December 3, 2012

Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round V

Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round V, Day 3

Abhishek Purohit

5.10 pm Stumps, day three

Railways 157 for 1 trail Saurashtra 576 for 9 dec by 419 runs

Bengal 201 and 47 for 0 need another 344 runs to beat Mumbai 297 and 294 for 5 dec

Punjab 215 and 149 for 1 need another 55 runs to beat Rajasthan 222 and 196

Hyderabad 291 for 4 trail Gujarat 566 by 275 runs

Vidarbha 214 for 2 (Fazal 110*) trail Tamil Nadu 443 for 8 dec by 229 runs

Haryana 307 and 167 for 6 lead Delhi 224 by 250 runs

Maharashtra 315 and 73 for 1 trail Odisha 441 by 53 runs

Kerala 9 for 0 and 314 trail Services 335 (Chatterjee 107) by 12 runs

Goa 285 for 9 trail Andhra 393 by 108 runs

Tripura 441 and 116 for 5 lead Himachal Pradesh 260 by 297 runs

5 pm Mishra stretches Haryana lead to 250

Delhi had Haryana six down for 109 in Lahli, Rohtak, but captain Amit Mishra has made a quick 50 off 62 deliveries to take them to 167 for 6, in addition to a first-innings lead of 83. We can still have an outright result here.

4.50 pm Jiwanjot shows the light

Jiwanjot Singh, with a double hundred on first-class debut, and a 158 in his second game, is carrying Punjab towards their fourth outright win in five matches. He has hit 15 fours in his unbeaten 80, and Punjab are 149 for 1, needing just 55 more in Mohali against the defending champions Rajasthan.

4.30 pm Malik takes three, Tripura still on top

Vikramjeet Malik, that medium-pace tormentor of domestic line-ups, had Tripura on 13 for 4, but they have since recovered to 89 for 4. Veteran of 99 first-class games and former MP batsman Abbas Ali has reached his fifty, and taken Tripura's overall lead to 270. Himachal Pradesh made 260, allrounder Rishi Dhawan top-scoring with 54.

4.20 pm Shivkumar takes six in Vizag

Allrounder D Shivkumar, part of the 2008 Under-19 World Cup squad, has scarcely believable figures of 22-10-26-6 in Vizag, where Goa are 262 for 7 pursuing Andhra's 393, which included 106 from Shivkumar. Former UP batsman Ravikant Shukla, also India's captain at the 2006 U-19 World Cup, fighting it out on 76.

4.10 pm J&K in line for first win of season

Jammu & Kashmir have not had much to be happy about this season. They have had selection wrangles, player protests, two innings defeats, and a solitary point after three matches. All that looks set to be in the past. They have declared their second innings on 318 for 5, and have reduced Assam to 46 for 3 by stumps in an impossible chase of 477 in Guwahati, where play starts an hour early due to the time difference.

4 pm Maharashtra lose Awate

Virag Awate, who began his first-class career with a century in each innings, has gone early in Sambalpur. Maharashtra are 61 for 1 after conceding a lead of 126 to Odisha.

3.45 pm Mumbai have declared at the CCI

Someone pinch me. Mumbai have actually closed their innings on 294 for 5. They usually build gigantic first-innings leads, which does three things. Firstly, it kills the game. Secondly, it saves their bowlers a lot of work on placid pitches, and thirdly, it builds up their image of being khadoos grinders who love to torment the opposition. But at times, outright wins have to be produced, and with seven points from three games, Mumbai can surely do with one. Bengal need 391. Abhishek Nayar has remained unbeaten on 73, and after Hiken Shah fell for 118, our man Sid Talya tells me that "Aditya Tare came in and played some sizzling shots - the latest one being a mammoth six over deep midwicket off Veer Pratap Singh."

3.40 pm Delhi strike, but Haryana lead nears 200

Sumit Narwal and Vikas Mishra have taken two wickets each in Lahli, Rohtak. Parvinder Awana has just bowled Sachin Rana for his sixth strike in the match. Haryana are 109 for 5; their first-innings lead of 83, though, has given them a lot of breathing space.

3.35 pm Breakthrough for TN at last

Tamil Nadu have finally got a wicket in Nagpur, after Vidarbha openers Faiz Fazal and Shiv Sunder Das made fifties. It has taken a run-out to send back Das for 62, Fazal is there on 77 and Vidarbha are 165 for 1 looking to go past TN's 443 for 8 dec.

3.30 pm Hyderabad lose four against Gujarat

The visitors are in trouble in Valsad. India Under-19 batsman Hanuma Vihari has gone for 79 and Hyderabad are now 249 for 4 after Gujarat piled up 566. Four bowlers have taken a wicket each.

3.25 pm Punjab one down in chase of 204

In Mohali, Karan Goel has fallen for 28 but Jiwanjot Singh is batting on 45, and Punjab are 74 for 1 against Rajasthan, needing 130 more to make it four wins in five games.

3.15 pm Third hundred in three games for Mumbai's Hiken

Sid Talya writes in: "Hiken Shah does an AB! Reverse-sweeps Jhunjhunwala for a boundary to reach his third century this season, what a run." He's also made 92 against England XI, and three more centuries in the Safi Darashah tournament in Karnataka for MCA XI.

2.45 Tea updates

Railways 119 for 1 v Saurashtra 576 for 9 dec

Hyderabad 240 for 3 v Gujarat 566

Vidarbha 147 for 0 v Tamil Nadu 443 for 8 dec

Haryana 307 and 79 for 4 v Delhi 224

Maharashtra 7 for 0 and 315 v Odisha 441

2.40 pm Mumbai dominate at the CCI

Our man Sid Talya sends this update: "At tea, the hosts lead by 328. They are on 224 for 3, Hiken Shah is on 97, Abhishek Nayar on 56. Bengal went wicketless this session. Mumbai have stepped it up, scoring 119 in 27 overs after lunch." Could it happen? Could they declare? Could they go for the outright win? Just seven points from three games so far this season for the 39-time champions.

2.35 pm Punjab 51 for 0 chasing 204

This is Punjab's season alright. Their openers Jiwanjot Singh and Karan Goel have knocked off a quarter of the target of 204 in Mohali against defending champions Rajasthan.

2.10 pm Uttar Pradesh win by ten wickets

In Kanpur, UP have gone top of Group B with a demolition of Baroda before tea on day three. One look at the grassy Green Park wicket on day one and you could have at least said the game would produce a result, though not so early. Seam and swing, lots of bounce, which turned uneven on day three. Top batting from Man of the Match and lone centurion in the game Arish Alam, Mohammad Kaif, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Devdhar. Top bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Aniket Rajpoot and Gagandeep Singh. How useful a cricketer is Bhuvneshwar, he finishes with seven wickets. UP get six points for the win and an additional point for doing it by ten wickets. They are on 17 from four games now, with Odisha and Baroda behind on 13 each from four.

2.05 pm Odisha take big lead with Samantray century

Biplab Samantray is batting on 107 in Sambalpur, where hosts Odisha are 436 for 8. They were 432 for 5 before Samad Fallah took three quick wickets, but the lead has grown to 221 [my bad] 121.

1.50 pm Punjab need 204 to win

In Mohali, India Under-19 quick bowler Sandeep Sharma has taken five wickets to dismiss Rajasthan for 196. Punjab 23 for 0. Sandeep debuted in Ranji Trophy last season for Punjab. This season, he's taken 4 for 38 v Railways, 7 for 25 v Saurashtra and now 5 for 57 v Rajasthan

1.45 pm UP one wicket away

Baroda's Abhimanyu Chauhan and Gagandeep Singh have ensured UP will bat again. The visitors are now 107 for 9 in Kanpur. UP's first-innings lead itself is worth 107.

1.30 The capital fights back

Left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra has taken two wickets, and Delhi have Haryana on 35 for 3 in their second innings in Lahli, Rohtak. Haryana's overall lead 118

1.20 pm J&K surge in Guwahati

Ian Dev Singh has just fallen for 118 against Assam, and Pervez Rassol is batting on 116. What a tremendous performance from Jammu & Kashmir, who have seen protests from players over selection differences reportedly. And from Rassol, who had faced serious allegations a few years ago. J&K 306 for 3 and 323 v Assam 165. Wonder when the declaration is coming.

1.10 pm First-innings marathon in Nagpur

Tamil Nadu took 180 overs to make 443 for 8. Vidarbha have taken 38 overs to reach 100 for 0. Faiz Fazal 43*, Shiv Sunder Das 39*. Yaaawn. Want exciting domestic cricket? Watch the game between UP and Baroda, who are six down and need another 29 to avoid the innings defeat. The difference? A Green Park pitch which is so green that it is difficult to make out where the wicket is if you remove the stumps and the crease markings.

1 pm Baltej and Sandeep have Rajasthan eight down

The pair have picked up seven wickets between them in Mohali. Rajasthan 193 for 8, the veteran Rashmi Parida latest to go, lbw to Sandeep for 33. Rajasthan lead by 200 now.

12.50 pm Hiken Shah back among the runs

Sid Talya: "Hiken Shah has reached a half-century, struck nine boundaries and looked good so far. Mumbai are 123 for 3, a lead of 219." Hiken's scores this season - 0, 1, 105, 105, 107, 92, 140, 156.

12.05 Rohit out to last ball before lunch

Our man Sid Talya's appetite for lunch has been spoiled [I would like to believe that]: "Rohit’s gone off the last ball before lunch," Talya writes in. "Laxmi Shukla got one to nip back in, Rohit reached out to drive and was bowled through the gate, the off stump was sent cartwheeling towards the keeper. A poor game with the bat for Rohit, scores of 1 and 14. Mumbai are 113 for 3 at lunch, the lead 209." I gather they had jalebi fafda for breakfast at the CCI this morning, so maybe Sid Talya might not need lunch at all. Oh ho ...

12 noon Lunch update

Baroda 254 and 44 for 5 v UP 361

Haryana 307 and 20 for 0 Delhi 224

Railways 55 for 0 v Saurashtra 576 for 9 declared

Rajasthan 222 and 176 for 6 v Punjab 215

Akshath Reddy has fallen for 79, fourth time he has not converted a fifty into a hundred this season. Hyderabad 142 for 3 v Gujarat 566

Vidarbha 78 for 0 v Tamil Nadu 443 for 8 declared

Odisha 353 for 5 (Samantray 66*) v Maharashtra 315

Services 179 for 3 (Chatterjee 72*) v Kerala 314

Goa 132 for 4 v Andhra 393

Himachal 237 for 9 v Tripura 441. Now that has to be as rare as it gets. How many times have Tripura been in the position to enforce the follow-on?

Half an hour into the second session in Guwahati to the far east, J&K 323 and 214 for 2 (Ian Dev 77*, Rassol 65*) v Assam 165

11.50 am Nine men down, and counting, in a session

We are getting a result today in Kanpur. Uttar Pradesh have run through the top half of Baroda's batting. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has taken the first three wickets, and Imtiaz Ahmed the next two. Twelve overs of swing, seam, bounce, both high and low, and Baroda have had no answers. 43 for 5, still need 64 to make UP bat again. UP went from 310 for 6 to 361 earlier. The captain Suresh Raina clapping and cheering his men on.

11.40 am Vidarbha openers steady in Nagpur

Tamil Nadu have failed to break through after declaring on their overnight total of 443 for 8. Faiz Fazal and Shiv Sunder Das [remember him?] have taken the score to 69.

11.35 am Another fifty for Akshath Reddy

Hyderabad captain Akshath Reddy, 21, is batting on 57 in the town of Valsad against Gujarat. Hyderabad are 114 for 2 in reply to Gujarat's 566. Here is a look at Akshath Reddy's scores this Ranji season - 63 & 59, 2 & 8*, 51 & 19, 196, and 57*

11.25 am Rohit Sharma dropped first ball at the CCI

Our man Sid Talya writes in: "Rohit Sharma has another chance to make a mark this game. Kaustubh Pawar has just been caught smartly by Manoj Tiwary [do only I see the irony in this?] at midwicket. Mumbai are 72 for 2, the lead is 158... and Rohit has been put down first ball, an extremely tough chance at first slip, Jhunjhunwala tossed it up and Rohit went for the drive, got a thick edge, the fielder dived full length to his right, got a hand but couldn't hold on. A toughie."

11.15 am Bhuvneshwar in business in Kanpur

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has already taken out the Baroda openers in his third over. He is swinging the ball in Praveen Kumaresque fashion. Baroda 10 for 2 after having conceded a lead of 107

11.05 am Maharashtra concede lead, but hit back

Niranjan Behera has fallen to Chirag Khurana's offbreaks after making 103. Khurana has removed Subhrajit Sahoo as well. Odisha are 323 for 5 v Maharashtra's 315

11 am Delhi sink deeper in Lahli

Medium-pacers Harshal Patel, Mohit Sharma and Ashish Hooda have Delhi reeling at 213 for 8 in Lahli, Rohtak. Unmukt Chand has gone for 83, caught behind off Mohit. Mithun Manhas still there on 48. Delhi trail by 94.

10.50 UP lead by 107 over Baroda

Arish Alam's hundred and Mohammad Kaif's 83 on a difficult Green Park wicket have given Uttar Pradesh a big lead over Baroda. Left-arm seamer Gagandeep Singh has taken four, Murtuja Vahora has picked up three, and Baroda will come out to bat shortly. It is not going to be easy, the ball is still nipping around, and many deliveries have started to stay low. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was bowled by one that barely got up above his ankles.

10.45 am Punjab medium-pacers run through Rajasthan

Defending champions are in trouble again. The Punjab trio of Baltej Singh, Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul have reduced them to 115 for 5 in Mohali. We are in for an outright result here, surely. Rajasthan lead by 122.

Punjab's incredible run this season - two innings victories, one by eight wickets, and a first-innings lead.

10.35 am 'Hope people change their impression of me'

So said Ravindra Jadeja, to Devendra Pandey of the Indian Express. "I still can’t believe that I have scored another triple hundred, but it was my aim to score big runs," Jadeja said. "People consider me a T20 and an ODI specialist and I knew that if I score 60s or 70s, it will not help me or my team. Now, I hope that people will change their impression about me and consider me good enough to score runs in the longer format too." Three triple centuries should ideally be enough to shut millions of mouths. Unfortunately, nothing is ideal ...

10.30 am No.8 Makvana makes century in Rajkot

It's raining hundreds, now offspinner Kamlesh Makvana has made one for Saurashtra, who are 576 for 9 v Railways. Left-armer Hardik Rathod has taken five wickets against his former team.

10.15 am Group C update

Jammu & Kashmir are in total control in Guwahati, where they have an overall lead of 259 over hosts Assam with nine wickets remaining in their second innings. Adil Rishi is the lone man out for 51.

One more host team is in trouble, in Nadaun. Himachal Pradesh are 148 for 6 after Tripura piled up 441. Piling up the runs is something Tripura don't do very often, they are usually crumbling in a pile.

Goa have lost their openers in their pursuit of Andhra's 393 in Vizag. They trail by 298 still.

In Delhi, Services are on 110 for 3 after Kerala made 314

10.05 am Wasim Jaffer falls at the CCI

Our man Sid Talya has made his way to Brabourne Stadium in south Mumbai, and he brings the bad news for the 39-time champions' followers. Jaffer has been bowled by Bengal fast bowler Shami Ahmed. Mumbai 33 for 1, overall lead of 129. Says Sid, "That was slightly short on the off stump. Jaffer expected it to move away and shouldered his arms, only for the ball to clip the bails."

10 am Early morning update

Odisha are well on their way to taking the lead against Maharashtra in Sambalpur. Niranjan Behera has reached 94, and the hosts are 293 for 3. Maharashtra made 315

Unmukt Chand and Mithun Manhas, both men who retired hurt at various points yesterday, have resumed Delhi's innings in Lahli, Rohtak. Delhi 176 for 6 v Haryana's 307

Uttar Pradesh have lost centurion Arish Alam to left-armer Gagandeep Singh, who has taken his fourth wicket in Kanpur. UP 310 for 7 v Baroda's 254

Defending champions Rajasthan have lost nightwatchman Deepak Chahar in Mohali. They are now 85 for 2 in their second innings, with an overall lead of 92

Tamil Nadu have declared on their overnight score of 443 for 8, and Vidarbha are 11 for 0 in Nagpur

9.50 am Saurashtra haven't declared in Rajkot

Jadeja has fallen for 331 off 501 deliveries after having batted close to 12 hours. Saurashtra 554 for 7 v Railways

9.35 am Morning to all, as we start day three of the Ranji Trophy's fifth round. Before we move on to updates from all the matches going on across the country, a word on Ravindra Jadeja, and the reception to his landmark of becoming the first Indian to make three first-class triple tons. Some of the reactions have been seriously sickening, to the tune of, 'it says so much about our first-class cricket if even Jadeja can get three triples.' Give the man a break, I say. Such reactions are a reflection of our culture, which is obsessed with big names and perceptions. I can only imagine the euphoria if Sachin Tendulkar had achieved the feat. Even if Cheteshwar Pujara had done the same, the reactions would have been markedly different, acknowledging the patience of the man to bat long periods. Hasn't Jadeja done the same? And if our pitches are so flat, why has no one else made three triples before? We are obsessed with looking at achievements through the prism of the achiever's image. Absolutely disrespectful to a fantastic deed by someone so young.

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Posted by Prasanta Tripathy, Moscow on (December 3, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

@Sisir: Apart from Bhubaneswar & Cuttack, the steel city Rourkela has always remained the power house of Odisha cricket. Cricketers like Somnath Sahu & Harmohan Praharaj have made Odisha proud. But the striking difference in the present team is that players come from small towns like Jeypore, Angul, Jagatsinghpur etc. Yes, you are right. Things have changed and changed for good.Odisha has got raw talents. These talents should be properly nourished. Infrastructure has considerably improved. Barabati has state of the art infrastructure. Let's hope Odias remain in Odisha and represent India, not go to other state & represent India like Pragyan Ojha.

Posted by sisir on (December 3, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

@Prasanta: Excellent breakdown sir and rightly pointed out that Odisha had suffered a lot due to the regional biases inside the state... Even the famous 4 u named belonged to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Players from Western Odisha were completely neglected. They used to travel to Calcutta to play club cricket... Things have changed it seems and for good...

Posted by Krishna on (December 3, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

D. Sivakumar, Andhra, is having a great match at visakhapatnam against Goa...after his 1st innings centuary now a 6/26 (23.0-10-30-6 )........

Posted by Kishorsinh on (December 3, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Ravindrasinh Jadeja should be given more chances with Team India Test sides as well as One dayers... He has proved himself by achieving his third triple hundred which no other Indian player has achieved before... That too in first class cricket... Why do we suffer the likes of Harbhajan and other 'flash-in-the-pans' players, when this kind of talent goes begging? Wake up Indian selectors, and smell the coffee!!!!

Posted by Divye Joshi on (December 3, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is doing wonders for Uttar Pradesh.. Any Ranji team would love to have such an asset in the side.. He is more than useful with bat.. not a blind sloger.. he batted for more than 5 hrs against Karnataka.. I hope, selectors are watching his consistent performance with both bat and ball

Posted by Prasanta Tripathy, Moscow on (December 3, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

Regarding Odisha's performance, let us put the recod straight. No doubt, the performance of Odisha Ranji team is excellent in this season. Ever since 1980, I'm following the performance of the team quite closely. This is for the second time in the history of Ranji Trophy that Odisha has fared very well. The last time the team did well was under the coaching of Lalitendu Mohapatra (Baby bhai)when they qualified for the semi final.Till the emergence of famous four (Shiv Sundar Das, Debasish Mohanty, Sanjay raul & Rashmi Ranjan parida), Odisha team was predominantly represented by imported players be it Asjit Jayaprakash or Karun Dubey. The most important thing about the present team is the age profile and geographical representation. You have players from all regions of the state and they are relatively young. You have players from Koraput (Bikash Swarup pati) and from Western Odisha. The icing on cake is the coach. No need to import, if a veteran liky Mohanty is there.

Posted by Sisir on (December 3, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

Somehow i feel, Raj Vs Punjab still have a twist left... Vidharba Vs TN , Guj Vs Hyd and Saurashtra Vs Railways... are they playing on cement pitches? Bowlers graveyard... the concern board should be punished... It would be great if Odisha wins but seems unlikely. Har Vs Delhi is the match to look out for now...

Posted by Charles on (December 3, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

Punjab are finally unleashing their potential. Its been years since Punjab actually dominated the domestic ring. Their success story runs around a bright 20-year old captain, Mandeep Singh, who knows exactly how to manage his young team. Mandeep, Jiwanjot and Uday Kaul have bright future ahead of them. U-19 Sandeep Sharma is the next Praveen Kumar for sure. In fact, he gets more swing than Kumar.

I'm waiting for the "matchup of the season" - MUMBAI vs PUNJAB. Punjab are better off without Harbhajan.

Posted by nitin on (December 3, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Giys i think jadeja has got enough of his chances at international level courtesy to captains backing but he was not able to prove himself and already costed india two t20 world cup. he is just a good league club level cricketer like lampard in football.Gr8 at club level but not so successful when plays for country.might be bad luck.

Posted by SANAT JAIN on (December 3, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Come on Rajasthan, you are two time chempion. Difete here means bottom of the table. Recovery will be very difficult. It is batting which has let down. Batsman are not used to play on pace bowler helping/ green top wickets. Needs experience opener to feel the void left by Akash chopera. Spinners are also doing badly. Last two years dream run is on batting wickets and Akash stubernness as opener. In absence of Akash, Vineet is also found out of adea. So where is talent.In last match against MP they did bluder by sending nonregular openners in last inning. They lost on a/c of quotient. Where is the team management and resting captain Kanitkar. Probably don't know the calculations and its immpect in point table. Vary sad.

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