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Ranji Trophy, Super league, 2007-08 [Ranji SS available]

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Powar trying hard for comeback

Mumbai's bowlers, led by Ramesh Powar, dominated the opening day of the Ranji season after Karnataka won an important toss and chose to bat on a turning wicket. Ajit Agarkar prised out the Karnataka openers cheaply before Powar removed Rahul Dravid, who led a mini recovery act. Powar then ran through the tail to leave Karnataka struggling at 189 for 9. B Akhil led a rearguard effort with a gritty unbeaten 119-ball 53, an innings whose importance will be known after Mumbai bat on this wearing track. The first session featured some fine seam bowling from Agarkar, but Powar dominated the next two. He had delivered the sucker punch ten minutes before lunch when he removed Dravid with a flighted delivery that spun and bounced to produce an edge off a jab. Karnataka's defences had been breached and it would have been even worse had the short-leg fielder, Sahil Kukreja, held on to sharp chance offered by C Raghu in the same over. Undaunted, Powar struck almost immediately after lunch. Slip, silly point, short leg and backward short leg watched in glee as Powar began to tease the batsmen with variations in flight and turn. In the fourth over he deceived Yere Goud with a lovely flighted delivery that dipped rapidly on the lunging batsman and spun to leave him desperately swishing in the air. The runs came in a trickle in the post-lunch session - 58 runs in 34 overs - as the batsmen struggled to come to terms with the turning ball. Raghu, with a patient 138-ball 31, fought hard while Akhil showed rare glimpses of aggression as he drove and cut the spinners on a few occasions. Using his height, he stretched well forward to drive Powar and Iqbal Abdulla, the 17-year-old left-arm spinner making his Ranji debut. He even attempted a couple of reverse-sweeps against Powar as he began to run out of partners. Abdulla got sharp bounce, with Vinayak Samant, the wicketkeeper, collecting some deliveries in front of his face. All indications were that Anil Kumble would have plenty to look forward to later in the game. Powar certainly enjoyed the wicket. In the last session, he grabbed three wickets in four overs as the tail succumbed pushing and prodding. Sunil Joshi was struck on the pad while stretching forward, Kumble stabbed a turning delivery and Vinay Kumar jabbed at a floater. The first hour of the day belonged to Agarkar, who kept the ball full, got late movement and strangled the batsman. Barring an elegant cover drive from Dravid, hardly any shot pierced the infield as Agarkar ended his first spell with figures of 8-3-9-2. He was on the job right from the start, teasing the outside edge with his second ball before striking two balls later when Barrington Rowland, on nought, lunged at a good-length delivery that shaped away. That brought in Dravid, with another semi-crisis to tackle. The first ball was patted to the off side and he soon got off the mark with a dab to cover. Dravid played cautiously, constantly looking to get forward to kill the movement but the same could not be said of the other batsmen. KB Pawan, brought in for Robin Uthappa, was edgy throughout his 31-ball stay. He was caught at the crease, unsure of his off stump and was constantly pushing tentatively away from his body. Agarkar beat him repeatedly but what would have pleased Pravin Amre, Mumbai's coach, the most, was the effort from Rajesh Verma. Verma was rewarded for his five-for ("a pleasant surprise" according to Amre) in the Irani Trophy with a place in the playing XI. He repaid that faith with a fine spell, bowling just marginally short of good length and cutting the ball both ways with a whippy action. He beat Pawan three times in his first over and continued to harass him subsequently. Dravid was cautious against Verma and Agarkar but was beaten only three times: the first prompted an lbw appeal as Agarkar brought one in to rap him high on the pads; the second missed the outside edge as Verma cut it away; and the third, half an hour before the break, saw Dravid play a rare stroke away from the body off Agarkar. The rest met the middle of the bat as Dravid proceeded to settle the nerves in the dressing room. Spin was introduced in the 17th over, and Dravid immediately hit Powar for successive fours, an elegant off drive followed by a cut against the turn, while Raghu, who grew in confidence as the innings progressed, dabbed the ball around in the gaps to rotate the strike. The first signs of alarming spin came off the fifth ball of the 23rd over. Powar got it to turn sharply and bounce, forcing a surprised Dravid to hurriedly pull out of an intended cut. Soon Powar took over to have a stranglehold over Karnataka.

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Actually they aren't good enough' date= Faisal. India-Pakistan have always been champions at the age levels but they are ultimately not good enough at the international level because the finishing school, our domestic cricket, is extremely poor. Players are unable to hone their skills to take it to a higher level whereas, Australians are average at the age group but due to the terrific system that they have and with correct guidance at various stages, they go forward while Indians and Pakistanis get lost unless they are exceptional talents! Quite a number of factors work here. India has 27 FC teams which makes it about 375 FC cricketers. Hardly 60-70 of them good and offer some competition to the better budding challenges. If there would be no challenges, how will the bud blossom? What'll be the rigours which helps him prepare for the tough field which is international cricket? How will he become a finished article to be able to offer something substantial to his country? Then, the pitches prepared for these matches aren't very good, the ground is not good enough to encourage good fielding,umpiring is poor, support staff is scant, there is no goal, no guidance and the path is equally hotch-potch!! So, if India aims to be the top team, it has to improve its FC structure first.
well how are you going to know that if you don't give them a chance? You remember this thread about P Chawla? http://indiancricketfans.com/showthread.php?t=1912&highlight=chawla As soon as they brought him in to the team he started picking wickets and in ODIs he looked a far better option than the likes of Powar, Harbhajan, Kartik etc. Now if the selectors don't have patience then it isn't the youngster's fault. Similarly in PAK we had Salman Butt coming to international cricket with hardly any 1st class experience and immediately scored a match winning ton in IND then had a very good tour of AUS where he was up against the bowling attack of Warne, Mcgrath, Gilliespe etc yet was dropped after exactly ONE bad test match at Chandigarh in 05. U Gul was another one who had barely played any 1st class cricket yet had no problem adjusting to the highest level. I can give you a lot more examples, it is just that you need to be brave enough to give the youngsters a chance. You got to at least keep them in the squad even when they aren't performing too well because sending them back to domestic cricket will not make them better.

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You got to at least keep them in the squad even when they aren't performing too well because sending them back to domestic cricket will not make them better.
This is what I'm worried about. Why should the experience in domestic cricket make them better than just sitting idle on the sidelines? Because the domestic cricket is not good enough. It might give birth to an 18 year old talent but you just can't be sure how much talent that youngster will be able to convert into performance because they're not finished articles by the time they burst onto the international scene! And that is a huge problem. Anyway, here is DAY 1 of the FIRST ROUND of Ranji trophy super league: KARNATAKA VS MUMBAI Karnataka 189 for 9 (Akhil 53*, Aiyappa 1*, Powar 5-69) v Mumbai Mumbai's bowlers, led by Ramesh Powar, dominated the opening day of the Ranji season after Karnataka won an important toss and chose to bat on a turning wicket. Ajit Agarkar prised out the Karnataka openers cheaply before Powar removed Rahul Dravid, who led a mini recovery act. Powar then ran through the tail to leave Karnataka struggling at 189 for 9. B Akhil led a rearguard effort with a gritty unbeaten 119-ball 53, an innings whose importance will be known after Mumbai bat on this wearing track. The first session featured some fine seam bowling from Agarkar, but Powar dominated the next two. He had delivered the sucker punch ten minutes before lunch when he removed Dravid with a flighted delivery that spun and bounced to produce an edge off a jab. Karnataka's defences had been breached and it would have been even worse had the short-leg fielder, Sahil Kukreja, held on to sharp chance offered by C Raghu in the same over. Undaunted, Powar struck almost immediately after lunch. Slip, silly point, short leg and backward short leg watched in glee as Powar began to tease the batsmen with variations in flight and turn. In the fourth over he deceived Yere Goud with a lovely flighted delivery that dipped rapidly on the lunging batsman and spun to leave him desperately swishing in the air. The runs came in a trickle in the post-lunch session - 58 runs in 34 overs - as the batsmen struggled to come to terms with the turning ball. Raghu, with a patient 138-ball 31, fought hard while Akhil showed rare glimpses of aggression as he drove and cut the spinners on a few occasions. Using his height, he stretched well forward to drive Powar and Iqbal Abdulla, the 17-year-old left-arm spinner making his Ranji debut. He even attempted a couple of reverse-sweeps against Powar as he began to run out of partners. Abdulla got sharp bounce, with Vinayak Samant, the wicketkeeper, collecting some deliveries in front of his face. All indications were that Anil Kumble would have plenty to look forward to later in the game. Powar certainly enjoyed the wicket. In the last session, he grabbed three wickets in four overs as the tail succumbed pushing and prodding. Sunil Joshi was struck on the pad while stretching forward, Kumble stabbed a turning delivery and Vinay Kumar jabbed at a floater. The first hour of the day belonged to Agarkar, who kept the ball full, got late movement and strangled the batsman. Barring an elegant cover drive from Dravid, hardly any shot pierced the infield as Agarkar ended his first spell with figures of 8-3-9-2. He was on the job right from the start, teasing the outside edge with his second ball before striking two balls later when Barrington Rowland, on nought, lunged at a good-length delivery that shaped away. That brought in Dravid, with another semi-crisis to tackle. The first ball was patted to the off side and he soon got off the mark with a dab to cover. Dravid played cautiously, constantly looking to get forward to kill the movement but the same could not be said of the other batsmen. KB Pawan, brought in for Robin Uthappa, was edgy throughout his 31-ball stay. He was caught at the crease, unsure of his off stump and was constantly pushing tentatively away from his body. Agarkar beat him repeatedly but what would have pleased Pravin Amre, Mumbai's coach, the most, was the effort from Rajesh Verma. Verma was rewarded for his five-for ("a pleasant surprise" according to Amre) in the Irani Trophy with a place in the playing XI. He repaid that faith with a fine spell, bowling just marginally short of good length and cutting the ball both ways with a whippy action. He beat Pawan three times in his first over and continued to harass him subsequently. Dravid was cautious against Verma and Agarkar but was beaten only three times: the first prompted an lbw appeal as Agarkar brought one in to rap him high on the pads; the second missed the outside edge as Verma cut it away; and the third, half an hour before the break, saw Dravid play a rare stroke away from the body off Agarkar. The rest met the middle of the bat as Dravid proceeded to settle the nerves in the dressing room. Spin was introduced in the 17th over, and Dravid immediately hit Powar for successive fours, an elegant off drive followed by a cut against the turn, while Raghu, who grew in confidence as the innings progressed, dabbed the ball around in the gaps to rotate the strike. The first signs of alarming spin came off the fifth ball of the 23rd over. Powar got it to turn sharply and bounce, forcing a surprised Dravid to hurriedly pull out of an intended cut. Soon Powar took over to have a stranglehold over Karnataka. SCORECARD Karnataka bank on Kumble and Joshi The first day belonged to Mumbai but they would be wary of the spin threat looming large in the form of Anil Kumble and Sunil Joshi on a wearing track. The pitch, as expected, offered big turn and bounce straightaway but Mumbai can take heart from the fact that it has been slow spin on offer, a factor which has not the made wicket unplayable yet. Karnataka struggled to come to terms with the turning ball, scoring at just 2.08 runs per over, but Pravin Amre, Mumbai's coach, wanted his team to take calculated risks on this track. "I would be happy if my boys score at least one run more than them per over. I am not saying we should go and slog out there but you need to remain positive." Mumbai have had the luxury of some match practice, courtesy the Mohammad Nissar Trophy and the Irani Trophy game, and Amre invested faith in his top six in the batting line-up to do the job. "If four of them can string useful scores and partnerships we can get ahead in this game." For Karnataka, much depends on their veteran spin duo. Thilak Naidu, who stitched a useful partnership with B Akhil in Karnataka's rearguard effort last evening, was confident that Kumble and Joshi would have a huge role to play. "Yes, the wicket is turning slowly but a couple of wickets with the new ball and then Kumble and Joshi can bring us back into the game. We would have liked to score 250 on this track but we are not worried much. We have the bowlers to do the job." Vijay Bharadwaj, Karnataka's coach, was disappointed with his batsman, but remained hopeful that his bowlers would do the job for them. Both the Mumbai spinners got significant assistance from the track - Powar turned it a long way while the 17-year-old debutant Iqbal Abdulla got sharp bounce - and one can expect Kumble to get some disconcerting lift. "The pitch is beginning to break up and I see it cracking up soon," Bharadwaj said. "It should be an interesting tussle. It could be even over in three days for all you know." One other factor that led to Mumbai's domination was their fielding. They took their catches with Vinayak Samant, the wicketkeeper, the clear leader, catching and stumping with alacrity. Karnataka will have to do much the same if they are to stop Mumbai from running away with the game. --------------------------------------------- I can see Kumble having Mumbai for breakfast on the last day. But the match is interesting at the moment as Mumbai didn't lose any wickets to the new ball and it seems that all the work will have to done by the spinners after Karnataka were wrapped up for 195 this morning.

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Other matches: DAY 1, ROUND 1 UP vs ORISSA : Scorecard Sudeep Tyagi, Uttar Pradesh's 20-year-old right-arm medium-pacer, made a sensational first-class debut, taking 6 for 46 to bundle out Orissa for 216 within the first two sessions in Cuttack. Orissa had a disastrous start, Tyagi striking three times in his third and fourth overs to reduce them to 8 for 3. Shiv Sunder Das, the former India opener, and Pinninti Jayachandra led a brief recovery with an 86-run fifth-wicket partnership but Piyush Chawla removed Jayachandra in his first over for 55. Jayachandra ran only three of his runs, scoring the rest in boundaries. Tyagi came back to get the important wicket of Das for a patient 75 and, once he was out, the rest folded easily. In reply UP made a shaky start too before Shivakant Shukla and Suresh Raina lifted them from a precarious 35 for 3 to end the day at 84 for 3, still 122 in arrears. Raina scored a quick unbeaten 27 off 32 balls. TN vs MAHARASHTRA : Scorecard Harshad Khadiwale, the Maharashtra opener playing his sixth first-class match, scored his maiden century to lead Maharashtra to a comfortable 261 for 4 in Chennai. Along with Vishal Bhilare, Khadiwale got Maharashtra off to a slow but solid start - they put on 68 for the first wicket in 22.3 overs. Another similar partnership followed between Khadiwale and Kedar Jadhav, but Maharashtra lost two quick wickets to be reduced from 142 for 1 to 155 for 3. Khadiwale was then joined by Yogesh Takawale, the wicketkeeper-batsman who had a good last season, and the scoring rate increased as Takawale batted with plenty of intent. They put on 106 for the fourth wicket in 26.3 overs, but Khadiwale got out off the last ball of the day. Takwale's unbeaten 52 came off 68 balls, 38 of them coming in fours and sixes. ANDHRA vs PUNJAB : Scorecard Himal Watekar, Andhra's right-hand opener, scored a maiden first-class century to rescue Andhra after a Gagandeep Singh blitz had left them reeling at 19 for 3 in Amritsar. Andhra lost two quick wickets towards the end of the day's play to finish at 294 for 6. Watekar got out half an hour before stumps for 137. Watekar was ably supported by captain MSK Prasad, who scored a patient 127-ball 51. Watekar and Prasad put on 142 runs for the fourth wicket, as Gagandeep found no support from an inexperienced attack. He pulled his hamstring when he came back for his third spell of the day, but Karan Goel, who completed the unfinished over, trapped Watekar lbw in his second over. SAURASHTRA vs HP: Scorecard Almost every Saurashtra batsman got a start, but none went on to get a big score as they ended the first day at 262 for 6 in Dharamsala, after choosing to bat first. Cheteshwar Pujara topscored with 64 as four other batsmen passed 20, but wickets kept falling regularly. The highest partnership came for the third wicket - 86 runs between Pujara and Kanaiya Vaghela, who scored an extremely watchful 40 off 190 balls. For Himachal Pradesh, left-arm opening bowler Ashok Thakur took three wickets, including the crucial one of Pujara, and former India offspinner Sarandeep Singh chipped in with two.

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I can see Kumble having Mumbai for breakfast on the last day. But the match is interesting at the moment as Mumbai didn't lose any wickets to the new ball and it seems that all the work will have to done by the spinners after Karnataka were wrapped up for 195 this morning.
The way Bombay are going, they will probably pile up a huge lead so that Powar and Abdulla can have Karnataka for breakfast (oh, the jokes that could have been made if only Uthappa was playing) on the last day.

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Salil, Let Kumble, Joshi and Appanna get into a groove. Then we'll see who has whom for breakfast!:D I'm not any team's supporter as such, and Mumbai is one of my faviourite teams, but I want Kumble to do well. I really hope he does. If a rookie Abdullah can get sharp bounce, Kumble will get even more disconcerting bounce. So it is going to be a wonderful match. I'm still backing Karnataka to win this one!

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Really chandan?? Mumbai will take the points though.. btw, Delhi in deep deep trouble..
If Karnataka registers an outright victory, how will Mumbai get points? And I saw Delhi in deep trouble. Akash Chopra is of no use now. I'll have to chuck him out of my SS. Scores at lunch: Mumbai 110/0 after Karnataka was dismissed for 195 Bengal 100/2, Tiwari unbeaten on 21 HP 41/1 after Saurashtra were wrapped up for 291 Delhi 108/7 with Dhawan top scoring at 35 Punjab 27/2 after Andhra scoring 334 in 1st inning Maharashtra 272/4 and only 3.2 overs bowled today. Is it raining at Chepauk?

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Where are you following this Chandan......? BTW...do you come on TV ?
I thank Chandan for reminding me to put up a team for the Ranji season. And she comes on T.V ? how ?

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Where are you following this Chandan......? BTW...do you come on TV ?
Radhika...:confused_smile: I try to follow it on TV. But when it is not coming there, you just cant help but follow it on web. It is such an irony that we get English county cricket and Australian Pura Cup on TV but not our own domestic cricket. It is very very frustrating in fact!:cry_smile: Cricketics, I'm also following it on web and try to catch the highlights on News channels if they show it at all. PS: Wow!! Karnataka get 3 quick wickets. Mumbai 125/3

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They were showing some interest earlier...but the moment Rahul got out,they lost interest too... Mushy ka bachha also didn't help much! Why isn't DD showing it? They have done it earlier. May be because of their thingyy with BCCI... The BCCI deserves a tight kick on its massive backside for not caring enough....!

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I thank Chandan for reminding me to put up a team for the Ranji season. And she comes on T.V ? how ?
A few days back I saw this lady on TV (I don't remember which programme) and her views were quite similar to chandan's ...hence the Q.....:embaressed_smile:
is she Barkha Dutt of ndtv???
Come on guys!! No such things. I'm just an ordinary forummer like you all!!!

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yaa.. btw, pura cup??? star cricket showing pura cup too?
Yes. They showed a few matches earlier. Don't know whether they are showing it now or not. BTW, Australian time is a bit uncomfortable for us in India.

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tons of ranji games going on.. which one would they show??all games not happening in same stadium unlike tennis.. they should do though... neo also not carrying the live feed..
Neo is showing only one delhi vs rajasthan

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