January 6, 2013

Ranji Trophy 2012-13, QF

Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Quarter-finals, Day 1

Sidharth Monga

Saurashtra (toss) 272 for 5 (Jackson 83) v Karnataka in Rajkot

Services (toss) 154 for 5 (Imtiaz 3-54) lead UP 134 (Imtiaz 53*, Nazar 5-51, Nishan 3-44) by 20 in Indore

Mumbai (toss) 272 for 3 (Jaffer 137*, Tendulkar 108) v Baroda in Mumbai

Jharkhand (toss) 195 for 3 (Nemat 97*, Jaggi 50*) v Punjab in Jamshedpur

5pm - Stumps in Indore Services finish a superb day for themselves at 154 for 5. That's a lead of 20. They have stunned UP today, asking them to bat first and bowling them out for 134 despite a blazing half-century from Imtiaz Ahmed from No. 10. Shadab Nazar took five for Services

With that I bid farewell. Thanks for joining us. Cheers

4.58pm - Stumps in Mumbai Dhawal Kulkarni does his job as a nightwatchman, playing 15 balls for no run, taking Mumbai into tomorrow with only three wickets down. Mumbai 272 for 3, Jaffer unbeaten on 137, Tendulkar scored 108. Baroda were lacklustre with what seemed like just two specialist bowlers. They dropped one sitter when Jaffer was on 96, and they were denied a plumb lbw early in Jaffer's innings

4.55pm - Abhishek in Indore

Run-out appeal goes to the third umpire, who rules Paliwal has made it for a tight single after Sarabjit dropped one in front of point. Could be a big moment, Paliwal has been Services' second-highest run-getter this season. Services 154 for 5, a lead of 20

4.45pm - Stumps in Rajkot Summed up this bu Sid Ravindran: "All the pre-match talk had centred on how the pitch would behave at the Saurashtra University Ground in Rajkot. With no first-class matches played at the venue so far, neither captain knew how the track would behave. The ground had been used so little that even the scorers didn’t know what the two bowling ends are called, and the Karnataka manager wondered whether it would be an under-prepared wicket. All those worries proved unfounded as the surface had little in it to worry the batsmen, and Karnataka’s bowlers struggled to maintain any sustained pressure through the day. Still, they managed to prise out five wickets and keep Saurashtra to 272 for 5, not a total that will worry the visitors too much."

4.40pm - Tendulkar bowled again But not before he has scored a century to put Mumbai in ascendance. Murtuja Vahora is elated. Big inswinger, goes through the gap between bat and pad, and sends the off stump cartwheeling. Tendulkar is forward in defence, seems to have covered the line, but the ball moves in sharply to go through the small gate. What joy for Vahora, who has toiled for long. Gone for 108. Mumbai 269 for 3. Jaffer not out on 135. The two added 234 for the third wicket. In comes nightwatchman Dhawal Kulkarni

4.35pm - Services in the lead Rajat Palliwal and wicketkeeper Sarabjit Singh have added 39 for the sixth wicket to take Sergices into the lead with five wickets in hand. Services 136 for 5

4.15pm - Stumps in Jamshedpur Only 74 overs possible today with fog in the morning and bad light in the evening. Jharkhand reached a satisfactory 195 for 3 against the fancied Punjab. Nemat unbeaten on 97, and Jaggi on 50

4.07pm - Hundred for Tendulkar Sachin Tendulkar nudges one to fine of long leg for a couple to bring up his 18th Ranji and 80th first-class hundred. That's one short of Indian record held by Sunil Gavaskar, who scored 81 first-class hundreds. Gavaskar scored 20 hundreds. Tendulkar can match that this year.

A spectators runs onto the field, Tendulkar is not thrilled because he embarrasses him by touching his feet. Mumbai now 257 for 2. Jaffer 130 off 225, Tendulkar 102 off 206. A decent Sunday-afternoon crowd in

3.55pm - Abhishek Purohit in Indore

UP hitting back now. Imtiaz has his third. Yashpal surprised by one lifting from a length, and the keeper moves to his right to reduce Services to 97 for 5

3.50pm - Sid Ravindran in Rajkot

A breakthrough just before the new ball. Sheldon Jackson misses his century. KP Appanna was bowling with a leg-side field - only three on the off side - and had even bowled a leg-side wide earlier in the over. Sheldon Jackson launched one towards long-off, he didn't get all of it. The ball swirled towards KL Rahul who ran back and to his left, the ball was swirling around in the breeze but Rahul plucked an outstanding tumbling catch. Just what Karnataka needed. Saurashtra 250 for 5, Jackson gone for 83

Meanwhile bad light has stopped play in Jamshedpur. Jharkhand 195 for 3. Nemat not out on 97, Jaggi on 50. Only 74 overs bowled today

3.45pm - UP right back Says Abhishek Purohit: "Services losing another batsman who has played on. Swain chopping Tyagi onto his stumpss now. Services 79 for 4. Still 55 behind"

3.40pm - Amol Karhadkar in Jamshedpur

A brace off Ladda gives Jaggi a deserving fifty, the classiest knock on the day. Nemat is till on 95. Jharkhand 193 for 3, Harbhajan wicketless after 15 overs

3.38pm - Siddarth Ravindran in Rajkot

It's been a comfortable half hour after for Saurashtra. Nothing much to worry their batsmen. The bowling is looking flat, the sun is out, there's a nice breeze and the partnership between Jackson and Vasavada is nearing a hundred. Saurashtra 241 for 4, Jackson 81 not out

3.35pm - Abhishek Purohit in Indore

Some luck for UP now, Avishek Sinha hopping to play a shortish Imtiaz delivery, and chopping it onto the stumps. Services 75 for 3 after 21 overs. Over-rates tardy today with three fast bowlers each being used by both sides

3.30pm - Jaffer reaches hundred No. 31 With an exquisite cover-drive, Wasim Jaffer has completed his century. Now he is 102 off 205. He is now level with Ajay Sharma with most centuries in Ranji Trophy. He is also on his way to reclaiming the record for most runs in Ranji Trophy. Mumbai 209 for 2

3.23pm - Amol in Jamshedpur

As Nemat is desperate to sneak singles and complete what will be his first century of the season, he is issued an official warning for running on the danger area. Jharkhand 190 for 3, Nemat 95 not out

3.21pm - Jaffer dropped Baroda seem to have dropped their only way back into the match. Jaffer cuts Gagandeep Singh, edges to slip, and it goes in and out of captain Yusuf Pathan's hands. Break in concentration. Jaffer 96, Mumbai 199 for 2. Second let-off for Jaffer

3.20pm - Abhishek in Indore

Another strike for UP, Tyagi getting Nakul Verma to drive and Mohammad Kaif at slip taking a sharp low catch, and then gesturing towards the dressing room, as if to say, 'That is how you take 'em slip catches." Services 67 for 2

3.15pm - Amol in Jamshedpur

Harbhajan Singh misfields and gestures at the crowd to come and help him field the ball. The 1,000-strong crowd goes wild and cheers the Punjab captain. And two balls hence, the ball goes to Harbhajan again. And this time around, he raises his hands in the air after neatly collecting at.

3pm I must disappoint Papi Reddy by informing him that I don't have Tendulkar's phone number (my boss might fire me for that, but don't think he is reading this). Meanwhile, Sid Ravindran has had time to explore the ground during tea. This is what he found:

About 20 meters behind the sight screen there's a one-storey college building. First floor has classrooms which would provide perhaps the best view of the match. No students there as today is a Sunday. Was wondering whether they would watch the game from there tomorrow, but that section has been covered with white cloth now as a sort of extension of the sight screen

2.40pm - Tea updates A wicketless session. Jaffer and Tendulkar bossing it big time. Jaffer 92 (186), Tendulkar 77 (156). Mumbai 193 for 2

Nemat and Jaggi have appeared to be in little trouble as Jharkhand go in at tea at 177 for 3

Services 52 for 1 at tea, a really solid position to be in. Trail by just 82 with nine wickets in hand

A fairly comfortable session for Saurashtra, though they lost the wicket of Shitanshu Kotak. Both Sheldon Jackson and Aarpit Vasavada have looked to attack, and they have been given some easy hits as well. At tea, Saurashtra 216/4

2.30pm - UP finally get a wicket It's Imtiaz Ahmed with the ball too. Traps Anshul Gupta lbw. Services a healthy 44 for 1, trailing by just 90 now

2.25pm - Fifty for Jackson Says Sid Ravindran: "Sheldon Jackson completes an agressive half-century, studded with powerful cuts as Karnataka's spinners have dropped it short several times. Soon after Saurashtra reach 200. Once again, there is no sustained spell of pressure from Karnataka's bowlers."

2.15pm - Sid Ravindran in Rajkot

There was more noise from the Karnataka dressing room than from any of the fans here this morning. Now a few of them watching seem to have found their voice, "Hey Robin, hey Robin," they shout, besides much else in Gujarati that I don't understand

2.05pm - Abhishek watches it slip through UP's hands

Not UP's day. Services batting without worry. The pitch is not doing as much as it was in the morning. However, it is still not easy to bat on. UP are not helping themselves by putting down catches, now Piyush Chawla at second slip dropping Nakul Verma off Imtiaz. Services 24 for 0

2pm - Tea update from Amol in Jamshedpur Ten minutes to go to tea, and Ishank Jaggi and Rameez Nemat appear to be in little trouble. And they're scoring freely as well. Jharkhand 160 for 3, Nemat 79, Jaggi 33

PS: This is an extended session to make up for lost time in the morning, so we will have tea at 2.40pm in Jamshedpur too

1.50pm - UP drop one Services opener Anshul Gupta dropped by a diving keeper in front of first slip. Services 17 for 0

1.34pm - Fifty for Tendulkar With a straight six off left-arm spin of Bhargav Bhatt, Tendulkar reaches 53, off 105 balls, five fours and a six. Mumbai 138 for 2

1.32pm - Abhishek in Indore

Services going straight into a huddle at the edge of the boundary before walking into the dressing room. UP straight into catching practice with four slips

1.30pm - Sid Ravindran in Rajkot

The immovable Shitanshu Kotak has been dismissed. Rahul gets another catch at slip, his third of the day and that was his best of the day, shoulder high and to his left. Saurashtra 152/4. In nearly an hour after lunch, Kotak had added only four runs to his total.

1.26pm - UP bowled out for 134 Suraj Yadav manages to get No. 11 Sudeep Tyagi caught at the wicket. Imtiaz Ahmed finishes with an unbeaten 53 off 35. They were 76 for 8 at one stage. Are these the match-winning runs?

Says AP: "And that is the end of the fun. Tyagi flails at a Suraj Yadav delivery and the appeal for caught behind is upheld. UP 134, in 38.4 overs. The final pair has added 34 in four overs. Imtiaz unbeaten on 53"

1.25pm - Sid Ravindran from Rajkot

Sheldon Jackson began the session with a pull for four off Abhimanyu Mithun, and hasn't been too troubled since. Shitanshu Kotak continues to leave as many as he can outside off, but has been using his feet well to the spinners. Saurashtra 147 for 3. Kotak 46 not out

1.20pm - Imatiaz counterattacks Says Abhishek Purohit: "Imtiaz Ahmed, UP's highest wicket-taker, showing his team-mates how it is done with the bat. Shadab Nazar has taken five wickets to have UP nine down, and Imtiaz has just taken his previous over for 17. He's slogged six after six, has been caught on the long-off boundary only for the fielder to step onto the rope, and we have had the strange scene of Services posting seven men in the deep to the last pair. Seven men! Imtiaz 51 off 31, four sixes and three fours. UP 132 for 9. The UP dressing room is enjoying every moment, they can't believe it, Services continue to have most men in the deep, and they still can't stop Imtiaz"

1.17pm - Amol in Jamshedpur

Nemat flicks Taruwar Kohli through square leg for a boundary to raise his fifty and the team's hundred
Yes, Amol, Rameez Nemat has been Jharkhand's most reliable batsman this season. Good to see him scoring runs against a big team too

1.15pm - Fifty for Jaffer The big man has arrived in the big matches. Gtes to his fifty with a sharp single wide of mid-on. Quiet raise of the bat. He has eyes set on a big one. Fifty off 133 balls, six fours, one six

1.10pm - Ladda spins a web Says Amol: "Ladda strikes again! And this time, it's the prize scalp of Saurabh Tiwary. The left-hand batsman tries to glide a flipper to the on-side on the back foot, fails to connect and finds himself trapped in front of the wicket. 97 for 3"

1.05pm - Five for Nazar Shadab Nazar has now got Ankit Rajpoot caught at the wicket. UP 100 for 9. Imtiaz not out on 23 off 20 balls, with two sixes

1pm - Tendulkar slows down Tendulkar was 23 off 32 at one stage, but he has slowed down now to have scored five runs off 49 subsequent balls. However, he has not looked in ay trouble at all.

PS: He has just lofted one over mid-on to enter the 30s. Chants of "Sa-chin, Sa-chin"

Jaffer, meanwhile, has had another edgy moment, when he cut and edged it just wide of slip. He is 42 off 121. Mumbai 97 for 2

12.55pm - UP lose another In Indore, Shadab nazar now has four wickets with Ali Murtaza gone lbw, but Imtiaz Ahmed has begun to hit out, scoring 17 off 13 balls

12.50pm - Amol again

And Sarabjit Ladda succeeds in setting up Manish Vardhan. The batsman charges down the wicket but misses a straight one to his off stump being shattered. And the long wait for checking if his foot landed correctly is over as it's ruled to be a legal delivery. Jharkhand 85 for 2.

12.40pm - Amol in Jamshedpur

Manish Vardhan plays the shot of the day so far, a cover drive off Gony that races to the boundary line. Ladda, meanwhile, is tightening the noose around Rameez Nemat at the other end, effectively using his drifter and wrong'uns. Jharkhand 79 for 1

Modimania in Rajkot © Siddarth Ravindran

Several dozen people watching the game, many of whom seem to be students from the university, where the ground is. One of them is clearly not a student - Kantibhai a local mechanic who has turned up wearing the famous Narendra Modi mask. Narendra Modi himself is expected to be at the Khandheri stadium around this time to inaugurate it.

Noon - Lunch updates Mumbai go to lunch at 77 for 2. Tendulkar has slowed down a little, but hasn't looked in any trouble. He is 25 off 64. Jaffer is looking good too, after having survived an adjacent lbw early on. He is 30 off 97

In Rajkot, it is lunch at the same score of 113 for 3

In Indore, another wicket heralds lunch. Says AP: "And 'Lloyd', in trying to smash another boundary, thick-edges Nishan to first slip. Chawla out for 28 off 30. And that will be lunch. UP 76 for 7 in 29.3 overs. The armed forces out in full force"

11.55am - Sid Ravindran in Rajkot

It's quite a charming ground in Rajkot actually, though the infrastructure is a bit basic. It is in the leafy Saurashtra University campus and ringed with trees. The fears of an underprepared wicket have also proved unfounded. On the minus side, the outfield is bumpy, the dressing room isn't too comfortable and I can't see any SuperSopper. Saurashtra 113 for 2. Kotak 42 not out

PS: "Mithun returns for his second spell and gets another wicket.Once again a breakthrough when the batsmen have looked comfortable. And this isn't a shot Jaydev Shah will recall fondly. The ball was well away from his body and he poked at it to give a catch to gully. Saurashtra 113 for 3"

11.50am - Abhishek in Indore

Piyush Chawla, UP's "Clive Lloyd" according a journalist from the state, as he knows only one style of batting, crashes Suraj Yadav over vacant extra cover, then check-drives him down the ground before smashing him past mid-off. Around 50 spectators at the ground, most of them around square leg, where they can sit in the sun. It is rumoured that as lunch time approaches, the number of people watching the game increases at the Holkar Stadium, and decreases after the food has been had. UP 65 for 6. Chawla 21 not out

11.45am

@Sidharth Monga: Rayudu is in for Baroda. Does that mean his chances of getting picked for India for the ODI's vs England slim? If he does get selected, will he be available for Baroda in the fourth innings? Your thoughts please!

Papi Reddy, that is a fascinating scenario. What if, for example, India pick Cheteshwar Pujara and Ambati Rayudu for the ODIs against England, which start on the 11th, a day after RT quarters finish? To make it interesting, what if we have no first-innings result on the first five days, and we have to go into a sixth? I think Pujara has a clear advantage here, being in Rajkot already, but surely this is something the selectors will consider. And I hope the players don't leave their Ranji teams should they be called up with their matches still alive

11.38am - More from Abhishek in Indore

Another one gone. Poor stroke. Even poorer considering the team position. Arish Alam standing in the crease and guiding a back of a length ball into the hands of second slip. Nazar's figures 7-2-14-3. UP 50 for 6

11.35am - Sid Ravindran in Rajkot

As usual in Ranji games, especially in smaller grounds, the fans finding it difficult to know who is batting and what the score is. We've been asked by several people already what the score is, and who is in the middle. Karnataka have already used three spinners - K Gowtham, KP Appanna and Amit Verma. So 30 overs bowled in two hours play. Calls off "be patient, be patient" from the Karnataka dressing room as Gowtham continues in the 31st over. Also, scorers aren't sure of names of the two ends, since this is the first Ranji game being played here

Re the score, it doesn't help that the scoreboard at the ground is this

11.30am - Lunch in east It's lunch in Jamshedpur, and here is an update from Amol: "Rameez Nemat and Manish Vardhan have avoided any further damage after Akash Verma's early loss. Jharkhand 70 for 1."

Will these matches (knockout matches from here on) go into the 6th day if there is no result in 5 days?

Abhijit, that's only if we haven't had a first-innings result by the end of five days

11.25am - Abhishek making sense of collapse in Indore

All happening in Indore, and Services making a mockery of pre-match reputations, as they had promised they would. Dwivedi, the wicketkeeper, promoted up to No 4, given lbw off Shadab Nazar, although he was hit high on the pad, and stared at umpire Saheba's raised finger for some before leaving. In his next over, Nazar took out Parvinder Singh whose cut was snapped up superbly by Suraj Yadav at gully. To make it a horrid morning for UP, Suraj, who changed ends, got Srivastatav to push at a length ball outside off, and the veteran keeper Sarabjit Singh made no mistake. UP 43 for 5 after 24 overs. It's not all over, though. There is a grass cover throughout, with lots of bounce from good length, some seam as well. UP have the bowlers to exploit these conditions

Was appalled to see Mumbai get away with the attempted manipulation in the last league match. Early indications are that they are in for a shock exit. Cannot be good for the team morale, & have a feeling Baroda are going to come hard, pumped up since Mumbai clearly indicated they were the weakest team..

Rags, I will need to correct you here. Mumbai didn't manipulate. They basically knew that for teams finishing and second it wouldn't make any difference, as the BCCI's playing conditions said that the quarter-finals for teams finishing second and third will be decided by lots. I still don't condone their not going for the win, but they basically knew the win wasn't going any difference to the lots. Poor form, BCCI

Meanwhile, Tendulkar has already overtaken Jaffer, and has reached 23 off 32. He looks solid and threatening. Mumbai 66 for 2, Jaffer 21 off 73

11.20am - Updates from Rajkot and Indore Says Sid Ravindran: "Big wicket in Rajkot. Gowtham gets rid of key batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who flicks it to leg slip, gone for an attractive 37 off 49 balls during which he didn't look too troubled. Saurashtra slip to 68/2. New batsman is Jaydev Shah"

Says Amol: "The crowd has swollen to about 500-odd. And their wish finally turns into reality as Harbhajan Singh introduces himself in the 2th over. Every ball that he bowls is being cheered. But Rameez Nemat and Manish Vardhan are undeterred. Jharkhand 63 for 1"

11.15am - Services stun UP Shadab nazar, Nishan Singh and Suraj Yadav are all over UP. The top five are gone. UP 40 for 5. The story of the morning

11.10am - UP in more trouble Eklawya Dviwedi gone now. It's Shadab Nazar with the wicket. UP 39 for 3

11.05am - Spinners

As someone who's followed this Ranji season closely, can you tell me if there's at least one spinner in India who's good enough to play test cricket?

Cris, I know this will not be taken well, but Harbhajan Singh still remains the best attacking spinner in India (if he can go back to being the attacking bowler he was). The thing is, we know Harbhajan is clearly off his best, so we know he is capable of better. You can't say the same about Ashwin and Ojha from whatever we have seen. Hopefully their best is much better than whatever they have shown us so far. Among other spinners, we have Jalaj Saxena (who bowls a containing line) and Shahbaz Naddem (who has got wickets in Group C). And that's almost that. Still I am sure they are better choices than Piyush Chawla

11am - Amol in Jamshedpur

Spin is introduced in the 19th over in the form of leggie Sarabjit Ladda. And in the next over, we see the unusual site of five runs being awarded. Amitoze Singh's gentle medium pacer slips through Uday Kaul's gloves and thuds on to the helmet behind him. Jharkhand 46 for 1

Meanwhile, Tendulkar looks in some touch. Moving feet well, and driving well, moving to 8 with a straight push-drive between the umpire and the non-striker. He averages more than 90 in Ranji Trophy. Mumbai 44 for 2, Jaffer 14

10.55am - Drinks in Rajkot Says Sid Ravindran: "The first drinks break in Rajkot. Saurashtra are 48/1 and Pujara is looking in good touch, racing away to 24 off 28. He just took 14 off the final over before the break, with three fours off Stuart Binny. Quite a bumpy outfield, awkward bounces as it rolls past the outfield"

And this is a picture of the outfield in Rajkot

The makeshift dressing room at the Saurashtra University Ground, Rajkot, January 6, 2013
That's the dressing room in Rajkot. In 2013  © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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10.50am - Drinks in Indore Says Abhishek Purohit: "The UP opener Tanmay Srivastava has been solid. It is not remotely that kind of pitch where you can leave a few deliveries, size up the pitch and start hitting boundaries. Srivastatava has left very well, his soft hands have ensured a couple of edges didn't carry to gully, and he's chosen the really overpitched ones to drive. UP 34 for 2, and drinks are on the field"

10.45am - Time for some SRT Bhargav Bhatt has got Hiken Shah caught cutting. That emans it is time for Sachin Tendulkar to bat. Out he comes, with the Mumbai short and a helmet with an India flag. And he is off the mark with a push past cover first ball

10.40am - All about Harbhajan in Jamshedpur Says Amol: "'Paaji, bowling karo,' orders a spectator to Harbhajan as he prepares for resumption of play after the drinks break. But it seems the Punjab captain is not going to pay any heed to the crowd's demand, with the wicket assisting seam bowlers, at least for the time being. Jharkhand 28 for 1."

10.35am - Sid Ravindran in Rajkot

Mithun troubling the batsmen here with some pace and a bit of bounce, Shitanshu Kotak was stuck on the crease as he edged one down to the third man boundary and later in the over Pujara awkwardly sends one past the keeper for four amid cries of "catch it" - 26 for 1

10.30am - UP lose another Nishan Singh keeps striking. He has got Mohammad Kaif now. He is gone lbw. UP 32 for 2

10.25am - While on Karanataka against teams from Gujarat Abhishek Purohit has memory of an elephant: "There is something about Karnataka and knockouts. Before the 2010-11 semi-final, against Baroda, they were under the impression that the game was to be played at the regular first-class venue, Moti Bagh. While changing flights in Mumbai en route to Vadodara, the team found out that the match was in fact to be held at the IPCL ground on the outskirts of the city. I think a stunned Karnataka lost the semi-final at Mumbai airport itself; the game last one-and-a-half days on a brute of a turner"

10.20am - No umpire can save Pawar Caught dead in front of the crease to an inswinger from Vahora, Kaustubh Pawar is plumb. Mumbai 23 for 1

10.16am - Drama in Mumbai too Foreign umpires make no difference. Wasim Jaffer has sruvived a pretty adjacent lbw call with the ball swinging in from left-arm quick Gagandeep Singh. Holdstock lets him off. Jaffer is 7 not out, and Mumbai 19. This could be crucial

10.15am - A slightly bigger number in Jamshedpur Says Amol: "With Harbhajan being the crowd puller, 100-odd spectators have turned out. And they have started making their presence felt with 'Bhajji, Bhajji' chants. Jharkhand 17 for 1

Drama in Rajkot, though. Says Sid R: "There's the breakthrough, and what a dramatic one that is. Abhimanyu Mithun has broken the off stump in two with a full delivery and Sagar Jogiyani is one for 9. One of the officials here runs out with a new stump. There's a brief delay before Jogiyani walks off as they check for the no-ball. Mithun's okay and the new batsman is the star of these parts, Cheteshwar Pujara . Saurashtra 13 for 1."

10.10am - Hangover after heady final round The last round of the league stages was a ripper, a beauty I always anticipate and wait for, but I wonder if that is as good as it gets. Sample this from Abhishek in Indore: "Ranji quarter-final, and not even 20 people watching it on a Sunday morning. This is a neutral venue all right, but why can't such important matches be publicised? Some hoardings around the city, some ads on the local TV channels, but no, it just feels like something that has to be got out of the way."

10.05am - Mystery track remains a mystery Says Sid Ravindran: "Doesn't seem to be much in the track so far. The batsmen have had a comfortable time with Abhimanyu Mithun and HS Sharath bowling. Sagar Jogiyani and Shitanshu Kotak in the middle. Saurashtra 9/0 in six overs. Repeated shouts of 'Bowled Mandhya,' when Sharath is bowling, a reference to the town he hails from."

10am - Services off too Says Abhishek: "Services strike. There has been serious bounce from a good length on the green pitch, and Nishan Singh has got a lifter to take Mukul Dagar's outside edge and fly to the wicketkeeper. UP 8 for 1. ohammad Kaif, stand-in captain, comes in and is away first ball with a clip for two through midwicket"

9.55am - Abhishek Purohit can finally communicate

Indore is bitterly cold at the moment, as is most of the country, apart from places like Mumbai, which are never cold. The sun is out shining brightly, though, and there is no haze. Services have three slips standing very close to each other, and a gully, but Tanmay Srivastava and Mukul Dagar have batted safely so far. UP 3 for 0 in the 5th over

9.52am - A day for Siddarths and Gautams? Siddarth Kaul has taken the first wicket of the Ranji quarter-finals. "Gets one to nip back in, and finds Akash Verma in front of the wicket with the last ball of the fourth over," says Amol Karhadkar. Jharkhand 12 for 1

9.50am - Neutral venue blues in Indore Says Abhishek Purohit: "I am the only one in the Indore press box, along side the scorer, who, faced with unknown teams, has little clue who is batting and who is bowling and has no walkie-talkie either. Wi-fi non-existent. Data card warming up for the day" Supreme scenes all around

9.40am - Siddarth Ravindran from Rajkot

It's a chilly morning in Rajkot, where much of the Saurashtra Cricket administration is busy with arrangements for the inauguration of their brand new stadium at Khandheri. The Ranji quarter-final is taking place at the less modern Saurashtra University Ground. It is the first first-class match at this ground and the Karnataka team manager feels that perhaps this game should have been played in Bangalore, since both of Rajkot's international-standard stadiums are unavailable. The ground doesn't have much in terms of stands and only makeshift dressing rooms. When I arrived in the morning, the auto rickshaw dropped me off just behind the sight screen

9.30am A smallish crowd in at the Wankhede where Baroda have begun with a maiden to Wasim Jaffer. Adrian Holdstock from South Africa is one of the umpires for the game

This match is live on TV

9.20am Mumbai have given a debut to Vishal Dabholkar, which means they are playing an extra bowler. Tendulkar is back as we all know

Manish Pandey and KP Appanna back for Karnataka, replacing G Satish and Syed Moinuddin. Sagar Jogiyani in for Saurashtra

The big loss for Punjab is that Sandeep Sharma is out with a shoulder injury

Piyush Chawla is back for UP, but no Praveen Kumar yet

For Jharkhand, Tiwary is fit again.

For Baroda, the big news is that Ambati Rayudu is back

9.10am As we await the toss and team news, let me warm you up with the previews. In Rajkot, the hastily prepared ground and pitch were the focus because the main stadium is hosting an ODI. Jharkhand don't seen fazed by Punjab in Jamshedpur:

Shahbaz Nadeem, the Jharkhand skipper, tried his best to underplay the star factor. "If you see, barring Harbhajan Singh, a great spinner, there aren't many big names in the Punjab line-up," Nadeem, the most successful spinner this season, said. "And even our squad has three-four players who have experienced the big stage by being part of the IPL, so that shouldn't be a big factor."

Wankhede is hosting a clash of survivors. For Services it is a huge task in Indore:

Men in uniform do not like to leave anything to chance but Wing Commander Deepak Bhaskar, the Services manager, knows his side needs all the luck it can get. Services are up against a team so formidable it can afford to go without the services of several India players, for it still has another three of them, and a bunch of other solid performers. Punjab, with all their early-season dominance, may have grabbed the headlines, but Uttar Pradesh also racked up four outright wins in the group stage, the same as Punjab. UP are also one of only two unbeaten sides among the quarter-finalists, Mumbai being the other.

9.05am Fog in Jamshedpur has delayed the start by about half an hour. Remember in the east matches start half an hour early. So now we have the Jamshedpur game starting at the same time as others. Meanwhile Saurashtra have chosen to bat against Karnataka in Rajkot, and Services have put UP in in Indore

We have Siddarth Ravindran in Rajkot, Amol Karhadkar in Jamshedpur, Abhishek Purohit in Indore, and Srinivasan Raju's hawk eye on all venues

9am It's a Sunday. It can mean only one thing. Ranji Trophy is back in the house. It's time for the quarter-finals: Punjab v Jharkhand in Jamshedpur, UP v Services in Indore, Mumbai v Baroda in Mumbai and Saurashtra v Karnataka in Rajkot. Sachin Tendulkar is playing, so are Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara. There are the Ranji heroes too: Abhishek Nayar, Jiwanjot Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Aditya Waghmode, Abhimanyu Chauhan, CM Gautam, Stuart Binny and many others. The next five days promise much drama and excitement

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Pulikesin on (January 6, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Comeon Karnataka, we'll definitely make it to the semis. Comeon Pawan. Kannada mathege saranu.

Posted by sandeep on (January 6, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

binny should've given 2 more spells to mithun and sharath instead of gautham n appanna.. hope he does'nt do this mistake tomorrow with new ball.. best of luck karnataka..

Posted by Deepak Odhekar on (January 6, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Do u publish only the mails about Karnataka team or only cricket fans of Karnataka write letters?This has been the tend ever since beginning... Be unbiased & impartial

Posted by krish on (January 6, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

JAIIIIIIIIIII SACHIN!!!!!! :)

Posted by asif javaid on (January 6, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

Congratulation to Jaffer bahi for another hundred and leveling hundred with ajay sharma i hope u will break in the next i m big fan of u and wish u returing for national side once again and u dersve really Asif from Pakistan

Posted by Pradeep Kumar Panda on (January 6, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar nudges one to fine of long leg for a couple to bring up his 18th Ranji and 80th first-class hundred... God is not finished yet... take a bow and salute...

Posted by Srinidhi on (January 6, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

Finally a wicket for Karnataka. SP Jackson played for his well made 83. Now it's time for Mithun & Sharath to take new ball & get some more wickets, might be 2 or 3 before the end of day's play.

Posted by ST on (January 6, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

come on sachin we need ur services in ODIs

Posted by Nithin on (January 6, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer- what a professional !!! remember him uttering a player and continue batting when he got news of his Mother's death and now this performance when his father is in hospital. Hats off to you Jaffer !!!

Posted by Sachin on (January 6, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar is Playing his 300 first class match today and is nearing 80 first class century.

Posted by Nithin on (January 6, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

@yohu: can you eleborate on what you mean? We karnataka fans are passionate about our team. Win/Lose/draw our support will be intact. Do read blogs of the last round you will find out that lot of karnataka fans were feeling bad for odisha when they lost inspite of them defeating us and their loss making it easy for us.

Posted by Leslie Soares on (January 6, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

Get a double for your ailing dad, Wasim & get a ton plus for Mumbai Sachin to ensure you both have the pleasure to book Mumbai's place in the semi finals.

Posted by Ninad Mehta on (January 6, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

Any link for live streaming of Ranji Matches??

Posted by Anonymous on (January 6, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

Great Jaffer in spite of your dads illness. do it for him. get a big doubble along with Sachin. Good luck for both of you & my prayers for your dad

Posted by Karamana on (January 6, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

Amazing...I was waiting for an analysis of India's dismal performance yet again, and we have got ESPN-STAR sports promoting hockey india league during the innings break analysis

Posted by Anand Gautam on (January 6, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

Century for Jaffer! 102 of 206 balls, 299 minutes..

Posted by jharkhandi on (January 6, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

best of luck for jharkhand

Posted by Amol on (January 6, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

Was in confusion whether to go to Wankhede to watch Sachin live or to watch Indian team on TV. Made wrong choice it seems like! Please update every run when Sach enters in 90s. My wife has given me strict warning to wake her up when Sachin enters 90s..:-)

Posted by Papi Reddy on (January 6, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

@ Cricinfo Team:

Given the popularity and the heavy traffic, Cricinfo should have Lighttpd or Nginx servers for the next season(if you don't have them already). The traffic is only going to get heavier, guys!

Posted by Shashidhar Hundi on (January 6, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

I know there are lot of people here who follow Karnataka Cricket very passionately. Can we have a top 3 allrounders of Karnataka ? My list is 1.Roger Binny 2. Vijay Krishna 3. Abhiram

Posted by Papi Reddy on (January 6, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

@Sidharth Monga:

Dear Sid, I believe that you'd have SRT's mobile number. Please call him up(it's tea break now) and inform him that millions of Indian cricket fans like me are begging him to postpone his retirement from ODI's and come to the rescue of the India team. Looking at the way SRT batting in Mumbai on one hand and seeing the Indian batsmen queuing up to pavilion on the other, is just making me so depressed.

Posted by Shashidhar Hundi on (January 6, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

Sid Ravindran, I am not sure, if Amit Verma was put in to attack. Can you please inform Stuart Binny to Bring on Amit Verma. He is good at breaking partnerships. This pair is scoring really fast.

Posted by Prashanth on (January 6, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

Sachin and Jaffer lookngood for 100s. BTW, Sreesanth is bowling very well against English team.

Posted by sandeep on (January 6, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

@yohu,.. for your kind information karnataka played some quality cricket unlike mumbai this season.. mumbai did'nt chase 4th innings score in last league match unlike karnataka..?? why..?? everybody knows how mumbai n agarkar played in ranji final at mysore in 2010-2011..??

Posted by Mahesh on (January 6, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

Really appreciate ur blog for providing live updates, hope next Ranji season u can provide ball by ball updates

Posted by Gururaja Holla R on (January 6, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Please update the scores fast once Sachin sir gets to 80 Runs

Posted by Srinidhi on (January 6, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

SP Jackson is scoring at a very healthy scoring rate. Karnataka need to take out his wicket early as possible. Karnataka bowlers bowled well until now, but need to keep the check on the batsman scoring rate, not to give easy runs for the lower order, keep the pressure on the batsmen to take risk to score & take out the remaining wickets.

Posted by Shashidhar Hundi on (January 6, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

I really thank your blog. It is much better than watching India's pathetic batting. It was really beauty of a delivery from Hafeez to get rid of Yuvraj. Hafeez set it up nicely. Hope we find one such bowler from these Ranji games.

Posted by Anonymous on (January 6, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

@yohu, it is about being passionate about your team. You don't find a more consistant team in the Ranji league for the last 5 years. This is the only year they struggled to reach QF. Otherwise Karnataka was always in top2 at the group stage.

Posted by Srinidhi on (January 6, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

After getting the 3 wickets of Saurashtra, now they need to get rid of Shitanshu Kotak & SP Jackson very quickly.

@Sid, how about the pitch behaving as on day one there? Is it good for the seamers or assisting the spinners? How about for the batsmen to go for the shots??

Posted by srihari on (January 6, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

@Monga any live streaming link for mumbai vs baroda match livestreaming .... i know it is telecasted on espn ... i want to know if there any link on internet ... Thanks in advance

Posted by Rags on (January 6, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

Happy to see so many people following this page on an Ind-Pak match day..But then looking at that score, am sure many more would be joining this blog soon..!!

Posted by Prashanth on (January 6, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

@Sid.. what is your take on the Rajkot pitch?

Posted by Avinash Mysore on (January 6, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Kar should look to close sau's innings under 250 to hav a greater control on this match because they hav to bat in the 4th innings in this mystery pitch!

Posted by Dileep Buggaveeti on (January 6, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

Unbelievable Performance from Imtiaz with the bat....He is going to be the Match winner for UP in this match.

Posted by Rags on (January 6, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

Services showing what lack of experience does..Not used to playing at this stage, they have just handed back the advantage..I think Services have lost their golden chance

Posted by Dileep Buggaveeti on (January 6, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

UP will definitely bounce back on this green pitch..Imtiaz is going to play a key role in demolishing Services batting order..

UP Cricket Roxxx....!!!!

Posted by Anurag on (January 6, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

If Piyush Chawla is the Clive Lloyd of UP, then I'm the Neville Cardus of India. Never seen anyone living off one good delivery for the rest of his life. I hope UP will bounce back from the first innings debacle, as they have shown throughout the season. If any team has the attack to exploit the Indore surface, it's got to be UP.

Also, it is kind of unfair to be left to the vagaries of pitch preparation after topping the group really comfortably. Shouldn't the BCCI be doing something about the quality of pitches? I

Posted by Anonymous on (January 6, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

I am watching Mumbai batting. Hell with India v/s Pak match..Its horrible... I would prefer to watch India A v/s English side rather... OMG ! What happened to our national side

Posted by abhi on (January 6, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

yvohu - yeah, i'm from karnataka & PRETTY surprised the way the comments are coming. They're behaving like our neighboours :/

Posted by Bishwajeet on (January 6, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

If Jharkhand can cross 300 on this pitch, then can win the match as they will bowl last and this pitch is a traditional spin pitch .Hopefully Tiwary will score big today . Tiwary, Nadeem & Jaggi have been playing all of their cricket on this ground so hopefully they will shine in this match.

Posted by Srinidhi on (January 6, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

@yvohu, Even though Karnataka hasn't blazed through the group stages, it's the passionate support for KARNATAKA team by its supporters from not only from Karnataka, but also from India & abroad, which it's been getting right throughout this tournament. If you are envy about this, nobody can help you, go & support other teams...

Posted by Saurabh on (January 6, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

@deshpande-it's expected from international teams to fight it out,and for the matches to be engaging.it gets hot out there because of the quality of players and the national passions involved.This Indian side at the moment might not be up-to the challenge that is being posed by the very good bowling unit from the other side of the border,but it still is very intense cricket.Just hope there's more positive intent from our batsmen though. I would much rather watch the brilliant Saeed Ajmal bowl than Apanna,no offense meant to either the young talented spinner or his legion of fans.Ajmal is the best spinner going around..my word. There's also to watch the swing prodigy from India,Bhuvaneshwar and the debutant Shami.Hope you don't despair easy and continue to watch the India-Pak match.

Posted by Tanmay on (January 6, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

I am at SU ground.while i am writing this i am waiting when match start again. i know whats standard if SU ground.i dont found any good reason to play at this ground.its not have even prper dressung room.there r more 2 stadium except new khandheri stadium.then Why they held match here.again there is point Ranji not make money for BCCI not even produce cricketer.

Posted by Papi Reddy on (January 6, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

@Sidharth Monga:

Thank you for the thoughts, Sid. I forgot about Pujara. It'll be really interesting to see if the matches go into the fourth innings for an outright result. I'm not a big fan of 'first innings lead' system. Thank you so much Cricinfo team. You're doing a marvelous job, providing us live feeds on the Ranji matches. It's a shame the BCCI is failing to get these matches telecasted. Look at BBL; we get to see Australian domestic matches in India, but now our own ones.

Posted by deshpande on (January 6, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

our national cricket team is so horrible.. I wud prefer 2 watch karnataka ranaji quarter finals match on star cricket...

Posted by yvohu on (January 6, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

why are the Karnataka supporters so cocky? Its not as if Karnataka has blazed through the group stages.

Posted by Rags on (January 6, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

I hope Pujara did not get sucked into all this talk of ODI call-up, & tried to score fast to impress. Not his normal style, & might hurt his team.

Posted by Nithin on (January 6, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Sid Ravindran: whats on the lunch menu? will you be going to Ravindra Jadeja's food joint sometime?

Posted by Moahn Gowda on (January 6, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

Should be blamed BCCI for the poor venue allot for KAR VS SAU..... This is the example for how lightly BCCI takes Ranji Trophy as one of the top domestic competition in India.... Hope in future this will not continue.....

Posted by Nithin on (January 6, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

If piyush chawla is UP's clive Lloyd then Robin Uthappa is Karnataka's Viv Richards. Remember robin's look in the challenger series few months back where had a Viv like beard and was chewing gum like the king himself

Posted by Srinidhi on (January 6, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

After getting the key wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara, now they need to get the other two main wickets of Shitanshu Kotak & Jayadev Shah. SP Jackson, Vasavada, Makvana & CS Jani can also bat but the first two are important to close on Saurashtra innings.

@Sid, how about the pitch behaving as of now? Is it good for the seamers or assisting the spinners?

Posted by PapiReddy on (January 6, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

@Sidharth Monga: Rayudu is in for Baroda. Does that mean his chances of getting picked for India for the ODI's vs England slim? If he does get selected, will he be available for Baroda in the fourth innings?

Your thoughts please!

Posted by ashok.shet on (January 6, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

Moinuddin done well for Karnataka in the previous matche against Maharasthra, Why KN selectors dropped him and given chance to Appanna, Appanna has not performed well in this Ranji season for Karnataka

Posted by Mukesh yadiyala on (January 6, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Requesting ESPN to post the latest comments at the top so fans can see their post easily

Posted by mahesh on (January 6, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

i cant understand the reason cricinfo is covering a tour game but not knock out stage ranji trophy matches! but i understand that this comment will be moderated obviously!

Posted by Nithin on (January 6, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

hmm was chetheshwar pujara playing aggressively to impress the national selectors who are selecting the team for england odi's today? well as a karnataka supporter i am not complaining ;)

Posted by Abhijit on (January 6, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

Will these matches (knockout matches from here on) go into the 6th day if there is no result in 5 days?

Posted by Prashanth on (January 6, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

Will Appanna come good for KARNATAKA in this pitch?

Posted by Varun Dhaka on (January 6, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

Services shows the superb bowling performance against strong batting line-up of UP.

Posted by Surajit on (January 6, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

Sachin will score 300

Posted by Rags on (January 6, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

All of India will be watching with interest at Baroda's bowlers, to see if someone else can Bowl him today & join the ranks of Chawla/Bhubaneshwar/Sreesanth etc..

Posted by Rags on (January 6, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

Was appalled to see Mumbai get away with the attempted manipulation in the last league match. Early indications are that they are in for a shock exit. Cannot be good for the team morale, & have a feeling Baroda are going to come hard, pumped up since Mumbai clearly indicated they were the weakest team..

Posted by comedy on (January 6, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

dressing room in rajkot sounds like a mini marriage hall... Lets send all saurashtra players for lunch immediately.. Lol.. Cheers..

Posted by Prashanth on (January 6, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

@ Avinash.. I totally agree with you.. It’s surprising to know that Ranji QF is played in a ground which lacks Intl. Standard ground amenities. Why BCCI is ignoring the Ranji Ties?

Posted by Nithin on (January 6, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

If we go by the comments in the ranji live blog looks like most of the comments are coming in from karnataka. Way to go guys :)

Posted by Vivek Nair on (January 6, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

@Rags - looking at the way the Indian team played against Pakistan, all fans will be hoping SRT hangs around in tests.

Posted by Avinash Mysore on (January 6, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

@cris: we can name some good fast bowling talents who can represent india in test level, but same thing can't say about spin bowlers, shabaaz Nadeem is the one who is way ahead of all other spinners currently, he is also captaining jharkhand

Posted by Shashidhar Hundi on (January 6, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

Picture of dressing room at Rajkot looks pathetic. BCCI should really do something about the venues and the facilities. Facilities at local club matches at Bangalore are similar or better. It also painfull to read that out field is bumpy.....

Posted by Rags on (January 6, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

If Sachin fails in this match, will it have an effect & speeden up pending retirement.?

Posted by Mukesh Yadiyala on (January 6, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

Wow...so many support 4 Karnataka.really proud of it.

Posted by AVINASH MYSORE on (January 6, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

Its horrible to c the dressing room of rajkot, how come bcci allows to host the match in such a ill equipped grounds? If saurashtra can't afford for a good ground they could hav asked karnataka to host the match, just remember the mysore's ground(gangotri glades) how good it is, it is also a university ground but with international standards! If not they could hav asked for neutral venue, instead of conducting in such a worst scenario

Posted by esha on (January 6, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

come on karanataka get into odi team

Posted by esha on (January 6, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

hope best for karnataka...................with the real talents needed for ODIs come on play well in dead pitch

Posted by Cris on (January 6, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

As someone who's followed this Ranji season closely, can you tell me if there's at least one spinner in India who's good enough to play test cricket?

Posted by Prashanth on (January 6, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

Sachin seems to be in good touch. Feet movements are perfect till now. A big knock on cards? Lets wait and see.

Posted by Sudhakar on (January 6, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

I am from maharashtra and I am supporting karnataka because of robin.

Posted by Srinidhi on (January 6, 2013, 5:14 GMT)

Welcome to all for the knockout matches (QF).

Congratulations to all the Teams, particularly, all the quarterfinalists (UP, Punjab, Baroda, Karnataka, Saurashtra, Mumbai, Services & Jharkhand) and also to MP, Gujarat, Railways, Delhi, Vidarbha, Orissa, Andhra, Kerala, J&K and Assam.

Best of luck for KARNATAKA for the quarterfinal match against Saurashtra.

Already 1 wicket gone, Pujara is key wicket, if they can get him out, it will be good for Karnataka.

Posted by Belgaum express on (January 6, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

wht d hell... Ronit more isnt part of d team...common anil anna..giv him a chance... Wish you guys loads of success - frm belgaum

Posted by Suhas on (January 6, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

Hope Karnataka breaks the Jinx this time around and win the Trophy, it's been a while.. Good Luck Team Karnataka

Posted by purnendu,bhubaneswar on (January 6, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

best of luck for both up n punjab

Posted by Mukesh on (January 6, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

Best of luck 4 Karnataka team n 4 C M Goutam.He should get a chance in test team inplace of dhoni

Posted by Shredder on (January 6, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

This coverage needs some pics. Without visual of any sort, cricket feels incomplete #modern cricket fan

Posted by Saurabh on (January 6, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

@Samy-I have followed this space quite a bit this season,and from what I have seen Karnataka does have a lot of enthusiastic fan following,in-fact,I could easily say that the Karnataka fans outnumber those from any other state.And it's a great thing,especially for the Karnataka Ranji side to have so many rooting and cheering for them.However,like with all good things I am sure,there's a downside too,and that might come about when the fans begin to lose sight of things and get carried away.So far,that hasn't been the case and that's credit to the fans.I have been in Bangalore for sometime now,and have seen and experienced first hand the zeal and passion that the fans hold for their team,but that does not get in the way of them applauding other teams and their players' performances,which I think is laudable.

Posted by Harsh on (January 6, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

Saurashtra will be all out below 125

Posted by Karamana on (January 6, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

Jaffer was so clearly out..it's as plumb as you can get. It's unfair on the bowling team, when umpires don't give such decisions against batsmen of Jaffer's calibre.

Posted by raza on (January 6, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

good news for baroda that yusuf is back....

Posted by mukesh Taneja on (January 6, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

Hello Cricinfo team,

Wht doesn't Ranji blog page auto refresh ? Plz make this change to make the coverage even more interesting

Regards, Mukesh Bangalore

Posted by Dileep Buggaveeti on (January 6, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

Here Comes the biggest Fan of Invincible Cricket Team(UP).

All the Best to UP Team and in particular to its Stand-in Skipper Mohd.Kaif.

Go Up GO.....!!!

Good Mrng Siddharth and Crew of Cricinfo...Thnx for Ur Updates.

Posted by Avinash Mysore on (January 6, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

@ siddharth ravindran: its not 'well bowled mandhya', its 'well bowled mandya'. We can give a nick name to h s sharath as 'sugar town express'!

Posted by Saurabh on (January 6, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

The knock outs are here,and it's rise and shine.Good morning fellow Cricinfoians:) With the sprawl and flabbiness of the points round behind us,and the knock outs beckoning,it's time for the men to separate themselves from the boys.Looking for really mean performances from all teams.

Posted by Avinash Mysore on (January 6, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

I still remember the quarter final match held at mysore on 24/12/09 to 27/12/09 between kar vs pun, where i was a volunteer in tat match, pankaj dharmani was the captain for pun and the great wall was the captain for kar, kar went on to take first innings lead and entered semi's , again managed to get first innings lead against up at bangalore, and finally fell 6runs short of the target at finals against the mumbai at mysore.... That was the season where c m gautham did his debut

Posted by Samy on (January 6, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

so far all the comments are from KA supporters except one!!. I am KA supporter but I think we are carrying it too far by starting to complaint about venue and pitch even before match had begun.

Posted by Vip on (January 6, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

What indian team wil play if any of these player got selected for england

Posted by Ravi KARWAR on (January 6, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

No drama Karnataka.only hard work get saurastra wicket.

Posted by Sudhakar on (January 6, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

Talented uthappa deserves continuous chances as opener with rahane in indian team:-)

Posted by Avinash Mysore on (January 6, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

@sudeep: u r right just remember the performances of anil bhai, prasad, mysore express, and the wall...

Posted by hello on (January 6, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

all the best karnata!

Posted by Anonymous on (January 6, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

all the best for punjab

Posted by veeru poojary on (January 6, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

best of luck my karnataka come on uttappa mithun and sharath is rocking today

Posted by sudeep on (January 6, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

Come on Karnataka ! You guys deserve the Ranji trophy this season, Waiting to see few faces in indian squad. The only indian players play against pakistan with guts are karnataka players, A single kannadiga in indian squad could have changed the scenes in current Indo-Pak series.

Posted by RAVI karwar on (January 6, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

All the best KARNATAKA cricket player is best.

Posted by Srinivas Bharath on (January 6, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

Siddarth, since there r only four matches, ur job gets a bit easier and our job also gets a bit easier coz we get updates (instead of waiting) and we can also concentrate on our work

Posted by sandeep on (January 6, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

HOPE KAR VS SAURASHTRA MATCH WON'T BE FINISHED IN 2-3 DAYS ON A DUST BOWL !!!! BEST OF LUCK KARNATAKA.. HOPE THEY BAT WELL THIS MATCH AS THEY HAVE TO BAT IN 4TH INNINGS

Posted by subhankar dash on (January 6, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

Are the QF shown live on any channel/stream ?

Posted by tp on (January 6, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

I dnt thnk indian cricket wl peak d heights soon unless nd until dey find a substitute fr great anil bhai...ashwin wil become toothless after some matches for guarantee.

Posted by sandeep on (January 6, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

WHY IS KAR VS SAURASHTRA MATCH PLAYED AT UNIVERSITY GROUND INSTEAD OF RAJKOT INT'L VENUE PITCH.. IF PITCH WAS'NT PREPARED THEY COULD HAVE PLAYED THIS MATCH AT BANGALORE OR INT'L NEUTRAL VENUE.. KSCA AND ANIL KUMBLE SHOULD COMPLAIN BCCI ABOUT THIS ISSUE.. WHY QUARTERFINAL MATCH TO BE PLAYED ON DEAD PITCHES/DUST BOWLS..???? LAST TIME KAR COMPLAINED THIS ISSUE TO BCCI.. BUT IN VAIN ...????

Posted by Anonymous on (January 6, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

Gud luck kar..

Posted by Nithin on (January 6, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

Cricinfo team You guys are doing a great job with this live blog updates. However next season i hope you guys can give ball to ball updates for all the matches

Posted by Nithin on (January 6, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

Cricinfo says that the pitch at saurashtra is a mystery. Hope it doesnt turn out to be like the semifnal pitch at Baroda 2 years back which got over in 2 days !!! (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ranjisuperleague2010/engine/current/match/465464.html)

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