Ranji Trophy 2012013, round II November 12, 2012

Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round II, Day 4

Finally an end to the round that produced three results and nine draws
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Finally an end to the round that produced three results and nine draws. Well played Delhi, Assam and Punjab. Jharkhand did well too, although they ended up on the losing side. Quality of spin on a square turner in Chennai was very depressing. Only 10 wickets fell there in four days. Anyway that's the end of it. Join this blog again on the 17th for the third round. Cheers

4.59 - Finally Writes in Amol Karhadkar from Pune: "And it's finally over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar finishes the game with two successive sixes off Akshay Darekar. UP 669 for 7 Points: Maha 1, UP 1" UP joint leaders with seven. Maharashtra get one from their opener

"Reading comprehension is in rather short supply at Cricinfo, it seems. Daljit Singh says "550 in first innings" and somehow those words have been twisted to "550 on first day". Though 550 average in first innings isn't ideal either. It means win the toss, win the match/points." Chill Vishal, it's a typo. I meant to write "innings". Nonetheless, I am glad you agree 550 in the first innings of a four-day match is preposterous

4.53pm - Says Amol K Nobody offering to shake hands in Pune. The next over will be the last of the mandatory ones. UP 652 for 7

4.47pm - Sorry to break it to you Aakash and others I don't know what directive you are talking about. This is what Daljit Singh, chief groundsman, told PTI: "Daljit Singh, the chairman of the BCCI's grounds & pitches committee. According to PTI, he said this: "I am a little bit worried about the Pune strip that has produced 700-plus scores. We need to have a proper look at the pitch. The BCCI's directive regarding the wicket that would be prepared for the Ranji Trophy is pretty clear. It should be a sporting wicket where a standard first-innings score should be in the region of 550-plus and it shouldn't start turning square from the first day itself."

I just hope somebody from BCCI denies that the ideal wicket, according to them, should concede an average of 550 in the first innings

4.43pm - No mercy in Pune They are still playing. This match seems to have gone on for longer than the 2007 World Cup

4.34pm - Now for the final act to put me out of my misery Amol K from Pune: "And he's gone. Anupam Sanklecha finally shatters Chawla's defence and the off stump goes for a walk. The umpire needs to check if the bowler had overstepped. He hasn't. And Chawla's rescue act is over. 156 runs (140b, 18x4, 8x6). UP 635 for 7"

And no, they haven't called it off yet

4.31pm - Satish gets icing Edges a slower legcutter between keeper and wide slip. This four takes him to a maiden double. Hugs CMG at the other end, and removes his helmet. He is an exhuasted man, but a satisfied exhausted man. The game is called off. Karnataka reach four points now. Tamil Nadu stuck at two

4.25pm - Amol (I pity him) Karhadkar from Pune Chawla pulls Fallah to deep square leg boundary and raises his bat for surpassing 150. Not only has he raised his highest first-class score but has also helped UP deprive Maharashtra of the first-innings lead

4.21pm - Satish's best Ganesh Satish reaches 191, his personal best. I suspect they'll shake hands as soon as he reaches 200

4.18pm - Karnataka take three in thriller With a cover-drive between cover-point and cover, Satish takes Karnataka to three points. Pumps his fist without dislocating shoulder. The whole dressing room on its feet. What a show . Fireworks all over Bangalore, I am told. But they could have something to do with Diwali. Satish should bat on for 200 now

4.14pm - New ball makes it easier Ten runs in the first over with the new ball. Karnataka 534 for 6 now. Five required

4.12pm - Draw in Goa too J&K hang in long enough to take one point. Goa take three from their first game

4.10pm - Final throw of the dice for TN L Balaji has called for a new ball. M Mohammed takes it. Fifteen required. eight overs to go

4.08pm - It is Karnataka's game now Gautam sweeps a full toss from Aswhin for four followed by a sweep for two. Karnataka 521 for 6. Almost there

4.02pm - More drama in Chennai They survive a close run-out appeal. Twenty-seven required now in nine overs

"If only, in addition to courage, CMG had as much time as SMG had to score 36 runs hehe :)" Memory of an elephant there, PGN

4pm - J&K headed towards safety They have now reached 88 for 6, a lead of 20 runs. That's some recovery from 40 for 6

3.55pm CMG has come back to bat. Showing SMG-like courage. Thirty-six required in Chennai

3.51pm - Karnataka still have it tough Sunil Raju is stumped off the bowling of Malolan. They are now 500 for 6. They still need 39 for the lead. And Gautam is retired-hurt with a dislocated shoulder

3.50pm - The milestone man Ravindra Jadeja has joined VVS Laxman and Wasim Jaffer as the only men to have scored two triple-centuries in Ranji Trophy. And he has done it in the first matches of back-to-back Ranji seasons. Mercifully, the match is called off as soon as he gets there. Saurashtra get to three points after their first match. Gujarat have four after two

"What is the motivating factor for Tamil Nadu in this match now? Whether they concede the first innings lead or not, they will get 1 point. Why are they bowling now, to get the remaining 4 wickets?" Yayathy Raj, Ranji is not that straightforward. TN's motivation is to deny Karnataka two extra points. That can prove handy in the final equation

3.41pm - Draws, draws, draws Another draw now. In Naduan, Soumya Swain's hundred helps Services keep Himachal at bay. Himachal take three points to reach six. Services now have four

Shake of hands in Anantapur too. Andhra and Tripura have agreed on a draw. Andhra take three points to reach four. Tripura open their account with one point

As soon as Faiz Fazal falls for 98, Vidarbha and Baroda agree on the draw too. Baroda now have six points, and Vidarbha seven

3.40pm - Chawla sending a message to the curator Says Amol K: "Chawla is using the long handle effectively. He dances down the wicket off left-arm spinner Akshay Darekar for three consecutive sixes over long-on"

3.33pm - Final drinks break in Chennai Karnataka 491 for 5. They have slowed down after Gautam's retirement. They need 48 more now

3.23pm - Hundred for Chawla too Says Amol K from Pune: "Piyush Chawla cuts Anupam Sanklecha through point and a misfield allows him to get the much-needed single that takes him to his third first-class century - 95b, 13x4, 4x6"

3.22pm - Equation in Chennai Karnataka need 56 in 18 overs. Satish 161 not out. Raju looking tentative, with 4 off 38. How that retirement has give TN a sniff

3.21pm - All over in Jaipur Mercifully the match in Jaipur has been called off. Mumbai take three points, Rajasthan one. Total tally: Mumbai 6, Rajasthan 2

3.20pm - Wicket. Wicket. Wicket The press absolutely needs to be stopped. Saurashtra have lost a wicket. Jogiyani falls 18 short of a triple-century. Through a run-out. The partnership was worth 539. Second-highest ever. Record holders, Vijay Hazare and Gul Mohammad, can rest in peace

3.15pm - J&K hang in Samiullah Beigh and Bandeep Singh have added 32 for the seventh wicket. At least this make sure Goa will have to chase something should they get the remaining four wickets

3.08pm - Another drop by Tamil Nadu With Gautam retired-hurt, Tamil Nadu are creating some excitement, but they have failed to latch on to another catch. That's four catches dropped. News from Karnataka dressing room is that Gautam has dislocated his shoulder. Score 479 for 5, need 60 more in 21 overs

3.06pm - Nayar gets second century Abhishek Nayar scores his second century of the season. It has come with wickets falling around him. He gets there with No. 11 Shardul Thakur for company. And that was the last matter of interest in this match

3.05pm - Amol karhadkar has stayed awake in Pune He writes in, "Arish Alam's patient knock comes to an end as he holes out to Sangram Atitkar off part-time offie Ankit Bawne for 70. Maharashtra need four more wickets off 27 overs"

2.51pm - CM Gautam gets hundred too A knock full of character. Hundred off just 142 balls, on a turning track, when many would have gladly taken the safety route. This is Gautam's sixth first-class hundred. Karnataka 470 for 5. They need 69 for the lead.

Hang on. Gautam has hurt his shoulder while celebrating the century, and is retiring-hurt on 100 not out. The partnership is 181. Some late drama as Sunil Raju comes out to bat

2.50pm - Partnership record under threat The highest-ever partnership in Ranji Trophy - 577 between Vijay Hazare and Gul Mohammad way back in 1946-47 - is under serious threat from jadeja and Jogiyano, who have just gone past the erstwhile second-highest - 520, between Pujara and Jadeja. This is absolute carnage

2.30pm - Jadeja and Jogiyani eye triples Jadeja is not out on 271, Jogiyani on 260. Saurashtra have taken the lead, records left to be broken. Jadeja could join Wasim Jaffer and VVS Laxman as the only men to have scored two Ranji triples

2.28pm - Tea in Pune too Reports Amol K: "At tea, UP 528 for 5. Arish Alam (68) and Piyush Chawla (81) have shared an unbroken stand of 120 runs"

2.25pm - What a session for Karnataka Karnataka have reached 455 for 5 by tea. They batted positively in the middle session, losing no wicket and adding 112 runs. Satish and Gautam have turned this game around. They need 84 more in the final session. Expect defensive bowling and time-wasting tactics in the final session

2.20pm - Karnataka bring it down to two figures Urgent and positive batting from Ganesh Satish and CM Gautam have brought their first-innings lead target down to under 100. They need just 97 more. Gautam reaches 150 with a pulled six. Gautam is 86 not out

2.15pm - Services approach safety Thanks to a century from Soumya Swain, and a fifty from Anshul Gupta, Services have erased the lead with six wickets still in hand. They are 37 ahead, and look good to salvage one point from this match

2.10pm - Saurashtra take three Saurashtra have taken the first-innings lead in this Gujarat derby. This pitch is one of the reasons why teams don't declare. Six hundred has been chase dwith eight wickets in hand. The partnership between Jadeja and Jogiyani is now 426. Jadeja is 259, Jogiyani 247. Jadeja looking good for a second triple. And this is already the highest partnership for the third wicket in Ranji Trophy history

2.06pm - Second innings win for Punjab Siddarth Kaul traps Ashok Dinda lbw. Shukla is stranded on 91 not out. Punjab win by an innings and 27 runs. Five for Gony, four for Siddarth Kaul. Punjab on top of Group A with 14 points. Some start to the season

2.05pm - Fazal steers Vidarbha towards safety Faiz Fazal is 76 not out in four hours, and he has added 95 with Shakabh Shrivastava for the fourth wicket. Vidarbha now 168 for 3, need 72 to make Baroda bat again. Thirty-three overs to go

2pm - Jadeja and Jogiyani break partnership record The two Saurashtra batsmen have now added 469 for the third wicket, smashing the previous record - 436. Now Saurasthra need just 12 to win three points. Jadeja 254 not out, Jogiyani 236 not out

1.56pm - Sensational collapse in Goa This was completely unexpected. This match was headed towards a draw, but J&K are now down at 46 for 6. Shadab Jakati has taken four wickets. They need 22 to make Goa bat again

1.55 - And Gony strikes two more blows Punjab can almost touch seven points now. Manpreet Giny consigns Veerpratap Singh and Sourav Sarkar to ducks in the same over. Five-for for him. Punjab need one wicket, Shukla needs 17 to get to his century. That's the only contest left in this match

1.50pm - Punjab break through Saha can't convert his fourth fifty into a century here. He is gone for 57, bowled by Bipul Sharma. Shukla is 83 off 77. Wonder if he will keep attacking. Bengal 37 short of preventing an innings defeat

1.45pm - Amol Karhadkar from Pune "The Pune crowd that had gone after Chawla for the last two days seems to loving his aggressive batting. With the left-handed batsman having raced to 53 off 29 balls (10x4, 1x6), the crowd is chanting, 'Boom, boom, Chawla'. Wonder what Shahid Afridi think if he gets to know this." Well, apart from providing some consolatory entertainment to the crowd, Chawla proving the wicket is still flat

1.35pm - Double for Jogiyani too Sagar Jogiyani has scored a double-century too, to join Ravindra Jadeja. Their massive partnership is worth 422 now, only 15 shy of breaking the all-time third-wicket record. Saurashtra need just 59 to take three points

1.30pm - Karnataka reach 400 They are 400 for 5 now, and need 139 to take the lead. Game is very much on at Chepauk. Satish and Gautam have added 111. This will be a close fight with the time coming into play too

1.27pm - Saha and Shukla at it again Lokhi Shukla has attacked his way to a fifty, and the more sedate Wriddhi Saha has reached it too. This is Saha's fourth half-century in four innings this season. They have now added 94 for the sixth wicket. Bengal now need fewer than 50 to make Punjab bat again

1.20pm - Assam do it Arlen Konwar takes the last wicket, his fourth, to go with Syed Mohammed's five, and Assam have registered a 53-run win on a turner in Jamshedpur. They now have 13 points from two games. Jamshedpur will be gutted with their lower-order collapses in both innings

1.10pm - Assam a step closer Arlen Konwar takes another wicket. Jharkhand 156 for 9 now. Need another 57. Assam all set to top Group C with 13 points

1.06pm - Delhi take all seven Delhi surge to top of Group B with a win by 10 wickets. Shikhar Dhawan scored 55 and Unmukt Chand 23 as they cruise through the chase of 82 runs. Siperb comeback for them after the defeat to UP in the first round

1.05pm - Tamil Nadu shell another chance Abhinav Mukund drops Ganesh Satish at first slip. Satish was 116 then. Karnataka 382 for 5. CM Gautam has crossed his fifty too. karnataka have scored 33 in the last six overs. So they are going for it. Interesting stuff

12.58pm - Mumbai get three Abhishek Nayar and Ankeet Chavan take Mumbai to 479 for 6. That's three points for Mumbai. Another game done and dusted. Now some batting practice to follow. Nayar 34 not out, Chavan 24 not out

12.55pm - Amol Karhadkar from Pune "Fallah gets his third wicket of the day as he gets rid of set batsman Parvinder Singh for 35. UP 408 for 5"

And he adds hastily: "Piyush Chawla makes his presence felt with two sweetly timed cover-driven boundaries off the first two balls he faces. And the next one despatched to the point boundary. He's batting on 12 off 3 balls"

12.48pm - Surely it's over now? J Syed Mohammed, who didn;t get a chance in Tamil Nadu, has taken a five-for for Assam to reduce Jharkhand to 155 for 8. Gautam gone. That's a huge wicket

12.46pm - Another wicket for Assam Arlen Konwar, who took six wickets in the first innings, has now taken two quick ones to make it 155 for 7. Shiv Gautam, 30 not out, is now the key for Jharkhand. Hosts need 58 runs, Assam three wickets

12.45pm - Delhi closer to seven points Delhi openers have now added 61, needing another 21 for the win. Captain Shikhar Dhawan 35 off 41, and Unmukt Chand 22 off 42

12.43pm - Another double for Jadeja Ravindra Jadeja began the last season with a triple, and is now 213 not out. Jogiyani is following him too with 178 not out. The partnership is 368 - 68 short of the all-time Ranji record for the third wicket. Saurashtra need 113 for three points

12.42pm - Mumbai edge closer Abhishek Nayar is once again scoring the crucial runs for Mumbai. They are now 463 for 6 with the seventh-wicket stand reading 43. Just the 16 more now

12.40pm - Saha and Shukla get stuck in again Another partnership with Wriddhi and Lokhi. They have added 35 for the seventh wicket to delay Punjab's march. Saha is 14 short of what can be a fourth fifty in four innings this season

12.36pm - Jharkhand cross 150 They are now 155 for 6, needing another 58 to win. This is the match to watch out for

12.35pm - 550-plus? Are you serious? Forget Raina and Reeve, the most disturbing quote of the day have come from Daljit Singh, the chairman of the BCCI's grounds & pitches committee. According to PTI, he said this: "I am a little bit worried about the Pune strip that has produced 700-plus scores. We need to have a proper look at the pitch. The BCCI's directive regarding the wicket that would be prepared for the Ranji Trophy is pretty clear. It should be a sporting wicket where a standard first-innings score should be in the region of 550-plus and it shouldn't start turning square from the first day itself."

If true, it is quite shameful that the board wants 550 to be the average first-innings total in four-day games. Somebody from BCCI better deny this

12.20pm - The thriller continues Jharkhand have lost another wicket, but have also reached 137 in Jamshedpur. Assam ahead here, but one partnership can change it. Seventy-six required. Four wickets in hand. Arlen Konwar has just got Shahbaz Nadeem

Noon - Group C lunch updates Finally, the thriller in Jamshedpur, where Jharkhand are 121 for 5, chasing 213. Set batsman Deepak Chigule just gone. J Syed Mohammad has four wickets

In Nadaun, Himachal are facing stiff resistance from Services, who have reached 175 for 3. The fourth-wicket stand is now 127 between Anshul Gupta and Soumya Swain. Fifty-seven more runs, and Himachal will have to bat again

In Ananthapur and Goa, batting practice goes on after the leads have been claimed by Andhra and Goa respectively. Andhra a little closer to thinking of a result, having taken three second-innings wickets, but still there might not be enough time left

11.50am - Group B now At Kotla, Delhi are still on for a full seven points. Chasing 82, they are 32 for 0 at lunch. Remember, if they win by 10 wickets, they get seven points. If they lose a wicket, they lose that bonus point and will have to do with six

In Chennai, Karnataka are 343 for 5 thanks to Ganesh Satish's unbeaten century. CM Gautam is unbeaten on 36. To get three points, Karnataka need 196 in two sessions, and more realistically Tamil Nadu need five wickets. If neither happens, they get a point each

In Vadodara, Baroda have added two wickets to their tally in the first session. At 85 for 3, Vidarbha need 165 to prevent an innings defeat. Fifty-five overs remain

In Pune, UP go into lunch at 389 for 4. Maharashtra need six wickets in 57 overs to take three points. Otherwise both get one each. UP have nothing to play for, except denying Maharashtra two extra points

11.45am - Lunch updates from Group A I have already told you about Punjab-Bengal. Now, in Jaipur, Mumbai are 438 for 6, needing another 41 for the first-innings lead. They can rely on Nayar, but you never know what can happen under pressure

In Surat, Jadeja has gone into lunch needing seven for a double-century. Saurashtra 462 for 2 with Jogiyani on 173. They need 139 more for three points

In Hyderabad, MP have taken the lead thanks to centuries from Bundela. Don't think we will need more updates from there

11.35am - Record a-tumble in Surat Jadeja and Jogiyani have added 330 for the third wicket, which is well past Saurashtra's third-wicket partnership record. And 106 short of the all-time third-wicket record in Ranji Trophy, held by SS Das and SS Raul. Jadeja 185, Jogiyani 169. Saurashtra 450 for 2, chasing 601 for three points

Punjab strike just before lunch Over in Mohali, Punjab have taken another big step towards an outright win. It's Siddarth Kaul again who traps Manoj Tiwary lbw. Bengal 113 for 6 at lunch. Still needing 140 to avoid innings defeat. Over to Saha and Shukla again

11.27am - Satish gets hundred Ganesh Satish reaches his century at Chepauk after a nervous period in the 90s. He leaps in the air to celebrate it. The applause from his team-mates echoes in the empty stadium. Fufth first-class hundred for him. Karnataka 333 for 5. Still need 206 to overtake TN's total

11.25am - Tense times in Jaipur Mumbai have reached 427 for 6 now with a partnership that has added seven in 5.2 overs. Still need 52 to take the lead

11.20am - Bengal cross 100 Wriddhiman Saha, once again, and Manoj Tiwary have added 63 for the sixth wicket. At 102 for 5, they still 151 to make Punjab bat

11.12 - Twist in Jaipur Hiken Shah is gone on 140, followed immediately by Suryakumar Yadav for 11. Abhishek Nayar is now the key man with Mumbai 59 for three points. Four wickets in hand

11.10am - Himachal stalled again The fourth-wicket stand for Services is now worth 82. At 130 for 3, they need another 102 to make Himachal bat again

11.08am - Tenseness continues in Jamshedpur Jharkhand have reached 116 for 4. Requirement under 100 now. Ninety-seven to be precise

11.05am - Partnership for Vidarbha Faiz Fazal and SS Das have added 50 the third wicket. Vidarbha 57 for 2. Need another 193 to make Baroda bat again

11.03am - Odisha bowled out Vikas Mishra takes the final wicket. Odisha 269 all out. Delhi need just 82 for an outright win. There will be slight pressure on their openers because if they get there without any loss, Delhi can take seven points from this game

11.02am - Saxena gets hundred, MP nearing three points The partnership between Bundela and Saxena has now 161. They have more than doubled the score since they joined each other. Like Bundela, Saxena has brought up his hundred too. And 19 more runs required for three points

11am - Runs continue to flow in Surat It's been 80 overs without a wicket in the match between Gujarat and Saurashtra. Ravindra Jadeja and Sagar Jogiyani could get doubles. A long road still for Saurashtra who 410 for 2 replying to Gujarat's 600

10.52 - UP in a spot of bother Amol Karhadkar reports from Pune: "Sanklecha persists with the line outside the off stump to Srivastava. And the right-arm medium pacer is finally rewarded as Srivastava chases one but only manages to edge it to wicketkeeper Motwani. Do we have a match on our hands here?"

Tanmay gone for a career-best 179. UP 351 for 4

10.50am - Keen contest at Keenan "Saurabh Tiwary is out, I believe this seals the match for Assam in their favour unless there is a great lower order fightback for which there is very slim hope."

Naman Gupta, that indeed is a big wicket, but I wouldn't go close to saying it's all over. Jharkhand are now 110 for 4. Need another 103 to win

"@Sid: The Reeve issue aside, I am surprised by your defence of Maharashtra's move citing the pitch to be a highway. How much "scoreboard pressure" does a team add by moving from 720 odd to 760 odd in an hour's play? Maha were well above 700 when Jadhav got out: isn't that enough scoreboard pressure? Carrying on was a shame." Anirudh and Srinivasan, I understand your frustration as spectators, but when I think of it from the team's point of view, once you have been given that paata, you are never sure what is enough. I agree this is a horrible advertisement for Indian first-class cricket, but once you see that pitch you can empathise with the team. Now who asked for that pitch? That's another story

10.45am - Hiken Shah takes Mumbai closer Another match approaching an early expiration. Mumbai are now 414 for 4 having just lost nightwatchman Kshemal Waingankar for 25. Hiken Shah is 140 not out, and Mumbai need another 65 to take three points from Jaipur

10.41am - One more step for Tamil Nadu Captain L Balaji gets Stuart Binny. Binny has been a little too adventurous here. Drives hard ad a ball that is not full enough. It stops at him, and Prasanna at short midwicket takes a difficult catch. Karnataka 289 for 5. Strictly speaking, Karnataka have nothing to play for now. Even if they get bowled out, they will get their one point. It's TN who are going for three points. Do Karnataka want to cost TN those two points badly enough?

"Wow this Guy Murugan Ashwin of TN team has a Twirl Twist bowling action and Spins a mile...He also has a nice googly....It will be great if he can get some consistency...A good prospect coming up for India... " Sarathy, I would advise you to net get carried away. He is bowling on a crumbling square turner, and has got one wicket in 28 overs

10.40am - Another match dies early Goa have crossed J&K's 338 for the loss of four wickets in a slow-scoring game. That will be that with this game too. Goa get three, J&K 1

"Why cant every pitch in India be like Mohali's pitch??"

"Not mohali, like ghaziabad pitch"

Smiran and Sparsh, how about Lahli? As they say in Haryana, guaratneeshuda outright result

10.35am - First five-for of the round Pawan Suyal, not even part of Delhi XI in their last game, has picked up five at Kotla. Odisha 267 for 9, and are 79 ahead

10.30am - Gony time in Punjab Manpreet Gony has claimed three wickets this morning, and Siddarth Kaul has added one to his overnight tally. Bengal are now reeling at 64 for 5. Manoj Tiwary and Wriddhiman Saha in. Laxmi Shukla another hope for them. Still need 189 to make Punjab bat

10.25am - Dead in Anantapur Tripura have crawled to 50 for 1 in 27 overs. The first-innings lead has already been decided, so no point following that game

10.20am - Himachal's push continues Vikramjeet Malik gets hosts Himachal a wicket early in the morning, but Services's fourth-wicket stand between Anshul Gupta and Soumya Swain is now worth 43. Services 91 for 3. Need another another 141 to make Himachal bat again

10.17am - Partnership in Jamshedpur Saurabh Tiwary and Deepak Chougule have now added 29 for the fourth wicket, and Jharkhand are 101 for 3. Still need 112 to win. Tiwary showing patience: 27 off 125 now. Close match this

10.15am - Baroda push harder too Baroda have taken an early wicket too. They need eight more now. Firdaush Bhaja has taken both the wickets. Vidarbha 31 for 2. Still need 218 to make Baroda bat again

"Ok guys, atleast he has the guts to question the oppostion team and management..If he does not score a century here in this F1 track that does not mean he is a talented cricketer.. So just cool down guys..this 22 players from both teams and team management plus the CI journalist and all are wasting their 4 days of their lifetime in this useless match in senseless pitch.... Wondering why the indian does not care about the FC cricket in india?"

Srinivasan, you clearly didn't read what I wrote. Raina is spot on about the pitch, but his personal attack on Reeve was not tasteful. His own India coach is defensive, he is also a foreigner, but I haven't heard Raina discuss Fletcher's salary in the press. Reeve is just an easy target here. It's Maharashtra who are to blame. And just because they have a slightly high-profile coach, you can't put all the blame on his head. What about the captain? What about the association?

10.05 am - Finally a wicket at Chepauk Tamil Nadu can still entertain thoughts of three points. Legspinner Ashwin produces his maiden first-class wicket. Flighted delivery, part of pitch explodes as it pitches, the ball stops at Amit Verma, and he scoops back a return catch. Karnataka, at 266 for 4, are in an interesting position: they don't look like they can get the lead, and they will get one point regardless of whether they get bowled out or not. The only incentive for Karnataka to bat out the day today is to cost Tamil Nadu two points

10am - Delhi turn the screws Pawan Suyal has given Delhi just the start they needed on the final day. First he removes Odisha captain Natraj Behera, and then gets rid of Basanth Mohanty first ball. He misses the hat-trick, but Delhi can smell an outright win now. Odisha eight down and just 56 ahead

9.56am - Assam strike back J Syed Mohammed gets his second wicket. Rameez Nemat is gone for 42. Jharkhand 73 for 3. Need another 140 on this turner. Saurabh Tiwary is the key here

9.55am - Saxena, Bundela continue good work Devendra Bundela and Vineet Saxena have taken MP ever closer to a first-innings lead in Hyderabad. They are now 292 for 5, with Saxena having reached 84. Bundela is 110 not out. Just the 50 needed now

"Well Raina's comments are still valid, whichever way you look at them. A couple of batsmen failing do not make a pitch a good one when it has been a road right throughout. And if this is not a flat wicket, it makes batting on, on the third day of a four day match even worse."

PGN, of course they are valid comments, but only regarding the pitch. Don't take what I said earlier seriously. However, I don't like his personal attack at Dermot Reeve. Reeve is a soft target here. He is a foreigner who will never hold an influential position in the board. So you can say anything against him and he has no way to get back. Why not call out the opposition captain, for example? Isn't cricket supposed to be captain's game? And I have never heard Raina discuss Duncan Flecther's salary in public

For what it's worth, even if Reeve made sure Maharashtra didn't declare until so late, given the quality of the pitch, I don't think it was a bad move from him. When you know the pitch is not going to get you wickets, the scoreboard pressure can. I know it's not good for the spectators and is a horrible advertisement for the game, but once you are given that pitch there isn't much you can do

9.45am - Slow start for Mumbai Mumbai haven't scored a run in the 3.3 overs this morning. Still need 119 for the three points

9.40am - Punjab strike early Manpreet Gony has provided Punjab their second wicket. Writam Porel falls. Bengal 25 for 2. Another 89 overs to go

9.35am - Flat wicket, what flat wicket? Amol Karhadkar has sensational news from Pune: "Maharashtra take the new ball after three overs. And Samad Fallah strikes with the first ball to trap Mohammad Kaif in front of the wicket. Two balls later, Fallah fools Suresh Raina to get through his defence and shatter the woodwork. UP 295 for 3" Doesn't sound that clever now, does Raina?

9.20am - Tough chance goes down in Chennai Baba Aparajith creates a bat-pad opportunity early in the day, but forward short leg can't hold on to one low to his left. Ganesh Satish survives. Karnataka 244 for 3

9.05am - Jharkhand begin in earnest Rameez Nemat is getting close to a second half-century in this low-scoring match. Jharkhand 72 for 2 chasing 213 on a turning track

9am Keenan Stadium is the chase to watch out for. And also if Odisha can keep Delhi in the field long enough to deny them full points. Also of interest will be to see if Himachal, Baroda and Punjab can find the victories they are pushing for. MP v Hyderabad is set up for a close fight for first-innings lead. Mumbai and Goa hold the upper hand in their quests for three points. Can Tamil Nadu spinners take the amount of wickets that should fit the square turner they are bowling on? Gujarat-Saurashtra and Maharashtra-UP are a little hopeless. Andhra-Tripura has already had a first-innings result, and that's all we will have

Welcome to the final day of the second round of Ranji Trophy

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Samy on November 13, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Guys, Quit talking about sporting declaration etc. There is nothing sporting about it. It is routine dec. Once you have batted close to two days in a 4 day game, you will declare.

    Also, people are blaming Pune wicket, but this one is no better. Chennai wicket should be penalized too and curator sacked!!.

    Despite declaring it a rank turner from Over number 1, there were only 10 wickets falling on this pitch over four days. What way this one is better than Pune wicket. This was a dust bowl of worst kind.

  • C Keshava Murthy on November 12, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Balaji should not have under estimated Karnataka's batting strength and having secured only one point from a no result game against Odisha, his first sight should have been to amass as many runs as possible to garner first innings lead and not declare knowing fully well that the match would end in draw - he must be ruing his decision for the declaration - sporting gestures do not bring points c keshavamurthy

  • Sujay M on November 12, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    At the end of the day, We're happier than you no matter what you think. Tamilnadu played first 2 days of the game and Karnataka played last 2 where the pitch conditions helps the bowler. TN bowlers didn't take the advantage, sorry Karnataka batsmen didn't give them any advantage. We are happy. And by the way the pitch seemed to be made for a draw.

  • Rakesh on November 12, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @ Yayathi, LOL, target is 538. I would only be a fool to try to chase it in 100 overs when I have 187 overs!! Attacking Cricket Redefined :-)

  • Samy on November 12, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Yes, KA took about 20 overs more but they batted on day 3 and 4 when the ball was staying low and still Ganesh Sathish and Gautham scored their runs at a better strike rate than all put together from both the sides except D. Karthik.

    And then you start blaming umpiring and oragaizers etc. for KA getting 3 points, takes away any credibility your comments may have. Better luck to your team in next round.

  • Aby on November 12, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    The 1st Innings lead is the worst method of awarding points. Introduce batting and bowling points. Just consider 1st 100 overs of the 1st & 2nd inngs, batting points should be awarded on the basis of runrate and bowling points on the basis of wickets taken. It will definitely produce sporting decisions from captains. Win should gave 6 points( 7 for innings/10 wicket victory) and 2 each for draw. Finally at the end of round robin if teams are with same points, just consider those batting and bowling points. What u guyz say???... Agreeing with me or not???

  • Yayathy on November 12, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Now dont start a derby out here. I just commented the state of the match which everyone will agree looking at the score card. No one slammed KA here. They deserved 3 points just for Sathish's batting itself. All I meant was they could have been a little quick in their scoring to provide an entertainment which is what the game is played for. If any of the readers take my comments as it was projected against KA, then I am sorry you guys have mistook my response.

  • Samy on November 12, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    @Yayathi, you know people like you and other TN fanatics ruin the game for rest of us. KA played better cricket under the given circumstances and that is what counts.

  • Vishal on November 12, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Reading comprehension is in rather short supply at Cricinfo, it seems. Daljit Singh says "550 in first innings" and somehow those words have been twisted to "550 on first day". Though 550 average in first innings isn't ideal either. It means win the toss, win the match/points.

  • MADAN MOHAN on November 12, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    More than sixty percent of these century makers will not last 10 balls in Australia or SA or England .so much for the IPLBCCI team certainly mockery of the game .

  • Samy on November 13, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Guys, Quit talking about sporting declaration etc. There is nothing sporting about it. It is routine dec. Once you have batted close to two days in a 4 day game, you will declare.

    Also, people are blaming Pune wicket, but this one is no better. Chennai wicket should be penalized too and curator sacked!!.

    Despite declaring it a rank turner from Over number 1, there were only 10 wickets falling on this pitch over four days. What way this one is better than Pune wicket. This was a dust bowl of worst kind.

  • C Keshava Murthy on November 12, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Balaji should not have under estimated Karnataka's batting strength and having secured only one point from a no result game against Odisha, his first sight should have been to amass as many runs as possible to garner first innings lead and not declare knowing fully well that the match would end in draw - he must be ruing his decision for the declaration - sporting gestures do not bring points c keshavamurthy

  • Sujay M on November 12, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    At the end of the day, We're happier than you no matter what you think. Tamilnadu played first 2 days of the game and Karnataka played last 2 where the pitch conditions helps the bowler. TN bowlers didn't take the advantage, sorry Karnataka batsmen didn't give them any advantage. We are happy. And by the way the pitch seemed to be made for a draw.

  • Rakesh on November 12, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @ Yayathi, LOL, target is 538. I would only be a fool to try to chase it in 100 overs when I have 187 overs!! Attacking Cricket Redefined :-)

  • Samy on November 12, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Yes, KA took about 20 overs more but they batted on day 3 and 4 when the ball was staying low and still Ganesh Sathish and Gautham scored their runs at a better strike rate than all put together from both the sides except D. Karthik.

    And then you start blaming umpiring and oragaizers etc. for KA getting 3 points, takes away any credibility your comments may have. Better luck to your team in next round.

  • Aby on November 12, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    The 1st Innings lead is the worst method of awarding points. Introduce batting and bowling points. Just consider 1st 100 overs of the 1st & 2nd inngs, batting points should be awarded on the basis of runrate and bowling points on the basis of wickets taken. It will definitely produce sporting decisions from captains. Win should gave 6 points( 7 for innings/10 wicket victory) and 2 each for draw. Finally at the end of round robin if teams are with same points, just consider those batting and bowling points. What u guyz say???... Agreeing with me or not???

  • Yayathy on November 12, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Now dont start a derby out here. I just commented the state of the match which everyone will agree looking at the score card. No one slammed KA here. They deserved 3 points just for Sathish's batting itself. All I meant was they could have been a little quick in their scoring to provide an entertainment which is what the game is played for. If any of the readers take my comments as it was projected against KA, then I am sorry you guys have mistook my response.

  • Samy on November 12, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    @Yayathi, you know people like you and other TN fanatics ruin the game for rest of us. KA played better cricket under the given circumstances and that is what counts.

  • Vishal on November 12, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Reading comprehension is in rather short supply at Cricinfo, it seems. Daljit Singh says "550 in first innings" and somehow those words have been twisted to "550 on first day". Though 550 average in first innings isn't ideal either. It means win the toss, win the match/points.

  • MADAN MOHAN on November 12, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    More than sixty percent of these century makers will not last 10 balls in Australia or SA or England .so much for the IPLBCCI team certainly mockery of the game .

  • Shyam on November 12, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    I think the technical committee should be held responsible. With ganguly, kumble etc in the committee, i hope they do something even if it means changes to the rules in the middle of the competition. Dock the home team 5 points if the first innings has not been completed.

  • Yayathy on November 12, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    KA got 3 points, so be happy. My reply to you was not posted by the author. It was not offensive either. All I tried to tell you is, Tamil Nadu had the courage to risk, whereas KA played the safe game and bagged 3 vital points

  • Ayush on November 12, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    If this is what BCCI thinks are sporting wickets......then you people as journalists may want to slaughter yourselves!The 1000 run mark{in an innings} is not far away then...

  • Sumanth on November 12, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Well played Ganesh and CMG...

  • Ritesh on November 12, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Suresh Raina will need to eat his words after Chawla's batting. UP will finish about 100 runs left. If Maharashtra declared on Second day, UP could have got lead and three points. Needless comments from Raina, he did so earlier by Revenge comment for England series, even if he was not sure about his selection in 15.

  • Anonymous on November 12, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @Yayathy , Chawla is a bowler so he can take risks..also they didnt got anything for the attacking cricket . while KA got 3 points

  • Yayathy on November 12, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @Vivek: Check out how UP played, thats the way to play the game. Thats what you call as attacking cricket. They never looked for safety.

  • LP Surve on November 12, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Thank you very much as these blogs helped us cricket lovers to keep a tab even after our daily chores.

    Thank you CI team

  • Vivek on November 12, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    @Yayathy - What do you mean " Karnataka are playing safety and by virtue of having more overs they are managing the lead." - the TN bowlers have goofed up here big time and as has the captain. Karnataka is playing as per the rules - there is no rule which says TN scored 548 in 168 overs, so should KTK. Just because your team is on the losing side, no need to slam a very courageous effort by CMG and Satish.

  • Yayathy Raj on November 12, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Hats off to Balaji's guts to declare the innings. His batsmen didnt scratch around and he was brave enough. Where as Karnataka are playing safety and by virtue of having more overs they are managing the lead.

  • Arjun on November 12, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Its not yet Karnataka's game. They still need 17 runs and have 4 wickets in hand and its Chennai of all the places and one set batsmen is injured and playing in the middle (though his initials are not SRT and his injury is not to his back and the opponents are not Pakistan!)

  • Senthil on November 12, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    @Dumdum, Karnataka needs another 25 runs from 9 overs left. Which is easily available. Balaji must be thinking why he had declared by now. TN has batted only 168 overs on the other hand Karnataka has already batted for 181 overs.

  • mod on November 12, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    what the jokes going on in SURAT, jadeja should thanks to curator to become equal to jafar and laksman, shame on BCCI,

  • Vivek on November 12, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    By continuing to bowl spinners who are useless TN is not even delaying the proceedings as overs are getting over soon. Best is to bring in Balaji and ask him to amble slower in his run up than his usual amble.

  • Anonymous on November 12, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Stuck in office ..can you go Over by over :)

    used to read Guardian's County cricket blog and wished same available here for Ranji..finally

    thanks for the bolg

  • Yayathy on November 12, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Scoring 538 and still facing deficit, Tamil Nadu should call their organisers as merciless. They batted well, had a sporting declaration and still facing the stick. Players will never evolve. I have seen a few rough decisions against Tamil Nadu by the umpires as well.

  • Dumdum on November 12, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    How many overs left in KA vs TN match ? also wahts the cutoff time?

  • pgn on November 12, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    If only, in addition to courage, CMG had as much time as SMG had to score 36 runs hehe :)

  • mod on November 12, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    india v/s england test should be play at PUNE, SURAT, and CHENNAI, groungs,

    also must reward to these three releted curators who made these type of pitch, that BCCI can proud of their.........

  • Senthil on November 12, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    @Sidharth Monga, How it is possible for Muralidharen Gautam to come to Bat after having a dislocated shoulder?

  • Vivek on November 12, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @Yayathy - Like 20-20, this match has become a 2D-2D contest where D = days. There is no superover concept though.

  • Yayathy Raj on November 12, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Looking at the position of Tamil Nadu, I understand why Maharashtra kept batting on and on.

  • Senthil on November 12, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    More drama at Chennai. Sunil Raju has been stumped off Malolan. Now what Vinay Kumar will do in this situation? He is a good batter in FC in my knowledge.

  • Saurabh on November 12, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    @Pp-Mate just a couple of questions for you.Are you happy with the state of affairs?Would you be content to let things drift the way they are? I am clinging to the hope that the answer to both the questions is no.

  • Yayathy Raj on November 12, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    What is the motivating factor for Tamil Nadu in this match now? Whether they concede the first innings lead or not, they will get 1 point. Why are they bowling now, to get the remaining 4 wickets?

  • Senthil on November 12, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Good batting by Piyush Chawla. After he has been carted for 233 runs in 51 overs this is a real relief for him, that also proves he has bowled in a Cement road kind of pitch where even he can score century less then run a ball. I think the pitch curator need permanent rest.

  • Pp on November 12, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    For people slamming pitches, please take up the job of curators . Also others can apply for the posts of selectors, umpires, etc . As they seem to know more about the game than the actual ones doing the job . People who have never faced a ball seem to be criticizing the players . Give 'em a break .

  • Senthil on November 12, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    @Sidharth Monga, What is the status of New Ball availability in Chennai match? They have passed 175 overs and TN has taken the 3rd New Ball or not?

  • Senthil on November 12, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    I think 50 runs from 16 overs is very much gettable. TN have to blame themselves for their situation after dropping 4 catches what they can expect?

  • Senthil on November 12, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    I think in the same Chennai track has India played against England by now we would have won by an Innings and 100 runs. The thing is Indian Batsman knows how to bat even in rank turner and another thing TN don't have any spinner in the ranks as their spinners playing for other teams as well.

  • Senthil on November 12, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Despite the amount of turn Murugan Ashwin getting he is really a useless bowler, no ethics whatsoever being to play in a First Class match. He has bowled 14 front foot no balls apart from 1 wide. Why on this earth he has been asked to bowl, this kind of bowlers must not allowed to represent at this level unless they corrects. Morne Morkel is a class example how the No Balls will hurt and Murugan Ashwin is just a spinner. He need to go back to learn the basic before he again plays a first class match

  • Yayathy Raj on November 12, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Thank God Cricinfo has this blog if not so we wont have so many followers showing their interest in Ranji Trophy.

  • Yayathy Raj on November 12, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    The problem with the Chennai track is the absence of bite. Yes it is a rank turner, but the turn is absolutely slow which the batsmen can negotiate with ease. This should be compared to a patta. A sporting wicket is a one where an innings does not go beyond 4 sessions.

  • Preet on November 12, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    If a match does not get decided on first innings lead after four full days of play then the home team should get a penalty of five points. That will avoid situations like the Maharashtra v UP game from happening again

  • Vivek on November 12, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    The TN spinners are bowling really bad on a square turner. Off spinners Pitching on leg/middle stump and turning to outside leg and Leg spinners bowling on off turning further wide outside off.

  • Jyotika on November 12, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Re: Gautam - Not that funny, now that I read he has dislocated his shoulder . . .

  • Jyotika on November 12, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    "Gautam has hurt his shoulder while celebrating the century, and is retiring-hurt on 100 not out"

    This is the funniest thing I have heard for a while . . . includes Raina's comments. Boy who would have thought that Ranji Trophy could be so much fun?

    Thank you CricInfo for bringing this blog to us.

  • Srinivasan on November 12, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Anybody want to know the real meaning of rank turner? Here it is. Watch it on Star cricket OR Star HD. And also some freak Ad for IND vs ENG series...Really I don`t know the logic of those Ads..Simply irritating..I assume these ads for Family serials and should be telecasted in Star plus or other entertainment chaneels, not in Sports channel. Earlier i thought they are Global leader in Sports entertainment..

  • Shyam on November 12, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Can you believe this..Gautham hurts his shoulder while celebrating his 100...hope everyone reverts back to the Laxman style celebration of 'raise the bat and smile'

  • Srinivasan on November 12, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    By the way, here in chennai where the ball is turning like power strerring wheel, no spin bowler in this match seems to take a advantage of it.MSD would have love to change the venue from motera to madras..

  • Vivek on November 12, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Hilarious - Gautham (Karnataka) injures his shoulder while celebrating his 100. Hope this does not cost Karnataka much - a fabulous knock under pressure.

  • Bhushan on November 12, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    How boring this can get. No bowler in sight (plenty of batters though). Someone needs to do something. We are far from making decent bowlers and ultimately far from making sustainable #1 test team

  • Saurabh on November 12, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I have not seen any video footage of the game on between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu,but by all accounts the square for it is a rank turner.Would however,be interested in knowing if there's any pace in the track.So very few wickets on a pitch labeled extremely spin friendly is hard to understand.Might it be due to the slowness of the track,lack of bite for e'en the tweakers?

  • Srinivasan on November 12, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Piyush chawla 81 runs in 1 hour...Are you kidding me? Please ask to Amol, Are Maharashtra bowlers pitching the ball in the 22 yard or bowling the Full toss deliveries to him. That is the better thing to do. I used to play like this type of cricket in Marina beach. Good venue compare to this Pune pitch, Isn`t?

  • pgn on November 12, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    What is this "square turner" on which one team crossed 500 and the other appears well placed to cross that? Is it the equivalent of the "greentops" that India encounters in overseas tests?

  • Satyajeet on November 12, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    BCCI should also sack the curator of the square turner where Karnataka and TamilNadu are playing

  • Anonymous on November 12, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    By preparing these kind of pitches (pune, surat, jaipur, etc..) we are again heading towards whitewashes in Eng, Aus, Saf and hopefully from NZ and WI also in their respective countries..

  • Anoop on November 12, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    and now Jadeja once again will be given a chance saying that he has 2 triples..but no one would see against which bowling attack and on what kind of pitch he has done..and I am sure he will be selected for last 2 tests against Eng..if this is to be criteria for selection then future prospect for India is good..

  • Anoop on November 12, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Now two more triples are coming...means 3 triples in 3 days..all on flat tracks...not good sign for India Cricket..and one more shame is happeninf at chepauk..

  • Sachin on November 12, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Despite of patta pitch, Raina was send back into pavilion for duck in mere 2 balls, What an agony? Raina doesnt needs symapthy here but needs empathy after this type of showing in Pune after he got drop from test squad last week.

  • Saurabh on November 12, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Mr.Daljit Singh's comment puts everything in true perspective.It's the BCCI and no one else's fault.Administrators be damned!

  • Sanjeev Kumar on November 12, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Suggestions for your Ranji blog - - separate the single blog into three, based on Groups A, B & C. It is difficult to follow 12 matches interleaved into a single blog. - have hyperlinks to the relevant scorecards when you refer to the scores from a particular match. Understood that the scorecard will be older than the blog, but none the less this will reduce the number of clicks required to get to the scorecard for a match.

  • pgn on November 12, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Just one suggestion, if it is doable: along with each updated comment, can you also provide the score at that point? It is difficult to remember the details for all the matches going on.

  • MMK on November 12, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    I think there will be 6 outright wins but now 7 becoz J & k 42/6

  • Tushar on November 12, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    This kind of cricket is taking India nowhere... And to top that, even the board says 550 should be the average score!! Makes no sense, they should prepare green pitches. In India, no matter how green the pitch is, it will be good to bat on day two, and will start turning from day 3. That is the ideal way to go, and batsmen, pacers and spinners all have equal chance to contribute...

  • Senthil on November 12, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Karnataka scores 400/5 from 150 Overs. So now they need another 139 runs from 40 overs at 3.45 RPO. So the Final Session will see another new ball at the start of the session which is going to be Interesting. So fascinating final session awaits else 1 more wicket then Karnataka will go in to a shell?

  • Raj on November 12, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Well Said Raina...! Dear All, Don't misunderstood him, Raina final intention is the foreign coaches are need to be improve indian cricketers to play (any kind of pitches)/foreign conditions for their future,so change the flat pitches like Pune.

  • pgn on November 12, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Maybe it is time to look at awarding "batting" and "bowling" points in addition to points for first innings lead, outright win etc. If the points system is structured right (for instance, no batting points beyond 90 overs / 450 runs) may bring a bit more aggression into play and let players focus on things other than just a first innings lead.

  • Vinay J on November 12, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    On a flat track I was expecting Rohit Sharma to score at least double hundred for the talent he has, he has failed himself to be a part of the Indian team, now selectors should concentrate on giving chance to others players than Rohit Sharma. So much of talent wasted for so many years.

  • Senthil on November 12, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Tamil Nadu not helping themselves. After Aparajith dropped one Y'day, one more was dropped today morning off Aparajith and now Mukund drops one. So that's 3 drops in this Innings already in a pitch like this are really costly. The Partnership has been 100 already and Karnataka now started to pushing for First Innings, which may give us an Interesting Final Session.

  • Sandip on November 12, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Time to drop Dhoni from the test team and bring in Saha who is a better batsman and better keeper right now?

  • Senthil on November 12, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Looking at the Ranji matches this round, I feel the teams have no intent to even go for a first Innings lead should have been penalized with negative points. Every team must give the opportunity for the other team equal no of overs and still if they are not finishing the first Innings then Negative points to be awarded for team is not pushing the first innings results. Like in Maharashtra they played more then half of the match should be awarded 5 negative points and in Tamil Nadu it have to be Karnataka as they will bat more then what TN had batted. At least this will push the teams to play for First Innings tussle.

  • Nikhil Mutkekar on November 12, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    There are some players who dont perform when given chance at international level but perform exceedingly well in domestic.. Jadeja,Utthappa,Vijay,Rohit .. r some of them

  • suriya on November 12, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    though murugan ashwin is bowling in square turner, he is turning the ball much better than other tamil nadu spinners.. hope he will get some more wickets today!! Credits to karnataka spinners too. they too turned the ball but murugan ashwin looks more dangerous!!

  • pgn on November 12, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Australia gets three points. Now, will they be aggressive and go for broke tomorrow, get a 100-150 run lead and put SA under pressure? Or will they opt to rest their bowlers for the three tests to follow? :p

  • Pp on November 12, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Jadeja averages almost 45 with the bat and is a more than decent left-arm spinner . Wonder what wrong he has done to be at the receiving end of all jokes . Deserves a long run in the national team .

  • pgn on November 12, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    @Manohar, Aamod: it is highly unlikely that curators have the last word on pitches. More often that not, state associations (in consultation with team managements) are able to lay out pitches that suit them. I would be curious to see whether the Pune pitch remains the same against lesser opposition as well.

  • Don on November 12, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    These Ranji matches are extremely dull, statistically oriented, and a waste of time and space. No wonder that the stadiums are empty. Guys like Ravindra jadeja who cant put bat to ball in foreign conditions, score triple hundreds. We are way too far behind Aus, Eng, SA and even Sri Lanka when it comes to First Class cricket. If not for the Fab4 and Kumble in the last decade, we would have been languishing at the bottom of the test rankings. Pathetic BCCI and administrators!! Go die

  • pgn on November 12, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    A Ravindra Jadeja double (or triple) century would the perfect icing on the cake for this round of matches.

  • Aamod on November 12, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    I agree that the Pune deck is the poorest advert for first-class cricket, but how does scoring 760 amount to defensive from Maha? A lesser side like this will obviously try and en-cash as many points as possible against a strong UP side, isn't it? I feel Raina too overboard with his comments. If he were the skipper of a side like Maharashtra, would he risk by declaring early? As it is we won't get 4 innings on this track, hence the strategy was alright from Reeve and co. If anything the blame lies with the curators for preparing a highway.

  • Manohar on November 12, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Curators who make flat, batting paradise wickets for tests and 3 day or 4 day games should be sacked. It makes for boring, uneven contests between bat and ball. Bad advertisement for longer version of the game.

  • pgn on November 12, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Nayar, Powar and Kulkarni can bat ..atleast well enough for Ranji standards. Not sure about the other two but I imagine Mumbai still in front here.

  • Nilesh on November 12, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Looks like M.Clarke is playing for 3 points against SA :)

  • Jay on November 12, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Pawan Suyal has done really well. BCCI should prepare pitches which help fast bowlers else we will only have fast bowlers turning trundlers and India will not be able to win test matches with bunch of trundlers...

  • Reddy on November 12, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Rayudu would have been in the news more often, had the gods(of BCCI) not gone by just reputation and talent. He has done better than the so called 'future stars' when it came to performance. Baroda should at least send him in at 3 or 4.

  • Sarathy on November 12, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    With respect to Murugan Ashwin, Yes its true they are playing on a Turning pitch still seeing his actions,loop and revolutions on the ball he gets he will be a handful in non responsive pitches too..He may not bowl consistently but for sure he will spin it a lot...

  • sri.smiles on November 12, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    what a weird comment from the author? Raina has only pointed out that for an expensive coach, reeve has not brought positive moves to the table. what has that got to do with his score in the match? Also what has fletcher got to do with this? if the author wants to criticize fletcher let him do so. As far as raina is concerned, he does not think that fletcher is negative.

    Also don't you think the salary issue is critical? after all a lot of the criticism of players comes from money thy are being paid to play in any sport? pretty biased and I would suggest avoiding such smart commentary in the blog

  • Senthil on November 12, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    It's a amazing bowling figure by Balaji. 14 overs and 9 Maidens and just 8 runs given away for a wicket where all batsman being so watchful then they should have been. I don't understand Karnataka's game plan. They think they can score more then 150 in the last session by keeping wickets? had they scored at a fair clip now this would have been in a interesting position.

  • Naman Gupta on November 12, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Saurabh Tiwary is out, I believe this seals the match for Assam in their favour unless there is a great lower order fightback for which there is very slim hope.

  • Padam on November 12, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    India is a vast country, BCCI should invest in preparing both types of pitches in different parts of country, turning or spinner friendly and fast/bouncy or seamer friendly! With that we can world class player who can play at any types of pitch. We can win in Aus, RSA, UK, SL or PAK no matter how the pitch behaves!

  • monali adak on November 12, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    well well well.Bengal team is strugling now.But wrridhiman saha still there,who got 98 runs in first innings against the bowling attack of punjab.

  • Senthil on November 12, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Finally Balaji strikes in a spinner friendly track, the first wicket for a seamer. Despite Karnataka's slowest batting this match will going to yield 3 points to any 1 team for sure. After Tea it will be battle for who takes the 3 point.

  • simran on November 12, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Lahli is also a good pitch but sometimes it has more for seamers than needed.. It would be better to implement english county rules and punish home teams for preparing flat or underprepared wickets.

  • Srinivasan on November 12, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    @Sid, Thank you for your reply

    I agree with you on that part...(Reeve)..But at the same time they should understand the logic of playing sport. Fielding for 2 and 1/2 days in that HEAT and watching his bowlers suffering in these kind of pitch might be forcing him to feel that way. People make mistakes and Raina did it on that one point by mentioning the role of reeeve and his salary..I hope he will learn from this and progress to the next level.. I strongly belive he is a real Sprotsman. Whether he is capable of playing in test or not??

  • Anirudh on November 12, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    @Sid: The Reeve issue aside, I am surprised by your defence of Maharashtra's move citing the pitch to be a highway. How much "scoreboard pressure" does a team add by moving from 720 odd to 760 odd in an hour's play? Maha were well above 700 when Jadhav got out: isn't that enough scoreboard pressure? Carrying on was a shame.

  • Sarathy on November 12, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Wow this Guy Murugan Ashwin of TN team has a Twirl Twist bowling action and Spins a mile...He also has a nice googly....It will be great if he can get some consistency...A good prospect coming up for India...

  • sparsh on November 12, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Not mohali, like ghaziabad pitch

  • Saurabh on November 12, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Boy,this stuff is generating a lot of heat.Absolutely agree with Sid in that Reeve shouldn't have been singled out,and to discuss his salary in public is churlish.As a captain playing the 'gentleman's game' he should know better than that. You have a right to your opinion...everyone understands your frustration for your bowlers and your side,and the genuine need for sporting wickets in FC,but it's not just the pitches that have to be sporting,your conduct has to be too.Present your views in a more becoming manner next time.

  • simran on November 12, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Why cant every pitch in India be like Mohali's pitch??

  • Padam on November 12, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Players should not comment about their coach, teammates and even the opposition team members in public. It makes embrassing for others. They should have a true spirit of sportmanship. RAINA is doing a mistake, What was the need of pointing coach salary here? Its private and should respect that otherwise he should start saying "I am paid less thats the reason I dont play well". Boy Please respect each other in any situation!

  • pgn on November 12, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    @ Sid,

    I agree the comments on Reeve (especially what he earns) were not called for. It is difficult to blame Maharashtra (the team) here; it wouldn't make sense to concede three points by declaring early and letting UP bat for over two days. However, Maharashtra is the home team and responsible for providing the pitch ..and it would be a bit naive to assume that team managements have no say in what gets rolled out. At least, based on Akash Chopra's account of Rajasthan's success, they used to get the surface they wanted.

    PS: good to know that all comments are being read real time :) Good stuff from the whole team.

  • Srinivasan on November 12, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Ok guys, atleast he has the guts to question the oppostion team and management..If he does not score a century here in this F1 track that does not mean he is a talented cricketer.. So just cool down guys..this 22 players from both teams and team management plus the CI journalist and all are wasting their 4 days of their lifetime in this useless match in senseless pitch.... Wondering why the indian does not care about the FC cricket in india?

  • Chaitanya on November 12, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Please don't waste Rayudu by sending him at no 5!Send him at no3 position!

  • LP Surve on November 12, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    I completely agree with Sid Monga, Raina has no right to come in public and make this kind of remarks. When the pitch is like this one, batting team will always try to make sure that there is decent amount of score put on the board. Given the fact you know that any score can be easily chased looking at UP's batting lineup and what matters first inning lead and get 3 valuable points which at this stage will be crucial for Maharashtra who are playing their first game of Ranji league. RAINA also needs to make sure that the team comes first, his comment were abrupt "Maharashtra should have quickly declared after Jadhav's triple ton". Mr. Suresh Raina we love you as cricketer but try to learn from your mistake.

  • Saurabh on November 12, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Raina should have held his tongue till his innings.Really embarrassing now.Flat decks,sporting decks-you still got to bat on them,and score.

  • pgn on November 12, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Well Raina's comments are still valid, whichever way you look at them. A couple of batsmen failing do not make a pitch a good one when it has been a road right throughout. And if this is not a flat wicket, it makes batting on, on the third day of a four day match even worse.

  • Yayathy Raj on November 12, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Can BCCI give me one solid reason to go to the stadium to watch UP bat against Maharashtra???????? BCCI should device a strict rule that FIL points will be awarded only if three innings are completed which makes the teams to go for the win.

    Here back in Chennai, the pitch requires to be swept every now and then. That is the state of the pitch in which the seamers play with a dream of picking wickets. When you provide these kind of Pitches for the youngsters, you have to expect embarresment overseas.

  • Nadeem on November 12, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Shahbaz Nadeem is looking to be the captain to watch this season. If his boys can pick up 6 points today, I would be wary if i was the next opponents of Jharkand.

  • Shyam on November 12, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Wonder why Rayudu is batting at number 5 for Baroda? He should be batting at 3 or 4.

  • nakhat dan on November 12, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    I think bcci should sack the curators of pune cricket ground and set the example so such flat pitches can't be created in future.

  • pgn on November 12, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Question of the day: how much will Raina's nephew score? More importantly, will he get a chance to bat?

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  • pgn on November 12, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Question of the day: how much will Raina's nephew score? More importantly, will he get a chance to bat?

  • nakhat dan on November 12, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    I think bcci should sack the curators of pune cricket ground and set the example so such flat pitches can't be created in future.

  • Shyam on November 12, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Wonder why Rayudu is batting at number 5 for Baroda? He should be batting at 3 or 4.

  • Nadeem on November 12, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Shahbaz Nadeem is looking to be the captain to watch this season. If his boys can pick up 6 points today, I would be wary if i was the next opponents of Jharkand.

  • Yayathy Raj on November 12, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Can BCCI give me one solid reason to go to the stadium to watch UP bat against Maharashtra???????? BCCI should device a strict rule that FIL points will be awarded only if three innings are completed which makes the teams to go for the win.

    Here back in Chennai, the pitch requires to be swept every now and then. That is the state of the pitch in which the seamers play with a dream of picking wickets. When you provide these kind of Pitches for the youngsters, you have to expect embarresment overseas.

  • pgn on November 12, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Well Raina's comments are still valid, whichever way you look at them. A couple of batsmen failing do not make a pitch a good one when it has been a road right throughout. And if this is not a flat wicket, it makes batting on, on the third day of a four day match even worse.

  • Saurabh on November 12, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Raina should have held his tongue till his innings.Really embarrassing now.Flat decks,sporting decks-you still got to bat on them,and score.

  • LP Surve on November 12, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    I completely agree with Sid Monga, Raina has no right to come in public and make this kind of remarks. When the pitch is like this one, batting team will always try to make sure that there is decent amount of score put on the board. Given the fact you know that any score can be easily chased looking at UP's batting lineup and what matters first inning lead and get 3 valuable points which at this stage will be crucial for Maharashtra who are playing their first game of Ranji league. RAINA also needs to make sure that the team comes first, his comment were abrupt "Maharashtra should have quickly declared after Jadhav's triple ton". Mr. Suresh Raina we love you as cricketer but try to learn from your mistake.

  • Chaitanya on November 12, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Please don't waste Rayudu by sending him at no 5!Send him at no3 position!

  • Srinivasan on November 12, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Ok guys, atleast he has the guts to question the oppostion team and management..If he does not score a century here in this F1 track that does not mean he is a talented cricketer.. So just cool down guys..this 22 players from both teams and team management plus the CI journalist and all are wasting their 4 days of their lifetime in this useless match in senseless pitch.... Wondering why the indian does not care about the FC cricket in india?