Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round VIII December 24, 2012

Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round VIII, Day 3

5.15pm - Lots to watch out for Kerala and Vidarbha have surged back into contention with outright wins today
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5.15pm - Lots to watch out for Kerala and Vidarbha have surged back into contention with outright wins today. For tomorrow we have quite a few tantalisingly poised games. In Jammu, Himachal are 32 for 1 chasing 235 for win. In Jaipur, Shitanshu Kotak and Sheldon Jackson have opened for Saurashtra. They are 11 for 0 chasing 306. Punjab will start batting tomorrow, needing 231 to win in Valsad. In Indore, a declaration will arrive at some point. UP have disappointed by not declaring and killing the game off, ironically after their captain (Suresh Raina) earlier had a moan about other captains not declaring. Anyway, we have enough thrills tomorrow. Do join us

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9.15am Your week has just started, but we are already midway into the Ranji week. An exciting day in prospect with Vidarbha, Kerala and Himachal pushing for wins today. Also, Punjab-Gujarat's lead will be decided, and Mumbai-MP and Railways-Hyderabad promise close fights for three points. Zaheer Khan and Pragyan Ojha's bowling will be on show. As will be Amit Mishra's, who was selected for India yesterday. Welcome

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Vidarbha 206 and 140 (Mangaraj 5-19) beat Odisha (toss) 121 (Sandeep Singh 4-39) and 119 (Jungade 5-44) by 106 runs in Cuttack

Kerala (toss) 325 (Jagadeesh 134, Ferandez 111, Nadeem 4-90) beat Jharkhand 120 (Sreesanth 4-28) and 170 (Jaggi 90, Warrier 6-44) by an innings and 35 runs in Mallapuram

Saurashtra (toss) 228 (Pankaj Singh 5-61) and 11 for 0 need 295 to beat Rajasthan 299 (Menaria 103) and 234 for 9 decl. (Chouhan 73) in Japiur

Punjab (toss) 268 (Uday Kaul 93) and 0 for 0 need another 231 beat Gujarat 266 (Sandeep Sharma 4-40) and 232 (Sarabjit Singh 4-112) in Valsad

Himachal (toss) 189 (Ram Dayal 6-50) and 32 for 1 need another 203 to beat Jammu & Kashmir 175 (Malik 5-41) and 248 (Rassol 83, Dayal 71) in Jammu

Mumbai 304 (Pawar 111*, Pandey 6-48) and 192 for 5 (Jaffer 67) lead Madhya Pradesh (toss) 244 by 252 runs in Indore

Andhra 249 (Muzumdar 108*) and 10 for 0 trail Assam (toss) 394 for 5 decl. (Tarjinder Singh 103*) by 135 runs in Guwahati

Maharashtra 376 for 7 (Khadiwale 168, Motwani 91) lead Baroda 362 (Waghmode 113, Devdhar 104, Mundhe 4-72) (toss) by 14 runs in Pune

Hyderabad (toss) 337 (Ashish Reddy 82, Sandeep 68) and 130 for 6 lead Railways 213 (Shinde 5-78) by 254 runs in Hyderabad

Tamil Nadu 179 (Murtaza 7-80) and 5 for 0 need another 416 to beat Uttar Pradesh (toss) 392 (Murtaza 106, Kaif 68) and 207 in Chennai

Karnataka (toss) 272 (Kapoor 106, Harshal Patel 5-77) and (f/o) 63 for 0 trail Haryana 587 for 9 decl. (Jayant Yadav 211, Mishra 202*) by 252 runs in Hubli

Goa 64 for 4 trail Tripura 278 (Abhijit Dey 76, Gadekar 4-72) by 214 runs in Agartala

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5.05pm - Summation from Hubli Writes in Siddarth Ravindran: "'As long as I play cricket I will remember Hubli, since I scored my first hundred and double-hundred here and my recall to the Indian team also came here,' Haryana captain Amit Mishra had said on Sunday. Karnataka will have less fond memories of the city, though, since their batting buckled in little more than two sessions to leave them needing a miracle to reach the knockout stages. Haryana started the round in seventh place, qualification looking a long way away, but an outright victory here will keep them dreaming of making the next stage. They are 63 for 0, still trailing by more than 250 runs."

5pm - Stumps in Indore Mumbai end at 192 for 5, leading by just 252. Their slowdown in the hour leading to the end of the day's play has robbed them a use of the fresh pitch in the morning session. That's when most wickets have been falling. Will Mumbai trust Agarkar and Zaheer enough to make a risky declaration tomorrow? We will find out

4.55pm - Stumps in Hyderabad Hyderabad are 130 for 6 at stumps, a lead of 254. They have the first-innings lead, so it's Railways who will be making all the play tomorrow

In Agartala, Tripura have picked up four wickets, and are looking good for three points should there be enough play tomorrow. Goa 64 for 4 in response to 278

4.50pm - Saurashtra chasing 306 Rajasthan have declared at 234 for 9. They will get about a couple of overs before stumps. Saurashtra need 306 to win. Only an outright win can keep Rajasthan alive. Saurashtra are third on the table right now, but won't mind an outright win. Another thriller coming up

Mumbai, meanwhile, are only 249 ahead, and can't declare yet. Mumbai have actually shut shop. Last five overs: 2 runs, 1 wicket. Clearly they have lost all initiative, and their bowlers will have to come up with a big effort tomorrow to get the outright win they desperately need. MP, second on the table right now, will take the one point they get by holding on to a draw

4.45pm - Siddarth Ravindran from Hubli

The loudest sound at the ground is of the passing train. Not much cheering from the crowd as the game meanders towards stumps. Karnataka's openers have begun positively again, and both will be keen to avoid the unpleasant feeling of being dismissed twice in a day. Karntaka 37/0

4.40pm - UP conserve energy Up are not going for an outright win. That has been their strategy all through the season. Despite a 213-run first-innings lead, they first didn't enforce follow-on, and are now batting on and on. At 205 for 8, they lead by 418, but haven't declared. Anyway they are on top of the table, and have one game in hand

4.35pm - Rajasthan keep losing wickets While we were expecting Rajasthan to declare and set Saurashtra a target, the target is setting itself. Rajasthan are now 224 for 8, a lead of 295. That match is well poised too, along with the ones in Valsad and Jammu

4.30pm - Ram Dayal at it again A valuable 30 in the first innings, six wickets in the second, 71 in the third, and now he has taken the first wicket in the fourth innings. Ram Dayal is doing it all for J&K. Himachal 12 for 1, needing another 223 to win

4.25pm - Lead for Maharashtra Amid late drama, including losing captain Rohit Motwani for 91, Maharashtra have secured three points by overtaking Baroda's 362 in Pune. It's unlikely we will get an outright result here. That's three points for Maharashtra and one for Baroda. Maharashtra still have no chance of making it, and will be stuck at the bottom with 11 points. Baroda will now have 22, second on the table, but this is also their last match. Anything can go wrong for them in the final round

4.15pm - Lower-order runs for Gujarat In Valsad, the hosts have hep up Punjab and have reached 209 for 8. That's a lead of 207, and it sets up the match beautifully

4.05pm - Goa all at sea As opposed to sea being all at Goa. They are 42 for 3 in response to Tripura's 278 in Agartala. Because of bad-weather interruptions, we can't expect any more than a first-innings result in this match. Mora Singh: 6-3-8-2

4pm - Himachal need 235 to win An impressive effort from the J&K lower order to take the third innings to 248, the highest score of the match so far. Parvez Rassol scored 83, Ram Dayal 71. Himachal now need 235 to win, and we have enough time for an outright result here. If J&K win, they come back into the reckoning. For Himachal, though, it doesn't make a difference, because this is their last match and they have only 12 points so far

3.55pm - Hyderabad collapse in second innings After taking a 124-run lead, Hyderabad are now down at 106 for 6 in the second innings. Karan Sharma has taken three for Railways, Murali Kartik two. Hyderabad will need another 70-80 runs before they can start feeling safe

3.50pm - Declarations delayed in Jaipur and Indore Both Mumbai and Rajasthan are desperate for outright wins. They have taken first-innings leads, but they have lost wickets in second innings to slow things down. Rajasthan are going at less than three an over, and now lead by 255 with five wickets in hand. Mumbai are going at 3.5 an over, they have lost just lost two set batsmen, and lead by 224 with six wickets in hand. Are these sides willing to take outlandish risks?

3.40pm - Follow-on in Hubli Karnataka bowled out for 272. That's 120 fewer than Haryana's eighth-wicket partnership. Haryana will be desperate for an innings result here. They have three session and a bit to bowl Karnataka out in

3.36pm - Big win for Vidarbha Jungade finishes Odisha off with his fifth wicket. A win by 106 runs. Odisha bowled out for 119 in 40.1 overs. Add to that just 50.4 overs in first innings. Vidarbha now third in Group B, moving to 19 points, ahead of Delhi's 17. Odisha are now stuck at 16 after seven games

3.35pm - Jammu set for close finish Ram Dayal has taken J&K to a fighting total. He is 61 not out, J&K 234 for 8. That's a lead of 220. Interesting chase in the offing

3.30pm - Harshal gets Karnataka again Reports Siddarth Ravindran: "Harshal Patel get five in the innings once again against Karnataka. He has KP Appanna caught in the gully and Karnataka slip to 260/9. Kunal Kapoor, on 98 when the ninth wicket fell, brings up the century with a glide down to third man. Salutes the cheering crowd."

3.20pm - Tarjinder Singh gets hundred, Assam declare Assam's Tarjinder Singh has scored his third first-class century as Assam build their lead. They have declared at 394 for 5 with a lead of 145. That's a positive move. Go for the win. Assam have 17 points and Andhra 20, so it makes sense to go for the win

3.15pm - Vidarbha get another Amol Jungade breaks what would have been a prickly eighth-wicket stand. Odisha are 117 for 8 now, needing 109 more to win

3pm - Odisha slow slide down Odisha have now added 33 for the eight wicket, but with 115 still required there is some way to go still. Are Lagnajit Samal and Alok Sahoo delaying the inevitable? Odisha 111 for 7

2.40pm - Nearly a hat-trick in Hubli Reports a breathless Siddarth Ravindran: "Harshal Patel, who caused so much damage to Karnataka last year, unleashes a couple of corking deliveries: first a bouncer that was too good for SL Akshay, who fended it to gully, then a pitched up delivery that HS Sharath shouldered arms to be bowler. The crowd is excited as there are seven men around the bat for the hat-trick ball. Harshal delivers a pinpoint yorker but Appanna squeezes it out. Karnataka 228 for 8. What a way to go to tea

In Indore, Wasim Jaffer has made his way to an attacking 48 off 48. Mumbai lead by 197 with eight wickets in hand. Expecting a declaration today. Mumbai need an outright win to stay alive

Other tea scores being updated at the top of the page

2.35pm Harbhajan Singh may not be feeling well, but Punjab are doing all right. They have just taken the sixth second-innings wicket to reduce Gujarat to effectively 145 for 6. However, it won't be a cakewalk in the fourth innings either. Interesting sessions ahead in Valsad

2.20pm - Himachal get the big wicket of Rassol Parvez Rassol has finally fallen for 83, but he has given his side something to bowl at. At 180 for 6, J&K are 166 ahead. And once again, Ram Dayal - 36 not out - is putting up important lower-order runs

2.15pm "from 4 points from 5 matches to 18 points from 7 matches , sreeshant effect is showing on kerala, now a match against andra which is like 'make and take'"

Azeem Hafiz, great recovery yes, but you have got to remember the next match is Andhra's home game. They are already second on the table, so an intriguing choice of what kind of pitch they prepare. They can go for a batting track and aim for three points, but then some other team can score seven from behind. If they go for a result pitch, they have the Sreesanth risk to keep in mind

2.10pm - Khadiwale puts Maharashtra on course Baroda have finally got rid of Harshad Khadiwale for 168, but he has put Maharashtra on course for a first-innings lead. At 306 for 5, they need 57 for three points

2.05pm - Odisha folding at home They have lost two more. At 78 for 7, they still need 148 to win. They began the game decently placed in the points table, but with 16 points from seven games they will need miracles to go to quarters

2.02pm - Jogiya goes khalli balli in Hubli Joginder Sharma has picked another Karnataka wicket. A follow-on is a possibility now. Amit Varma caught at the wicket for 3. Haryana all over the hosts. If Karnataka need inspiration, they need only to be reminded of how bad a state Haryana were in before Mishra and Jayant Yadav came together. Karnataka 198 for 6

2pm - No-ball drama in Indore Anand Rajan produced a jaffa to get Jaffer, but the umpires look at the replays to find his foot landed on the line. And to make it worse, it slipped further. Rajan has had a problem with no-balls, and it was only a matter of time before it turned into heartbreak. Mumbai 105 for 2, a lead of 165

1.55pm - Punjab on the prowl Moving west, in Valsad, Punjab are tightening the noose. Gujarat have lost four for 108, including the big wicket of Parthiv Patel for 31 off 26. Effectively they are 106 for 4 now

1.50pm - Vidarbha move closer to six points In Cuttack, Odisha are reeling at 74 for 5. They need another 152 to win. Amol Jungade has taken three.

1.42pm - Kerala get all seven Sandeep Warrier has taken 6 for 44 to lead Kerala to an innings victory. Jharkhand bowled out for 170. Ishank Jaggi last man out. For 90. That's an important surge for Kerala. They are now level at third with Jharkhand. Both have 18 points from seven matches

1.35pm - Siddarth Ravindran from Hubli

Karnataka's chances in this game may be bleak, but a sizeable crowd has turned up even though this is Monday. Plenty of kids in the VIP stands, and they are providing non-stop commentary on the game. Discussions about Joginder Sharma's over of fame in 2007 on as he comes on to bowl. Karnataka 186 for 4

Ganesh Sathish comes out with some drinks, and as he returns he is swarmed by kids asking for autographs and pictures. He signs quite a few but with the crowd around him not abating, a cop asks the kids to go back to their seats. Meanwhile Joginder has struck. Binny is lbw. Karnataka 190 for 5

1.30pm - Kerala push some more Thanks Febin for the update. CP Shahid has taken three quick wickets, and now Kerala are one wicket from seven points. Jharkhand 160 for 9. They still need 45 to make Kerala bat again

1.25pm - Finally cricket in Agartala Another delayed start, and Tripura have lost three wickets tofay for the addition of 71 runs. Harshad Gadekar has taken four wickets, and is looking for his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket

1.15pm - Vidarbha eye six points Chasing 226, Odisha have lost three wickets for 41. This match is hurtling towards a result today

1.10pm - Kerala move closer Two more strikes for them. Warrier has one more. Jharkhand 151 for 6. They still need 54 to make Kerala bat again. Kerala can get all seven here

12.55pm - Assam take lead In Guwahati, the hosts have gone past Andhra's 249 with six wickets still in hand. Tajinder Singh and Dheeraj jadhav have added 97 for the fifth wicket. Assam 268 for 4. With that Assam remain the race for quarters. And if they can bowl Andhra out for a second time, it will be even better for them

12.50pm - More movement in Jammu Vikramjeet Malik's double strike in the middle had left J&K effectively at 105 for 5. Rassol still not out on 60. J&K need to squeeze out another 60 from somewhere

12.45pm - Siddarth Ravindran in Hubli

Haryana strike five minutes after lunch. Harshal Patel has CM Gautam lbw, there are shouts of 'Come on Binny, come on,' as the stand-in Karnataka captain walks in. Kar are now 149/4

Noon Lunch scores are getting updated at the top of the page. Mumbai have scored a quick 48 for no loss. Expect a declaration. Punjab have taken two Gujarat wickets already, who are now effectively 26 for 2.

In Hubli, Karnataka haven't let the scoring rate dip despite the big wickets they lost. Plenty of boundaries in the half hour before the break. They are now 138 for 3. Haryana well and truly on top, though.

Hyderabad have taken the lead. Railways bowled out for 213. Amol Shinde gets five

11.55am - Thriller being set up in Jammu In Jammu, Himachal are picking wickets, but J&K are getting enough runs to constitue a fighting total. Parvez Rassol at 50 not out is the key man. J&K 104 for 4 now, effectively 90 for 4

11.45am - Chaos in Cuttack Odisha have pulled themselves back into the game by taking the last seven Vidarbha wickets for just 41 runs. Vidarbha bowled out in 58.1 overs. Alok Mangaraj, medium-pacer, is the chief wrecker with 5 for 19. That, though, is just an outside chance. If Odisha get 226, it will be the highest score of this match.

11.43am - Khadiwale keeps Maharashtra on track Harshad Khadiwale has scored 125 out of Maharashtra's 212 for 5. They need another 151 for first-innings points against Baroda. That won't make much difference to Maharashtra's fortunes, but could hurt Baroda who are currently joint-leaders of Group B but are playing their last league match. Other teams have a game in hand

11.40am - Hyderabad tighten grip Amol Shinde has contributed with threew wickets of his own to reduce Railways to 208 for 7. Hyderabad lead by 129

11.35am - No play in Agartala Bad weather again. Only 58 overs possible so far. Tripura 170 for 5

11.30am - Gloomy for Karnataka Siddarth Ravindran from Hubli: "Karnataka all at sea. Their two biggest names have already been dismissed. After Uthappa, it is the turn of Manish Pandey, who is bowled by Mishra for 7. Kar 96/3"

11.25am - Mumbai promote Tare It seems to be a move to go for quick runs before declaring. Wasim Jaffer is not opening the second innings, it's Aditya Tare with Kaustubh Pawar

11.20am - Kerala push for seven points Kerala have taken two wickets this morning to reduce Jharkhand to 91 for 4. They still need 114 to make Kerala bat again. Sandeep Warrier has taken three wickets. Seven points here can give Kerala an outside chance at making it to the quarters. They have only 11 points so far

11.10am - Siddarth Ravindran in Hubli

Big wicket in Hubli. Robin Uthappa is gone for 51, are Karnataka chances gone as well? Uthappa is caught at short leg after top-edging an attempted sweep off Amit Mishra. The umpire didn't hesitate in ruling him out but Uthappa was clearly unhappy with the decision, stood at the wicket for a few moments before making the slow trudge off. Kar 83/2

11.05am - Comedy in Indore But MP are not laughing. Actually this is not funny at all.

Anand Rajan plays a forward-defensive to Abhishek Nayar, is beaten, there is day light between bat and ball, there is no sound, and Mumbai make a polite enquiry. Nayar is almost turning back for the next ball, Anand Rajan is practising his next shot, and Nand Kishore belatedly and ridiculously raises his finger.

Soon another wicket falls. This time it is a proper edge, but then No. 11 Ishwar Pandey is given caught at the wicket without edging the ball. Horrendous umpiring, this time from CK Nandan

MP are bowled out for 244, losing their last four wickets for three runs. That's a lead of 60 for Mumbai. They will want to go for the kill here. They desperately need an outright win

11am - Fifty for Uthappa From SIddarth Ravindran: "Jayant Yadav, who scored a double-century yesterday, comes on to bowl his offspinners. He grunts as he delivers the ball, not seen that in a spinner before. Karnataka are 73 for 1. And at the other end, the other double-centurion Amit Mishra starts off. A superb straight drive and a flick behind square leg brings up Robin Uthappa's 50 off 54 balls. Huge cheers from the crowd."

10.55am - Ali "allrounder" Murtaza After scoring a century from No. 8, Ali Murtaza has taken seven wickets to bundle Tamil Nadu out for just 179. UP haven't enforced the follow-on, though. However, they are off to a quick start and 31 for 0 in 6.4 overs

This is the fifth time season that somebody has scored a hundred and taken a five-for in the same match. Others are Rishi Dhawan, Kamlesh Makvana, Parvez Rassol and D Sivakumar

10.45am - Nayar strikes again Abhishek Nayar might not be pleasing on the eye, but he is one hell of a performer for Mumbai. Just before the new ball becomes due and the big boys take over, Nayar has produced a huge breakthrough by bowling out Harpreet Singh for 50. MP are 241 for 7 now, needed another 63 to reach Mumbai's 304

10.41am - Uday Kaul does it again Punjab wicketkeeper-batsman just added 31 with the last man Sarabjeet Singh to take Punjab to 268, a lead of two runs. Gujarat will be gutted. Three points here would have given them a decent chance to qualify. Now they will have to do all the running. Over the next five sessions

10.40am - Siddarth Ravindran from Hubli

More people streaming in now, and they are getting what they wanted to see - Robin Uthappaa in full flow. Some lovely drives this morning, including one just now off Mohit Sharma for four. Kar 60/1 after having lost the wicket of KL Rahul. Shouts of 'Come on Jogi,' as Joginder Sharma runs in to bowl

On Joginder Sharma, yes he is still playing, and he signed autographs in the morning. Good to see people not forgetting people

10.25am - Double-strike for Ashish Reddy In Hyderabad, Ashish Reddy has picked up two wickets on the third morning to go with his 82 with the bat. The game is more important for Railways. Hyderabad as good as out with six points from six games. Outright result is unlikely here

PS: Mahesh Rawat has fallen too, and Railways are struggling at 172 for 5

10.20am - Harpreet counterattacks for MP Harpreet Singh, who took arguably the catch of the season on day 1, is hitting Mumbai bowlers sensibly, and has reached 42 off 57. After the early wicket of Choudhury, this innings is taking the initiative away from Mumbai. MP are now 229 for 6, needing another 76 for three points. New ball due in nine overs. That will be crucial too

10.15am - Five for Pankaj Pankaj Singh has picked up another five-wicket haul - his 17th in 67 first-class games - and Saurashtra are bowled out for 228, a deficit of 71. Rajasthan can't rest, though. They are at the bottom of the table, and need outright wins in both their matches to give themselves an outside chance at qualifying. Quick runs needed for them

10.13am - Hold-up in Hubli Reports Siddarth Ravindran: "A hold-up of several minutes in Hubli as some people are walking past the sightscreen. It takes the batsman, umpire and several fielders to tell them to move out of the way before play can finally resume. No break in concentration for Uthappa though as he effortlessly eases the ball through cover for four. Kar 43 fpr no loss."

10.10am - Gujarat close in in Valsad And they have got the ninth wicket too. Punjab now 237 for 9 with Sandeep Sharma gone for a duck. Kushang Patel and Ishwar Chaudhury have got the wickets today

10.05am - Drama in Valsad Punjab have just lost their eighth wicket. They are 30 runs behind Gujarat's 266. Uday Kaul, not out on 70, is the key man here

Saurashtra and MP support staffs will be following this match closely. If Gujarat get three points here, it spells more trouble for those two teams, who are currently places second and third. Gujarat are one point behind the top three, and Punjab have already qualified

9.55am - Pankaj Singh hurts Saurashtra again The tall and strapping Rajasthan bowler has struck twice early on the third morning to interrupt Saurasthra's comeback. Kamlesh makvana gone for his overnight 54 and they have lost two wickets for the addition of 9 runs. Saurashtra 222 for 9 now

9.50am - Small crowd but involved Messages Siddarth Ravindran from Hubli: "'Too high, too high,' shouts a man from the crowd as Haryana make a loud appeal for lbw against KL Rahul. The umpire agrees with him. More advice follows: 'Get behind the line, Uthappa.' Karnataka 23/0"

9.45am - Agarkar strikes Fifteen minutes into the third day's play, Ajit Agarkar bowls a slower ball, Satyam Choudhury is early into it, and this time Agarkar takes the catch himself, unlike his colleagues. And he is denied what looked like a plumb lbw next ball Ankit Sharma survives. MP 198 for 6

9.35am - Siddarth Ravindran has settled down in Hubli (the stadium, that is)

Not much of a crowd in as Karnataka have the unenviable task of overhauling Haryana's 587/9. Hubli gets pretty hot in the afternoon, and this is the coolest time of the day's play

9.20am - Starts in earnest Updates from east India first. In Cuttack, Vidarbha have adding 10 to their lead of 149. They are effectively 159 for 2. Will we see a declaration today, considering they bowled Odisha out in 50 overs yesterday?

In Guwahati, Andhra have picked up two early wickets. Assam are now 177 for 4, chasing 250 for three points. Their set batsman Sibsankar Roy is gone for 77

No play in Agartala so far. Tripura are 170 for 5 after the 58 overs that have been possible so far

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nitin on December 24, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    @Siddharth Monga - There is a massive difference between not declaring by playing for 2-3 days in a first game of the group stage AND not declaring to insure that you pocket 3 points in a game that ensures your passage into quarter-finals. Your characterization of Raina's comments after the Maharashtra game are way out of context.

  • vishnu on December 24, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Well kerala registerd another win with bonus points, if they aiming to go through quaterfinel they must beat andra, i am sure that they will make some batting changes for that game, batting has been very ordinary, where is sanju(india u19 player) i heared that he scored a century against assam, raify will be a gud selection for middle order, all the best kerala...

  • Pankaj on December 24, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    KYA KABHI PANKAJ SINGH KO INDIA TEAM ME LENGE . He get one more 5 wickets

  • mod on December 24, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @Sid,.....UP have disappointed by not declaring and killing the game off, ironically after their captain (Suresh Raina) earlier had a moan about other captains not declaring. what will you do in same situation?????? whereas TN will play like 20-20 from this stage, coz they have nothing to lose,

    @Deepak, anytime

  • tarakanath on December 24, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Odisha have strong bowling line up, but their batting is very poor. They should bring back their specialists Das and Parida from Vidharba and Rajashtan Respectivtly. Even that may not be enough by looking at their performance this year. Bringing some outside batter may help. How about bringing strong performers of group C, like surav tiwary, Majumdar, akash, dogra, etc. Definetly couple or 3 professional players from outside will increase thier chance next season. Rajshtan is the best example. Strong native bowlers and battign depands on professionals

  • abhi on December 24, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    @ Srinidhi - HS Sharath isplaying in this game. He picked up 3 wickets & scored 2 fours to remain unbeaten.

  • Deepak on December 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    @MOD, Thanks a lot

  • tarakanath on December 24, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Odisha missed a golden oppertunity to qualify for QF. Now no chance against strong UP which is their next opponent. Virtually out of race. Win against Karnataka was impressive but Kar only to blame for that.

  • mod on December 24, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @Deepak, here is your link, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ranji-trophy-2012/engine/current/series/574010.html?view=pointstable

  • azeem hafiz on December 24, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @ krishna , andhra i dont think its no better than jharkhand, leaving cheif guest amol mazumdar and sumanth there are no stuff in the team , lets see andhra can hang on atleast a draw against kerala, comparing the south zone teams goa and andra are very poor and about sreeshanth, be here for a discussion about him after the andra match insha allah i m waiting

  • Nitin on December 24, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    @Siddharth Monga - There is a massive difference between not declaring by playing for 2-3 days in a first game of the group stage AND not declaring to insure that you pocket 3 points in a game that ensures your passage into quarter-finals. Your characterization of Raina's comments after the Maharashtra game are way out of context.

  • vishnu on December 24, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Well kerala registerd another win with bonus points, if they aiming to go through quaterfinel they must beat andra, i am sure that they will make some batting changes for that game, batting has been very ordinary, where is sanju(india u19 player) i heared that he scored a century against assam, raify will be a gud selection for middle order, all the best kerala...

  • Pankaj on December 24, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    KYA KABHI PANKAJ SINGH KO INDIA TEAM ME LENGE . He get one more 5 wickets

  • mod on December 24, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @Sid,.....UP have disappointed by not declaring and killing the game off, ironically after their captain (Suresh Raina) earlier had a moan about other captains not declaring. what will you do in same situation?????? whereas TN will play like 20-20 from this stage, coz they have nothing to lose,

    @Deepak, anytime

  • tarakanath on December 24, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Odisha have strong bowling line up, but their batting is very poor. They should bring back their specialists Das and Parida from Vidharba and Rajashtan Respectivtly. Even that may not be enough by looking at their performance this year. Bringing some outside batter may help. How about bringing strong performers of group C, like surav tiwary, Majumdar, akash, dogra, etc. Definetly couple or 3 professional players from outside will increase thier chance next season. Rajshtan is the best example. Strong native bowlers and battign depands on professionals

  • abhi on December 24, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    @ Srinidhi - HS Sharath isplaying in this game. He picked up 3 wickets & scored 2 fours to remain unbeaten.

  • Deepak on December 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    @MOD, Thanks a lot

  • tarakanath on December 24, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Odisha missed a golden oppertunity to qualify for QF. Now no chance against strong UP which is their next opponent. Virtually out of race. Win against Karnataka was impressive but Kar only to blame for that.

  • mod on December 24, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @Deepak, here is your link, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ranji-trophy-2012/engine/current/series/574010.html?view=pointstable

  • azeem hafiz on December 24, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @ krishna , andhra i dont think its no better than jharkhand, leaving cheif guest amol mazumdar and sumanth there are no stuff in the team , lets see andhra can hang on atleast a draw against kerala, comparing the south zone teams goa and andra are very poor and about sreeshanth, be here for a discussion about him after the andra match insha allah i m waiting

  • Deepak on December 24, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Can someone post the points table of each groups or give me the link to the page

  • Nithin on December 24, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Karnataka have now dug themselves a hole where they need a win and the results of other matches to go in their favour. And of course they need kanishka balachandran to cover their next match :P

  • Srinidhi on December 24, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    @srinath, as mentioned about Binny, he has made 370+ runs & 15 wickets. Only two batsmen have scored above 450 runs until now, CM Gautam (wk) who has made 607 & R. Uthappa has scored 473 runs. Rest all batsmen, A.Verma, M.Pandey, KB Pawan, & even G. Satish who made a double hundred have failed completely. Bowling has been in shambles, only Vinay kumar got 17 wickets, Binny 15 wickets, KP Appanna 14 wickets. Mithun has taken only 6 wickets from 5 matches. KL Rahul who has made a hundred plus a fifty in 2 matches, along with HS Sharath picking up 14 wickets in 4 matches are the players to watch next season. I'm very shocked to see that HS Sharath is not playing this match, after he got 7 wickets in match winning performance against Delhi & a 5 wicket haul on debut against UP. Really pathetic selection done in this match. The match which they lost against Orissa is proving them too costly now. Way to go, Karnataka...!

  • Nithin on December 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    When i left home i saw uthappa and rahul were batting.When i come back i hear that they are still batting only to realise thats it the follow on !!!

  • PapiReddy on December 24, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    @ harish: Uthappa is very talented and the selectors gave him chances to fail. Rayudu is superior in talent as well as application. Just look at how he's lead Baroda, in the absense of Pathans, with very composed batting. He may not have score hundreds, but given the situation, they were more valuable than Jadeja's triples. Having said that, he's been waiting for his chance to fail for years now. He certainly deserve a shot at it. I even feel that he's the perfect candidate to take Master's place in ODI's and later in Tests.

  • Cris on December 24, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Just noticed that Sandeep Sharma hasn't bowled a single over in the 2nd innings. Is this a conscious ploy to keep him fit for the quarters?

  • srinath on December 24, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Good that Karnataka will not qualify. Its a toothless team, except binny all r waste.

  • Procter on December 24, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Baroda seems to be on its way to KO despite not getting first innings lead v/s Maharashtra. Because Orissa, Karnataka and TN are losing their match. And that too without services of Munaf,Irfan,Yusuf (injuries) and in current Match Raydu (India duty)! All because of batting of the two W's Wakaskar and Waghmode plus surprising all rouning by Mortaza Vahora and Bhargav Bhat. Mortaza is better fast bowling option v/s Awana. Anyday.

  • Anup on December 24, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Kerala has made a remarkable effort in the last 2 matches. Though the focus had been on Sreesanth it was the other two fast bowlers who took most of the wickets (Manukrishnan and Sandeep Warrier). Their fickle batting is going to haunt them though especially the loss against J&K at home. Had they won that match, they would have been comfortably placed to get into Quarters

  • PapiReddy on December 24, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Public not being allowed to watch the match at Uppal Statium, Hyderabad. I'm standing at gate-1 with a dozen others. Renovation is the reason given by secirity gaurds. HCA is being silly... We, Hyderabad supporters, are very disappointed

  • pavan on December 24, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    The spectators in Hubli, who wanted to see Karnataka bat, might well be happy with Karnataka's batting coz they now might get to see them bat twice in a day!

  • Krishna on December 24, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    @AZEEM HAFIZ.....really, do you think Andhra is tht easy in a home game? And Srsanth, we all know how inconsistent he can be within a game itself, leave alone diff matches.....

  • pavan on December 24, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    The update came just as I typed the last comment! :P

  • pavan on December 24, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Why no updates from Hubli? Is the cricket that boring?

  • sandipan on December 24, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Disgrace for Odisha Cricket ..... this team could have made it big but they have ruined it today

  • Prabal Goel on December 24, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    TN trail UP by 347 and not 247 runs.

  • AZEEM HAFIZ on December 24, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    from 4 points from 5 matches to 18 points from 7 matches , sreeshant effect is showing on kerala, now a match against andra which is like 'make and take'

  • BINU on December 24, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Congrats..! Back to Back Innings Victory for KERALA..Very proud of u guyz. Keep on.....

  • Rags on December 24, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Traditional Powerhouses Mumbai, TN, & Karnataka all set to bid goodbye at the Qualifying stage itself..When was the last time this happened.??

  • AZEEM HAFIZ on December 24, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    KERALA WINS ...................YEAH

  • febin on December 24, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Another inngs victory for kerala. Jharkhand allout 170-- Warrier took 6 wicket & Shahid-3. Jaggi score 90 runs for Jharkhand

  • febin on December 24, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Jharkhand-166/9 against Kerala. Warrier took 5 Wicket, Shahid 2 Wicket and Manu Krishan One wicket. Sorry for my previous comment there is no wicket for rakesh.

  • Deepak Odhekar on December 24, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Where is Deepak Chahar... the pacer from Rajasthan who a couple of years ago was the highest wicket taker & helped Rajasthan win the title?

  • febin on December 24, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Jharkhand-160/9 against Kerala. One Wicket more for Shahid.

  • febin on December 24, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Jharkhand-160/8 against Kerala. Warrier took 4 Wicket, Shahid 2 Wicket and Manu Krishan & Rakesh One wicket each

  • Sudhakar on December 24, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    uthappa plays same game whether its international or domestic matches..He is good for international odi and t20 but continuously ignored by selectors while rohit, jadeja and now gambhir all these players keep getting chances despite failure.

  • mohit on December 24, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    rahul bakshi was caught by tare off abdulla....your scorecard says c&b abdulla...

  • febin on December 24, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Jharkhand-138/6 against Kerala. Warrier took 4 Wicket and Manu Krishan & Rakesh One wicket each

  • shaheer on December 24, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Uttar Pradesh (toss) 392 (Murtaza 106, Kaif 68) and 83 for 2 lead Tamil Nadu 179 (Murtaza 7-80) trail by 296 runs in Chennai

    what... Lead or trail...??? ツ

  • Binu on December 24, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Many people commneting about Iswar pandey and i was keen to watch his bowling and for me he is not a good bowler at all he is not attacking the stumps many balls are out side off stumps but Shammy and B Kumar is not like that they are consistent in their line of attack and B kumar is a good swing bowler

  • Zaeb on December 24, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Well done Ali Murtaza, Proud of you

  • Sandipan on December 24, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Odisha has to bat well and be sensible in there approach we need 226 runs with 5 sessions. Bat with responsibility and please don't make a mess of it. This is our chance to seal a Quater-Final berth.

  • Saurabh on December 24, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    @Karamana-the pace qaurtet/quintet n'er uttered a word,eh???you would do fine to go through sledge hammer accounts of aus-indies,eng-indies cricket during the age.the golden age wasn't golden because of bouquets,and flowery compliments.

  • Krishna on December 24, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Good Job Hyd.... with a lead of 124, score quick and go for full points....

  • Srinidhi on December 24, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Punjab have already qualified. There will be a tussle from MP, Saurashtra, Mumbai & a remote chance for Gujarat to qualify for the 2 spots from Group A.

    With a huge lead from UP over TN, they are certain in the quarterfinals. Baroda also, is having a good chance, to qualify. The winner of Vidarbha & Orissa will be having a huge chance for the final spot along with Delhi from Group B. Karnataka is also having a chance, if they take lead vs Haryana & atleast they win against Maharashtra in their next encounter.

    Services are favourites & there will be a fight for the other spot from Andhra, Assam & Jharkhand. Also to compete for the other spot, there will be dark horses, if Kerala and J&K win their encounters respectively.

  • Nitin on December 24, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Selectors do and observers should pay close attention to stats beyond max runs and max wickets. UP is a classic case in point. I doubt any other team has as much bench strength as UP does, be it the case of performing wicketkeepers, seamers, or spinners. It's worth noting that PK, RP Singh, or Sudeep Tyagi haven't turned up for them and yet they somehow always manage to put up an equally competitive set of seamers, regardless of resources at hand. It's probably the only team in India that can field 2 11s and have a realistic chance of both making the knockout stages.

  • xyz on December 24, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Come on Odisha ..226 to get with 5 sessions to go..

  • Don on December 24, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Kerala quicks have more pace and sting.

  • Karamana on December 24, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    @Saurabh, agression should be in bowling, not in swearing and gesticulatons. The greatest pace bowlers of all time, from the West Indies, never uttered a word. Their aggression was in their bowling.

  • shaikh habib on December 24, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    whatttttttt about samad fallah and dhwal kulkarni? what wrong with this gays why not salected

  • sri on December 24, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Rajasthan (winners the last 2 years) and Tamil Nadu the last year's winner and runner-up are down in the dumps this year. Tamil Nadu is just like the Indian team of the present. Main players not doing well with S.badrinath and L.Balaji out of action with injury. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Mumbai and Baroda were the four consistent teams in the last 7 or 8 years. Sad to see that team and even Mumbai not doing well this season. Karnataka has just started getting into its groove. Baroda is doing fine though they lost first innings lead to TN in the previous round. Punjab's performance is great this season. MP began its upward curve 2 seasons ago and seem to maintain it. Hyderabad is trying to get back to where it belongs but still needs much to do. As for Railways, it is in the middle now; it needs to work more to reach the top 3. My gut feeling says it could be Delhi this year.

  • Ashish Pande on December 24, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    yes, nayar is a good medium pacer. even he was bowling better than the regular bowlers against MP.But his batting on the same track was not good also age is not on his side.

  • Saurabh on December 24, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    @Karamana-You can't ask a bowler to be anything but aggressive.You can't play your cricket by changing your whole personality.Players like Abhishek Nayar and Sreesanth have wild streaks,and that comes naturally to them.Without it they would be half the players that they are.But it's foolish when a bowler celebrates wickets by uncalled for gesticulations,especially in an age where every action is so minutely monitored and followed and any transgression could cost your side.For the sake of the team and avoiding consequences perhaps these men could be more subtle about their aggressive displays.

  • Ambrish on December 24, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Agreed about the likes of Pankaj Singh, Uday Kaul, Mithun Manhas, Anand Rajan etc. Unfortunately, until all the focus is on raw pace, Pankaj Singh, Anand Rajan and their ilk will never make it to the next level. Similar comments about batsmen like Uday Kaul and Mithun Manhas who have been given an extremely raw deal when compared to folks like Raina, who have not justified their selection in the Test team. That's Indian cricket for you. Sorry state of afairs indeed.

  • Karamana on December 24, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    @Sidharth, Abhishek Nayar has been a terrific performer for Mumbai; and his wicket taking celebrations are terrifying. How wonderful if the Indian players can smile and laugh while celebrating instead of swearing and gesticulating

  • febin on December 24, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Jharkhand-87/4 Warrier took 3 Wicket and Manu Krishan One wicket

  • harish on December 24, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Uthappa is playing aggressively today since till this mach he has not played his natural game, I think it is Amre effect but, finally he his ignore by selection comity. Selecting Ambati Rayudo over Uthappa ???? Friends please comment on this

  • Chandru on December 24, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    so long as you have the regional quota systems as guide for selections right talents are going to be wasted

  • Abhimanyu on December 24, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    abhisek nair for mumbai has top quality this year.. in first class he averages over 52 with ten centuries and bowls medium round# 125mph swings it both ways at will.. he should be considered for tests in overseas tour as 6 down batsman and fourth seamer..

  • suku on December 24, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    ok lets leave the season debuts.. anand rajan had been good in domestic for last 3 seasons.. amol mazumdar had been so good over a decade.. why he is not selected so far?

  • Karamana on December 24, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    I think it is Pankaj Singh's lack of pace - he bowls around 130 kph, which goes against him

  • Ambrish on December 24, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    @Folks clamoring for the selection of youngsters like Jiwanjot Singh, Ashish Reddy, Sandeep Sharma, Rishi Dhawan et al: Let these youngsters demonstrate consistent performances in the Ranjis and other domestic tournaments; let them play for India A and get some international exposure before being selected for India. On a different note: Sad to see the decline of teams like Tamil Nadu, Bengal and Hyderabad. TN's batting and bowling are both mediocre. They have to start the rebuilding process pretty quickly by infusing some quality bowlers (pacers and spinners) and batsmen. Bengal is another case in point. Their batting has been well below par and the team seems to be headed nowhere. Hyderabad lacks consistency. They can not perennially depend on V.V.S.Laxman. Rajasthan's decline has also been steep. From last year's winners to wooden spooners in Group A is alarming indeed.

  • Nithin on December 24, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    yuZvendra chahal is on the way to be the next Ravi Shastri where the game of cricket is always the winner

  • Nithin on December 24, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Guys - you should all realise that there are only 11 playing spots + 4 reserve spots . So its not possible to draft all those who are doing well in one particular match. What i would see is consistency over a minimum 2 seasons or at least one complete season. That is why i feel Pankaj Singh should have been preferred over awana/shammi/mithun when it came to selection of a seamer.

  • Nintan on December 24, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Just a suggestion guys. It wud be better if the photo also keeps moving down along with the commentary. Othewie we hv to keep scrolling a lot. Yesterday also a pic was occupying a place of pride. Not that the pics r bad, far from it. But i guess i m just lazy

  • Anmol Mohta on December 24, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Parvinder Awana, Shami Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma are guys who got the selection after just one good Ranji Season.. people Ashok Dinda and Bhubaneshwar Kumar got selected after 2-3 consistent seasob where they were good but not excellent.. but I dnt understand why Pankaj Singh has been always underestimated by selectors even after 4 good seasons of Ranji.. He's having a great one this season too.. nd the last 2 seasons he was one of the most promising and consistent bowlers in the arena.. Plus he is a workhorse and hasnt bee.too much of an injury prone bowler too.. He can bowl at a decent pace too.. Still then, why such an INJUSTICE???

  • Vivek Nair on December 24, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Ajit Agarkar is putting up a captain's display for Mumbai here. Should be drafted into India team ASAP. Still India's best bowler in the shorter form.

  • Nithin on December 24, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Great chance for uthappa and rahul to do a jadeja :)

  • nayeem on December 24, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    it's interesting to watch can karnataka batsman cross the 587...with batsman like manish pandy,uthappa,binny

  • Nithin on December 24, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    @Karamana: A rained off match would be still better than watching a No.7 and No.9 score double hundreds ;-)

  • suku on December 24, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    There has been few good finds this season... jwanjot as opener, ashish reddy and shivkumar as allrounders, sandeep sharma, ali murtuza, anand ranjan with the ball... a still lot many.. i wonder why indian selectors are keeping these people out of selection consideration.

  • Dileep Buggaveeti on December 24, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    UP-Best Ranji 'Team' of this year...!!!!!

  • Karamana on December 24, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    @Nithin, I think matches covered by Kanishkaa usually get rained off. So be careful what you ask for :-)

  • Bharat on December 24, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    @Nithin I agree with you buddy and request the cricinfo team the same. Please do the needful :)

  • Karamana on December 24, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Superb pull shot by Harpreet Singh off Zaheer. Satyam Choudhary looked such a compact batsman. Unfortunate not to have socred a century.

  • Nithin on December 24, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    with due respect and apologies to Sidhartha Ravindra & rest

    Karnataka's chance of qualifying to the knockouts is hanging by a single thread .Hence request Cricinfo team to send Kanishka Balachandran to cover karnataka's next match against Maharashtra as karnataka's only win this year had come when kanishka had covered the match.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Sachin on December 24, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Wonder if Shami Ahmed is much better than Ishwar Pandey or Comments in favour of him by Wasim Akram and WV Raman got him into the team ahead of Ishwar Pandey or Sandeep Sharma who have done far better this Ranji Season.

  • ravi on December 24, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    go UP go.

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  • ravi on December 24, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    go UP go.

  • Sachin on December 24, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Wonder if Shami Ahmed is much better than Ishwar Pandey or Comments in favour of him by Wasim Akram and WV Raman got him into the team ahead of Ishwar Pandey or Sandeep Sharma who have done far better this Ranji Season.

  • Nithin on December 24, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    with due respect and apologies to Sidhartha Ravindra & rest

    Karnataka's chance of qualifying to the knockouts is hanging by a single thread .Hence request Cricinfo team to send Kanishka Balachandran to cover karnataka's next match against Maharashtra as karnataka's only win this year had come when kanishka had covered the match.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Karamana on December 24, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Superb pull shot by Harpreet Singh off Zaheer. Satyam Choudhary looked such a compact batsman. Unfortunate not to have socred a century.

  • Bharat on December 24, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    @Nithin I agree with you buddy and request the cricinfo team the same. Please do the needful :)

  • Karamana on December 24, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    @Nithin, I think matches covered by Kanishkaa usually get rained off. So be careful what you ask for :-)

  • Dileep Buggaveeti on December 24, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    UP-Best Ranji 'Team' of this year...!!!!!

  • suku on December 24, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    There has been few good finds this season... jwanjot as opener, ashish reddy and shivkumar as allrounders, sandeep sharma, ali murtuza, anand ranjan with the ball... a still lot many.. i wonder why indian selectors are keeping these people out of selection consideration.

  • Nithin on December 24, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    @Karamana: A rained off match would be still better than watching a No.7 and No.9 score double hundreds ;-)

  • nayeem on December 24, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    it's interesting to watch can karnataka batsman cross the 587...with batsman like manish pandy,uthappa,binny