Ranji Trophy 2014-15 Round 9 started from February 6 © PTI
Ranji Trophy 2014-15 Round 9 started from February 6 © PTI

Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Round Nine games are being played in all over the country. At Indore, young left-hander Sudeep Chatterjee showed loads of composure as he hit his seventh half-century in First-Class but Bengal are in trouble at 108 for three at stumps after Madhya Pradesh piled up a mammoth 514 for six in a Ranji Trophy match at Indore on Saturday.

Sudeep scored 58 off 109 balls with nine boundaries and added 52 for the opening stand with Abhishek Das (24) even though Abhimanyu Easwaran (0) and Manoj Tiwary (8) were dismissed cheaply.

Defending champions Karnataka, already assured of topping Group A, ended the second day on 175 for two in reply to Mumbai‘s tall first innings total of 436 in their Ranji Trophy 2014-15 match at Mumbai on Saturday.

At Ahmedabad, Rush Kalaria and captain Parthiv Patel starred in Gujarat‘s nine-wicket win over Haryana in an Group B match that ended in less than two days at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel stadium in Ahmedabad. Haryana went on to add 39 runs to their overnight 71/6, setting a 115-run target for the hosts.

At Patiala, Punjab lost their last five wickets for 20 runs but did enough to take first innings lead against Delhi in their final Ranji Trophy encounter, at Patiala on Saturday. Punjab finished their first innings on 263 in reply to Delhi’s 249 thereby getting a first innings lead of 14 runs.

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: Tamil Nadu win the toss and elect to field.

End of Day 3: Baroda 149 & 245 TN 188 & 51/1  Read Report

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: Bengal win the toss and elect to field first.

End of Day 3: MP 514/6 decl Bengal 219 & 111/1  Read Report

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: Mumbai win the toss and elect to bat first.

End of Day 3: Mumbai 436 & 19/0 Karnataka 415  Read Report

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: Railways win the toss and elect to bat first.

End of Day 3: Railways 345 & 189  UP 292 & 25/0  Read Report

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: Delhi win the toss and elect to bat first.

End of Day 3: Delhi 249 & 192 Punjab 263 & 88  Read Report

Result: Delhi won by 90 runs.

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: Vidarbha win the toss and elect to Field

End of Day 3: Maharashtra 342 Vidarbha 114 & 200/5  Read Report

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: Hayana win the toss and elect to bat first.

Match over: Haryana 129 & 110 Gujarat 125 & 115/1 Read Report

Result: Gujarat win by 9 wickets.

Odisha vs Saurashtra at Barabati stadium, Cuttack

Toss: Odisha win the toss and elect to Field

End of Day 3: Saurashtra 218 & 152 Odisha 88 & 128/2  Read Report

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: Hyderabad win the toss and elect to Field

End of Day 3: HP 511 Hyderabad 297/1 Read Report

Andhra vs Goa at CSR Sharma college ground, Ongole

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

Toss: Goa win the toss and elect to Field

End of Day 3: Andhra 548/5 decl. Goa 198 & 214  Read Report

Result: Andhra won by an innings and 136 runs

Kerala vs Assam at Conor Vayal Cricket Stadium, Thalassery

Toss: Assam win the toss and elect to Field

End of Day 3: Assam 344 & 26/0 Kerala 266  Read Report

Jharkhand vs Services at Keenan Cricket Stadium, Jamshedpur

Toss: Jharkhand win the toss and elect to Field

End of Day 3: Services 230 & 235 Jharkhand 387 & 84/1 Read Report

Result: Jharkhand won by 9 wickets.