Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round VI, Day 1
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Stumps Punjab 288/4 (Mandeep 102*, Ravi Inder 79) v Mumbai
Stumps Rajasthan 182/5 (Kanitkar 45*, Yagnik 12*) v Gujarat
Stumps Madhya Pradesh 212/5 (Rameez 82*, Rajan 0*) v Railways
Stumps Bengal 7 for 0 trail Saurashtra 209 (Jadeja 70, Saxena 5-17) by 202 runs
Stumps Delhi 44 for 2 trail Karnataka 192 (Binny 61, Awana 5-81) by 150 runs
Stumps Haryana 257 (Yadav 63) v Maharashtra
Stumps Uttar Pradesh 248/4 (Dagar 116, Kaif 85) v Vidarbha
Stumps Baroda 34/1 trail Odisha 181 (Podder 82, Bhatt 6-73) by 147 runs
Stumps Services 284/4 (Chatterjee 103, Yashpal 92*, Paliwal 23*) v Goa
Stumps Assam 213/4 (Das 90) v Himachal
Stumps Kerala 0/0 v J&K 215 (Ian Dev Singh 117*, Shahid 8-51)
Stumps Jharkhand 95/3 (Tiwary 38*, Jaggi 43*) trail Tripura 106 (Subhrajit 43, Yadav 6-38) by 11 runs
5.10pm Thanks all for tuning in today. We'll soon have several stories up on the site to fill your Ranji cravings. See you in the morning!
Last update of the day from Amol:
"Hiken Shah latches on to an edge off Uday Kaul's bat. And that's stumps. Punjab 288 for 4. Mandeep Singh unbeaten on 102."
And here's Kanishkaa signing off:
"Close on day 1 and Delhi are trailing by 148. Would have been ideal if they hadn't lost those two wickets but they will be very pleased with this effort today. Exploited a seamer's pitch to the fullest. Dhawan's looking strong. Karnataka will want to get him early tomorrow."
Kanishkaa spots this oddity. "Mithun bowling to Mithun." That's Abhimanyu to Manhas.
4.50pm Delhi lose two
Full marks for field placement! Delhi have lost two and Karnataka have a spring in their step. Short fine leg was in place and Sharath came round the wicket and angled it towards the left-hander’s ribs. Tucked it straight to KL Rahul. Mohit c Rahul b Sharath 0 (4b) FOW 37 for 2 in 12.1 ov
4.45pm Century for Mandeep
"Mandeep flicks Dhawal Kulkarni through mid-wicket for a boundary to raise his hundred. 162b 217m 14x4. Fifth in first-class cricket."
4.40pm Saurashtra collapse
From 174 for 4, Saurashtra have tumbled to 209 all out. Iresh Saxena takes five wickets for 17 in his 12 overs.
4.25pm Ian Dev Singh carries his bat
For only the second time in Ranji history, a J&K batsman has carried his bat. Ian Dev Singh is 117* out of 215. That isn't the only remarkable performance though, as left-arm quick CP Shahid took 8 for 51, the third-best bowling effort by a Kerala bowler.
4.15pm Raina fails again
Not exactly the way Raina will want to make his case for a Test middle-order berth. He's been bowled for 8 by Sandeep Singh, the season's leading wicket-taker, who has all three of the wickets to fall today.
4.05pm A mere 70 for Ravindra Jadeja
No triple or even a single century for the season's highest run-getter. Jadeja is
4.00pm Uday Kaul for India?
Our reader Arjun asks: "Plenty of support pours in for the trinity of Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Karthik and WP Saha, but none for Uday Kaul? He's got a superior FC record to all of them with the bat and has been scoring runs in Punjab's wins this season, and he's also a better wicketkeeper than most of the run-scoring prospects now. And all his runs came in the top tier."
3.45pm Karnataka fold for 192
Hot off the presses from Kanishkaa:
"Middle stump knocked out of its afternoon slumber! Awana gets a five-wicket haul and what a fine way to get there. Appanna was bowled through the gate, the middle stump going for a tumble. Awana stretches his arms out and looks heavenward. KP Appanna b Awana 10 (28b) FOW 192 for 10 in 64.6 ov, HS Sharath 4*"
3.40pm Odisha rolled over for 181
Bhargav Bhatt takes six wickets as Odisha finish on 181 in Vadodara. Solid first day's work by Baroda.
"Sigh of relief for Mumbai, and Agarkar. Someone has latched on to an edge, finally. The Mumbai captain forces Ravi Inder to nick one and keeper Aditya Tare accepts a straightforward chance. Ravi Inder scored 76, Punjab 237 for 3"
"Vinay Kumar c Dhawan b Bhatia 28 (65b) FOW 184 for 9 in 63.4 ov Quite a soft dismissal. Vinay tamely chips it to cover, giving Dhawan the simplest of catches today. Vinay didn’t go through with the shot."
Things not going well for Mumbai. Amol:
And Mumbai squander one more opportunity. Mandeep edges it and the ball was heading towards Hiken Shah in the first slip. But Ajinkya Rahane went for it from the second slip and spilled it. Madeep Singh on 67. Punjab 223 for 2
3.10pm No spectators allowed at the Chinnaswamy
Kanishkaa: "Bizarrely, no spectators are allowed into this game because the KSCA is taking all security precautions possible because of the Pakistan T20 game on the 25th. Even the media need passes to get in, which isn’t traditionally the case in a domestic match. It wasn't the case for the last game in Bangalore. Looks like only the members of the KSCA club can watch from the Members Stand, but from what I heard from a friend watching from there, there are hardly any takers."
3.00pm Bhargav Bhatt runs through Odisha
Left-arm spinner Bhatt takes five as Odisha's middle-order folded in Vadodara. Odisha are 156 for 8, with Govind Podder dismissed for 82.
2.45pm Can anyone stop Ravindra Jadeja?
The man with three triples is now unbeaten on 54, and well past 700 runs for the Ranji season. Saurashtra are 150/4 against Bengal.
At tea Karnataka are 167 for 8. No specialist batsmen left, so unless the tail bat out of their skins, Delhi could be batting quickly. We’ve hardly seen any spin all day. Says so much about the pitch. Awana chasing a five-for. He has 4 for 67. Vinay 18*, Appanna 0*
2.40pm Another one down for Karnataka
Kanishkaa says: "Tea is just around the corner and Karnataka have managed to lose one more. Mithun plays all over a full delivery from Awana, strikes the base of the pad. Didn’t take the umpire long to give that out. Abhimanyu Mithun lbw b Awana 14 (16b) FOW 163 for 8 in 54.6."
2.35pm Punjab batsmen having it easy
Here's Amol with the latest from Wankhede: Mandeep Singh slog-sweeps Ankeet Chavan through mid-wicket for his eighth four and raises his bat after a well-made fifty. Punjab 202 for 2. Ravi Inder batting on 65.
Sanjay Bangar has broken the stand between Rameez Khan and Devendra Bundela with a run-out. MP now 113 for 3 against Railways. Here's Bangar talking about his finest hour, and about being a senior statesman in the Railways side.
2.20pm Binny dismissed
Kanishkaa has the bad news for Karnataka fans:
Stuart Binny c Bisht b Awana 61 (113b), eight fours FOW 147 for 7 in 50.4 ov. Partnership 42 runs.
Karnataka have lost their mainstay Binny. Edged to the keeper Bisht, but the batsman waited because the non-striker Vinay appeared to gesture to the umpire that Awana may have overstepped. The umpires have a look and Binny has to go. Though this game isn't televised, there are cameras to check for foot faults.
2.10pm Kaif continues solid run
Mohammad Kaif has been in top form this season: 91, 25, 122, 36, 83 and now 63*. He's missed out on two Ranji centuries already this season, and will be hoping to convert this time. UP are at a strong 146 for 1, against Vidarbha.
2.00pm Fifty for Binny
“Something to keep the cheer for Karnataka as Stuart Binny speeds to his fifty. Two whipped boundaries to deep midwicket off Ashish Nehra. Punches a single wide of point to bring up the half-century. Vinay Kumar needs to fight it out with him. 50 off 102 balls with six fours.”
1.55pm Bist falls for 13
Robin Bist began the season with a century in the Duleep Trophy, building on a prolific season in 2011-12, but hasn't touched those heights again since. He seemed to be back in form with an 85 and unbeaten 37* against Madhya Pradesh, but he has fallen cheaply today, caught behind off Rakeh Dhruve.
Another young Rajasthan batsman who is struggling this season is Ashok Menaria, still to hit a half-century this Ranji season. He has perished to the part-time bowling of Venugopal Rao for 18. Rajasthan are 95/4.
And Amol updates with this:
Ravi Inder Singh drives Ajit Agarkar down the wicket to complete his fifty. Punjab 164 for 2
1.50pm Changes galore
People have been calling for large-scale changes to the Test side as it slumps to another defeat, but few could have asked for anything as dramatic as our reader Yor Banra: "The Indian team for next Test should be : Jiwanjot Singh. Akshath Reddy, Hiken Shah, Paras Dogra, Ravindra Jadeja, Yashpal Singh, Parthiv Patel, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Arlem Konwar."
1.40pm Tripura bowled out for 106
Jharkhand, table-toppers early in the tournament, are now in fourth place, but have made a strong start today. Fast bowler Ajay Yadav playing only his second first-class match has taken six wickets for 38.
Amol sends this in:
"Oh well so much for that let-off. Gautham adds just one run after that drop. Awana gets one to lift, Gautham can't resist another slash and this time Bisht takes yet another catch #4. It was a good ball by Awana."
More from Kanishkaa: "Oh well so much for that let-off. Gautham adds just one run after that drop. Awana gets one to lift, Gautham can't resist another slash and this time Bisht takes catch #4. It was a good ball by Awana.105 for 6."
Kanishkaa from the Chinnaswamy:
Binny has been timing it well after lunch. Two crisp boundaries one over off Awana. And Gautham has been dropped on 10. Slashed at one outside off and Manhas flung himself to his left and couldn't hang on. Would have been a sharp take.
And Amol from Wankhede: "Ravi Inder Singh charges down the wicket to drive Chavan through covers and then rocks on the back foot to pull one through the square-leg boundary. Punjab 131 for 2."
Odisha have lost two soon after lunch. Bardoa's left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt, who hit a six towards the close of their nervy one-wicket victory over Haryana, has taken two in two overs. Odisha 90 for 4.
12.50pm Jiwanjot falls
Amol brings the bad news:
"Mumbai finally see the back of Jiwanjot. The right-hander pushes at one from Dhawal Kulkarni outside off and this time around, Hiken Shah makes no mistake at second slip. Punjab 109 for 2. Jiwanjot scored 42"
12.45pm Goa's Swapnil Asnodkar playing his 50th first-class match today. He hasn't had the best of seasons, though, so far. One hundred against J&K, but a string of low scores otherwise.
Meanwhile, over in Kolkata, India are tumbling towards defeat. They went into lunch at a solid 86 for 0, and are now 107 for 4. Tendulkar the latest to go. Commentary here.
12.15pm Updates from Sreesanth's club game:
Sreesanth has successfully completed his first match in more than a year. Here are his tweets.
Thnks a lot dear ones.. We won.. Good start. Gods grace.. Got 2wicktes in4.4 overs ..thnks again..— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) December 8, 2012
Got anothr match tomrw @ 1pm @bpcl kochi ground.. Looking forward to it.. Cant wait to play again..— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) December 8, 2012
Noon: Drum roll please, Ravindra Jadeja batting
The only Indian with three triple-centuries is now in the middle. Ravindra Jadeja is unbeaten on 7 as Saurashtra move to 72 for 2. Ashok Dinda, another player released from the Indian Test squad, has just dismissed Shitanshu Kotak for 40.
Lunch in Bangalore: Kanishakaa's verdict “If you opt to bat first and lose five wickets in the opening session, it can’t be a good morning. Delhi’s seamers have made best use of a grassy pitch. They have kept the ball up and forced the batsmen to play. Karnataka’s top order has misfired again. All down to Stuart Binny and Gautam now.”
Lunch in Mumbai: And Amol rushes off to lunch with this: "Punjab 108 for 1 in 35 overs, Jiwanjot Singh 41 (116n, 151m, 6x4), Ravi Inder Singh 29 (58b, 83m, 6x4). See you in 40-odd minutes".
Assam's Pritam Debnath is in the middle. Does he have the coolest profile pic in all of Cricinfo?
11.50am Mumbai being generous to Jiwanjot
Amol can't believe the form batsman of this Ranji season has already been put down twice:
"And Jiwanjot gets second life. Ankeet Chavan, the left-arm spinner, forces an edge off Jiwanjot's willow but Rohit Sharma fails to pouch it after diving to his right. Jiwanjot on 41. Punjab 108 for 1"
11.40am Delhi take charge
Kanishkaa is watching another Karnataka collapse:
Kunal Kapoor – c Bisht b Bhatia 11 (41b) FOW 67/5 in 25.4 ov. Can the morning session get any worse for the hosts? It’s the debutant Kunal who has to walk. Puneet Bisht is having a fine morning behind the stumps. Another smart bowling change. Rajat Bhatia replaces Narwal. Keeper up to the stumps. Kunal gets a thin edge as he tries to steer it to the off side. CM Gautham walks in
11.35am Nayar v Jiwanjot
Amol from the Wankhede:
"Abhishek Nayar, who bowled a dream spell of 19-12-13-6 against Bengal at CCI four days ago, almost gets rid of Jiwanjot Singh. But wicketkeeper Aditya Tare's diving attempt goes in vain. Jiwanjot survives on 39. Punjab 100 for 1"
11.30am Tripura continue to stumble
Tripura have now slid to 72 for 7 against Jharkhand. Their opener Subhrajit Roy is unbeaten on 31 after two-and-a-half hours, but he hasn't had much support from the others. Offspinner Sunny Gupta has taken a wicket in each of his first two overs, taking him to 24 wickets for the season.
11.20am Haryana batting wobbles again
As our reader Shyam correctly points out: "Seems like Haryana's ritualistic batting collapse is on."
Haryana, who bounced back from three straight defeats in a row to beat Delhi in their previous match, are now 63/4. Their opener Rahul Dewan, who got married earlier this week, is still battling on 28*.
Bishan Bedi, the great left-arm spinner, is at the Ranji ground in Malappuram, where Kerala are taking on J&K.He has plenty of praise for the new stadium.
Crkt ground in M'puram reminds of Frost' "Woods r lovely dark & deep-but I've promises to keep & miles to go before I sleep.."Fab'ly located— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) December 8, 2012
Am told this enviable crkt facility came up in two yrs-why r v bereftcrkt ideas in J&K?When'll JKCA ladsfeel proud modrn crkt stadium?!!— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) December 8, 2012
10.55am Trouble for Karnataka
Karnataka's top order continues to wobble! Pandey offers a low catch to the keeper Bisht who falls forward. The umpire was convinced it carried. Pandey walks off, no fuss. Stuart Binny walks in. Pandey c Bisht b Narwal 8 (21b) FOW 51/4 in 17.1 ov
10.40am Update on Jaffer
Official word on Jaffer's exclusion: "There's been a death in his family, so he has pulled out of the game." So the exclusion theory is put to rest for now. Also, Suryakumar Yadav's injury is not serious, so he along with Shardul Thakur and Iqbal Abdullah have been released for Mumbai's Col CK Nayudu Trophy (Under-25) semifinal against Baroda in Vadodara
10.35am Mumbai strike
Jiwanjot coasts on, but Karan Goel is gone. Here's Amol:
Left-hander Karan Goel drives Balwinder Singh Sandhu, the namesake of the 1983 World Cup hero, who is playing his first game of the season for, for a sweetly timed boundary. soon after, though, the change of end works for Agarkar. He manages to extract a bit of bounce and Goel edges it to Ajinkya Rahane at the second slip. Goel scored 25. Punjab 57 for 1
Latest from the Chinnaswamy, from Kanishkaa: "Karnataka are 3 down. The off stump goes for a toss! Parvinder Awana changes ends, replaces Nehra and takes a wicket off the first ball of a new spell. KL Rahul is beaten and the stump lands a few yards back. KL Rahul scored 11. New man in is the debutant Kunal Kapoor."
10.25am Sreesanth finally returning to fitness
He's playing for his club Muthoot Pappachan group in Kochi.
Gr8 morng dear ones,..,Very happy to let u all know.. Iam playing my first official club game aftr 14months ..6 months aftr surgery— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) December 8, 2012
And here's what Manoj Tiwary has been telling himself, as he still searches for the way to a spot in India's middle order.
A nice trend so far, with all batting teams in Group A making slow and steady starts, and those in Group B all losing early wickets.
10.15am Another big score coming up Jiwanjot?
An update from Amol:
Punjab openers have cruised to 32 for no loss after 11 overs. Jiwanjot Singh (13) and Karan Goel (16) are set for another long haul
10.10am Delhi strike again
Karnataka are two down for 33. Sumit Narwal replaces Awana and takes a wicket in his first over. Good catch by the keeper Bisht diving to his right. G Satish went forward and got a thick edge. Satish gone for 12. Manish Pandey walks in
9.50am Tripura in trouble
Tripura came into this match after pulling off a rare outright victory, over Himachal in Nadaun, but are struggling against Jharkhand at Agartala. Their batting have caved in on a difficult track, with Ajay Yadav and Shankar Rao taking five wickets in their opening spell. Jharkhand's major wicket-takers have been the spinners, Shahbaz Nadeem and Sunny Gupta, but it is the quicks who are causing the damage today.
For those of you asking, the teams not playing this round are: Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Hyderabad.
9.30am Uthappa gone!
Kanishkaa types in:
What a start for Delhi and Nehra! Robin Uthappa is gone for 4. Stuck his front pad out and the umpire took his time. He had whipped the previous ball for a four past midwicket. Nehra had the last laugh. Ganesh Satish is the new man in.
9.20am No Wasim Jaffer
Surprise at Wankhede. Wasim Jaffer is not in the eleven. Neither is Suryakumar Yadav. While there is no clarity over Jaffer's unavailability so far, Yadav seems to have hurt himself during the warm-ups. Mumbai, meanwhile, have won the toss and elected to field.
Karnataka: Vinay Kumar (capt), Robin Uthappa, KL Rahul, G Sathish, Manish Pandey, CM Gautham (wk), Kunal Kapoor, Stuart Binny, Abhimanyu Mithun, KP Appanna, HS Sharath
For Delhi, Ashish Nehra returns for his third match of the Ranji season.
Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Unmukt Chand, Mohit Sharma, Mithun Manhas, Vaibhav Rawal, Rajat Bhatia, Puneet Bisht, Ashish Nehra, Sumit Narwal, Parvinder Awana, Vikas Mishra.
9.00am Punjab are having an extraordinary season, with four outright wins already and are miles ahead of everyone else in Group A. They face their toughest test in this game, facing up against the most successful team in Ranji history, Mumbai. Harbhajan Singh and Ajinkya Rahane have been released from India's Test squad to play this game. Amol Karhadkar has braved Mumbai's peak hour traffic to be at the ground in time to provide us updates. Here's his preview.
In Group B, a team which has done well in the past few years, Karnataka, is at the bottom of the table after a surprise defeat to Odisha. They are up against Delhi at the Chinnaswamy Stadium today. Kanishkaa Balachandran is tracking that match. He's surprised by the state of the pitch in Bangalore:
"Bright and sunny morning in Bangalore. Karnataka have won the toss and have elected to bat. The pitch is GREEN. Hardly a patch of white. It was trimmed yesterday so you can imagine how it could have looked. Looks can be deceiving. Let's see how it actually plays. The team that won the toss actually chose to bat"
8.40am Hello Ranji fans, Round VI coming up. If it was the old system of Elite and Plate, the Plate teams season would have been finished by now, as they usually only played five games a season. Here's a reminder of what the points table looks like.
Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo