Harbhajan Singh will be leading Punjub in their crucial tie against Delhi    IANS
Harbhajan Singh will be leading Punjub in their crucial tie against Delhi IANS

Ranji Trophy 2014-15 season has landed on a sticky note with only Karnataka, Delhi and Assam qualifying for the quarter-finals from Group A, B and C respectively. A total of eight team will qualify for the knock-out stage, which will begin from February 15. Top three teams from Group A and Group B will make it to the quarter-finals while the top two teams from Group C will end up in the quarter-finals.

Just In: Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will host the final of the Ranji Trophy next month while Kolkata and Bengaluru would conduct the two semi-finals, according to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sources. The national championship’s summit clash is scheduled from March 8-12 while the semi-finals are to be held from February 27 to March 1.

Meanwhile, the BCCI has allotted the four quarter finals to Cuttack, Indore, Lahli and Jaipur, sources added. The quarter finals are slated from February 15 to 19. The final group phase matches of the championship to spot the knock out qualifiers commenced from Friday, reported PTI.

Matches are being played in Round 9

Group A

Baroda vs Tamil Nadu at Motibaug Cricket Ground, Vadodara

Both teams are still in content for spot in the quarter-finals and would like to get the crucial six points to sail in the next round. If Baroda manage to win six points from this tie they would end up with 24 points and will get the second spot in the group. While if Tamil Nadu get first innings lead and end the match in draw they will end up with 26 points and will surely enter the quarter-finals. Even if Tamil Nadu don’t get a first innings lead they would still be safe getting a single point from the match.

Toss Update: Tamil Nadu win the toss and elect to field.

End of Day 1: Baroda 149 TN 77/2

Madhya Pradesh vs Bengal at Holkar Stadium, Indore

Bengal have a very slim chance for making it for the quarter-finals spot and also this will be a must-win game for Madhya Pradesh. MP would want to collect six points from this match and end at 22 points. A win with bonus point would surely add to their chances. If Madhya Pradesh win with bonus point and Tamil Nadu lose against Baroda then they both will be tied at 23 points.

Toss Update: Bengal win the toss and elect to field first.

End of Day 1: MP 274/1

Mumbai vs Karnataka at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Mumbai will have a tough task at hand when they meet Mumbai at their home ground. Mumbai would need to win this match with a bonus point which will take them to 23 points. While the result of this match won’t Karnataka’s chances of qualification.

Toss Update: Mumbai win the toss and elect to bat first.

End of Day 1: Mumbai 342/5

Railways vs Uttar Pradesh at Karnail Singh Stadium, New Delhi

Railways are on same track as Madhya Pradesh and an outright win with six points will land them at 22 points. And win with a bonus point will take them to 23 points.

Toss Update: Railways win the toss and elect to bat first.

End of Day 1: Railways 331/1

Group B

In Group B, Delhi have already stamped a place in the quarter-finals. Following them is Vidarbha and Maharashtra with 24 and 20 points. Gujarat (18 points ) and Haryana (17 points) are also in contention for for quarter-finals’ spot.

Punjab vs Delhi at Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala

Punjab were defeated by six wickets against Odisha in the previous tie which has left them stranded at 19 points. Punjab would want to beat Delhi at Patiala to get six points which will take them to 25 points.

Toss Update: Delhi win the toss and elect to bat first.

End of Day 1: Delhi 249 Punjab 30/2

Maharashtra vs Vidarbha at MCA Cricket Stadium, Gahunje, Pune

This match will be crucial for both teams. Maharashtra would want to collect six points with an outright win which would take them to 26 points. While a first innings lead would take them to 23 points. For Vidarbha who are currently slotted at No. 2 in the Group B with 24 points even a first innings lead would do. If Punjab win with six points and Vidarbha draw the match with Maharashtra then both teams will be tied at 25 points.

Toss Update: Vidarbha win the toss and elect to Field

End of Day 1: Maharashtra 262/4

Gujarat vs Haryana at Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad

Both teams need to get six points to get a chance for qualification. If Gujarat get six points they will end up at 24 points and if Haryana win six points they will end up at 23 points.

Toss Update: Hayana win the toss and elect to bat first.

End of Day 1: Haryana 129 & 71/6 Gujarat 125

Odisha vs Saurashtra at Barabati stadium, Cuttack

Toss Update: Odisha win the toss and elect to Field

End of Day 1: Saurashtra 218 Odisha 0/0

Group C

Only two teams would move forward into the quarter-finals from Group C. Assam have already qualified for the quarter-finals with 35 points. Following Assam is Himachal Pradesh and Andhra with 27 and 22 points.

Hyderabad vs Himachal Pradesh at Gymkhana Ground, Hyderabad

Himachal Pradesh will need to get at least three points to stay safe even if Andhra beat Goa with a bonus point.

Toss Update: Hyderabad win the toss and elect to Field

End of Day 1: HP 269/5

Andhra vs Goa at CSR Sharma college ground, Ongole

Andhra will need to win six points and hope for HP loss against Hyderabad.

Toss Update: Goa win the toss and elect to Field

End of Day 1: Andhra 408/1

Kerala vs Assam at Conor Vayal Cricket Stadium, Thalassery

Toss Update: Assam win the toss and elect to Field

End of Day 1: Assam 197/4

Jharkhand vs Services at Keenan Cricket Stadium, Jamshedpur

Toss Update: Jharkhand win the toss and elect to Field

End of Day 1: Services 230 Jharkhand 102/2

(With Inputs from Varun Arora)