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BCCI revamps Ranji format Heena Zuni Pandit, Hindustan Times New Delhi, August 18, 2008 First Published: 00:14 IST(18/8/2008) Last Updated: 00:18 IST(18/8/2008) THIS YEAR'S Ranji Trophy will witness a major change with the top two teams from the Plate Division joining the top three sides from Elite A and B groups in the knockout stage. The relegation system will remain unchanged. Recommended by the BCCI's technical committee, the move is aimed to create a level playing field. Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI's chief administrative officer, told Hindustan Times, “There was a feeling that there should be a single trophy for the Plate and Elite Divisions. We also thought of reducing the number of Elite teams from 15 to 10 but decided to defer a decision on the issue.” Meanwhile, the 2008-09 domestic season will kick-off on 15th September with Delhi locking horn against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (winners of Pakistan's Quaid-e-Azam Trophy) for the Mohammad Nissar Trophy. While the Ranji season will begin in November, the knockouts are due to be played in December, and the final stage of the Ranji Trophy is slated for January next year. Domestic Calendar Sep 15-18 Mohammad Nissar Trophy in New Delhi Oct 1-5 Irani Trophy in Vadodara Oct 23-26 NKP Salve Challenger Trophy in Cuttack Nov 3 Ranji Trophy Round One nDec 23-26 Ranji Trophy QF December 30-January 2, 2009 Ranji Trophy semi-finals Jan 7-11 Ranji Trophy finals Jan 16-Feb 10 Duleep Trophy February 15-22 Ranji Trophy ODI zonal league February 28-March 9 Vijay Hazare Trophy (Ranji Trophy ODI knockout) March 14-18 Deodhar Trophy March 23-28 Zonal Twenty20 April 2-8 T20 Super League April 10-May 24 IPL Junior tournaments: October 1 onwards CK Nayudu Trophy (Under-22 level); Oct 1 onwards Vijay Merchant Trophy & Polly Umiragar Trophy (Under-16 level), October 20 onwards Cooch Behar & Vinoo Mankad Trophy (Under-19 level). ------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a wierd change which BCCI thinks of bringing in. BY bringing the top two teams from the lower devision, isn't it trying to prove that rest of 12 teams in the Super league are worse than the top two teams of the lower devision? How on earth can you have the teams participate in the knock out phase when they have not even competed in the same league to climb up there? What do you guys think of this change? This obviously gives hopes to teams like Bengal who have the potential to reach even the super league's finals as they showed two years back but somehow I think it is unfair to the rest of the teams in the super league. Please comment!

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Amarnath to be Bengal team consultant Bengal on Monday roped in Mohinder Amarnath as the consultant to revive the fortunes of the team that will fight it out in the Plate Division in the Ranji Trophy this season. "After toying with the idea of a consultant and coach for Bengal seniors team, we've finally agreed on to appoint a consultant (Amarnath). Details about Amarnath's job profile will be worked out in due course. As a consultant he need not stay for the entire season but he'll be available depending upon his other commitments," Dalmiya said. Dalmiya, who carried out his first working committee meeting after he made a comeback at the CAB thrashing Prasun Mukherjee, said his main aim was to bring Bengal into the Elite Division. "We'll do our best to bring back Bengal into the Elite Division. Initially, after taking over, we faced a problem in which most of the seniors wanted to leave the state. They felt that by representing Bengal in Plate Division chances to make the national or India A side will be less which is a genuine reason," he said. "We had to convince them and then seven players (Manoj Tiwary, Ranadeb Bose, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Ashok Dinda, Wriddhiman Saha and Saurashish Lahiri) pledged to play for Bengal and give their best shot to bring back the glory days... It was a very touchy gesture from them."

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Ranji season to begin on November 3 The 2008-09 domestic season will commence on September 15 with the Mohammad Nissar Trophy. More... Indian domestic cricket Ranji season to begin on November 3 Nagraj Gollapudi August 14, 2008 332322.jpg The battle for the Ranji Trophy begins on November 3 © Cricinfo The 2008-09 domestic season will commence on September 15 with the Mohammad Nissar Trophy. Delhi, the current Ranji Trophy champions, will clash with Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, winners of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan's premier domestic competition, at home. The Ranji season will take off on November 3, with the knockouts beginning on December 23 and the final slated for January 7. This season sees a new format for the Ranji Trophy with a quarter-final stage where the top two teams from the Plate division join the top three teams from the Elite A and B groups. The change, aimed at a more level playing field, is based on the recommendation of the BCCI's technical committee, chaired by Sunil Gavaskar. "[The move] was created to allow more chances to deserving players and teams from the Plate division and in effect make the Ranji Trophy a more open tournament", BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah told Cricinfo. He added that the existing system of relegating the bottom two teams from the Elite groups and the promotion of the top two from the Plate division remains in place. The Irani Trophy will be played in Baroda from October 1-5 between Delhi and the Rest of India followed by the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, from October 23 to 26, in Cuttack. Meanwhile, women's cricket is set to get a boost with the inaugural Challenger Trophy scheduled from September 21-24. In a move to boost preparations for the Twenty20 World Cup next summer, the board has decided to start a women's Twenty20 league, which will be played from April 11-17 followed by the knockout from April 21-27. The men's inter-state Twenty20 is back on the domestic calendar after being omitted last season. Domestic Calendar ready reckoner September 15-18 Mohammad Nissar Trophy in New Delhi October 1-5 Irani Trophy in Vadodara October 23-26 NKP Salve Challenger Trophy in Cuttack November 3 Ranji Trophy Round One begins December 23-26 Ranji Trophy quarter-finals December 30-January 2, 2009 Ranji Trophy semi-finals January 7-11 Ranji Trophy finals January 16-February 10 Duleep Trophy February 15-22 Ranji Trophy ODI zonal league February 28-March 9 Vijay Hazare Trophy (Ranji Trophy ODI knockout) March 14-18 Deodhar Trophy March 23-28 Zonal Twenty20 April 2-8 Twenty20 Super League April 10-May 24 IPL Junior tournaments October 1 onwards CK Nayudu Trophy (Under-22 level) October 1 onwards Vijay Merchant Trophy & Polly Umiragar Trophy (Under-16 level) October 20 onwards Cooch Behar & Vinoo Mankad Trophy (Under-19 level) Women's tournaments September 21-24 Challenger Trophy (venue undecided) November 20 One-day league January 2, 2009 Two-day league April 11-17 Twenty20 League April 21-27 Twenty20 knockout October 10 Under-19 ODIs

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Foreign players allowed for Ranji Trophy http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/indiandomestic/content/story/366950.html State associations will now be permitted to include four "guest" players [ those from areas outside their jurisdiction] in their squad from the 2008-09 season onwards, up from the three that was previously permitted. One overseas player can be included among the four, but he must have played at least ten Tests or 20 ODIs. However, only three outstation players can be included in the playing XI. The decision was made at a meeting of the BCCI technical committee, chaired by Sunil Gavaskar, in Mumbai on Saturday. The last date for associations to register their guest players will be September 1 every year. No high-profile overseas players have featured for India's state associations, with the likes of Vikram Solanki, Kabir Ali and Nayan Doshi, former India left-arm spinner Dilip Doshi's son, having played in recent seasons. The first two turned out for Rajasthan, while Doshi played for Saurashtra, the region his family originally hails from. However, things could change, with many overseas players having been part of the squads of the eight franchises that contested the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League earlier in the year. But it's unlikely that associations will be able to match the sums franchises shelled out for the big names; Andrew Symonds fetched a whopping US$1.35 million for his participation in the six-week long event. The IPL rules allowed teams a maximum of four overseas recruits in the playing XI. The 2008-09 season will begin with Irani Trophy match - between Ranji Trophy champions Delhi and Rest of India - which has been advanced to September 24, instead of October 1-5 as originally scheduled. The BCCI working committee also deliberated on the amendments in playing conditions for domestic tournaments. They chose to retain the original Powerplay rule in the forthcoming season.

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BCCI fixes deadline for registration of foreign players The BCCI has fixed September 15 as the deadline for state associations to register foreign cricketers as 'guest players' for the 2008-09 domestic season. More... Indian domestic season 2008-09 BCCI fixes deadline for registration of foreign players Nagraj Gollapudi August 31, 2008 346912.jpgVikram Solanki played for Rajasthan in the 2006-07 Indian domestic season, and qualifies as a foreign player under the BCCI's new regulations as well © Getty Images The BCCI has fixed September 15 as the deadline for state associations to register foreign cricketers as 'guest players' for the 2008-09 domestic season. The board's technical committee had, on Saturday, decided to allow each association to select a maximum of four outstation players - one of whom can be a foreigner - in their squads. The board reiterated that it had increased the limit on guest players by one, but only three of them could figure on the final XI. "There was a request from a member association [to increase the player count] ," Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI's chief administrative officer, told Cricinfo. "After discussions, the count was increased from three to four, but the playing XI will continue to have three guest players only [as was the case till last season]. "The format remains the same and now there is a clear definition about who qualifies as a foreign player," Shetty said. According the board's new stipulations, a foreign player can only be selected if he has played a minimum of 10 Tests or 20 ODIs. Explaining the qualification norms for foreign players, Shetty said: "The technical committee said that if you are talking about people from abroad helping in improving our standards, then they should have played for their country." However, the Maharashtra Cricket Association [MCA] has expressed disappointment with the rules regarding foreign players. "If this the board's decision, which was taken based on collective wisdom, by this criteria neither Shaun Marsh nor Ajantha Mendis can be recruited," Ajay Shirke, the MCA president, said. Shirke's concern is understandable, since, a month back, the MCA had revealed its plans to recruit the Bangladesh spinner Enamul Haque Jr and Sujeewa de Silva, the left-arm fast bowler from Sri Lanka, as their outstation players for the upcoming season. But now, the MCA may have to make do with just Enamul, while Silva does not qualify for selection as he has played only three Tests and no ODIs. Gautam Dasgupta, a close aide of Jagmohan Dalmiya, the former president of the BCCI and the current head of the Cricket Association of Bengal, supported the board's move to have a criterion for the selection of foreign players. "The player needs to have a certain stature since we are getting [sic] him as a professional." Regarding foreign players' payments, the board said it will be borne by the association in question since the contract will be between the two. The most recent foreign cricketers to have played in the Indian domestic circuit are Vikram Solanki and Kabir Ali, who represented Rajasthan in the 2006-07 seasons, and Nayan Doshi, who was with Saurashtra for four seasons between 2001 and 2005. But only Solanki meets the current criterion set by the board.

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At grassroot level : Hope and a little cricket Lost in the shining glory of the monstrous Indian Premier League, the domestic cricket circuit (and by that one doesn't necessarily confine oneself to the Ranji Trophy) too has its own stories to tell. Here's a tale. More... Hope and a little cricket Sudipto Gupta KOLKATA, Sept. 4: Some folks are under the notion that if they head into the sunset they would somehow come out through the dawn. Dealing with the Indian sporting scenario, one is even more perplexed to differentiate the sunset from the dawn. Often one comes in the guise of the other. India's best ever show at the Olympics evoked inspiration as well as dismay (a single gold medal from a hundred-crore strong democracy). Indian cricket, of late, has been glittering ~ sometimes with success, sometimes otherwise. But that's just one side of the show. The other side, in lenient terms, is weird. Lost in the shining glory of the monstrous Indian Premier League, the domestic cricket circuit (and by that one doesn't necessarily confine oneself to the Ranji Trophy) too has its own stories to tell. Here's a tale. A bunch of young, enthusiastic cricketers are camping in Dankuni (a suburban town) and are using the Dankuni Sporting Club and its ground for their lodging and practice. The boys have come from all over India ~ Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Delhi, Maharastra, Jharkhand etc ~ to take part in the ongoing cricket camp under the supervision of coach Mr Utpal Kumar Chatterjee. They have been promised that they would be selected for the under-16, under-19 and under-22 Sikkim state team and if not they will have a chance to represent various clubs in the Kolkata league. Though the coach denied making any such assurance and said that everything was based on talent, the boys revealed that 15 players were definitely going to be selected in each age group for Sikkim's state team. That settles the fate of 45 boys out of a total of 50. There's hope for the remaining too as the coach said: "Local clubs like Mohammedan Sporting Club and Gymkhana have visited the trials already and have selected a few of the boys. Many others are slated to come." According to Mr Chatterjee, he is trying to provide 'a platform' to these boys to launch their careers. He insisted that he was not getting any monetary profit from this endeavour and the players were only being charged a paltry 80 bucks daily for food. Well, apparently it seems to be a great step towards developing cricket at the grassroot level. But there's a flip side to the story. While the contribution of Dankuni Sporting Club in the effort is commendable, some questions do arise about the whole affair. The trials are being held on concrete pitches and not on natural turf. According to Chayan Kar, an ex- Kalighat player who was carefully watching the proceedings, trials on concrete pitches are a strict no-no. He said: "It's strange that such an important issue is being overlooked. Will they really play state level cricket?" The players are also being made to run on the road, which is extremely unscientific. Such lacklustre planning makes one really wonder about the motive behind such a camp. What's even more awkward is the fact that these cricketers have come from places where there's a sound cricketing ambience. Then why have they landed in a place such as Dankuni, which by no stretch of imagination is known for its cricket? Moreover, this whole effort perhaps would have been more useful had the events proceeded in the reverse order. To be more precise, players from Sikkim should have been brought to the state, provided proper training and then given an opportunity to play in the domestic circuit, rather than providing Sikkim with sub-quality players. But that's Indian cricket which creates more complications than provide solutions.

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Munaf to play for Baroda Munaf Patel is going to turn out for Baroda in the 2008-09 Indian domestic season after switching allegiances from Maharashtra, where he was based for three years. More... Indian domestic news Munaf to play for Baroda Cricinfo staff September 13, 2008 Munaf Patel is going to turn out for Baroda in the 2008-09 Indian domestic season after switching allegiance from Maharashtra, where he was based for three years. Prior to that, Munaf represented Mumbai from 2003 to 2005. He said the proximity of Baroda to his home was the main reason for his decision. "Baroda is only one hour away from home. That's why I decided to switch," he told Cricinfo. "Anyway I have spent five years playing for other teams." Munaf's arrival is expected to bolster Baroda, who were semi-finalists in last year's Ranji Trophy Super League. In his 37 first-class appearances so far, Munaf has taken 132 wickets at 23.97. Baroda kick off their 2008-09 campaign when they take on Uttar Pradesh at home from November 10.

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Um' date=' Isnt he from Baroda/Gujrat anyway? Why did he play for Maharashtra?[/quote'] As far as I know, Tendulkar asked him to show up for Maharashtra

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"Baroda is only one hour away from home. That's why I decided to switch," he told Cricinfo.
Oh really Munaf? I didnt know that, somehow in the last 4 years, when you had played for other teams, Baroda all of a sudden was a few thousand miles away and only last week, magically came within the geographical proximity of your home. :winky:
Um' date=' Isnt he from Baroda/Gujrat anyway? Why did he play for Maharashtra?[/quote'] In the FC circuit, there's a general feeling that the more 'mainstream' your team ( eg; Bombay, Delhi, Karnataka, T.N), as opposed to the fringe states ( like Orissa, Assam, J&K ), the easier it was for the player to get recognition at the national level mainly coz, the better your team, the longer it lasts in the season, giving you more chances to score more runs/ take more wickets and hence top the stats table.

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Mendis to play for Rajasthan in Ranji Sri Lankan spin sensation Ajantha Mendis will turn up for Rajasthan in the forthcoming Ranji Trophy season. More... Mendis to play for Rajasthan in Ranji Bikash Mohapatra October 16, 2008 10:29 IST Sri Lankan spin sensation Ajantha Mendis [images] will turn up for Rajasthan in the forthcoming Ranji Trophy season. The BCCI had recently allowed each state to rope in an international player in a bid to improve the status of the country's biggest domestic competition and Rajasthan seems to have made a big scoop in this regard. RCA sources confirmed that talks are on with Mendis and the deal is almost finalised. Mendis though first has to get a clearance from the Sri Lankan Army team, which he represents in the country's domestic competitions. The mystery spinner had bamboozled India with a six-wicket haul in the Asia Cup final and continued to trouble India during the Test series in Sri Lanka. He took an astonishing 26 wickets in just three Tests and carried on with his good form in the following five ODIs snapping 14 wickets. He was also honoured in the recent ICC awards ceremony. Bengal has already roped in the services of Mendis' teammate and ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

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Mumbai drop Kulkarni, include Bahutule Mumbai's selection committee, headed by Padmakar Shivalkar, dropped veteran left-arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni and included another seasoned More...

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Ranji Trophy 2008-09 : Dinesh Karthik to lead Tamil Nadu Dinesh Karthik, the Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper, has been named captain of his state team for its first three matches of the Ranji Trophy in November. More... Ranji Trophy 2008-09 Dinesh Karthik to lead Tamil Nadu Cricinfo staff October 26, 2008 Dinesh Karthik, the Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper, has been named captain of his state team for its first three matches of the Ranji Trophy in November. S Badrinath, who was the Tamil Nadu captain last season, is part of the Test squad for the ongoing series against Australia. The state selection committee picked a 15-man squad which will be coached by former Indian batsman WV Raman who will be assisted by DJ Gokulakrishnan. Tamil Nadu are part if Group B in the Super League and their first three games are all away matches: against Maharashtra on November 3, Karnataka on November 10 and Uttar Pradesh on November 16. Last season Tamil Nadu won only one of their seven games while drawing four. Squad: Dinesh Karthik (capt), Abhinav Mukund, Arun Karthik, M Vijay, R Srinivasan, R Prasanna, S Vidyut, S Suresh Kumar, R Ashwin, C Suresh, L Balaji, V Yo Mahesh, P Amarnath, C Ganapathy, H Gopinath.

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Sreesanth not included in Kerala Ranji squad Sreesanth has not been included in Keralas squad for the opening game of the Ranji Trophy plate league against Goa. More... Ranji Trophy 2008-09 Sreesanth not included in Kerala Ranji squad Cricinfo staff October 26, 2008 Sreesanth has not been included in Kerala’s squad for the two opening games of the Ranji Trophy Plate League. The fast bowler, however, is likely to be considered for the rest of the matches in the season subject to the result of his fitness test to be held at the National Cricket Academy on November 4. The 15-member squad announced in Kochi on Saturday will be led by Sony Cheruvathur and features three new faces, opener Sambasiva Sarma, allrounder KJ Rakesh and fast bowler Prasanth Parameshwaran. The team will be unchanged for the first two Plate League group matches, said Kerala Cricket Association secretary TC Mathew. Kerala kick off their campaign against Goa and will also take on Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh in Group A while Assam, Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Services, Tripura and Vidarbha make up Group B. A finish as one of the top two in the group will earn them a semifinal place and making the final would mean an automatic promotion to the Super League. Kerala: Sony Cheruvathur (capt), VA Jagadeesh (vice-capt), Prasanth Parameshwaran, Sebastian Antony, Sambasiva Sarma, Rohan Prem, Robert Fernandes, Sreekumar Nair, Raiphy Vincent Gomez, Vinan G Nair (wk), Tinu Yohanan, Prasanth Chandran, S Aneesh, P Prasanth, KJ Rakesh. Coach: Vedam Hariharan.

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This guy has been out of action since last 5 months. Is his injury really that bad, which allows him to dance properly but not concentrate on his cricket ? He is bloody useless. Please keep him away from cricket.

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if it is the same, it is such a shame. I dont know how or why BCCI cant force players to go for treatments they choose, surely this should be in the players contract?

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Ranji Trophy kickz off tonight.. Group A: Delhi v Punjab at Delhi - Nov 3-6, 2008 Match scheduled to begin at 09:30 local time (04:00 GMT) - HOLY CRAP.. this game should never take place damn it.. Group B: Karnataka v Railways at Bangalore - Nov 3-6, 2008 Match scheduled to begin at 09:30 local time (04:00 GMT) Group B: Maharashtra v Tamil Nadu at Nasik - Nov 3-6, 2008 Match scheduled to begin at 09:30 local time (04:00 GMT) Group A: Mumbai v Rajasthan at Mumbai (BS) - Nov 3-6, 2008 Match scheduled to begin at 09:30 local time (04:00 GMT) Group A: Orissa v Hyderabad (India) at Cuttack - Nov 3-6, 2008 Match scheduled to begin at 09:30 local time (04:00 GMT) Group A: Saurashtra v Gujarat at Rajkot - Nov 3-6, 2008 Match scheduled to begin at 09:30 local time (04:00 GMT) Group B: Uttar Pradesh v Andhra at Meerut - Nov 3-6, 2008 Match scheduled to begin at 09:30 local time (04:00 GMT)

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Ranji Trophy kickz off tonight.. Group A: Delhi v Punjab at Delhi - Nov 3-6, 2008 Match scheduled to begin at 09:30 local time (04:00 GMT) - HOLY CRAP.. this game should never take place damn it..
:haha: ticz is confused

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Why do they play Ranji tournament when they know Mumbai is going to win it ? What is the number, tics ? ....that's right 37 :D

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Chennai has a good chance this year. Karthik is a good leader, and we have a good team with Murali Vijay, Ashwin, YoMahesh, Amarnath, Mukund, and of course Balaji :) No overseas player though? Mendis could be a handful for Rajasthan... Anyone have online links to this?

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:haha: ticz is confused
Who is Mumbai's oversees player?
Chennai has a good chance this year. Karthik is a good leader, and we have a good team with Murali Vijay, Ashwin, YoMahesh, Amarnath, Mukund, and of course Balaji :) No overseas player though? Mendis could be a handful for Rajasthan... Anyone have online links to this?
Let us do a preview of Ranji teams in the super legue. First three teams: Delhi Delhi finally got it all together last year. One of the big anomalies of Indian domestic cricket - why the most talented team couldn't win the Ranji Trophy - was eliminated. And unlike the last three champions - Railways were relegated during their title defence, Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai just about avoided the ignominy, Delhi seem to have the required class and stability to take themselves to the next level. 332329.jpg While there is a change in the leadership - Aakash Chopra takes over from Mithun Manhas as the captain, most of the other personnel is the same this time. What they will look forward to is the comeback of the mercurial Ashish Nehra, who did well in the IPL. They can also look forward to a good draw too - the dangerous teams in their group being Saurashtra, semi-finalists last year, and Mumbai. Punjab, Rajasthan, Orissa and Hyderabad are strictly dangerous floaters. They play four away matches, and three at home. Feroz Shah Kotla, though, will be available for only one of those. Vijay Dahiya, the coach, knows the team well, and worked wonders for them in the season just after his retirement. He will want to do more of the same this year, a year when after a long time Delhi will start the favourites. What they did last season It was an almost perfect season for Delhi last year. And even when it was not perfect, they managed to escape without burns. They were bowled out for 119 on the first day of the Ranji Trophy, but came back to clean Rajasthan up for 89, and win the match by 172 runs. In their fourth match, against Himachal Pradesh, when they were bowled out for 75 in the first innings, they managed to hold on for a draw, while following on. They managed crushing victories against Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, and also first-innings points against Saurashtra and Mumbai, which took them to the semi-finals. The fighting spirit resurfaced in the knockouts. In the semi-final, Gautam Gambhir led a 272-run chase in the final innings. In the final, Chopra and Rajat Bhatia scored centuries to take them from 36 for 4 to 290, still a 52-run first-innings deficit. Another Gambhir century in the second innings took Delhi to the title, their first in 16 years. Five of Delhi's batsmen crossed 500 runs - Chopra, Gambhir, Bhatia, Mithun Manhas and Shikhar Dhawan. Two of them - Chopra and Gambhir - crossed 700, and were also Nos 2 and 3 respectively on overall run-getters' list. Bhatia more than chipped in with the ball, taking 26 wickets at an average of 12.65. The 17-year-old Pradeep Sangwan was Delhi's main strike bowler, with 33 wickets at 19.24. Men to watch Nehra, just for endearment value, should be the man to watch out for. He has spent two seasons unfit, and in and out of the team, but his comeback during the IPL was superb. Whether he can carry it to a format where he will be bowling 20 overs by himself during a day will be interesting to see. Virat Kohli, who led India U-19 to the World Cup triumph last year, is definitely the one for the future - for Delhi, and possibly for India. Dhawan would want to carry on from his last season's form too. And then there are the strong seasoned heads for Delhi: Bhatia, one of the most valuable allrounders on the domestic circuit, Chopra, and Manhas. Delhi Squad Orissa Orissa were the surprise package in Group B in 2007-08, winning two successive games to upset everybody's calculations. However, they failed to extend their dream run and crashed out in stunning fashion against Punjab before the semi-finals. Orissa have a new coach, Venkatapathy Raju, the former Indian spinner, and they should hope to do better than last season. Orissa have retained Shiv Sunder Das, the former India opener, as captain. Das replaced Pravanjan Mullick during the previous season to help the side retain its place in the Super League. Most of Orissa's performances still revolve around Das and Debasis Mohanty, easily the two most recognisable faces in the team, but with no players lost to the ICL, the side needs its youngsters to step up. What they did last season Orissa finished fourth in Group B last season, winning two games out of six. Their first match was an innings defeat to Uttar Pradesh and after losing a thriller to Andhra in round three, after the fourth round they sat at the bottom. Then they got into form with an outright away win over Hyderabad, followed by a six-wicket win over Bengal with more than a day and a half to spare. Suddenly Orissa had ten points from four matches. However, that seven-wicket loss to Punjab will sting; in their second innings, Orissa were bowled out for 76 - VRV Singh took a hat-trick - with the last nine entries on the scorecard reading 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 6, 0, 0*. Orissa signed off their season with a draw against Baroda. Statistically, Das was again Orissa's highest run-getter with 394 at 39.40, with one hundred. Coming in at second was Pinninti Jayachandra with 286 at 31.77. There were only three centuries all season, indicative of Orissa's failure to go deep. As for the bowlers, Debasis Mohanty finished with 30 while his namesake, Basanth, had 20. Preetamjit Das, a left-arm medium-pacer, came in third with 15. Men to watch Mohanty, at 32, remains Orissa's leader of the pack. His assets remain an ability to control his swing - this did it for Bengal last season - and the experience he brings to the side is invaluable. Like Das, another player with national experience, Mohanty's success could well dictate how Orissa progress in 2008-09. Preetamjit, who took a five-wicket haul in his fifth first-class match, was steady without being spectacular last season and should get plenty of opportunities. Young Halhadar Das, the wicketkeeper, notched a maiden first-class century last season and was competent behind the stumps. He is one of the more promising Orissa players. Orissa Squad 315861.jpgMurali Kartik, free from national duty, will boost Railways © AFP Railways Three seasons ago, Railways stirringly came back from the brink of relegation to the national championship. That fairytale story made for plenty of copy in Indian journalist circles, and rightly so. Then came the descent: the next year they were relegated to the Plate League. They're back in the Super League by virtue of making the Plate finals last season, and will need to be at the top of their game to avoid relegation again. Sanjay Bangar lead well last season in the absence of Murali Kartik, away on national duty, and his role with Railways will always be special. He topped the wickets tally with 38, 17 more than the next best, new-ball bowler Harvinder Singh, and also scored 293 runs from seven matches at 32.55. Railways' batting clicked for most of the season: apart from their star, Bangar, Harshad Rawle, Mahesh Rawat, Sanjib Sanyal and Karan Sharma all scored over 300 runs at over 60.00. Life will be tougher in the Super League, so a repeat of such impressive numbers will be needed. Railways have plenty of experience in Bangar, Amit Pagnis, Raja Ali and Harvinder Singh, which should keep them in good stead as they aim to recapture at least a little bit of the glory years. What they did last season Railways topped the Plate League's Group B with three wins from five matches, without a loss. They began by routing Jammu & Kashmir by an innings and 88 runs in less than three days and their second win, over Jharkhand, also took three days. To enter the Super League, they managed a 45-run first-innings lead over Kerala in Nagpur and then denied Kerala's best efforts to force a result. In the final Railways, led by Bangar's six-wicket haul, fought valiantly on the final day but Gujarat hung on for a one-wicket win to become the Plate League champions. Bangar took eleven wickets in the match but was unable to prevent Gujarat from winning a nailbiter in Mumbai. Men to watch As always, Bangar and Kartik will be relied on heavily. But there are some youngsters who Railways can turn to. One such is Rawle, who moved from Mumbai before last season and scored 528 runs from seven matches to help Railways get promoted. Mahesh Rawat, the wicketkeeper who switched from Haryana and also represented the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, impressed too. His exposure to international players in the IPL may lift his game this year. Madan Yadav, a left-arm spinner, turned in parsimonious figures of 22.4-12-22-4 in the first innings against J&K and will need further such outings to support his seniors. Railway Squad

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Next Three Teams Mumbai Can a new captain and new selection committee change Mumbai's fortunes? That is the challenge Wasim Jaffer and Padmakar Shivalkar, newly-appointed captain and chairman of the selection committee, face after Mumbai's attempt to defend the crown ended on a dismal note last season. There's still hope. 372392.jpg The return of Sairaj Bahutule, who was the captain when Mumbai won the title in 2003-04, augurs well as his all-round and leadership skills will prove to be an inspiration to the youngsters. Bahutule, who decided to head back home after three seasons with Maharashtra, replaced Nilesh Kulkarni, the left-arm spinner, who was brought in at the *** end of the season last year but wasn't effective. The key thing for Mumbai is that the nucleus of Jaffer, Amol Muzumdar, Bahutule, Ajit Agarkar and Ramesh Powar rise to the occasion and bond well with the youth brigade led by Rohit Sharma, Abhishek Nayar, Dhawal Kulkarni and Sahil Kukreja. On paper it's a rich blend of youth and experience and it's just a matter of putting it all together as a team. Praveen Amre has been given another go as the coach after fingers were pointed at him last year about certain selections and to his credit he owned up responsibility. But if Mumbai need to bounce back they need to work as a team. That's their biggest challenge. What they did last season Not much. To qualify for the semi-finals Mumbai needed to beat Saurashtra with an outright win. Muzumdar scored a century in his 100th Ranji game but Mumbai lost out on the first innings lead. Mumbai could've avoided this precarious state had their bowlers broken the stiff resistance of a resolute Himachal Pradesh, who recovered despite following on and robbed Mumbai of a much-needed win. In the previous game Mumbai had recorded a dramatic last-ball victory over Rajasthan. Going into the final over Mumbai needed three wickets, Rajasthan had to get nine runs. Murtuza Hussain, a medium-pacer in only his second first-class game, picked two wickets while a run-out accounted for the third. In the absence of Jaffer, who played only two games and a below par Rohit, Muzumdar took on the additional responsibility of leading the batting well, ending with a tally of 502 at 62, the only Mumbai player to breach the 500-mark. Meanwhile Powar, with 24 wickets, was the highest for Mumbai. Men to watch With advertisements for the vacancies in the Indian middle-order certain in the near future Rohit will be anticipating a call-up based on the talent and skills he's displayed in the ODIs and Twenty20 playing for India. This season he needs to carry that forward in to the longer version. Then there is the senior bunch of Jaffer, Agarkar, Muzumdar and Powar, desperate to prove that their stock is still strong. What's good for Mumbai is the seniors can definitely expect stiff competition from the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Kukreja, Nayar, Dhaval Kulkarni and Rohan Raje. Mumbai Squad Gujarat One of the more modest teams on the Ranji circuit, Gujarat were knocked off the Super League after the 2006-07 season and had to fight it out amongst the less fashionable teams. The relegation didn't appear to further scar the morale of the team as they stormed through the Plate League last season to emerge the champions, beating Railways by a whisker in Mumbai. Led by Parthiv Patel, the most recognisable face in the side, the team thrived on the consistency shown by players like Nilesh Modi, Niraj Patel, Mohnish Parmar, Ashraf Makda and the captain himself. They hammered their way into the semi-finals with four wins on the trot, including two innings victories. Now back in elite company, Gujarat's true test will be against the imposing sides in Group A like Mumbai, Delhi and Punjab. They kick off their campaign this season against association neighbours Saurashtra. The players, fortunately, have financial rewards to play for this season, with the Gujarat Cricket Association recently announcing an incentive scheme. The president, Narhari Amin, said the reward money will be staggered from the first match to the last in order to encourage better performances. Most importantly, they stand to earn a booty of Rs 47 lakh for a Ranji title victory, in addition to the BCCI's reward of Rs 60 lakh. With lucrative Twenty20 leagues attracting players like magnets, schemes like this might set a precedent for other states to reward its players better and more importantly, retain them. What they did last season Gujarat had the home advantage in their first two games and strolled to victory in both. Modi and Niraj managed big hundreds while Parmar sealed the victory against Assam with a five-wicket haul. They crushed Tripura by an innings thanks to centuries by Parthiv and Bhavik Thaker and a seven-wicket haul by Makda. They went on to hammer Services by an innings and 193 runs and the chief wrecker was Parmar who finished with 11 in the match. After a few anxious moments, they brushed past Vidharbha in Valsad before suffering their first and only blip, losing to Kerala. They sank Madhya Pradesh by 159 runs in the semi-finals before meeting Railways in the summit clash. Railways managed 260 after opting to bat first at the Brabourne Stadium and Gujarat, led by Modi's 107, edged ahead with a lead of 20. A combined effort by Gujarat's bowlers restricted the opposition to 169, leaving the team a target of 150. It appeared as if Railways fell short by at least 100 runs with Gujarat coasting at 124 for 4. Sanjay Bangar and Murali Kartik threatened to pull off a remarkable turnaround and after a slew of wickets, it was anybody's game at 143 for 9. Siddarth Trivedi and Jay Desai hung around and scraped the seven needed to end Gujarat's fledging season in style. Men to watch Parthiv proved why he has been on the fringes of an India comeback, topping the Plate run charts with 615 runs at 51.25 - perfect way to end the dream season both as a plater and captain. Parmar was impressive against Australia A in Bangalore as his four-wicket haul in Bangalore forced the visitors to follow on. His 37 wickets in the Plate League was just one behind the leader Bangar. Niraj and Trivedi were part of the Rajasthan Royals' victorious campaign in the Indian Premier League. Trivedi, a nippy medium pacer, too won the praise of his captain Shane Warne. Gujarat Squad Saurashtra At the start of the previous season, an observer pointed out, "nothing much has changed in Saurashtra in the last 15 years." As it turned out, he spoke to soon. Traditionally one of the lesser-known teams in the circuit, they were the surprise semi-finalists in the Super League, finishing unbeaten in the league phase before losing to Uttar Pradesh. Saurashtra have proved they aren't pushovers any more and they have the added home advantage for all seven league games. Jaydev Shah will continue to lead the squad, which contains two new faces in Sheldon Jackson and Mohsin Dodia. Their season opener is against Plate winners Gujarat. What they did last season After gaining first-innings points against Himachal Pradesh, Saurashtra only just managed to hang on against Delhi. Cheteshwar Pujara's 148 was a face-saving effort in an improbable chase of 327 and the team secured a tight draw after losing nine wickets. Pujara's match-winning effort came a game later as Saurashtra strolled past Rajasthan by 200 runs in Jaipur. In Chennai, they were made to sweat against Tamil Nadu after being asked to follow on but fortunately the batting didn't collapse twice. Sandeep Jobanputra, the left-arm quick, starred in a thriller in Mysore with a six-wicket haul, a fifty and a crucial caught-and-bowled in the climactic stages to help his team home by three runs. The team was on a high and an eight-wicket win against Maharashtra propelled them to the top of the points table. They needed just a draw against Mumbai to secure a spot in the final four and their 'marathon man' Shithanshu Kotak did everything to ensure that, batting more than 12 hours for his unbeaten 168 and in the end, had the pleasure of knocking out the defending Ranji champions. The purple patch ended in Vadodara where nobody, barring Mohammad Kaif, managed to make sense of the sporting pitch. The result - achieved in just two days - could have gone either way, but Saurashtra walked away with their heads held high. Men to watch Pujara was the centre of Saurashtra's success and his aggregate of 807 at 73.76 placed him at the top of the run charts across both leagues. Rather oddly, he never featured in a single game for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, but he shrugged off the setback and reminded everybody of his prowess recently, slamming two triple-centuries in a week during the Under-22 CK Nayudu Trophy. Ravindra Jadeja wasn't a roaring success last season but his name has featured in high-profile series like the U-19 World Cup and the IPL. His aggressive batting in the middle order and left-arm spin make him an exciting prospect. Saurashtra Squad

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Next Three Teams Karnataka It was a pretty average last season for Karnataka. They finished seventh on the points table in the 15-team Super League competition. They had a new coach in Vijay Bharadwaj, who took over the reins just ten days before the competition. 354654.jpg This year Karnataka have the advantage of playing all their games at home - Bangalore and Mysore - and Bharadwaj has had more time to spend with the team. They started the preparation in July and concentrated on playing matches - they played five tournaments - instead of spending too much time in camps. Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid will be available for a few games in the middle of the season. They have a new captain in Robin Uthappa. The official announcement came on October 29 but Uthappa was sounded out pretty early in the season and has been working with the coach. "Robin [uthappa] and I have sat together and given each member in the team a role to play," Bharadwaj said. "Last season I took over just ten days just before the tournament. Obviously I didn't have great interaction with the team and didn't want to fiddle around too much in the middle of the games. Now, I know them in and out and I have been part of the side, which won six national titles. So I know what it takes to win. This is the process of building a side and we won't be putting major pressure on the youngsters." What they did last season They had two wins, two losses and drew the rest. The batting led them down - only twice did they cross 400 in an innings and incidentally, they won both games. Only one batsman, KB Pawan, aggregated more than 400 runs. The bowling was much better. The seamer Vinay Kumar, with 40 wickets, was the highest wicket-taker of the competition at the end of the league stage. Sunil Joshi took 34 but KP Appanna, the other left-arm spinner, succumbed to the season-two blues, picking only five wickets from four games. Men to watch Robin Uthappa, the new captain. He was the man of the series in the recently concluded Challenger series and should lead Karnataka's batting. Having been out of the Indian team, he has obvious reasons to prove himself. Sunil Joshi, the veteran, will still lead the spin attack. Ganesh Satish is the dark horse; he has been named in the squad after scoring five centuries on the trot in the Under-22 competition. Karnataka Squad Baroda If you measure a team's success in terms of consistency Baroda will pip many heavyweights as they've made to the semi-finals for the last three seasons. Despite the absence of the likes of Irfan Pathan, Baroda still managed to run Delhi close last year before Gautam Gambhir's match-winning century robbed them of a berth in the finals. The lack of a good paceman proved a deterrent but the spin duo of Yusuf Pathan and Rajesh Pawar led the bowling admirably. But with the inclusion of Munaf Patel, who quit Maharashtra to return to his home state, and Sri Lanka's Dilhara Fernando, Baroda's bowling line-up will be bolstered. Also, Irfan is likely to play more games than last season if he doesn't feature in the Test series against England. If the batsmen can stand up to the occasion in the fashion they did last season, Baroda stand a healthy chance of making it at least to the knockout stage for the fourth straight year. What they did last season Two outright wins in the first three games declared their positive intent. This included a closely-fought away contest against Uttar Pradesh. Chasing a tempting 274, UP failed on a turning track where Yusuf and Pawar picked four and three wickets respectively to win the contest. After taking first-innings lead against Punjab, they lost their way following on against Andhra Pradesh. Next, against Orissa, once again Baroda they lost the initiative conceding the first-innings lead but owing to their clean sheet made it to the last four. Baroda's progress into the knockouts was due to these four batsmen: Rakesh Solanki (645 at 64), Connor Williams (547 at 54), Yusuf (441 at 44) and Pinal Shah (437 at 48). Yusuf proved he was an allrounder with a tally of 26 victims with his off spin that came at 29. Pawar was the second highest wicket-taker with a tally of 22 at 36. Men to watch Yusuf remains the key with both the bat and ball. He proved he can be a quick learner by playing a significant role during the IPL where Shane Warne's leadership inspired him at Rajasthan Royals. Hyderabad Last season Hyderabad were wiped out by the exodus to IPL. They had to play with an almost new team, full of youngsters, and finished 12th on the points table. It was treated as a platform to build new talent and gauge their potential. A few positives came out in the form of the aggressive opener Ravi Teja and emergence of the teenaged left-arm spinner Lalith Mohan, who played three games. Pragyan Ojha took 24 wickets and Ashwin Yadav and SM Shoaib showed some promise with their mediumpace bowling. Kanwaljeet Singh, the head coach this year, is pleased with the improvements in the batting in the pre-season tournaments. Abhinav Kumar has been among runs and a new talent in the 17-year old Akshath Reddy, an opening batsman, has been unearthed. "The batting was a worry last season but they have done well so far consistently getting 300-plus in the pre-season games," Kanwaljeet said. What they did last season Only once did Hyderabad cross 350. They hung in on the edge to draw the initial games against Bengal and Baroda but collapsed in the second innings against Debasis Mohanty to lose the game on the final day against Orissa. A first-innings collapse against the spinners Piyush Chawla and Praveen Gupta lost them the game against Uttar Pradesh. But considering the state of disarray that IPL had left them, one win and three draws was not a bad result. Men to watch Ravi Teja, an aggressive opening batsman, who top scored for Hyderabad with 653 runs at 59.36. His duel with Irfan Pathan in the game against Baroda last season was entertaining to watch. He drove, cut, and pulled Pathan well. Pragyan Ojha, the left-arm spinner, who got dropped from the Test squad without getting a chance, will be the man with lots to prove to the selectors. Hyderabad Squad

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Next Three Teams Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu was among the worst-hit teams when players defected to the ICL in droves and not surprisingly, the current set-up is just a shadow of the team of title contenders in the late 1990s. After narrowly avoiding relegation during the 2006-07 season, they performed only marginally better last season, with one outright win and four draws. Fortunately, they have a couple of players knocking on the doors of national selection and the challenge now will be to click as a team and regain lost glory. 327356.jpg The fact the team is in transition is something their coach WV Raman acknowledges and he knows the rebuilding process requires more time and self-belief. An early defeat last season exposed the weaknesses in the top order but fortunately, it didn't take too long for the batsmen to realise their potential. M Vijay regained his touch after a slow start, Abhinav Mukund was a find at the top of the order in his debut season and S Badrinath contributed heavily with the bat and crucially, his availability through the season helped Tamil Nadu stay afloat. The bowling, however, suffered a setback with the loss of promising offspinner R Ashwin mid-way through the season to injury. Badrinath, however, will miss the opening three games as he's part of the Indian Test squad against Australia. Dinesh Karthik will lead in his absence. An important addition to the squad is L Balaji, who was forced out of the last two seasons with a career-threatening back injury. He will be expected to spearhead the bowling attack. Tamil Nadu will play five of their six games away from home, but Raman feels in the disadvantage may not count for much. The team has been training hard since the start of October and they even headed to Punjab to play a couple of practice games to escape the Chennai rains. Aside from the routine nets, the squad has attended workshops on the mental aspect of the game. What they did last season They began with a draw against Maharashtra but fell short of obtaining a first-innings lead. Inept batting cost them the match against Mumbai, which was over inside three days but the situation eased out with high-scoring draws against Karnataka and Saurashtra, managing first-innings points in both games. They finally registered their first victory of the season, easing past Himachal Pradesh by 180 runs and gained points in a rain-affected draw against Rajasthan. However, they fell off the mark against stronger opposition as Delhi, the eventual champions, losing by eight wickets. Looking at the positives of the season, Raman was satisfied with the batting but wasn't happy with the state of the pitches. "We managed to put the runs on the board and maintain the intensity," Raman told Cricinfo. "The bowling was alright but some of the pitches weren't result-oriented and didn't have enough bounce. Also, the weather in Chennai robbed us of crucial points on a few occasions and that affected our chances of qualifying." Men to watch M Vijay has been one of the unsung heroes in the domestic circuit and his season tally of 582 runs was enough to convince the selectors to pitchfork him into the India A side. He was the leading run-scorer in the Tests against New Zealand A recently a well as the second-highest run-getter in the Challenger Trophy. Ashwin was the leading wicket-taker of the tournament and a stand-out feature of his performance was his economy-rate in all three games. According to Raman, the season will be very crucial for Karthik to fight his way back in to the Indian side. Balaji will be watched keenly and this season will determine whether he has the ability to sustain himself in the longer version of the game. His recovery has been very gradual and Raman expects him to get better and better. TamilNadu Squad Rajasthan With an average age of 25, lacking star batsmen and a new signing in former India batsman Venugopal Rao, Rajasthan are a side in transition. Three losses from four games last season was hardly the ideal start but there was no lack of positivity in this side, when you spoke to the players, coach, and support staff. That's a trait the side is going to need aplenty to stay afloat in the Super League another season. With the likes of Robin Bist and Manish Sharma, in their early 20s, Nikhil Doru and Rohit Jhalani, closer to 30, and veteran Gagan Khoda, at 34, Rajasthan is a mixed bag. What they need to do is find a happy medium. Rajasthan's bane last season was an inability to put up big totals. They went past 300 only twice all season, and their best of 393 came halfway through the tournament. "Last season I got some good runs, but I didn't make a hundred," Bist, one of the positives from 2007-08, told Cricinfo. "We've been training hard in the off-season and we're all keen to take our form further this season. We need to bat better and put up more runs. We've got a new captain and we're looking forward to learning from him." What they did last season Rajasthan finished second-last on the list, winning just one match. They started poorly and then, in a humdinger at Jhalawar, lost three wickets in a manic final over, when they required nine runs to beat Mumbai for their first win of the season. They finally managed a win over HP in the final round. Vineet Saxena, 27, was Rajasthan's highest run-scorer last season with 566 at 47.16, with two hundreds and two fifties. Coming in second was the promising Bist, 21, with 415 at 37.72, with a best of 99 against Karnakata in Mysore. Bist made his first-class debut last season, starting off with a patient second-innings 69 in a loss against Delhi. But there were no hundreds from any other batsmen and that's an issue that needs sorting out. Pankaj Singh, who was called up to India's Test side in Australia but didn't play a game, took 26 wickets at 23.96. Next best was right-arm medium-pacer Sumit Mathur's 20 at 23.55. Mohammad Aslam, the veteran left-arm spinner, came in third with 17. 323387.jpgRobin Bist: ""Last season I got some good runs, but I didn't make a hundred" © Nishant Ratnakar/ Bangalore Mirror Men to watch Bist, as Rajasthan's coach KP Bhaskar identified last season, is one to watch out for. In his first season, Bist impressed with his shot-making and composure and the side expects more from him. Like Bist, Saxena will be relied to score heavily. Mishra is another exciting prospect, who needs to work on curbing his enthusiasm. He got to fifties, but didn't always convert. Pankaj will lead the attack. Rajasthan Squad Maharashtra Last year they played 14 debutants with an eye on the future. The build-up continues: the new captain, Nikhil Paradkar, has played only three matches and will be fourth captain in four years. Venugopal Rao, who moved to Maharashtra last year decided to shift to Rajasthan and Sairaj Bahutule, another senior, relocated to Mumbai, his home town, after spending three seasons with Maharashtra. Hrishikesh Kanitkar, the longest-serving local player and former captain, is the Madhya Pradesh captain now. And Chandrakant Pandit, after serving as director of coaching for three years, stepped down after Maharashtra failed to reach the knock-out stage last season. Still, Ajay Shirke, the Maharashtra Cricket Association president, is optimistic that grooming youth is the right path to success. Yogesh Takawale, who played for the Mumbai Indians during the IPL but fared badly during the Challenger Series and then in the four practice games (18 runs with bat) during the pre-season training sessions, has been dropped. Mun Mangela, the Mumbai pacer who moved to Maharashtra this season, has been dropped on disciplinary grounds. What they did last season Two outright victories in their first three games including a bonus point and then three crucial points against Mumbai on the basis of first-innings lead surprisingly put Maharashtra as joint leaders of their group along with Delhi. Going into the fourth game, they wouldn't have imagined what followed; they hurtled to three successive defeats against Delhi, Saurashtra and Karnataka. Not one Maharashtra batsmen could score more than 500, with Harshad Khadiwale topping the run charts with 468 while both Rao and Takawale made 419. Samad Fallah, the left-arm medium pacer, was the highest wicket-taker with 20 wickets at 23 and Bahutule was close on his heels with 19 at 26. Men to watch Khadiwale will once again remain the key in the batting and despite his inexperience Paradkar will have to lead from the front. As far as the bowling goes there is no experienced hand to inspire the rest of the bunch. So Shaun Williams, the director of coaching, has his job cut out. It will also be a good challenge for Enamul Haque jnr, the Bangladesh import who will be playing his first season as a guest player. Maharashtra Squad .

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Last Three Teams Uttar Pradesh The enigma boys are at it again. Champions one season, just about avoiding the relegation the next, and almost winning the Ranji Trophy in the next. It took a superlative rearguard from Delhi to deny Uttar Pradesh the title last year, but it will take a few more consistent seasons for UP to genuinely make a transition from being backwaters to powerhouses. 322060.jpg Their contribution to the national teams - RP Singh, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar and RP Singh - is an endorsement to the cricketing revolution in the state, and despite the state. Their captain, Mohammad Kaif, too, has been a close outsider to the Indian team. Like Delhi, they have a coach who has just retired as a player - Gyanendra Pandey. They would want to start off with a big win in their first game, against Andhra in Meerut, because after that their star players will be available to them sporadically, as this season clashes with big international matches - the England one-dayers start from November 14. As the case has been for the last three years, no one knows what to expect from them. In those widely varied results, the personnel had not changed drastically. What they did last season Their last season was not dissimilar to their championship season. In 2005-06, they had four points from four matches, and were sitting pretty at the bottom of the table. Last season, they had eight from four, and again they were at the bottom of the table. Like in 2005-06, three big wins followed, and they were through to the semi-finals. In the semi-final, they got a green top in Vadodara, which worked to their favour. Sudeep Tyagi, their new pace sensation, and Praveen Kumar, their seasoned pro, combined well to shot Saurashtra out for 127 and 113. Kaif helped them to marginally more than that. They had a superb start to their final, too, at the Wankhede. After having scored 342, they had Delhi down to 36 for 4. Delhi recovered, but UP still managed a 52-run lead, only to squander it through some irresponsible batting in the second innings. A Gautam Gambhir special followed in a chase of 230 runs to stop the dramatic turnaround at its last step. Kaif was their leading run-getter with 687 at 57.25, followed by Raina with 683. They were Nos 4 and 5 on the overall run-getters' list. But it was Tyagi who made the main difference, with 41 wickets at 21.63, in his debut season. Praveen, who was available for only six matches, made his contribution with 36 wickets at 16 apiece. Men to watch As usual there are lots to watch out for, depending on their availability and form. Tyagi is one of the lesser known ones: after a promising debut season, when it came to taking himself to the next level - the zonal games, or the IPL money and fame, he got injured. He played a match against Australia A, which might suggest he is fit again, but it will be interesting to see if he finds the form that form that made him such a success last year. RP Singh, who has now become a frequent flier with the Indian team, might not be available for long. Raina would want to make Test claims, Chawla would want his place in the ODI side back, and Praveen would look to cement his place in the ODI side. Uttar Pradesh Squad Punjab Punjab clearly are yet to recover from the ICL exodus that saw 12 players defect to the unofficial league as they just about managed to avoid the relegation to Plate with an outright victory in their final league encounter. And to think they were the runners-up only three years back. Inthikab Alam was the coach then but subsequently, though, Punjab have had two more coaches. Arun Kumar, former Punjab wicket-keeper, will be the third coach in as many years and he replaces Gurcharan Singh who failed to provide any sort of impetus to a weakened team. Kumar's familiarity with the players was the main reason behind his appointment, which probably might help in the team bonding. That and the presence of Yuvraj Singh, who is part of the squad for the first two games at least, should help Punjab start on a positive note in a tough season where they play a solitary home game. What they did last season Despite having home advantage in five games Punjab won just one game in a must-win situation against Orissa. Uday Kaul's two fighting centuries in the initial half of the season had gained first-innings points against Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Against UP, VRV Singh played a pivotal role with a seven-wicket haul in the first innings, which denied the visitors the lead. But even if the batsmen managed decent, if not huge, totals Punjab's bowling failed to show any consistency. VRV only played four games and peaked in two of them; Manpreet Gony was more of harmless trundler and Gagandeep Singh toiled hard but sometimes without much luck. The bowling clicked against Orissa, reducing them to 50 for 4, but the batsmen failed miserably to hand over the advantage. However, VRV snatched it right back with a superb five-wicket haul to set up an easy target to chase. As for the performers Uday Kaul was the only batsman to cross the 500-mark (503). VRV Singh, in and out due to his injury concerns, managed to still bag the maximum wickets, 15, with Gagandeep and Manpreet sharing the second spot with 13. Men to watch With VRV still recuperating from his ankle injury and not expected to play at least in the first half Gagandeep and Gony will be the strike bowlers. Not to forget Siddarth Kaul, who even if green, has a good enough pace to trouble the bat. He showed that during the Under-19 World Cup final against South Africa. India needed two wickets, their opponent needed 16 runs off the last over and Kaul cleaned them up without much trouble. Punjab Squad Andhra A sixth place last year despite the loss of Venugopal Rao and Syed Sahabuddin showed Andhra are no pushovers. They have gone in for more new blood this season: four new players and a new coach in MV Narasimha Rao have been recruited. And Rao is confident that his young bunch can do more damage this season. "We have many guys from Under-22 division, our fast bowling looks good with P Vijaykumar, Kalyankrishna, Israel Raju and Sharat Babu. Our batting too is in good hands with Hemal Watekar and the two young talent in AG Pradeep, and B Sumanth." They have a tough start against Uttar Pradesh but as Rao says, and as the recent history shows, Andhra could give a good fight to any team on their day. The spin department is a worry, though, as Andhra have lost the services of Shankara Rao, the left-arm orthodox who picked 20 wickets last year, this season due to a accident. They will look to M Suresh, the legspinning allrounder to do the job. What they did last season Watekar, the opener, hit two hundreds to get Andhra off to a comfortable draw against Punjab and his opening partner Prasad Reddy reprised that effort to earn another draw against Uttar Pradesh. They won their next game against Orissa but suffered heartbreak against Hyderabad in a low-scoring thriller . They went on to draw against Baroda and beat Bengal but that loss against Hyderabad proved crucial in the final-four ranking. Men to watch Watch out for the openers, Watekar and Reddy, who amassed 909 runs between themselves last season. Kalyankrishna and Vijaykumar, who grabbed 20 and 21 wickets respectively, will lead the bowling attack. Andhra Squad

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Mumbai v Rajasthan, Ranji Trophy Super League, Mumbai Bahutule returns to bolster 'balanced' Mumbai The preview by Nagraj Gollapudi in Mumbai November 2, 2008 Dar gaaye tere se, Pankaj. Khod ke rakh diya (They got scared of you, it's all grazed). Gagan Khoda pointed out to his Rajasthan team-mate Pankaj Singh about the grass being shaved off the pitch, now a brown and barren patch. The previous day, Pankaj, the Rajasthan spearhead, had announced Wasim Jaffer and Rohit Sharma as his prime targets, thereby setting the tone the for season-opener that starts tomorrow at the Brabourne Stadium. Though Rajasthan have lost to Mumbai in the last two years, both outright defeats, the visitors are not willing to confer the 'favourites' tag on their opponents. A team mostly comprising youngsters led by a new captain, Venugopal Rao, Rajasthan are well behind Mumbai in terms of experience and star value. Only Rao and Gagan Khoda have played for India whereas Mumbai have five players in the squad who have a national cap in at least one form of the game. Still, Rajasthan believe they can put up a fight. Rao, who joined the team this season after quitting Maharashtra, felt the onus was on the batsmen to rise to the occasion and support the bowlers. Rao said his team was riding on the confidence of a fighting performance against Australia in the tour game a month ago. In the two-day game, the Australians were restricted to a small total of 218 with left-arm spinner Gajendra Singh picking up a five-for. Though the main batsmen - Khoda, Robin Bist and Rao - got starts, Rajasthan were bundled out for a paltry 122. Rajasthan would say it was just the first game of the new season, the inexperience of many players remains a concern. Mumbai, in contrast, are spoilt for choice. As a mark of confidence, they have already announced their 12, leaving out Ankit Chavan, Hiken Shah and Rohan Raje. More importantly, the return of Sairaj Bahutule has added the much-required balance to the lower middle-order which struggled in his absence after he moved to Maharashtra three years ago. Bahutule said it was "fantastic" to be back to represent his home state and is hungry to prove his worth once again. According to him, a huge advantage Mumbai have this season is the "balance" in the set-up. "Balance remains the strong point with Rohit [sharma], Sahil [Kukreja] and Abhishek [Nair] who have developed in the last few years into key players," Bahutule after the training on Sunday. 370518.jpgMore than his bowling, Sairaj Bahutule is a big asset in the lower middle-order © AFP Praveen Amre, the Mumbai coach, felt Bahutule's return is definitely a boost for Mumbai who failed to defend the title last year when they found it hard to notch victories convincingly. "Sai (Bahutule) comes as a package who can control situations with both the bat and ball," Amre said. Mumbai fans will have strong memories of the numerous fightbacks marshalled by the pair of Bahutule and Ramesh Powar after the collapse of the top order during the 2002-03 season. It was only because of their spirited all-round display that Paras Mhambrey went on to lift the Ranji crown that season. The presence of Wasim Jaffer at the top is another big positive for the batting line-up which will miss the services of Rohit Sharma in the middle order as he's expected to join the Indian team for the ODI series starting on November 14 against England. Jaffer has always had a huge appetite for runs and that will only help the likes of youngsters like Kukreja and Nayar, who are moving ahead on the learning curve. Kukreja was the second-highest run-getter behind Amol Muzumdar, whom Jaffer replaced as captain this season. Mumbai return to the Brabourne Stadium after more than a decade and Ajit Agarkar has good memories of the pitch on which he bagged six wickets in the formidable 311-victory over Maharashtra during the league phase. "The pitch is similar in nature. It was seaming then," Agarkar said. Agarkar, who had a hernia operation, will share the new ball with Dhaval Kulkarni, who came into prominence during the IPL for the Mumbai Indians. But with the wicket likely to aid spin from the second day, the slow bowlers could play a more prominent role in forcing a result. When asked whether Vivek Yadav, the leg spinner, will be handed a debut, Rao gave a positive wink. Mumbai: Wasim Jaffer (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Sahil Kukreja, Rohit Sharma, Amol Muzumdar, Abhishek Nair, Ajit Agarkar, Vinayak Samant (wk), Sairaj Bahutule, Ramesh Powar, Dhaval Kulkarni Rajasthan: Venugopal Rao (capt), Shubhanshu Vijay, Vineet Saxena, Robin Bist, Nikhil Doru, Gagan Khoda, Shailender Gehlot, Vikrant Yadav (wk), Gajendra Singh, Pankaj Singh, Sumit Mathur, Vivek Yadav. Also showing (Super League) Delhi v Punjab Where: Delhi Key players: Aakash Chopra and Ashish Nehra (Delhi); Yuvraj Singh and Manpreet Gony (Punjab) Captains: Aakash Chopra (Delhi); Pankaj Dharmani (Punjab) Maharashtra v Tamil Nadu Where: Nasik Key players: M Vijay and R Ashwin (TN); Harshad Khadiwale and Enamul Haque jnr (Maharashtra) Captains: Dinesh Karthik (TN); Nikhil Paradkar (Maharashtra) Karnataka v Railways Where:Bangalore Key players: Robin Uthappa and Sunil Joshi (Karnataka); Sanjay Bangar and Yere Gowd (Railways) Captains: Robin Uthappa (Karnataka); Sanjay Bangar (Railways) Uttar Pradesh v Andhra Where: Meerut Key players: Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar (UP); Hemal Watekar and Prasad Reddy (Andhra) Captains: Mohammad Kaif (UP); Gnaneshwara Rao (Andhra) Orissa v Hyderabad Where: Cuttack Key players: Ravi Teja and Pragyan Ojha (Hyderabad); Debasis Mohanty and Halhadar Das Captains: Shiv Sundar Das (Orissa); Arjun Yadav (Hyderabad) Saurashtra v Gujarat Where: Rajkot Key players: Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja (Gujarat); Parthiv Patel and Mohnish Parmar (Saurashtra) Captains: Parthiv Patel (Gujarat); Jaydev Shah (Saurashtra)

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Balanced Mumbai my ass. We've removed one of our best players under pressure, a brilliant all rounder capable of playing explosive match changing knocks under pressure for a has been leggie. If you're gonna pick Bahutule, dump Malvi for him or better yet, let him sit on the sidelines and earn his way back into the side.

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Excellent thread ! btw, Chandan, is this all your compilation or writeups from any links ? Looks like you have compiled it painstakingly. Nice to know FC cricket is alive and kicking. I always make it a point to attend 2-3 FC games in Chennai and catch up with young players from Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Speaking of TN team, they should do well this season, and make it through to last stages.

Men to watch M Vijay has been one of the unsung heroes in the domestic circuit and his season tally of 582 runs was enough to convince the selectors to pitchfork him into the India A side. He was the leading run-scorer in the Tests against New Zealand A recently a well as the second-highest run-getter in the Challenger Trophy. Ashwin was the leading wicket-taker of the tournament and a stand-out feature of his performance was his economy-rate in all three games. According to Raman, the season will be very crucial for Karthik to fight his way back in to the Indian side. Balaji will be watched keenly and this season will determine whether he has the ability to sustain himself in the longer version of the game. His recovery has been very gradual and Raman expects him to get better and better.
Murali Vijay , who did very well last season, played for India A and also was 2nd top scorer in Challenger's trophy, has started off with a brilliant unbeaten 200 yesterday. I had been speaking of Ravi Ashwin too for quite a while on ICF. I seriously believe he is going play for India very soon, he was the top wicket taker in Challenger trophy I think.

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ROUND ONE, DAY 1 Delhi v Punjab, Ranji Trophy Super League, Delhi, 1st day Sohal century props Punjab The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga November 3, 2008 Punjab 237 for 5 (Sohal 110, Nanda 2-36, Sangwan 2-56) v Delhi Scorecard 218179.jpgAshish Nehra made a satisfactory return after missing the last season for defending champions Delhi © Getty Images On a typically testing day, Delhi's perseverance and a special century by Punjab's Sunny Sohal made sure neither team ended with a clear advantage, though a resolute sixth-wicket partnership put Punjab in a position to push for a big first-innings score. Yuvraj Singh endured a six-ball duck, while Ashish Nehra made a satisfactory return to first-class cricket having missed the whole of the previous season. Delhi began their title defence by putting Punjab in on a Roshanara track that usually provides assistance to the pace bowlers in the first hour of the match. Nehra used that assistance, getting the ball to consistently move away from the left-hand opening batsmen. However, luck deserted him for the first seven overs, during which he kept beating both Karan Goel and Ravi Inder Singh. In the third over of the day, Nehra made Ravi Inder play and miss at three successive deliveries. He finally got his breakthrough in the seventh over of the innings, when Ravi Inder played all over a straight and fast delivery. Delhi's pace bowlers were unfortunate throughout the day: as many as eight catches fell short of the slip cordon. Nehra looked fit enough to bowl 21 overs in the day and, on another day, he could have bowled worse and yet ended with better figures than 21-7-66-1. The day, though, belonged to Sohal, the diminutive 20-year-old right-hand batsman in his second first-class season. He came in ahead of Yuvraj and took complete control of the game. He cover-drove and square-drove with ease, and also dominated the strike. When he came in to bat, in the eighth over, Goel had already scored 15 off 23 balls. By the end of the 25th over, Sohal had reached 35 off 63, while Goel had 32 off 69. An inspirational burst from Pradeep Sangwan pulled Delhi back into the game just before lunch. Sangwan first bowled an accurate short one straight at Goel's face, who fended it to Virat Kohli at third slip. Then came the most anticipated phase of play for the match: Yuvraj's batting, which lasted only one over. Apart from eight minutes between 11.50 am and 11.58, the first day of the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Punjab at the Roshanara Club was rather soporific. The man responsible for those rare minutes of excitement was a certain Yuvraj Singh, who lasted all of six balls for his duck in Punjab's first innings. Gone in eight minutes Yuvraj got a bouncer first up from Sangwan, which he easily ducked under. They were followed up by five accurate deliveries, the last of which he played at with hard hands, and guided to Shikhar Dhawan at first slip. Post lunch, Sohal took control of the game again. He was aggressive, not missing out on any scoring opportunities. He put together two important partnerships with Pankaj Dharmani and Uday Kaul for the fourth and fifth wickets. Of the 47 scored for the fifth wicket, Sohal made 29, while he contributed 33 out of 37 for the fifth wicket. There were no nerves when he neared his first first-class hundred. He moved from 72 to 100 in 28 balls, and reached his century with an aerial flick towards mid-on, where Amit Bhandari's misfield allowed the ball to go to the boundary. During that phase, Chetanya Nanda kept one end tied up, and Nehra bowled an inspired spell. He went round the wicket to trouble Dharmani with the ones that held their line. During that spell, Nehra bowled five overs and stayed wicketless. Nanda's accuracy worked, though, when Dharmani went to cut him, but played it on to his stumps for want of room. Soon after reaching his century, Sohal stepped out to Nanda in the fifth over after tea, but couldn't connect properly. When he got out, he had scored 110 out of Punjab's 176. After Sohal's dismissal, it seemed Delhi might fight back, but Kaul and Ankur Kakkar, both left-hand batsmen, batted patiently, while Delhi looked a bit flat. Flamboyance was replaced by solidity, as both batsmen played safely to stumps. Although the two added only 61 in 20.1 overs, Kakkar displayed some aggression by pulling Sangwan for a four and a six in the penultimate over of the day. How they were out Ravi Inder Singh b Nehra 2 (17 for 1) Plays across the line to a Nehra delivery and is beaten for pace. The stumps are splayed Karan Goel c Kohli b Sangwan 37 (80 for2) Gets a good bouncer from Sangwan, and fends it to Kohli at third slip Yuvraj Singh c Dhawan b Sangwan 0 (92 for 3) Yuvraj half-steers and half-fends a straight delivery from Sangwan to Dhawan at first slip Pankaj Dharmani b Nanda 16 (139 for4) Looks to open the face, but there isn't enough room, and plays it on Sunny Sohal c Sangwan b Nanda 110 (176 for 5) Steps out and looks to hit Nanda over the infield, but gets too close to the pitch of the ball and holes out to Sangwan at mid-on. Mumbai v Rajasthan, Ranji Trophy Super League, Brabourne Stadium, 1st day Menaria ensures honours remain even The Bulletin by Nagraj Gollapudi November 3, 2008 Mumbai 293 for 8 (Rahane 73, Rohit 62, Jaffer 60, Menaria 3-7) v Rajasthan Scorecard 372184.jpgRohit Sharma scored 62 as Mumbai made 293 for 8 on the first day against Rajasthan © AFP Rajasthan's 18-year-old debutant Ashok Menaria caught Mumbai off guard on the opening day of the new season. Primarily a batsman who normally comes in as a change bowler, Menaria took three wickets for just seven runs, including two in his first over at the Brabourne Stadium on Monday. His left-arm spin fetched him the prized scalp of Rohit Sharma (62) and all-rounders Sairaj Bahutule (0) and Ajit Agarkar (22). Rajasthan fought well to restrict Mumbai, whose innings was powered by a 106-run fourth-wicket stand between Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, both of whom scored half-centuries. However, Ashok Menaria, a part-time left-arm slow bowler making his debut, took 3-1-7-3 to keep the honours even on the first day. With the pitch suited to batting, Wasim Jaffer, Mumbai's new captain, had no hesitation about his decision at the toss. Jaffer's start with the bat, though, wasn't as convincing: on 13, he fished at a Sumit Mathur delivery that seamed away but the ball eluded the slips. In the next over Jaffer shook off his rustiness with a fluent forward punch off Pankaj Singh. Sahil Kukreja, his opening partner, departed soon with a flashy pull off Mathur that went straight to square-leg. Rahane thwarted Rajasthan's progress, getting off the mark with consecutive boundaries off Vikrant Yadav on the off side. Though the pitch was hard and offered enough bounce, the lack of any movement - in the air or off the pitch - helped the batsmen. Rajasthan's fast bowlers kept it simple and bowled a consistent line and length, waiting for the batsmen to commit the mistake. Soon after getting to his half-century, Jaffer tried to glide one down the leg side off Mathur but the ball took a faint edge and travelled behind to Nikhil Doru. In came Amol Muzumdar, Mumbai's captain last season and the team's senior-most player. He was immediately rattled by the pace and slight movement from Vikrant Yadav, and edged one to Doru. Rohit was then lucky to not fall for a duck. Mathur's first ball pitched on the seam and moved away and Rohit was squared up. The next ball darted in and he did well to bring his bat down in time. The third moved away and Rohit's streaky drive raced to the third-man boundary. Rohit, though, overcame the early nerves. Rahane had set an aggressive tone with two boundaries in the first over after lunch, and Rohit helped himself to some easy servings and took particular fancy to Gajendra Singh's ineffective slow left-arm spin, hitting three fours in a row. Rahane reached his half-century with a confident charge to Gajendra past the long-on boundary. A few balls later, Rohit, too, went past 50 with a square drive off the back foot for another four. Mumbai's hopes of a big total were jolted when Rohit went for a paddle sweep; the resultant edge deflected off the keeper's gloves to Venugopal Rao in the slips. Two balls later Sairaj Bahutule, returning to the Mumbai team after three seasons with Maharashtra, was dismissed going for a rash drive. Rahane, too, fell in a moment of impatience as he played across to a straight one from Pankaj that trapped him plumb in front. Luckily for Mumbai cameos from Ramesh Powar and Ajit Agarkar ensured they didn't crumble easily. Jaffer admitted that Mumbai would have been happy with more wickets in the bag, but he expected them to take control soon. "The wicket is spinning and if we can get anywhere near 350 we've the bowlers to do the job," he said after the day's play. TN vs Maharashtra ,Ranji Trophy Super League, Nasik, 1st day Tamil Nadu 377 for 0 (Vijay 202*, Mukund 164*) v Maharashtra Scorecard 327356.jpgM Vijay and Abhinav Mukund ground Maharashtra's bowlers into the dust on the first day of the new season © Cricinfo Ltd Tamil Nadu's openers gave their team a perfect start to the new season, rattling off 377 runs in an unbroken stand at the Golf Club Ground in Nasik. M Vijay continued to build on his impressive showing in the Challenger Trophy, where he finished as the second-highest run-getter, scoring an unbeaten 202. Abhinav Mukund contributed 164, and the pair need 88 more to break the record for the opening stand in the Ranji Trophy - set by Raman Lamba and Ravi Sehgal against Himachal Pradesh in 1994-95. Tamil Nadu's runs came at a healthy run-rate of 4.18; Vijay hit 23 fours and five sixes, and Mukund 19 fours and two sixes. They also exposed the limitations of an opponent relying heavily on a group of untested home grown bowlers and an import from Bangladesh with 32 Test wickets under his belt. Enamul Haque jnr, Maharashtra's recruit from Bangladesh, had a disappointing start, conceding 114 in 25 overs. Effortless shots In fact left-arm spinner Enamul Haque Jr. after being shown some respect in his initial spells was collared as Vijay and Abhinav stepped out of the crease and effortlessly lifted the ball for mighty sixes. Nothing could disturb their powers of concentration for six hours and 16 minutes or inhibit their stroke play. The pair added 377 runs, sufficient enough to bring nightmares to the young captain Nikhil Paradkar and his team. There was not a single appeal which deserved any serious attention. The opening stand between the right-left combination erased a couple of records held by two different pairs for Tamil Nadu. First to go down was the 329-run opening stand between K. Srinath and Sadagopan Ramesh made against Kerala at Tirunelveli. Once this 13-year-old record was beaten, Vijay and Mukund breezed past Tamil Nadu’s best for all wickets — 356 for the sixth between W.V. Raman and Arjan Kripal Singh against Goa at Panaji two decades ago. Raman, now the coach of the Tamil Nadu team, greeted the pair for its performance. More than competent Vijay and Mukund proved more than competent as they dealt with the new ball in the first hour, with the left-handed Mukund demonstrating positive intent punching the ball hard for a few boundaries square of the wicket. Circumspect for a while, Vijay came into his own 40 minutes after the first ball was bowled. He cover drove, glanced and followed it up with an extra cover drive off right-arm medium-pacer Aditya Dole. Once before lunch Vijay edged Haque but the ball travelled swiftly between the wicketkeeper and first slip and it was not until some 90 minutes before close that there was an instance of another genuine edge. This time Mukund edged Dole to third man for a boundary. These were the only blemishes in an otherwise near flawless batting performance executed by the Tamil Nadu openers. Vijay and Mukund said they were happy to own the record and played session by session. “We know each other’s games well and have an excellent rapport. The wicket was flat and we played our natural game. The fact that we scored runs in all the three sessions showed that we were able to maintain the tempo,†said Mukund. Karnataka vs Railways, Ranji Trophy Super League, Bangalore, 1st day Karnataka 264 for 6 (Uthappa 131, Pawan 54, Kartik 3-65) v Railways Scorecard At the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, newly-appointed captain Robin Uthappa led from the front for Karnataka, making 131 in a solid batting effort against Railways. Uthappa, the leading run-scorer in India Blue's triumph in the Challenger Trophy, chose to bat and vindicated his decision by putting on 157 for the first wicket with KB Pawan. However, as the afternoon ebbed away so did Uthappa’s partners as Pawan’s(54) uppish slog-sweep off Murali Kartik (three for 65) offered Railways a glimmer of hope. Starts frittered away Debutant Ganesh Satish, Thilak Naidu and Bharath Chipli got their starts but failed to cash in while C. Raghu fell for a blob. Uthappa too perished while attempting to pull, a shot that caused his downfall in the recent matches against Australia ‘A’ and in the Challenger Trophy. Earlier, it was all smiles and sunshine for Uthappa (131, 212b, 20x4) as he and Pawan tucked into the Railways’ seam attack which got its length awry. Pawan cover drove Railways skipper Sanjay Bangar while Uthappa flicked and glided Harvinder Singh to rustle up the early runs. Pawan enjoyed a close shave when he was on 24 as an edge did not carry to first slip. Pawan then opted to play second fiddle as Uthappa upped the tempo with shots that hugged the carpet. He swept fine and rocked back to late cut Kartik. The left-arm spinner, however, did cause a few heartburns to Pawan. Though Pawan did repeatedly drive leg-spinner Karan Sharma through the ‘V’ to get to his fifty (54, 137b, 7x4), he could not resist the slog-sweep against Kartik and succumbed. Uthappa, meanwhile, got his hundred with a late cut off Karan though a back strain seemed to visibly tire him. He eventually fell to the lone uppish shot he played as Anurit Singh exulted at square leg and the rest of the batsmen fell to a mix of prods and impulsive shots. Kartik, who bowled for a large part from the BEML end switched over to the Pavilion end and found better purchase as a few deliveries spun and bounced to catch the batsman off-guard. Gujarat vs Saurashtra, Ranji Trophy Super League, Rajkot, 1st day Gujarat 304 for 4 (Sunny 90*, Thaker 73*) v Saurashtra Scorecard A 144-run stand for the fifth wicket between Bhavik Thaker and Sunny Patel helped Gujarat, winners of the Plate League last season, to a comfortable 304 for 4 against 2007-08 Super League semi-finalists Saurashtra in Rajkot. Sunny scored 90 in that stand, with 17 fours in his unbeaten run-a-ball innings. At the other end, Thaker pushed to 73 off 147 balls, and both batsmen will look to score centuries and help their team to a big score on Tuesday. Nilesh Modi and Parthiv Patel, the leading run-getters in Gujarat's Plate League success, failed to build on their starts after their team was asked to bat. Sandeep Jobanputra struck early for the hosts, getting Priyank Kirit Panchal for 4. Modi and Parthiv then put on 71 before Parthiv was out after a brisk 42 . Modi too scored 42 but, while Parthiv needed only 50 deliveries, Modi took 155. Niraj Patel made 36 but his dismissal left Gujarat in a spot of bother at 160 for 4. Thaker and Sunny, though, seized the advantage for their side. Hyderabad vs Orissa, Ranji Trophy Super League, Cuttak, 1st day Hyderabad 228 for 7 (Pai 78, Teja 71) v Orissa Scorecard The opening day’s script unfolded as envisaged by Orissa in its Elite Ranji Trophy group A league match against Hyderabad till two individuals took upon themselves the onerous task of changing it at the Barabati Stadium on Monday. The visiting team extricated itself from 58 for three to end the day at a healthy 228 for five in 89.2 overs, thanks to opener Dwaraka Ravi Teja’s 71 and middle-order bat S. Anoop Pai’s responsible 78. These invaluable knocks, perhaps, saved Hyderabad from a disastrous beginning to the season. Orissa skipper Shib Sundar Das put the opposition in on a pitch that assisted seam bowling. Veteran Debasis Mohanty caught Tirumalsetti Suman leg before off the first ball and then had debutant Doddapaneni Rushi Raj’s off-stump cartwheeling when the left-hander shouldered arms to a superb incoming delivery that pitched and moved sharply. Mohantys bowl well With two Mohantys, Debasis and last year’s new find, Basant, moving the ball so well, it looked like Hyderabad would be routed for a paltry total. It was not to be as captain N. Arjun Yadav, surviving a confident shout off the first ball, and Teja produced 34 runs for the third wicket before Yadav drove a low ball back to left-arm pacer Preetamjit Das.Teja and Arjun Yadav made a brief recovery, but Yadav was caught and bowled for 9 by left-arm medium-pacer Preetamjit Das. S. Anoop Rai joined Teja and the two showed enormous patience in the face of some inspired seam bowling to go into the lunch at 97 for three in 33 overs. After the two lifted Hyderabad’s total past 100 in 33.3 overs, Teja reached his 10th half century in 14 first class matches. Two runs later, wicketkeeper Haladhar Das reprieved Teja off Basant. Teja was lbw to Preetamjit, who finished the day with 2 for 41 off 14 overs. Teja made 71, which included eight fours and a six. Wicketkeeper Abhinav Kumar chipped in with an unbeaten 48, but Hyderabad lost Pai, who made a 240-ball 78, in the final over of the day to Basanth Mohanty. With the stress more on caution than exuberance, the two added 79 runs for the fourth wicket in 29.5 overs that steadied the fortunes of Hyderabad. Teja finally fell leg-before to Das after a well-made 71 (8x4, 1x6). He and Pai added 79 runs in 29.5 overs. Then, Pai and wicketkeeper Abhinav Kumar continued the good work, taking the team to 167 for four in 60 overs at tea. Soon, Pai reached his third half-century in nine matches and the team’s total went past 200 in 73.5 overs. The second new ball, taken at 84.4 overs, brought success to the home side as Pai failed to read Basant’s delivery that hastened off the pitch and was caught in front. Pai’s 78 (8x4, 1x6) had come at the right time for Hyderabad. He and Kumar added 91 runs for the fifth wicket in 39.1 overs. Orissa’s fielding was sloppy, to say the least. All the good work down by the bowlers was nullified by the shoddy work on the field. Andhra vs UP, Ranji Trophy Super League, Meerut, 1st day Andhra 222 for 4 (Reddy 89*) v Uttar Pradesh Scorecard It wasn't the kind of start former champions Uttar Pradesh were looking at against Andhra at the Bhamshah Ground IN meerut on Monday. The visitors made full use of perfect batting conditions to seize the initiative on the opening day of the four-day Ranji Trophy Group ‘B’ Super League match, reaching 222 for 4 at close. UP’s star bowlers Praveen Kumar and Piyush Chawla remained wicket-less, as Andhra batsmen negotiated them with ease. Right-hand opener Prasad Reddy was ruthless. Though left-arm orthodox spinner Praveen Gupta struck two vital blows before lunch, UP bowlers found themselves struggling for wickets. Opener Hemal Watekar (34, 4x7) miscued Gupta’s slow delivery and gave a simple catch to Praveen Kumar. A.S.K. Verma (7) then gave a regulation catch to stumper Amir Khan off Gupta. Much was expected of the UP bowlers after lunch, but Reddy and B. Sumanth (26) kept them at bay. Chawla, despite changing his bowling end, couldn’t get the vital breakthrough. Reddy was especially harsh on Chawla — bowling short before tea — pulling the leggie on a number of occasions in the square-leg region. Reddy remained unbeaten on 89, with 12 hits to the fence. A.G. Pradeep (35) was giving him company when stumps were drawn. Young seamer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar generated some enthusiasm, striking twice. What was of immense concern for the UP team on the inaugural day was the below-par performance by last season’s highest wicket-taker Sudeep Tyagi. He bowled 14 overs but remained wicketless. LNP Reddy played anchor for Andhra against Uttar Pradesh with a slow, unbeaten 89 to guide his team to 222 for 4 on the first day in Meerut. Opener Hemal Watekar was the only batsman to score at a strike-rate of over 50 as Andhra went at a rate of 2.41 per over. Watekar was the first out, for 34 in an opening stand of 39, to left-arm spinner Praveen Gupta. ASK Varma scored only 7, caught behind off Gupta, and Bodapati Sumanth's 93-ball 26 was ended when he was caught off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Captain Y Gnaneswara Rao was also out for 7; he put on 58 with Reddy. AG Pradeep then made an unbeaten 35 as he and Reddy helped his team to 222 for 4.

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Rohit Sharma is ready for the long haul Taus Rizvi Sunday, November 02, 2008 03:53 IST Rohit Sharma is itching to prove that he can be as effective in Tests as in ODIs MUMBAI: Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma has excelled in the ODI and Twenty20 formats but is desperate to prove his worth in the longer version of the game as well. The youngster was included in the Test squad against Sri Lanka but didn’t make it to the playing XI. He was subsequently dropped from the Rest of India squad in the Irani Trophy due to a dip in his ODI form. With the Ranji Trophy season starting from Monday, the 21-year-old has got another chance to prove it to himself and his critics that he is a genuine performer in the longer format too. In Round I, Mumbai face Rajasthan at the Brabourne Stadium. “Everyone knows this season is very important and there have been high expectations from us after we failed to make the semifinals last season. Players are all geared up. “Personally, I feel the opening match of a fresh season is always very important. It sets up the tone for the performances ahead as a cricketer. I scored a century recently against Australia A. I have played well in the shorter format and now I want to prove my worth in the longer format of the game too,†he told DNA. Though he made an impact in the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa followed by the CB Series in Australia, the youngster struggled in the Ranji Trophy, scoring just 191 runs in five matches. “Last year was a forgettable one for me in Ranji. But I managed to do well in Australia. These stages are there in a cricketer’s life… I don’t want to ponder over it and just focus on what I have to do. I did well in my debut Ranji season but now must do even better than that,†he added. The Team India No.6 slot will be empty once Sourav Ganguly retires at the end of the ongoing series versus Australia and there are quite a few aspirants eyeing that spot. Sharma, however, is not thinking on those lines. “Ranji Trophy is a big platform for everyone and people follow it very closely. My focus right now is to get those big scores that will help my team,†he added. The stylish batsman have been playing shorter version quite often lately, so will it be difficult for him to shift gears? “It not easy or difficult. It is up to an individual how he takes it. With lots of cricket being played these days one needs to be ready for any format. I don’t have a problem with adjusting because I believe it is more a mental thing physical.†Sharma praised Wasim Jaffer who will be making his debut as a skipper for Mumbai. “I have played under him because he is leading the IOC side. He is a cool and calm customer like Dhoni,†he added.

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ROUND ONE, DAY 2 Delhi v Punjab, Ranji Trophy Super League, Delhi, 2nd day Delhi openers upstage Kaul Delhi 142 for 0 (Chopra 67*, Dhawan 64*) trail Punjab 391 (U Kaul 95, Kakkar 56, Sangwan 4-102) by 249 runs 2008110552582001.jpgIN CONTROL: Shikhar Dhawan, in the company of Aakash Chopra, gave a sound start to Delhi’s innings against Punjab. Scorecard Uday Kaul is not your quintessential brash, flamboyant 20-year-old. He bats quite the way he looks, unassuming. Not for him are the flamboyant drives and the dismissive hooks. Talented and technically sound, Kaul produced an innings, which can be best described old school, of 95 to help Punjab post 391 against Delhi in their Ranji Trophy match at the Roshanara Club here on Tuesday. And though the Delhi opening pair of Aakash Chopra (67*) and Shikhar Dhawan (64*) made that total look much smaller by stumps with an unbeaten 142-run stand, Kaul's effort was just as valuable. Kaul, unbeaten on 28, started the day with the same kind of confidence he had finished the last. Hardly troubled by the bowlers, Kaul went about the task of building his innings with purpose. Equally comfortable on either side, he found the gaps with ease. But, every now and then, just when one thought Kaul was only a grafter, the 'keeper batsman would produce a shot of genuine quality. Kaul built a 102-run stand with his overnight partner Ankur Kakkar (56) and had put Punjab in a position of dominance in the game, when, Kakkar fell to a brilliant catch by Puneet Bisht behind the wicket. Delhi were in to the Punjab tail and on the lookout for a swift end to the innings. New man Gagandeep Singh obliged them with a catch to skipper Aakash Chopra off Ashish Nehra after the addition of just one run to the total. Punjab had lost two wickets for a run, and a mini collapse looked on the cards. But Kaul had other ideas. He continued with his knock, unperturbed. If Kaul's knock was all about perseverance, his dismissal was quite the opposite. He had just driven Bhandari past mid-off to reach 95, when, for the first time in his 235-ball knock, rashness took over reason. He fell off the next ball, caught behind trying a shot that never was on. If Kaul is about wearing the opposition bowlers down, Shikhar Dhawan is all about destroying them. The young Delhi opener had a great last season, both domestically and in the IPL, and looked in prime touch in his first Ranji outing. The stylish southpaw hit nine breathtaking fours in his knock and, together with his skipper brought Delhi right back in the match. Once both Dhawan and Chopra had set their eye in, they began to find the boundaries regularly. Delhi's batting is as good as any in the country, and judging by the way they have started, Punjab's bowlers could be in for a long, hard day. Mumbai v Rajasthan, Ranji Trophy Super League, Brabourne Stadium,2nd day Kulkarni and Powar put Mumbai on top Mumbai 307 and 30 for 2 (Mathur 2-10) lead Rajasthan 204 (Saxena 76, Kulkarni 5-40, Powar 5-44) by 133 runs Scorecard 320699.jpgRamesh Powar took his first five-for since his 5 for 68 early last season against Tamil Nadu Five-wicket hauls from Ramesh Powar and debutant Dhawal Kulkarni helped Mumbai gain a sizeable first-innings lead at the Brabourne Stadium, placing their team in a position from where they can now aim for an outright victory. Although Rajasthan did well to earn two wickets in Mumbai's second innings late in the day, the hosts finished 133 ahead at stumps. Rajasthan got off to a positive start in the morning after Mumbai, resuming on 293 for 8, folded for 307. In reply, Rajasthan suffered a jolt when Kulkarni bagged two wickets in two overs when he had Shubhanshu Vijay and Nikhil Doru caught in the slips by Sahil Kukreja in identical fashion. Kulkarni maintained an off-stump line, trying to make best use of the new ball, and both batsmen fell to reckless shots. After Kulkarni's double-strike, Venugopal Rao and Vineet Saxena progressed calmly. However, Powar's introduction at the Churchgate End worked in Mumbai's favour. Rao, who was connecting with ease against the fast bowlers, seemed flustered against Powar's offspin and the bounce he got off the pitch. In a careless moment, Rao went for the slog-sweep, and was caught well by Agarkar at long leg. His fell a few overs before lunch, and Powar struck twice in an over after the break. Ashok Menaria's unconvincing prod resulted in only an edge that was caught easily by keeper Vinayak Samant. Five balls later, Robin Bist, the last specialist batsman, played all over a simple offbreak and Ajinkya Rahane picked an easy bat-pad offering at silly point. Powar bowled an unchanged spell of 20-3-44-5, his best figures in the past year. His previous five-for came in an away game against Tamil Nadu last season. At the other end Kulkarni bowled with purpose - pitching it fuller and trying to move the ball in. He smartly mixed it up with the shorter ones that would lift suddenly. His best dismissal was that of Gagan Khoda, Rajasthan's senior-most batsman. Khoda had hit two fluent cover drives for four off Kulkarni in the third over after the lunch. But Kulkarni, who impressed for Mumbai Indians during the IPL, sensed his opponent's aggressive approach; he pitched one on length and moved it slightly away and Khoda, who had already committed to the stroke, could only nick one to Wasim Jaffer at first slip. Mumbai were frustrated by the final-wicket pair of Saxena and Gajendra Singh, who added 52. Saxena used his feet well especially against spin and cleared the infield frequently to pick some easy runs. He was the solitary batsman to play his shots and didn't allow the bowlers to get on top. Jaffer had to go to Kulkarni to deliver the breakthrough. The bowler, in his fourth spell, ended Saxena's resistance, becoming only the seventh Mumbai bowler to bag a five-for on debut. Hormasji Vajifdar, Eknath Solkar, Suru Nayak, Balwinder Sandhu, Amit Dani and Manish Patel had achieved the feat in the past. TN vs Maharashtra ,Ranji Trophy Super League, Nasik, 2nd day Mukund triple-ton puts Tamil Nadu in command Maharashtra 154 for 1 (Shrikhande 64*, Bhosale 42*) trail Tamil Nadu 648 for 3 dec for 0 (Mukund 300*, Vijay 243) by 494 runs Scorecard 321879.jpgAbhinav Mukund became the third Tamil Nadu batsman to score a triple-century© Cricinfo Ltd Made to sweat on the field for nearly ten hours, Maharashtra showed no signs of being intimidated by a huge Tamil Nadu total of 648 and a versatile attack. Offered a chance to prove their mettle Harshad Khadiwale (41) and debutants Rohan Bhosale (batting 42) and Ameya Shrikande (batting 64) demonstrated their wherewithal for close to three hours and came out with flying colours at the old golf course ground here on Tuesday in the Ranji Trophy super league. The Tamil Nadu batsmen dominated the proceedings for nearly half of the second day. Tamil Nadu skipper Dinesh Karthik brought an end to his team’s run-scoring spree soon after left-hander Abhinav Mukund completed his triple century 40 minutes after lunch. Attacking strokes Fluent and attacking strokes from the blade of Murali Vijay and Mukund marked the first hour with the right-hander punching the ball straight down the ground and the left-hander matching his partner shot for shot. The second new ball made no impact on the settled opening pair which unfortunately failed to beat the first-wicket record in the national championship by three runs. Vijay’s intended cover drive resulted in a nick and debutant wicketkeeper Rohit Motwani, who had earlier put down Mukund, held his maiden victim in a first-class match and Raman Lamba and Ravi Sehgal’s 464-run first-wicket record in the Ranji Trophy survived. However, Vijay (243, 329b, 28x4, 5x6) and Mukund (300, 383b, 33x4, 5x6) went past the 400-plus club. Vidyut’s cameo Tamil Nadu advanced in the pre-lunch session mainly due to Mukund’s contribution. But the team had another star in S. Vidyut who played a cameo in the third-wicket stand of 95, with a 43-ball 59, which contained six fours and three majestic sixes. Looking at a declaration post lunch, Tamil Nadu amassed 195 runs in the first session. “Karthik told me he would give me an hour to bat after lunch and that I should try to make the most of it. I was a bit tired, but I was able to raise the bar. There are players like Virat Kohli who have played for India, so one has to constantly raise the bar,” said Mukund. When Maharashtra batted, Khadiwale played some superb shots in front of the wicket and looked set to make a big score. But Balaji, after change of ends, produced the breakthrough. Thereafter, left-hander Bhosale and Shrikande showed remarkable poise to deny further gains for Tamil Nadu. The pair also had 13 boundary strokes and brought the much-needed cheer to the Maharashtra camp with an undefeated stand of 107 runs for the second wicket. Karnataka vs Railways, Ranji Trophy Super League, Bangalore, 2nd day Railways 110 for 4 (Bangar 53*) trail Karnataka 365 (Uthappa 131, Pandey 64, Pawan 54, Kartik 5-83) by 255 runs Scorecard 2008110555852001.jpgCAPTAIN’S KNOCK: Railways’ Sanjay Bangar came up with an unbeaten half-century on the second day of the Ranji Trophy match against Karnataka in Bangalore on Tuesday. Bangalore: Karnataka found resilience in debutant Manish Pandey’s bat and hope in its spinners as the host wrested the initiative against Railways in the Ranji Trophy super league Group ‘B’ cricket match in progress at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here. At the second day’s close on Tuesday, Railways scored 110 for four in reply to Karnataka’s 365. Railways skipper Sanjay Bangar remained unbeaten on 53 in an afternoon dominated by tweakers who ruffled pads while the batsmen stayed tentative. Bangar opened his account with a streaky slash and immediately cut seamer N.C. Aiyappa as he moved into his run-making stride along with southpaw Amit Pagnis. The openers crafted a 60-run partnership with Pagnis sweeping debutant off-spinner Sunil Raju for some quick runs. Raghu strikes However, off-spinner C. Raghu came on from the BEML End and trapped Pagnis. Next man Karan Sharma offered no shot to one that spun in as Raghu flung his hands skywards and then clenched his fist safe in the knowledge that he had his second victim. Bangar, meanwhile, broke the shackles, driving Sunil Joshi and lofting Raghu. A 49-run third-wicket partnership was stitched with Harshad Rawle who cut Raju before the spinner struck and in the day’s last over Joshi scalped Sanjib Sanyal to leave Railways on the crossroads. Earlier, resuming at 264 for six, Karnataka found sustenance in Pandey, who lost Joshi early but found an ideal foil in Raju (25). Manish (64, 146b, 6x4, 1x6) after largely offering the pad to a negative line, pulled with authority. He found relief in the same shot off Murali Kartik to usher in his fifty. The left-arm spinner, however, scalped Manish on the stroke of lunch and finished with five wickets. Gujarat vs Saurashtra, Ranji Trophy Super League, Rajkot, 2nd day Saurashtra 8 for 4 (Trivedi 4-7) trail Gujarat 581 for 6 dec (Thaker 192, Timil 104*) by 573 runs Scorecard With just two days into the season, Gujarat, a team promoted from the Plate League, have showed they are no pushovers. In a devastating five-over spell, Siddharth Trivedi took 4 for 7 to leave last year's semi-finalists Saurashtra in shambles after his team amassed a commanding 581 for 6 declared in Rajkot. Resuming on 304 for 4, Gujarat lost Sunny Patel, on 90, in the first over of the day, but a 200-run stand between Timil Patel and overnight batsmen Bhavin Thaker put the visitors in command. Thaker converted his 73 to 192, and Timil Patel scored his maiden first-class century. Mohnish Parmar made a 23-ball 39 as Gujarat sought quick runs before their declaration. Hyderabad vs Orissa, Ranji Trophy Super League, Cuttak, 2nd day Orissa 150 for 3 (SS Das 75*, Shinde 2-16) trail Hyderabad 296 (Kumar 99*, Preetamjit 3-59, DS Mohanty 3-63, B Mohanty 3-81) by 146 runs Scorecard Wicketkeeper Abhinav Kumar became the first Hyderabad batsman to score 99 not out in the Ranji Trophy, but his team's total of 296 looked inadequate as Orissa finished the day 145 behind and with seven wickets in hand. Orissa skipper Shib Sundar Das produced a disciplined unbeaten 75 to lead his team’s fightback against Hyderabad on the second day of the four-day Elite group ‘A’ Ranji Trophy match on Tuesday. Playing in his 150th game, the opener helped Orissa end the day at 150 for three in reply to Hyderabad’s 296. The visitor, which resumed at 228 for five, folded up below 300. Wicketkeeper Abhinav Kumar made an unbeaten 99 (193b, 13x4), his career-best. Sparkling start Orissa began its chase in a sparkling manner with Bikas Swarup Pati showing early aggression, striking two boundaries in M.P. Arjun’s first over. The openers added 86, Das being the dominant partner with 43 compared to Pati’s 37. Pati was the first to leave, trying to sweep off-spinner Amol Shinde and getting trapped in front. At the other end, Das was confidence-personified. Tight defence and occasional boundaries marked his more than four-hour vigil in which he faced 154 balls. All his nine fours were sweetly timed and he is well on course to score his 24th first class hundred. Despite losing Niranjan Behera (8) and Payas Ranjan Sinha (14) cheaply, Das kept going. Except for a chance at silly point off Shinde, Das’s innings was flawless. Hyderabad skipper N. Arjun Yadav rotated his bowlers in a bid to remove Das but all his efforts went in vain. Basant strikes Earlier, in a dramatic start to the day’s play, Basant Mohanty had Shinde caught behind and off the next ball had M.P. Arjun shouldering arms to an incoming delivery. Ojha helped Abhinav add 53 for the eighth wicket. Andhra vs UP, Ranji Trophy Super League, Meerut, 2nd day Uttar Pradesh 76 for 2 trail Andhra 349 (Pradeep 102*, Reddy 94, B Kumar 5-58) by 273 runs Scorecard LNP Reddy missed a century by six runs, adding five to his overnight 89, but AG Pradeep pushed on from an unbeaten 35 to score his first first-class century. Resuming on 222 for 4, Praveen Kumar struck in quick succession to leave Andhra at 238 for 6. However, a 107-run stand between M Suresh (46) and Pradeep made sure they weren't bowled out cheaply. Bhuvneshwar Kumar then took three wickets in the space of four runs, and it became a hat-trick of ducks for the final three batsmen when No. 11 DP Vijaykumar was run out. Uttar Pradesh lost two wickets in reply, including that of Suresh Raina. Tanmay Srivastava and Mohammad Kaif were unbeaten in the 20s at stumps.

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