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

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At Stumps Delhi 119 & 6/0 (0.5 ov) vs Rajasthan 85
Was TN-Maharashtra match washed out today. Just 3.2 overs were bowled today. That match is heading for a boring draw, for sure. I hope Badrinath gets an opportunity to bat at least!

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Round up of ROUND ONE, DAY 2 KARNATAKA vs MUMBAI: On a rollercoaster second day at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai began promisingly, allowed their position to slip slightly against a spirited Karnakata, but regrouped to finish 107 runs ahead at the close of play. The hosts dominated the first session, thanks to a 110-run opening stand between Wasim Jaffer and Sahil Kukreja, only to stumble as Karnataka grabbed quick wickets in the second session to force their way back into the game. But a composed 78 from debutant Prashant Naik allowed Mumbai to soak up pressure of five wickets and reach a healthy 302 for 7 by stumps. Karnataka added just six runs in the morning and folded for 195 as Ajit Agarkar bounced out B Akhil in the fourth over of the day. The Karnataka new-ball bowlers, Vinay Kumar and NC Aiyappa, had the openers in trouble whenever they hit the fuller length but an initially circumspect Jaffer shrugged aside his nerves. Kukreja, also cautious, was the more assured of the two, leaning forward to get behind the line. Like Jaffer, he too played and missed but as the bowlers erred in lengths at the end of their spells, both openers cashed in with drives and pulls. At 32 for 0, Anil Kumble brought himself on in the 13th over. With a short leg and a silly point in place, he floated his first few deliveries but there was no sign of any bite off the pitch yet. The short cover disappeared and Kukreja skipped down the track to whip an on-drive through wide mid-on while Jaffer punched one crisply through cover point and drove through the covers. Sunil Joshi appeared in the 23rd over and Jaffer, in a nice groove, welcomed him with two boundaries. He raised his fifty soon after and Kukreja followed, top-edging Joshi in over before lunch. After the interval, Karnataka swung back with three wickets in nine balls. Jaffer, late in leaning forward, played on to an incutter from Aiyappa and Joshi snapped up Ajinkya Rahane, offering no stroke to a delivery on the stumps. Aiyappa got Kukreja to edge one to Thilak Naidu, the wicketkeeper, and Kumble returned with fielders hovering around the bat. He didn't strike immediately, as Amol Muzumdar and Naik put on 48 in 70 minutes, but at 173 for 3 Kumble trapped Muzumdar as he played across the line. Abhishek Nayar, who hit two breezy centuries in this season, opened with three consecutive boundaries off Kumble and gave Mumbai the lead with a fourth in Kumble's next over. But in the last over before tea, Nayar missed a reverse-sweep against Joshi and was out for an 18-ball 24. He added 44 in just 39 balls, but paid for his impetuosity. When Ramesh Powar lofted Joshi to mid-off for 10 off seven balls, the score read 231 for 6. Naik, who lofted C Raghu over long-on for the first six of the game, found an able ally in Agarkar and proceeded to stretch the lead. He didn't take any undue risks, pushing the ball into the gaps for singles and twos and inspired Agarkar to do the same. Naik punished the loose deliveries; he lofted Kumble over mid-off before sweeping really fine when Kumble went round the stumps. The bowling looked flat and Vijay Bharadwaj, Karnataka's coach, wore a rueful expression at the state of the wicket. "It has gone flatter. I won't blame my bowlers." The moisture and dampness had evaporated from the wicket as the Mumbai sun beat down hard on it. Slow spin was on offer and Kumble, in particular, wasn't at his usual zippy best. Then, against the run of play, Naik - who hit a ton in his first-class debut in the Mohammad Nissar trophy recently - fell to a sharp fielding effort from Yere Gowd: Agarkar had set off for a quick run after tapping the ball close on the off side when Gowd swooped on the ball to fire in an accurate throw to the 'keeper to find Naik short of the crease. Kumble took the new ball in the last over of the day but Agarkar and Vinayak Samant, who came to bat lower than usual, held on as Mumbai ended the day on a strong position, thanks in no small part to Naik's level-headed approach. UP vs ORISSA : Suresh Raina hit a smashing double-century to put Uttar Pradesh in a commanding situation against Orissa in Cuttack. Raina's 203 came off only 217 balls and featured 27 fours and two sixes - 120 runs in boundaries. Raina's score was just 13 less than Orissa's total and took 167 fewer deliveries. This was his first first-class double-century, beating his previous best of 127. Raina had come in to bat when UP were struggling at 35 for 3 and left them at 360 for 7. He was supported well by Shivakant Shukla, Ravikant Shukla and wicketkeeper Amir Khan. UP were not done, though, as Piyush Chawla made Orissa suffer further with an unbeaten 59 off 62 balls. BENGAL vs HYDERABAD Manoj Tiwary carried on from where he had left last season with a characteristically quick unbeaten 147 to take Bengal to 289 for 5 at stumps on day one at Eden Gardens. When Tiwary came in to bat, Bengal were in a somewhat tricky situation at 67 for 2. Right from the start, he attacked and capitalised on an inexperienced Hyderabad attack. His century came up in 111 balls with 14 fours and two sixes, after which Bengal lost two quick wickets on 221. With stumps approaching, Tiwary scored only 36 off the next 102 balls. Debutant wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, though, picked up the scoring rate from the other end and finished unbeaten on 34 off 53 balls. Saha's was the second-highest contribution in Bengal's innings. DELHI vs RAJASTHAN Twenty wickets fell on a manic Sunday at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium as Delhi were bowled out for 119 but still secured a 34-run first-innings lead by stumps, bowling out Rajasthan for 85. Only seven of 22 batsmen reached double figures and a wicket fell every 23 balls. Delhi had been given a stable start and were 62 for 1 at one stage, but Rajasthan medium-pacers Pankaj Singh and Sumit Mathur never let them off the hook once the slide started. Pankaj finished with a deserved 5 for 43. Rajasthan looked shaky from the start and never really threatened to go past Delhi's total. Only opener Vineet Saxena showed any inclination to fight, as he slugged it out for 173 minutes to score 35. He was the ninth man out. All the Delhi bowlers had impressive figures, with Rajat Bhatia and Pradeep Sangwan scalping three each, and Kunal Lal and Amit Bhandari getting two wickets each. PUNJAB vs AP Uday Kaul and Pankaj Dharmani rescued Punjab from a precarious situation to leave their match against Andhra at Amritsar in fine balance. In reply to Andhra's 334, the hosts were 56 for 3 at one stage, but Dharmani and Kaul batted for more than 52 overs and ensured that Punjab ended the second day without any further loss, still 159 runs in arrears. Dharmani, the wicketkeeper-batsman captain, is playing his 120th game. Kaul, 19, who is a wicketkeeper himself, is playing his tenth first-class game. Both of them put their heads down and negotitated the tough time well. Earlier, their bowlers had recovered well to take the last four Andhra wickets for 40 runs. Gagandeep Singh ended with figures of 4 for 53. SAURASHTRA vs HP Himachal Pradesh's middle order collapsed to let Saurashtra fight their way back after Sandeep Sharma and Sangram Singh threatened to bat Saurashtra out with a 119-run second-wicket stand. From 131 for 1, HP's next seven wickets fell for 40 runs, leaving Saurashtra at the threshold of a big first-innings lead. Sharma was looking good for a hundred when he fell lbw to left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhurv. Then, the offspin-left-arm spin duo of Kamlesh Makvana and Dhurv proved to be too much for HP as one wicket fell after the other. Earlier, Ashok Thakur, the HP left-arm opening bowler, cleared up the Saurashtra tail to restrict them to a manageable total. From an overnight 262 for 6, Saurashtra could manage only 291. Thakur took three of the four wickets that fell in the morning. TN vs MAHARASHTRA Only 3.2 overs were possible in Chennai because of rains and Maharashtra moved from a comfortable 261 for 4 to 272 for 4 in that duration. Overnight batsman Yogesh Takawale added eight to his 52. Yesterday Harshad Khadiwale, the Maharashtra opener playing his sixth first-class match, scored his maiden century to lead Maharashtra's batting. ------------------------------------ So this is it!! Surprisingly Kumble and co couldn't get the same bite from the pitch, that had started breaking up on Day 1 itself, which Powar and co did. Really interesting. The Kotla match is even more interesting. Is it being played on a minefield or what??!! 20 wickets in a day?? Will the match get over tomorrow or will Chopra et al grit it out? And really a terrific day for Raina and Tiwary. Hope they keep performing like this throughout the season!

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Ranji Trophy Plate League Group A: Gujarat v Assam at Ahmedabad - Nov 3-6, 2007 Stumps - Assam require another 392 runs with 8 wickets remaining Gujarat 228 and 367/4d; Assam 189 and 15/2 Rajdeep Das 0* NH Bordoloi 7* N Raval 1-1-0-1 MB Parmar 1-1-0-0 Scorecard | Desktop scorecard spacer.gifGroup B: Jharkhand v Madhya Pradesh at Jamshedpur - Nov 3-6, 2007 Stumps - Madhya Pradesh lead by 249 runs with 5 wickets remaining Madhya Pradesh 223 and 165/5; Jharkhand 139 Rahul Bakshi 44* JS Saxena 10* SS Rao 16-3-42-3 Raj Kumar 13-2-32-1 Scorecard | Desktop scorecard spacer.gifGroup B: Railways v Jammu & Kashmir at Delhi - Nov 3-6, 2007 Railways won by an innings and 88 runs Jammu & Kashmir 194 and 123; Railways 405 Scorecard | Desktop scorecard spacer.gifGroup A: Vidarbha v Kerala at Nagpur - Nov 3-6, 2007 Stumps - Vidarbha require another 346 runs with 10 wickets remaining Kerala 169 and 332/8d; Vidarbha 114 and 42/0 FY Fazal 20* AV Deshpande 16* S Anish 3-1-3-0 T Yohannan 6-1-12-0 Scorecard | Desktop scorecard Ranji Trophy Super League Group A: Himachal Pradesh v Saurashtra at Dharamsala - Nov 3-6, 2007 Stumps - Saurashtra lead by 326 runs with 4 wickets remaining Saurashtra 291 and 216/6; Himachal Pradesh 181 RV Dhurv 39* CA Pujara 103* V Bhatia 17-7-32-0 Sarandeep Singh 24-8-48-1 Scorecard | Desktop scorecard spacer.gifGroup A: Mumbai v Karnataka at Mumbai - Nov 3-6, 2007 Stumps - Karnataka lead by 53 runs with 9 wickets remaining Karnataka 195 and 195/1; Mumbai 337 R Dravid 77* KB Pawan 76* RP Verma 12-4-29-1 I Abdulla 19-7-22-0 Scorecard | Desktop scorecard | Match home | Bulletin spacer.gifGroup B: Orissa v Uttar Pradesh at Cuttack - Nov 3-6, 2007 Uttar Pradesh won by an innings and 10 runs Orissa 216 and 222; Uttar Pradesh 448 Scorecard | Desktop scorecard spacer.gifGroup B: Punjab v Andhra at Amritsar - Nov 3-6, 2007 Stumps - Punjab lead by 38 runs with 1 wicket remaining in the 1st innings Andhra 334; Punjab 372/9 S Ladda 0* Gagandeep Singh 15* HH Watekar 24-4-65-1 G Shankara Rao 29-10-51-2 Scorecard | Desktop scorecard spacer.gifGroup A: Tamil Nadu v Maharashtra at Chennai - Nov 3-6, 2007 Tamil Nadu trail by 375 runs with 8 wickets remaining in the 1st innings Maharashtra 430; Tamil Nadu 55/2 KD Karthik 12* R Prasanna 14* MM Patel 5-0-13-0 SS Mundhe 6-1-13-0 Scorecard | Desktop scorecard spacer.gifGroup B: Bengal v Hyderabad at Kolkata - Nov 4-7, 2007 Stumps - Hyderabad trail by 396 runs with 5 wickets remaining in the 1st innings Bengal 461; Hyderabad 65/5 H Ahmed 1* A Shinde 7* MY Lodhgar 3-2-1-1 SS Lahiri 5-1-11-1 Scorecard | Desktop scorecard spacer.gifGroup A: Delhi v Rajasthan at Delhi - Nov 4-7, 2007 Stumps - Delhi lead by 351 runs with 6 wickets remaining Delhi 119 and 317/4; Rajasthan 85 M Manhas 86* R Bhatia 65* S Mathur 18.3-7-43-1 Pankaj Singh 23-7-84-2 Scorecard | Desktop scorecard

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I'm particularly worried about the Indian test players. Kumble could get just one wicket after toiling so hard, Laxman was dismissed for a duck, and in the first inning Dravid had looked out of sorts. But thankfully he is back in his rhythm in the second inning with a good solid unbeaten 77. Our pace bowlers are going to be too tired after the ODI series. I just do not know why we can't rest Zaheer! Sree is needlessly wasting his time warming the bench and RPS is going to be tired too by the time this ODI series ends! What about Sachin and Ganguly? Can't they take their eyes off this ODI series to get in the groove for the longer, tougher version? And then Dinesh Karthik--he isn't even opening for his state. Why??

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The gist of today's matches are given by apocalypse in the above post so I'd do the quick round-up from cricinfo with links to scorecards: First round, 3rd Day KARNATAKA vs MUMBAI: Scorecard Karnataka batted their way out of trouble and towards a position of strength on a track that got progressively slow, wiping out the 142-run first-innings deficit and ending the third day with a 53-run lead against Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium. The batting was propelled by KB Pawan and Rahul Dravid, who scored 76 and 77 and put on an unbroken 126-run partnership, after Vinay Kumar grabbed three quick wickets to wrap up Mumbai's innings in the morning. Only four wickets fell on the day as Karnataka made slow progress - barring the first ten overs - at 2.53 runs per over. The intent, it seemed, was to first avoid defeat before thinking about the possibility of a win. They might up the ante tomorrow, declare with 200 ahead and leave around 50 overs for Anil Kumble and Sunil Joshi to come into play on a fourth-day track. However, the openers were refreshingly positive early on. Rowland, out for a duck in the first innings, got a huge stride forward and, though Ajit Agarkar did beat him on a couple of occasions, he put away the bad balls, twice driving Rajesh Verma through the covers. When Agarkar bowled two bouncers in an effort to push him on the back foot, Rowland went for the cut and the pull, top-edging one to the third man boundary. Though the execution wasn't perfect, the intent to attack was obvious. Pawan, edgy throughout his stay in the first innings, hit his stride slowly. He drove Verma through the covers and got behind the line of Agarkar's deliveries before Mumbai turned to spin, in the form of Ramesh Powar, in the tenth over. Powar flighted a majority of deliveries and pushed the occasional one through but couldn't repeat his first-innings magic on a track that had lost its venom. Rowland fell soon after lunch, missing an intended drive off Rajesh Verma, which brought in Dravid. Unlike the first innings, Dravid made a tentative start: he was beaten by the fourth delivery he faced, was struck on the pad by the eighth and was cut into half by the tenth. Two balls later, though, he hit a gorgeous straight drive off Verma and followed up that boundary with a shot driven straight into the stumps at the other end. Amol Muzumdar, Mumbai's captain, chose to attack him with Iqbal Abdulla. With a silly point and short leg in place, Abdulla pushed through deliveries on the middle-stump line. Dravid let a few to turn past him and jabbed at one which flew to the non-existent backward short leg. Powar came on from the pavilion end and Dravid used the crease well, going back to create the length for his dabs. After a few deliveries that turned in from outside off came one similar to the ball that got him out in the first innings: the ball landed on the middle and off stump and spun in as Dravid leaned forward to defend. However, on this occasion, the turn was slow and allowed Dravid the time to roll his wrists over the ball and play it just short of backward short leg. The next one was a lovely flighted delivery that dipped rapidly causing Dravid to check his drive. Dravid went into a mini-shell after that, stuck on 19 as he played out 14 deliveries, before he asserted himself against Powar: twice in succession he waltzed down the track to swing flighted deliveries over long-on, forcing Powar out of the attack. There was solid support from Pawan who, by then, batting fluently. When Powar shortened the length, Pawan was quick to pull. One such shot fell agonisingly beyond the outstretched hand of Wasim Jaffer, who had run in too far from deep midwicket before heading back. Undeterred by that close shave, Pawan pulled another short delivery over Jaffer's head for the first six by a Karnataka batsman in the match. The duo continued to consolidate in the last session - 47 runs came in 22 overs - as proceedings slowly grinded to a halt. Earlier, Kumar was rewarded for his fuller length, and his day's figures read 6-1-13-3. Agarkar fell first, trapped in front as he played across the line, Vinayak Samant went to a fatal flirt outside off stump for Thilak Naidu to hold a fine diving catch to his right and the left-handed Abdulla was caught plumb in front to a delivery that straightened. UP vs ORISSA :Scorecard Debutant medium-pacer Sudeep Tyagi completed a ten-wicket haul on Ranji Trophy debut to get Uttar Pradesh's 2006-07 campaign off to a great start, as the visitors beat Orissa by an innings and ten runs at Cuttack. Tyagi, who took 6 for 46 in the first innings, picked up 4 for 46 on the third day, after UP posted 448, to rout Orissa for 222. After Piyush Chawla's 69 helped extend UP's overnight lead, Tyagi nipped out two early wickets to leave Orissa 15 for 3. Chawla himself spun out three wickets, and the writing was on the wall. Allrounder Pinninti Jayachandra hit his second half-century of the match, and wicketkeeper Halhadar Das 71, but with no other support Orissa succumbed in the third session. UP's large total owed plenty to Suresh Raina's 203 from 217 balls, his maiden double-century, after UP had been 35 for 3. PUNJAB vs ANDHRA :Scorecard Uday Kaul hit a career-best 144 and Pankaj Dharmani missed another first-class hundred by six runs as Punjab made slow progress against Andhra at Amritsar, finishing the third day 38 runs ahead with one wicket standing. The rookie, 19 and in his tenth game, and veteran, who became Punjab's highest run-scorer in the Ranji Trophy in his 120th appearance, extended their overnight stand to 181 but Andhra hit back with lower-order wickets. Punjab never tried to force the pace, however, content with having taken the first-innings lead and with it two points, and a tame draws looms on the fourth day. HYDERABAD vs BENGAL:Scorecard Manoj Tiwary stamped his authority over Hyderabad at Eden Gardens with a characteristically aggressive 203, and debutant wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha a fine 111, before Bengal left the visitors reeling at 65 for 5 by stumps on day three. Tiwary, who took Bengal to 289 for 5 by the close on day two, hit an inexperienced Hyderabad attack around the ground to record a career-best knock, studded with 28 fours and two sixes. Saha, 23, became the 15th Bengal player to score a hundred on Ranji debut with 15 fours and a six during his 194-ball effort. He added 177 for the fifth wicket with Tiwary and crucially shepherded the tail to 461 Weighed down by the mountain of runs, Hyderabad capitulated against a disciplined bowling attack, spearheaded by Shib Shankar Paul. Though Ranadeb Bose struck first, Paul broke the spine of the Hyderabad line-up by removing captain VVS Laxman for a four-ball duck and then got top-scorer Ravi Teja (39 from 58 balls). Still 386 runs behind, Hyderabad are up against it. http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ranjisuperleague/engine/current/match/306296.html'> DELHI vs RAJASTHAN : Scorecard Led by Virat Kohli's maiden first-class hundred, Delhi forced a complete turnaround at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, taking a 351-run lead after being dismissed for 119 on day one. Delhi had been 24 for 2 early on the third day but Kohli was superb, seeing them out of danger with 106 from 192 balls. Delhi's position was then solidified with a 123-run unbeaten stand between Mithun Manhas, on 86, and Rajat Bhatia, on 65, but it remains to be seen how early Manhas declares the innings on the final day. Twenty wickets fell on a manic first day, but the track has eased out nicely and Delhi's bowlers will need another excellent display to take ten Rajasthan wickets. SAURASHTRA vs HP : Scorecard Offspinner Kamlesh Makvana picked up career-best figures of 6 for 41 to dismiss Himachal Pradesh for 181 - from an overnight 175 for 8 - before Cheteshwar Pujara hit an unbeaten 103 to extend Saurashtra's lead to 326 at Dharamsala. Ashok Thakur, the left-arm medium-pacer, grabbed four wickets to leave Saurashtra 83 for 5, but Pujara, during the course of his fifth first-class century, added an unbroken 100 with Rakesh Dhurv (39 not out) to take the side to 216 for 6. Pujara has so far faced 190 balls and hit ten boundaries. TN vs MAHARASHTRA :Scorecard Maharashtra's lower order rallied to take their total from 274 for 4 to 430 before restricting Tamil Nadu to 58 for 3 on the third day at Chennai. The inclement weather abated - after only 3.2 overs were possible on day two - but Maharashtra piled on the misery for TN. Yogesh Takawale made 79 and debutants Vishal Bhilare and Ashish Suryawanshi scored a pair of forties from down the order as the visitors slowly ticked along. Once R Ashwin, the talented young offspinner, grabbed the final wicket to finish with 6 for 133, TN's top order stuttered to 58 for 3 by stumps. ---------------------------------------------------------- So few matches are really boring like Punjab-Andhra and TN-Maharashtra.

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Ton up for Dravid. He is still going strong on 118*, though he lost his overnight partner, Pawan. And TN have lost 4 wickets, yet no signs of Badrinath? Where has he gone? Is he injured or what? Delhi has strengthened its position further by taking a lead of 389 runs, but will its bowlers be able to take 10 wickets for an outright victory? Punjab declared on 372, and Maharashtra is adding runs rapidly? Another draw looming large here?

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387 all done Pankaj Singh takes 10 wickets in the match 5 in each innings
Good performance. We should keep this bowler in the loop for team India. We desperately need a pool of pace bowlers. Who knows, with some help, he might improve further, like RPS did.

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Come on Munaf! Take wickets quickly so that Badri comes in to bat. I'll be very frustrated if we find that he can't bat because of some injury, right in the beginning of the season! On the other hand, Dravid is standing tall from one end, with wickets falling on the other. 145* for him!! Way to go Dravid!!:thumbs_up:

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At lunch on Day 4: Karnataka : 317/4 with Dravid unbeaten on 163 Andhra 127/0 after Punjab declared on 372/9 TN : 151/5 with Badri unbeaten on 17 Hyderabad: 179/8 HP :50/1 after Saurashtra was dismissed for 273 in the 2nd inning Rajasthan (3rd day): 24/1 after Delhi was dismissed for 387

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