quarter-final which features Punjab and Assam, will be played in Gujarat’s Valsad. Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium is set to host the third match of the last-8 round of this season’s Ranji Trophy which will be played between Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. The last quarter-final will happen at Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium with Jharkand and Mumbai fighting for the last spot left in the semi-finals.

Vidarbha topped Group A with four wins, two losses and two draws from eight matches and was followed by Bengal and Assam with two and three wins respectively from their eight matches each. On the other hand, Mumbai have dominated thoroughly with four wins without a loss from eight games with Punjab and Madhya Pradesh next on the table. Saurashtra who had a shaky start eventually ended as Group C table-toppers, winning five out of eight matches.