Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round VI December 10, 2012

Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round VI, Day 3

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Group A
Stumps Mumbai 364 for 3 (Rohit 163*, Hiken 54*) trail Punjab 580 (Mandeep 211, Amitoze 91, Ravi Inder 76) by 216 runs
Stumps Rajasthan 294 (Kanitkar 100*) and 29 for 2 lead Gujarat 321 (Parthiv 92) by 11 runs
Stumps Railways 214 (Yadav 53) and 54 for 5 (Gowda 23*, Rawat 3*) trail Madhya Pradesh 377 (Rameez 128, Rajan 69) by 109 runs
Stumps Bengal 112 for 9 (Tiwary 55, Jadeja 4-48) and 65 for 3 need another 366 runs to beat Saurashtra 209 (Jadeja 70, Saxena 5-17) and 333 for 8 dec (Jackson 111*, Saxena 6-133)

Group B
Stumps Delhi 258 (Awana 74) and 40 for 3 need another 370 runs to beat Karnataka 192 (Binny 61, Awana 5-81) and 475 for 9 dec (Binny 85, Uthappa 81, Rahul 71, Pandey 61)
Stumps Haryana 257 (Yadav 63) and 75 for 2 trail Maharashtra 540 for 8 (Atitkar 190, Jadhav 109, Bawne 86) by 208 runs
Stumps Vidarbha 237 for 6 (Badani 69*) trail Uttar Pradesh 548 for 8 dec (Dagar 116, Alam 100, Chawla 85, Kaif 85) by 311 runs

Result Baroda 301 (Waghmode 71, Rayudu 64, Chauhan 60, D Behera 5-77) and 4 for 0 beat Odisha 181 (Podder 82, Bhatt 6-73) and 123 for 9 (K Patel 4-39) by 10 wickets

Group C

Stumps Goa 312 for 5 (Shukla 78*, R Asnodkar 52*) trail Services 473 (Yashpal 166*, Chatterjee 103) by 161 runs
Stumps Himachal 158 for 4 (Kumar 20*, Dhawan 28*) trail Assam 354 (P Das 90, Sinha 53) by 196 runs

Result J&K 215 (Ian Dev Singh 117*, Shahid 8-51) and 151 beat Kerala 163 and 129 (Rassol 5-43, Gupta 5-26) by 74 runs

5.20pm

Two results today, with Baroda taking all seven points against Odisha, and Jammu & Kashmir getting their second victory in two matches, by beating Kerala in Malappuram. How many more results will we see tomorrow? Railways and Bengal are in a tight spots, Delhi are shaky having lost three before stump and Haryana have already had some eventful final days. The rest of the matches seem likely to be decided on the first innings. Join us tomorrow at 9.15am for the final day of the round.

5.00pm Stumps in Bangalore

Kanishkaa signs off with:

"At stumps, Delhi end on a rocky 40 for 3, needing what seems an improbable 370 more on the final day. Karnataka drove home he advantage by stretching their lead past 400. Fine effort by Binny, Pandey and the lower order. Their seamers ran in with purpose and picked up three. Tough ask for Delhi."

It's stumps at the Wankhede stadium as well, where Mumbai had finished the day on 364 for 3, thanks to Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 163.

4.45pm Look away Delhi fans

Kanishkaa:

"Karnataka have struck again! Dhawan has to go. HS Sharath replaces Vinay. Gets smacked for four first ball, then switches to round the wicket and traps Dhawan on the backfoot.Dhawan lbw b Sharath 13 (23b) FOW 35 for 2 in 10.2 ov"

And another one!

"Delhi are reeling here. They sent out the nightwatchman and he’s gone for a duck. Edges to second slip. Sharath takes two in the over. Vikas Mishra c Rahul b Sharath 0 (3b) FOW 35 for 3 in 10.5 ov."

4.35pm Karnataka strike

More from the K man:

"Karnataka have struck with the wicket of Unmukt Chand. The batsman doesn’t look convinced at all. Vinay got the ball to nip back in. Hard to tell from here if it was sliding down leg/too high or an edge. The previous over, Unmukt survived a caught behind appeal against Mithun. Chand lbw b Vinay Kumar 18 (29b) FOW 30 for 1 in 8.1 ov"

4.25pm Jadeja gets the big wicket of Saha

Bengal slip further as that man Ravindra Jadeja gets the key wicket of Wriddhiman Saha, lbw for 3. Jadeja's figures at this stage 5-3-4-1. Tiwary hasn't come out to bat yet, perhaps because of the muscle pull which ended his first innings abruptly.

4.20pm Mumbai march on

A day after he was ignored by the national selectors for the Test squad, Rohit Sharma has slammed an unbeaten 144 to keep Mumbai in the chase of Punjab's massive first-innings score of 580. It's still not stumps on the third day at the Wankhede Stadium, so there's plenty of time for Mumbai, but they are still 246 runs away. A couple of quick wickets and Punjab will fancy their chances.

4.05pm Railways sliding towards defeat

Railways have lost four wickets cheaply against Madhya Pradesh after being made to follow on. Sanjay Bangar has just had the unpleasant experience of being dismissed for low scores twice in a day and his team are 28 for 4, still lagging by 135 runs. An outright win beckoning for Madhya Pradesh.

4.00pm

More from Kanishkaa:

"Delhi have to bat out 15 overs this evening, just over an hour left. Delhi’s bowling wasn’t as effective. Ashish Nehra’s virtual no-show was a dampener."

3.55pm Bengal lose two early

Saurashtra have set Bengal a massive target of 431, chasing which Bengal have already lost the wickets of Arindam Das and Debabrata Das. Wriddhiman Saha and Rohan Bannerjee batting now.

3.50pm Gujarat take lead

Parthiv misses his century, falling for 92, with Gujarat still needing six runs, but the final-wicket pair stick around to pretty much guarantee three points for Gujarat. Rajasthan will likely have to be satisified with one point from this match.

3.45 Declaration at Chinnaswamy

The K man says: "Karnataka have declared at 475 for 9, so Delhi will be chasing 410."

3.40pm Parthiv doing the job for Gujarat

Parthiv Patel is unbeaten on 90 and his 40-run ninth wicket stand has taken Gujarat within seven runs of the first-innings lead against Rajasthan.

3.30pm

Kanishkaa pings:

"CM Gautam reaches his fifty and Karnataka stretch their lead past 350."

3.20pmGreat days for J&K cricket

There has been an upheaval in the team, but that hasn't stopped Jammu & Kashmir from winning back to back matches, this time a 74-run victory over Kerala which lifts them to 13 points and fifth place. The last time J&K won two games in a season was way back in 2000-01. The spinners took all ten Kerala wickets to fall in the second innings, with offspinner Parvez Rassol taking five, and legspinner Manik Gupta the rest.

3.00pm Saurashtra on top despite Saxena

Iresh Saxena, the Bengal left-arm spinner, has taken six wickets in the second innings, and 11 in the match, but that hasn't been enough to stop Saurashtra's lead from ballooning beyond 400. The star for Saurashtra today has been Sheldon Jackson, who has made his maiden first-class century.

2.50pm MP take big lead over Railways

Madhya Pradesh have a 163-run first-innings lead over Railways, and have decided to bat again enforce the follow-on.

2.40pm Century for Rohit Sharma

Another reminder how good Rohit Sharma is at first-class cricket, and why his average is nearly 60. That's first-class century No. 14 for him, and Mumbai are now 266 for 3. Should Rohit have been picked for the Test squad or do his limited-overs failures rule him out?

2.35pm Nail-biting stuff at Ahmedabad

In a match which is likely to be decided on the first-innings lead, Parthiv Patel is hanging on as he tries to get Gujarat past Rajasthan's 294. Gujarat are now 268 for 8, still 25 away. Rajasthan's innings was held together by their captain Hrishikesh Kanitkar. Can Parthiv outdo him?

2.30pm Comic relief at Chinnaswamy

The K man says:

"Comedy of errors from the man of the moment, Nehra. Misfields at mid-off, then languidly chases the ball and throws blind at the bowler’s end. Rather, he threw the ball towards midwicket and the batsmen pick up an overthrow. Delhi seem to have switched off."

2.15pm Baroda take seven points

They had a target of 4 after bowling out Odisha for 123, and they didn't need to score any of those off the bat as four byes in the first over gives them a seven-point victory. That lifts them to 20 points, provisionally in the lead. Odisha, flying high with two wins this season, slip from their second place, but only as far as third. Delhi have a chance of catching them, if they chase down a tall target against Karnataka. Odisha now have two wins, two losses and two draws in the season.

2.10pm Kerala floundering

They have lost half their side for 84, and are still 119 runs away from beating J&K. Parvez Rassol, who was so instrumental in their win over Assam last week, has taken three wickets

2.00pm
Kanishkaa:

A unusually quiet press box just came alive when Parvinder Awana misfielded at mid-on. Schoolboy error. Must have hit the snooze. Dreaming of Nagpur already, is he?

1.50pm Some cheer for Haryana

They have dismissed both the centurions, Sangram Atitkar and Kedar Jadhav. Atitkar falls for 190 and Jadhav's stay ends on 109. Not too much to celebrate though as Maharashtra are already ahead by 239 runs.

1.40pm Another one for Delhi

Kanishkaa describes Binny's dismissal.

Relief for Delhi as Stuart Binny walks back for 85. Nice field placement. Unmukt Chand was placed wide at second slip, Bhatia pitched it up and Binny spooned a drive straight to Chand who took a low catch. Binny deserved a century. Positive knock comes to an end. Stuart Binny c Chand b Bhatia 85 (100b) Nine fours and four sixes FOW 320 for 6 in 75.3 ov

1.25pm Delhi strike

Kanishkaa types in:

"Delhi have broken through. Manish Pandey gives himself room to cut but the left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra bowls the quicker one and knocks down the off stump. Good innings by Pandey. Binny still going strong. Gautam joins him. Manish Pandey b Mishra 61 (106b) seven fours, 1 six, FOW 312 for 5 in 72.2 ov. Partnership 145 runs for fifth wicket in 196 balls. The lead is now 246."

1.15pm Another fifty for Parthiv Patel

The man just can't stop scoring. His first-class scores this season are: 51,162, 80, 56, 61, 12, 55, 65, 111 and now 51*. We'll given him a homepage headline when he fails to make a fifty. Gujarat are 214/6, 80 behind Rajasthan.

1.05pm Fifty for Manish Pandey

Kanishkaa:

"With a slogged six over deep midwicket, Manish Pandey brings up his fifty, off 94 balls. Delhi going on the defensive. Five in the deep."

That's his third half-century in what has been a lean season so far.

12.55pm Karnataka fighting back

Kanishkaa says:

"Binny chips down the track and lofts over extra cover to bring up the century stand with Pandey. The lead has also passed 200. Advantage Karnataka"

12.50pm First-innings tussle at Ahmedabad

Rajasthan have dismissed the prolific Manprit Juneja, who has three centuries in his previous four matches, for a duck, caught-behind off Rituraj Singh. Gujarat are still 103 behind Rajasthan's first-innings score of 294, and have lost five wickets. All down to Parthiv Patel, who has failed to reach 50 only once in his previous nine first-class innings.

12.45pm More Kaif love

I doubt Mohammad Kaif is as popular anywhere else as he is on this forum. Here's our reader Sahir with the latest installment of Kaif praise. "Kaif is making some serious point by piling up runs in this season.Why don't selectors don't just consider him!! He is a senior player and would have been appropriate replacement for yuvi's place in the team."

12.35pm Maharashtra lead swells

Sangram Atitkar is now unbeaten on 174, and Kedar Jadhav is on 74 to stretch the lead over Haryana to 178. Maharashtra are currently joint bottom of the table of Group B, with only five points in four matches.

12.20pm Odisha sliding towards defeat

Baroda have taken five early Odisha wickets, and one of the Odisha batsmen is retired hurt. Biplab Samantray played a crucial knock in the second-innings in the win over Karnataka, and he'll have to step up once more if Odisha are to avoid defeat here. They are trailing Baroda by 64 runs.

12.10pm Harbhajan strikes

Harbhajan Singh gives Punjab the breakthrough they were searching for. He dismissed Kaustubh Pawar for 78, and now has figures of 10.2-0-22-1.

Noon

Here's Kanishkaa with the lunch update from Chinnaswamy:

At lunch in Bangalore Karnataka have recovered well to 257 for 4 leading by 191 runs with the fifth-wicket pair of Binny and Pandey intact. They have added 90 runs in 146 balls. That’s twin fifties for Binny. Five wickets fell in the first session of the first two days, while today the count was four. Karnataka have done marginally better. Delhi might start to get worried when the lead passes 250. Pandey 36 (79b), five fours. Binny 51 (72b) four fours and three sixes.

11.50am Half-century for Rohit Sharma

Mumbai have moved along to 187 for 2, with Kaustubh Pawar unbeaten on 77 and Rohit Sharma on 51. Mumbai fighting, but they still have a long way to go to reach Punjab's 580.

11.40am

The picturesque stadium at Dharamsala is where Himachal Pradesh play several of their Ranji matches. Harsha Bhogle has picked it as his favourite ground. It will host its first ODI next month, when India take on England on 23rd January. Here's what Bhogle has to say on Dharamsala.

A couple of years ago I flew in a small plane through the mountains to land at a quaint airfield (it wasn't an airport, if you know what I mean), drove on roads that went up and down according to the terrain, and encountered hill people who smiled and offered local food at prices that were a pleasant shock. The ground itself had me stunned. I saw the pavilion first, a blazing red pagoda, and then I turned around and saw the mountains; not hills, mountains.

The rays of the sun glistened off the snow on the peaks, and the sunset was a cinematographer's delight. Often I found myself looking at the mountains rather than at the cricket, and more than one evening was spent in an open-air restaurant with simple tables and chairs and eager waiters.

11.30am Railways continue slide

They are now 152 for 8, and are staring at a huge first-innings deficit against Madhya Pradesh. MP medium-pacer Ishwar Pandey now has four five-wicket hauls in five innings.

11.25am Kerala slice through J&K

Jammu & Kashmire began the day at 68 for 3 and have now slid to 141 for 9. Their No. 11 Mohammed Mudhasir is unbeaten on 18 off four balls, having hit three of them for six.

11.15am Odisha in trouble

Odisha are 15 for 2, still 115 behind Baroda, and one of their batsman Niranjan Behera has retired hurt.

11.05am
Kanishkaa from Chinnaswamy Stadium:

"Stuart Binny releases the pressure with two consecutive sixes. Down the track to the left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra and lofts over the sightscreen. Lead inching towards 150."

11.00am Rahane falls for 31

Big blow for Mumbai as Ajinkya Rahane is dismissed early. Punjab 's batsmen had piled up a massive 580, and Mumbai needed their big guns to fire, if they were to have a chance of getting the first-innings lead at Wankhede. Rohit Sharma is now in the middle, with Kaustubh Pawar who is on an unbeaten 61.

10.50am Bad light in Guwahati

No play yet in Guwahati in the match between Assam and Himachal due to bad light. Play will only start after lunch.

10.45am The latest from Sreesanth

10.35am Baroda lower-order collapses
Odisha have taken the final four wickets for just 11 runs, which means Baroda's lead has been limited to 120 runs. Baroda would have begun the day eying a much larger advantage, but the lower order lasted only 8.1 overs on the day as Deepak Behera finished with his first five-for.

10.30am No more fireworks from Jadeja

He has been dismissed for 68, adding just one run to his overnight score. Bengal spinner Iresh Saxena has taken his fourth in the innings, making it nine in the match, with Saurashtra on 150 for 5. In a low-scoring game, Saurashtra's lead is now a comfortable 247.

10.25am Madhya Pradesh take charge

Railways have slipped to 109 for 5, from their overnight 66 for 3, with one of their mainstays Sanjay Bangar dismissed cheaply. Madhya Pradesh had made 377 and look set for a first-innings lead.

10.20am Karnataka four down!

Kanishkaa is watching the procession at Chinnaswamy:

"Ganesh Satish lbw b Narwal 0 (5b) FOW 167 for 4 in 39.5 ov If things can’t get any worse for Karnataka, they have now lost three wickets for no runs! Narwal bowls from the Pavilion End, the ball keeps a bit low, Satish plays across the line and plumb in front. Narwal doesn’t even bother looking back at the umpire. Stuart Binny joins Pandey."

10.10am More trouble for Karnataka

KL Rahul c Bisht b Narwal 73 (96b) 13 fours FOW 167 for 2 in 37.6 ov Bad news for all you Karnataka fans because they have lost two in two! A lovely catch by Bisht to begin with to get rid of the promising KL Rahul. Narwal replaced Nehra at the Pavilion End and got a wicket off the last ball of the over. Pitched up and edged on the drive, Bisht takes a good catch diving low to his right. It was headed towards first slip. Awana then trapped Kunal Kapoor lbw playing all around it. Karnataka effectively 101 for 3. Ganesh Sathish and Manish Pandey at the crease. Kunal Kapoor lbw b Awana 6 (16b) FOW 167 for 3 in 38.1 ov.

10.00am And the other man to get his first Test call-up was Ravindra Jadeja. What did he have to say?

"When I started playing cricket, I was told that Test cricket was real cricket and it was my desire to play Test cricket. I have proved my ability to stay on wicket for a long time, which is necessary while playing Test cricket, and I was hoping after making two triple centuries I would be selected for Test cricket."

9.50am Delhi fast bowler Parvinder Awana got his first Test call-up yesterday. Here's what he said:

"I've learnt that just pace isn't enough, that line and length is also important," he said. "My deliveries cut in naturally. In India, we mostly get flat wickets. So I don't think about what kind of pitch I get, I concentrate on bowling well through the air. I've been playing for Delhi, and I've learnt a lot from my seniors, Ashish bhai [Nehra], Ishant [Sharma], Viru bhai [Sehwag]. I've also learnt a lot from the IPL."

The full story is here.

9.40am Kanishkaa brings some bad news for Karnataka fans:

Parvinder Awana should have had Uthappa late yesterday, but he’s wasted no time nailing him this morning. His first over today, from the North End, Uthappa wasn’t prepared for the extra bounce, gloved it to the keeper Bisht. Robin Uthappa c Bisht b Awana 81 (119b) 13 fours FOW 140 for 1 in 32.6 ov

9.30am Day three of round six coming up. Jadeja is already dominating the match against Bengal, what will he serve up today?

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • aravi on December 11, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    i want to say only one pls bring back kaif to middle order...

  • Nitin on December 10, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Rohit Sharma to selectors - Fooled you !! Selectors to Sharma - You're welcome !

    Rohit Sharma to selectors (second time) - Fooled you !! Selectors to Sharma - You're welcome !

    ........... ........ .....

    Rohit Sharma to selectors (70th time) - Fooled you again ! Selectors to Sharma - You're welcome !

  • Caught & Bowled on December 10, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Kaif, Ajay Ratra, Akash Chopra, Murali Karthik etc. are the realy tragidies of Indian Cricket in recent years. As others have pointed out, In what turned out to be his last Test, Kaif scored a century. He was brushed aside by Greg Chappel and then lost and forgotten. If they had given him the chances that others like Yuvraj, Rohit Sharma and Raina etc. have got in Tests, Kaif would have been a reliable middle order bat for India and perhaps a good Captain. Just a few weeks ago Kumble had mentioned that Kaif should not be forgotten

  • Abrar on December 10, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    K - KARISHMATIC A - AGILE I - IMMENSELY TALENTED F - FIGHTER

    Ignored from Year 2006 famous Indian debacle in south africa, all failed in that serious, kaif was a scapegoat at that time to calm the fury of Indian media and people, from that time to 2012 never picked,same time other indian players were given opportunity umpteen times, see Yuvi scored 200 in duleep trophy failed miserably against england, why the same opportunity is not given to KAIF ? Kaif is in the form of his life -- grow up selectors pick him up - give him a chance, this guy will prove all his critics wrong and if you wont then this talent will go in the wilderness for ever, SACHIN SIR YOU ARE 40 NOW --- HOW LONG YOU WANT TO PLAY ??????

  • SANDEEP on December 10, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    MR. SETHURAM.. KARNATAKA WILL RIP THRU DELHI BATTING AS IN FORM BATSMEN SHIKAR IS COOLING HIS HEELS IN 5 STAR HOTEL..!! AWANA HAS TO SCORE DOUBLE CENTURY FOR DELHI TO WIN..!!

  • Dileep on December 10, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    I am very happy to observe that there are many people like me who admires kaif....Yes,Kaif is a Team man and loyal to Indian cricket...He deserves a chance.

    Kaif Roxxxx.....!!!!

  • wolf777 on December 10, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Just couple of centuries in Ranji games does not mean that Rohit should be back into consideration for the national side. He should spend couple of seasons on the domestic circuit and proved himself before he is considered again. He has been brought back like this before and failed. No need for the repeat and no special treatment.

  • sohail on December 10, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    thank you those peoples who's supporting kaif... Selectors should bring back kaif.. Kaif's a great player with excellent fielder...he'll raise the fielding standards, if he's in the team...wake up selectors wake up, give a chance to kaif...

  • manish on December 10, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    disapointed.why m.kaif not picked.... He is better than enyone .. Gud captaint also... Nd in very good nick..

  • hshariff79 on December 10, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    I respect our Selection Panel, but they should consider Md. Kaif's batting in this Ranji and also his fielding. The team for the fourth test b/w Ind vs Eng has been selected, i respect the Indian Selection Panel. But Pls Pls select Md. Kaif for the next upcoming test after the England tour.

  • aravi on December 11, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    i want to say only one pls bring back kaif to middle order...

  • Nitin on December 10, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Rohit Sharma to selectors - Fooled you !! Selectors to Sharma - You're welcome !

    Rohit Sharma to selectors (second time) - Fooled you !! Selectors to Sharma - You're welcome !

    ........... ........ .....

    Rohit Sharma to selectors (70th time) - Fooled you again ! Selectors to Sharma - You're welcome !

  • Caught & Bowled on December 10, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Kaif, Ajay Ratra, Akash Chopra, Murali Karthik etc. are the realy tragidies of Indian Cricket in recent years. As others have pointed out, In what turned out to be his last Test, Kaif scored a century. He was brushed aside by Greg Chappel and then lost and forgotten. If they had given him the chances that others like Yuvraj, Rohit Sharma and Raina etc. have got in Tests, Kaif would have been a reliable middle order bat for India and perhaps a good Captain. Just a few weeks ago Kumble had mentioned that Kaif should not be forgotten

  • Abrar on December 10, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    K - KARISHMATIC A - AGILE I - IMMENSELY TALENTED F - FIGHTER

    Ignored from Year 2006 famous Indian debacle in south africa, all failed in that serious, kaif was a scapegoat at that time to calm the fury of Indian media and people, from that time to 2012 never picked,same time other indian players were given opportunity umpteen times, see Yuvi scored 200 in duleep trophy failed miserably against england, why the same opportunity is not given to KAIF ? Kaif is in the form of his life -- grow up selectors pick him up - give him a chance, this guy will prove all his critics wrong and if you wont then this talent will go in the wilderness for ever, SACHIN SIR YOU ARE 40 NOW --- HOW LONG YOU WANT TO PLAY ??????

  • SANDEEP on December 10, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    MR. SETHURAM.. KARNATAKA WILL RIP THRU DELHI BATTING AS IN FORM BATSMEN SHIKAR IS COOLING HIS HEELS IN 5 STAR HOTEL..!! AWANA HAS TO SCORE DOUBLE CENTURY FOR DELHI TO WIN..!!

  • Dileep on December 10, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    I am very happy to observe that there are many people like me who admires kaif....Yes,Kaif is a Team man and loyal to Indian cricket...He deserves a chance.

    Kaif Roxxxx.....!!!!

  • wolf777 on December 10, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Just couple of centuries in Ranji games does not mean that Rohit should be back into consideration for the national side. He should spend couple of seasons on the domestic circuit and proved himself before he is considered again. He has been brought back like this before and failed. No need for the repeat and no special treatment.

  • sohail on December 10, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    thank you those peoples who's supporting kaif... Selectors should bring back kaif.. Kaif's a great player with excellent fielder...he'll raise the fielding standards, if he's in the team...wake up selectors wake up, give a chance to kaif...

  • manish on December 10, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    disapointed.why m.kaif not picked.... He is better than enyone .. Gud captaint also... Nd in very good nick..

  • hshariff79 on December 10, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    I respect our Selection Panel, but they should consider Md. Kaif's batting in this Ranji and also his fielding. The team for the fourth test b/w Ind vs Eng has been selected, i respect the Indian Selection Panel. But Pls Pls select Md. Kaif for the next upcoming test after the England tour.

  • Adi on December 10, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    TILL NOW, My Ranji XI 2012

    1. Jiwanjot Singh 2. Akshath Reddy 3. Parthiv Patel(WK & C) 4. Ravindra Jadeja 5. Hiken Shah 6. Manprit Juneja 7. Parvez Rassol 8. Rishi Dhawan 9. Rakesh Dhruv 10. Shahbaz Nadeem 11. Sandeep Sharma

    other Reserves 12. Paras Dogra 13. Siddarth Kaul 14. Ishwar Pandey 15. Yashpal Singh

  • Srinidhi on December 10, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Mr. Sethurman, 7 more to go. Come on, guys..Karnataka will WIN... Cheers Sammy...

  • harish on December 10, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    KARNATAKA WILL WIN....

  • Khan on December 10, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    I dont want to make any negative comments against any player or selector, I think if you look at the way Kaif has sheltered UP this season in tough conditions, he deserves a fair chance to be back in Team India test squad. He is atheletic & given another chance can do justice to his selection with his agility & experience.

  • ganesh on December 10, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Happy to see so much of support for Kaif. He is consistent this season. Love to see him back in the playing eleven for the Indian Team...

  • sammy on December 10, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    where are you sethuram? delhi 3 down 7 to go cheers srinidhi

  • max on December 10, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    rohit sharma are getting his form,he has best ability to play the longer format,just hope he will convert this hundrend into double or triple century,rocks rohit in2013

  • Srinidhi on December 10, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @Sethuraman, wait & watch this match until it completes on tomorrow. You agree or not, but most of the guys who were commenting here in this blog & in general agree that Karnataka will win & raise above TN in points table by tomorrow. Already, Unmukt chand gone, 9 more to go...just relax...

  • binu on December 10, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    I am very happy to see lot of allrounders are coming up..to make an eleven PK Panjal,Parvez Razool,RaveendraJAdeja,Jalaj Saxena,B Kumar,Rishi Dhawan,Aashish Reddy,D Shiva Kumar,Biplab Samantray,Stuart Binny (*),Baba Aparajith

  • V.Sethuraman. on December 10, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    I don't agree with the posting of Shri.Sammy that Karnataka will surely win against Delhi.

    Sethu.

  • abhinav on December 10, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    A player who has always batted at no. 3 while representing his state team and has always played the role of the anchor . The same player with such an unselfish attitude batted at no. 7 for the Indian team, sacrificed his wicket when needed, scored two centuries for two times he was promoted for no.3 spot in ODI and was such a livewire in the field. The same player scored a century in his final test match and was expelled from the team with the arrival of a player with more flambuoyance. He is still a proven performer and a stalwart. Unfortunately I guess selectors have lost a track of him. Mohammed Kaif is a beauty of a player and to be more precise: a beauty of a team player. I just wish selectors get a little visionary refraining from the age factor, coz a 32 year old Kaif is way fitter than many players in their 20's. ATB Kaifi .....Keep Rocking!!!

  • harish on December 10, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Target is 410 for Delhi which is too far..in all the matches karnataka did well in the second innings except against Odesha which was the worst performance against average team

  • dinesh kumar on December 10, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    am a huge rohit fan. good to see him score. he is lot lot better than what he has been so far. way to go rohit you will soon be in the team.

  • Syed Ahtaysham on December 10, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Some Body needs to bring to the selectors concern that Kaif is scoring so hugehly in domestic circuit, I think Selectors dont even reallise that kaif is scoring so many runs, Selectors Please selct KAIF, just give him a chance to prove him seld in international arena

  • md.nadeem on December 10, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    kaif should be back in team to give more strength to middle order, selector should think seriously

  • sammy on December 10, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    LEAD PAST 350.KARNATAKA WILL SURELYWIN IF VINAYAND COMPANYBOWLS WELL.ADVANTAGE KARNATAKA

  • Srinidhi on December 10, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Time for Karnataka to declare & get early wickets of Delhi by the end of today

  • Jayaprakash on December 10, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    come on vinay... declare the innings.. 350 is enough to beat delhi..

  • Krishna on December 10, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    At the end of every Ranji season, BCCI should select handful of bright players from every team, around 30, and let them play around the world till next season start. Let people like Kumble, Dravid, Laxman, Chopra guide them in this. Then we will have people with both talent and experience ready to play for India.

  • harish on December 10, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Karnataka lead more than 350 still no declare????

  • Karthik on December 10, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Kaif is always ignored.Atleast he is the correct man who could atleast fill up the void space left by Dravid atleast to some extent.Scoring about 70+ in every match for Uttar Pradesh in Ranji.Can handle pressure very well.And Karnataka has to play well from here.

  • RamZZZ on December 10, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Being a kaif fan am happy to hear that lot of voices are raising in his support. He paid the price for being a team man... whenever they asked him to open the innings ... he did... they asked him to bat at 7.. he did..all the selectors did their part well to keep him out of the international scene... all i would say india lost a true team player and captain material.... after all indian cricket is business now....

  • sita on December 10, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    why do the selectors keep ignoring Kaif. He is playing so good and also a great fielder.He can bat at any positions. Why don't he replace Yuvraj singh.

  • Cobra on December 10, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Karnataka Should Score Faster and declare at around 300 lead and give their bowlers more time to wrap up dehli.

  • Syed on December 10, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Seriously!! why isn't Kaif chosen, since his early days BCCi has been giving him step motherly treatment over the likes of others like Yuvraj et al.

  • nayeem on December 10, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    yes narry you are right karntaka should declare as they reach to 300..seeing thier position in the group

  • Bhanu on December 10, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I think Rohit is getting consistency now a days. He has to try a little bit harder and the selectors will catch him again. He has to be in Indian Squad. Cheeers !!

  • harish on December 10, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Karnataka should take the lead of 350 by scoring some quick runs and let delhi to play about 10-12 overs which will put tremendous pressure on them and if they loose one or 2 wickets than it will be big chance to win the game for Karnataka

  • harish on December 10, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Why Dhoni, Yuvaraj & Harbhajhan that too instead of Ashwin...strange

  • Narry on December 10, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Karnataka should declare once their lead reaches 300. They really need the 6 points in this match to be in contention for the top 3 places in the group. Already Baroda have 20, UP most likely to have 20 and Odisha have 16.

  • Srinidhi on December 10, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Well, if Karnataka takes a lead of more than 350-400 runs, then definitely Delhi is going to lose. If you check the scorecard for Karnataka v Odisha at Bangalore - Nov 24-27, 2012, it shows that batting last / chasing the total on the fourth day is not easy on this pitch, as it will help the seamers in morning session as it happened for the first 3 days of this match (14 wickets) & spinners later on.

  • Sameer on December 10, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Transition can sometimes be done successfully by picking stop-gaps where age does not matter. Once, Sachin retires (he deserves a grand farewell) the new team can look as Sehwag Gambhir Pujara Badrinath Kaif Yuvraj Dhoni Harbhajhan I Sharma Ojha Of course there will be reserves and watch-outs This team can play for a couple of years. In the meantime, youngsters can be prepared for heigher honours.

  • Shafique on December 10, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    I, too, am a Kaif admirer. Is there any doubt that he has been treated badly by national selectors? Vengsarkar realized his folly and gave him a chance (though only as a 12th man) at the fag end of his stint as chief selector. K Srikanth notoriously kept him out even of challengers' trophy, despite making loads of runs on testing tracks in domestic matches. Of course Srikanth's yardstick of selecting any team -- national, A team or teams for Challengers' Trophy -- was performance in IPL, and this is the reason why India are struggling to save their honour in their so-called forte.

  • Arjun on December 10, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    An age bias is shown in the recent changes (and expected changes that didn't happen) to the Indian squad. All the players dropped are over 30, while three of the four new young players have been much worse. All the players picked are very young, while Kaif, fitter, and trying harder, is left out because of age. This can set a negative precedent, where faking age will become a means for survival and growth.

  • V.Sethuraman. on December 10, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Mumbai is facing uphill task of reaching Punjab's big total. Sethu.

  • harish on December 10, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    If Karnatake crossed 400 runs it is very difficult to chase down for Delhi.. in spite having strong batting line up, since karnataka is having decent bowling attack leading from captain Vinay. Good to see manish is playing sensibly and he is the best batsman in the team especially against spin bowling...Binny is getting better in every match

  • Muheet on December 10, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    kaif should be back in team to give more strength to middle order, selector should think seriously

  • Nitin on December 10, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    While we are at it, count me in in the list of Kaif fans. The bloke is resolute and digs in (aka tailormade for test cricket)

  • Shaheer on December 10, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Now a lot of comments about remove dhoni from test captaincy.. what's problem if Kaif captaining Indian test team .. he has a good captaincy record too...

  • Abrar on December 10, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Surprised to see Kaif's exclusion - continuously ignored by Srikanth, Vengsarkar and now Sandip Patil - truly said by Amarnath " Indian selectors are a bunch of jokers" - They can take players like Jadeja who is just a flat wicket bully see the efforts of Kaif on testing wickets at No. 3 (ghaziabad, meerut, kanpur ) OH LORD LISTEN TO OUR PRAYERS -- BEST OF LUCK KAIF BHAI !!

  • Rupin sahota on December 10, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Delhi r not kids that they cant chase four hundred runs.they have batting line up better than karnataka.and bowling is also better than karnataka.ithe wicket has dried out and good for batting.so its advantage delhi not karnataka my friends.

  • Yusuf on December 10, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    I +1 Vivek Bhandari's comment.

  • Srinidhi on December 10, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Great come back by Karnataka after losing 4 quick wickets in early morning session. Robin, Rahul played well but couldn't convert scores to big hundreds & Stuart Binny continuing his good form. If Karnataka will get a score of about 350 & leave Delhi to get 15-20 for today & full day on tomorrow, then Karnataka definitely will win this match.

  • anilkumar on December 10, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    nice to see jadeja and abana , bhubneswar kumar in the team . good luck for next step in the life to make somthingh proud of uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu etc.

  • sahir on December 10, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Kaif is making some serious point by piling up runs in this season.Why don't selectors don't just consider him!! He is a senior player and would have been appropriate replacement for yuvi's place in the team

  • Jayaprakash on December 10, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Uttappa again missed a century. but playing very well in this season. His confidence level is increasing with every match. New coach Amre doing well...

  • Rohit on December 10, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Nice to read Harsha's poetic views on Dharamshala. But Bhogle sahib's writing reminds one of old colonial officials, when they first encountered the Dhauladhar range; particularly so, when, they wrote of the locals as 'hill people'. Usually with the latter, several other adjectives flowed: 'simple, carefree, and fond of drink'. (In the interest of full disclosure, I am a hillbilly from HP).

  • Vivek Bhandari on December 10, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Hi, I've a suggestion. Can't this blog be updated top to bottom instead of the current pattern. It would help lot of those who read it at the end of the day; scrolling all the way to bottom and then going up isn't that interesting. Thanks

  • sridhar on December 10, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    All the best for AWANA...

  • LP Surve on December 10, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Probably you can bring in more crowd to grounds by broadcast in "Free entry" at Wankhede, Mumbai. Also Please specify which gate do we have free entry at Wankhede, Mumbai. Thank you.

  • nayeem on December 10, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    karnataka is going to win this match

  • Shailesh Gandhi on December 10, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Selectors has rightly call Ravindra Jadeja for test. Man in form will deliver the expectation of cricket fans. For information he was vice-captain under Kohli for u-19 world cup. Saurashtra Ranji will miss you. Good luck Jadeja.

  • Sid on December 10, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Rohit better start scoring atleast from now on, to be in the reconnings when Sachin retires. how long are going to waste your talent? Start converting it into runs, even jadeja is scoring here... Shame..

  • R. Srinivas on December 10, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Smit Patel is in great form and should be shortlisted in Indian Team.He is gr8 stroke maker, aggressive and has tremendous potential. no body can forget his stellar role in winning the under 19 World cup

  • Sid on December 10, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    Good Job Deepak Behera. Time for Odisha batsmen to put their heads down and accumulate runs. If we build a couple of good partnerships, we can definitely put Baroda batsmen under pressure in the final innings. Come on guys...

  • babs on December 10, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    When you play big international games you have to have the right positive attitue, however good you are as a player but if things don`t come at the right time you have to accept failure and move out.players now inducted in the indian team is not going to make much impact for now. India will go down 3-1.

  • Khem on December 10, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Please provide the updated score of the match between HP Vs Assam ..

  • smbhayi on December 10, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    it is unfair... Why Kaif continuously ignored...??? He's well experienced and in good form too.... He well suited any position... And fitter than current Indian players... I need back him Indian test team... Its not bad if he captaining team India.... เ ใ๏νє ұ๏ย, кคเғұ ....

  • Shivam on December 10, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    disappointing to see raina not performing he wasted many oppurtunities

  • Karamana on December 10, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Have to feel for Uthappa. He has invested his IPL money wisely by having a personal batting coach in the form of Amre, but big scores have not happened.

  • sammy on December 10, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    omg a wicket.

  • noor on December 10, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    It is sad that players of badrinath and kaif are kept at sideline and chance given to a batsman who doesn't know how to score n the international circuit.I am really afraid of future of indian cricket.

  • Sudhakar on December 10, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    well played robbie..but 80's won't help u.

  • Shyam on December 10, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    What an opportunity Rayudu is squandering this season, not converting his scores into huge hundreds. Most of his U-19 team mates have already represented India at the senior level.

  • RAVI BANDEKAR on December 10, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Gøøð morning ranji leage 6th round day 3

  • Sid on December 10, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Good Morning everyone. It seems we aren't going to see any outright wins today. But plenty of work to be done by the batsmen to get the 1st innings lead for their respective sides... Hope Jaddu gets another century :)

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  • Sid on December 10, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Good Morning everyone. It seems we aren't going to see any outright wins today. But plenty of work to be done by the batsmen to get the 1st innings lead for their respective sides... Hope Jaddu gets another century :)

  • RAVI BANDEKAR on December 10, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Gøøð morning ranji leage 6th round day 3

  • Shyam on December 10, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    What an opportunity Rayudu is squandering this season, not converting his scores into huge hundreds. Most of his U-19 team mates have already represented India at the senior level.

  • Sudhakar on December 10, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    well played robbie..but 80's won't help u.

  • noor on December 10, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    It is sad that players of badrinath and kaif are kept at sideline and chance given to a batsman who doesn't know how to score n the international circuit.I am really afraid of future of indian cricket.

  • sammy on December 10, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    omg a wicket.

  • Karamana on December 10, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Have to feel for Uthappa. He has invested his IPL money wisely by having a personal batting coach in the form of Amre, but big scores have not happened.

  • Shivam on December 10, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    disappointing to see raina not performing he wasted many oppurtunities

  • smbhayi on December 10, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    it is unfair... Why Kaif continuously ignored...??? He's well experienced and in good form too.... He well suited any position... And fitter than current Indian players... I need back him Indian test team... Its not bad if he captaining team India.... เ ใ๏νє ұ๏ย, кคเғұ ....

  • Khem on December 10, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Please provide the updated score of the match between HP Vs Assam ..