Ranji Trophy 2012-13, QF January 9, 2013

Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Quarter-finals, Day 4

4.15pm - It's all over @ Siddarth Monga, Now Final Day (5th day) is not required for result for all 3 matches
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4.15pm - It's all over

@ Siddarth Monga, Now Final Day (5th day) is not required for result for all 3 matches. They can stop today itself no.

Gajanan TP, I don't know about the play, but I am stopping this blog now itself. Saurashtra lead by 493, Mumbai by 527, and Punjab have eight wickets in hand with a three-run lead. I don't see declarations coming, I see a lot of "nets" out in the middle, but I don't blame the teams either. The format is such that there is no incentive to put your bowlers back in the sun. I am disappointed the first set of knockout matches didn't match up to the excitement of the league stages, but it was not totally unexpected either. Anyway, thanks for being with us throughout the season. This blog is done for, for this season, that is. It was great fun bringing the Ranji Trophy league stages to you. It's going to be Punjab v Saurashtra and Mumbai v Services in the semis. We will be bringing those as well, but not in the form of this blog. Cheers

Saurashtra (toss) 469 (Vasavada 152*, Jackson 83) and 420 for 3 (Pujara 230*, Jogiyani 70) lead Karnataka 396 (Pandey 177, Uthappa 60, Makvana 3-91) by 493 in Rajkot

Mumbai (toss) 645 for 9 decl. (Jaffer 150, Nayar 132, Tendulkar 108, Tare 64) and 153 for 1 lead Baroda 271 (Rayudu 89*) by 527 in Mumbai

Punjab 404 for 2 (Taruwar Kohli 143*, Jiwanjot 131) lead Jharkhand (toss) 401 (Jaggi 132, Nemat 100, Ladda 4-118) by 3 in Jamshedpur

4.10pm - Amol Karhadkar in Jamshedpur

And Punjab have assured themselves of a showdown with Saurashtra in the semis. Taruwar Kohli pulls Shahbaz Nadeem for a one-bounced boundary off the first ball after the last drinks break of the day to take Punjab's tally to 404 for 2.

@Siddarth Monga: What will be the semiFinal Line up?

Naval, in all likelihood it will be Mumbai v Services in Delhi and Saurashtra v Punjab in Rajkot, but let's wait for the official word from BCCI on the venues. From my understanding, the venues alternate between home and away. So if you last played your future opponent at home, your next game against them will be away

3.45pm - Second double-century for Pujara Says Sid Ravindran: "Double-century for Pujara. 'Shabaash Chintu,' shout the few dozen spectators at the ground. Pujara tried to get to his landmark with a shot he hasn't attempted all innings, a reverse-sweep, but he couldn't connect properly. There was some advice from the dressing room to play cautiously, he acknowledged it and tucked the next ball towards backward square leg to get his second consecutive second-innings double-century. Saurashtra 382/3 in 79th over"

"Totally toying with the bowlers, Pujara plays three successive reverse-sweeps against KP Appanna, and Amit Verma is serving up half-tracker that are sitting up for the batsmen to dispatch wherever they want on the leg side"

3.20pm - Amol Karhadkar from Jamshedpur

The Punjab batsmen have decided to change gears. If Mandeep Singh's twin boundaries off SS Rao in the third over of the session was a a start, Taruwar Kohli sealed it with a six over long-on off Sunny Gupta in the next over. 357 for 2

2.40pm - Tea Mumbai are having a net in the middle, and have reached 90 for 1 in 29 overs, a lead of 464, and I don't see a declaration coming, and I don't blame Mumbai for it. Where is the incentive for winning outright, which will mean poor overworked bowlers out in the sun again?

Punjab have cruised to 341 for 2 by tea, and need another 61 to make it to the semi-final

And in Rajkot, this is how Siddarth Ravindran sums it: "Another session of dominance for Saurashtra comes to an end. Finishes on an appropriate note as KP Appanna casually saunters after the ball without realising the batsman wanted the second. Should have only been one, a chorus of Karnataka fielders shout at Appanna to hurry but he can't prevent the second. Glares from plenty in the Karnataka camp. Saurashtra 320 for 3"

2.35pm - Hundred for Taruwar Kohli Says Amol Karhadkar: "And Taruwal Kohli - playing his first game of the season - sweeps Nadeem behind square leg for a boundary to raise his hundred. It has been a real grind for him. 103 not out, 289b, 12x4. Punjab 338 for 2

2.30pm - Siddarth Ravindran in Rajkot

150 comes up for Pujara. 'Ho hum,' his expression says. A half-hearted raise of the bat is all he does to acknowledge the milestone

"@Siddarth Monga : Will there be live blogs for the Vijay Hazare ODI tournament & the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament?"

No, Nithin. No other tournament in India has the same charm as the Ranji Trophy

2.20pm - Amol Karhadkar in Jamshedpur

Mandeep Singh reverse-sweeps Nadeem for a boundary to raise his fifty. Kohli, meanwhile, is on 98. Punjab 331 for 2

2.10pm - Siddarth Ravindran in Rajkot

Things going from bad to worse for Karnataka. Both Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey had spent time in the dressing room getting some treatment after limping around in the first session. Now Kunal Kapoor has been struck a painful blow on the leg while fielding at silly point and is rolling around in pain. The entire Karnataka team are in a huddle around him. Saurashtra 274/3 in 57 overs

1.35pm - Amol Karhadkar in Jamshedpur

As drinks are on the field, Punjab have closed in on Jharkhand's first innings lead. They are 292 for 2, 110 adrift of the magic mark of 402. Taruwar Kohli is marching towards his hundred, batting on 85.

1.30pm - Jaddu's Food Field Sid Ravindran from Rajkot: "Had a chance to visit Ravindra Jadeja’s restaurant in Rajkot a couple of evenings ago. Called Jaddu’s Food Field, it has a cricket theme. You are welcomed by a giant set of neon stumps on which the restaurant name is in giant neon lights, when you enter it is on a green mat designed to remind you of the outfield, and the two sections of the restaurant are divided by an old-school picket fence. On the walls there is an autographed bat, a Chennai Super Kings helmet and a set of pads, besides a stylised outline of Jadeja in his delivery stride. The menu’s tagline has a cricketing pun -"Catch eat" – it says. The restaurant serves a whole range of cuisines – Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Continental, North Indian – but all vegetarian, because as one of the staff members says, ‘If you serve meat at a hotel in Rajkot, 80% of the people will not turn up.’ I had some pasta, wasn’t too bad and can’t complain about the prices either. More pictures are there. This one of his autograph on glass, and this is what greets you at the entrance"

1.20pm - Siddarth Ravindran in Rajkot

Pujara being troubled a bit now by Sharath. A couple of short balls, Karnataka were certain Pujara helped it over to the diving wicketkeeper CM Gautam down the leg side, but the umpire wasn't. And the second one was uncomfortably kept out by Pujara. Clearly a strategy here against Pujara. Short ball from Mithun now, a pull down to fine leg, not off the middle of the bat, bit of a top edge.

Some thrilling cricket here in Rajkot, as Karnataka continue to try bouncing out Pujara, who has just hit three boundaries in this Sharath over. First a pull towards deep backward square leg, then a controlled glance off his chest to fine leg and finally an audacious upper cut over slips, the sort of shot Tendulkar popularised. Saurashtra gallop along to 244

1.10pm - Karnataka get a wicket, but too late? Jaydev Shah is dismissed, edging Sharath to the substitute Karun Nair at gully for 31. Saurashtra lead by 296

1pm - Hundred for Pujara Siddarth Ravindran again: Some terrible cricket from Karnataka. Pujara glances the ball down to fine leg for what should have been a single. Mithun fields and rifles in a throw towards the bowler's end. The bowler, Sharath, is completely uninterested in what is going on after the batsman played the shot, and it is only after his team-mates scream that he realises the throw is coming straight at him. He tries to evade it at the last moment, but it is off boot and rolls towards mid-off. The backing-up isn't great either, and Saurashtra sneak an overthrow.

And the hundred comes up for Pujara, guides the 111th ball he faces past a diving Rahul at slip. No dramatic celebration from Pujara. He scores Ranji hundreds whenever he wants. Just a calm wave of the bat after taking the helmet off. Saurashtra 218 for 2"

12.55pm - Siddarth Ravindran from Rajkot

Change of strategy from Karnataka after lunch. Quick bowler HS Sharath gets his first over of the innings, no relenting in the scoring though as Pujara cover-drives for four and then glides one down to the third-man boundary to bring up the 200

12.50pm - When a man's got to go... Amol Karhadkar from Jamshedpur: "Despite the sun blazing at Keenan, the air is chilly. And it has got to Taruwar Kohli it seems. The batsman sprints outside the fence and relieves himself in an empty stand. Mandeep, meanwhile, hydrates himself with a drink before his partner rejoins him in the middle."

12.45pm - Amol Karhadkar in Jamshedpur

Jharkhand are getting desperate for wickets now. After letting opener Akash Verma roll his arm over for a solitary over before lunch, Nadeem throws the ball to Manish Vardhan, a top-order batsman. Mandeep is happy to block him. Punjab 278 for 2

12.40pm - All over for Baroda Not only have Mumbai asked them to bowl again, Murtuja Vahora, Baroda's only bowler who troubled the batsman a bit, is injured and not on the field

12.25pm - Amol karhadkar in Jamshedpur

First ball after lunch. Loud lbw appeal as Mandeep Singh fails to take a big stride forward off Shahbaz Nadeem. But the umpire is unmoved. As are Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh and national selector Roger Binny who have been involved in a discussion for well over half an hour.

Noon - Lunch in Rajkot Saurashtra have raced to 195 in one session with 28 fours and two sixes. Forty overs bowled, but still they have gone at five an over, and have almost killed this off. Pujara unbeaten on 82 off 97. Saurashtra lead by 268 now. We will be back soon

11.51am - All over for Baroda Javed Khan has taken the two remaining wickets to leave Rayudu stranded on 89, and Baroda are bowled out for 271. Rayudu is not happy with the tail, but there is not much they could have done. Don't think there will be a follow-on, but we won't know because this is also lunch. However, I will be shocked if I see Baroda batting again today

11.35am - Pujara reaches fifty Pujara is taking Saurashtra towards the semis, and in the process warming up well for his ODI against England on Friday. Good for him that the match is in Rajkot itself. Saurashtra lead by 228 now, Pujara's fifty has come off just 67 balls

11.30am - Lunch in Jamshedpur Taruwar Kohli and Mandeep Singh keep the scoreboard moving as Punjab go into lunch at 259 for 2

In Mumbai, meanwhile, new ball has been taken in the 100th over. Baroda 247 for 8. Kulkarni to bowl

11.25am - Siddarth Ravindran from Rajkot

More trouble for Karnataka as Robin Uthappa is hobbling in the field, not able to chase a Jaydev Shah that runs away for four to take the lead past 200

11.20am - Mumbai get closer Ankeet Chavan has Ketul Patel stumped, and Mumbai are a step closer to the semi-final. They haven't taken the new ball yet, but if I am not mistaken they will have to take it at the end of 100 overs, a rule in Indian first-class cricket. Baroda 237 for 8, Rayudu 64 not out

Rayudu is batting very sensibly. Mumbai are clearly employing unfair and negative tactics against him.

Papi Reddy, negative or positive is subjective, but this is definitely not unfair

will mumbai enforce the follow-on.

Unlikely, Mani

11.10am - Siddarth Ravindran from Rajkot

Wearing track? Saurashtra 114 in 24 overs. It's all going wrong for Karnataka here. In the previous over from Gowtham, Jogiyani stepped down the track and lofted the ball towards long-on, where Mithun wasn't right on the rope, so the ball landed beyond him. Then an off-drive slipped through Stuart Binny's fingers at mid-off and rolled away for our. And on the last ball of the over, a rank short ball was powerfully swatted by Pujara, striking a painful blow to Kunal Kapoor at short leg

The Karnataka camp being pretty vocal here, with lots of encouragement for the bowlers, but the spinners have bowled pretty badly so far. Too short, or too much on the leg side. KP Appanna, K Gowtham and Amit Verma all averaging at least 50 this season

Hang on, just as I type that, Karnataka make a breakthrough. Gowtham removes Jogiyani, there was first an appeal for lbw and then a louder one for a catch as the ball lobbed towards Lokesh Rahul at slip.

Jogiyani, with 70 off 95, might well have ended this contest here

11.05am - Rayudu gets fifty Against over-the-stumps bowling bowling from left-arm spinners, Rayudu has attacked well, and got to his fifty with dance down the wicket and a pick-up over wide mid-on. Baroda 224 for 7

11am - Jharkhand get Jiwanjot now Says Amol Karhadkar: "What a ball! Nadeem sets up Jiwanjot nicely. He keeps on bowling the ones that are turning away from the opener. And then comes the arm ball. Jiwanjot shoulders arms only to see his middle stump uprooted. Jiwanjot scored 131 (250b, 19x4). Punjab 231 for 2"

So will there be ball-by-ball commentary for Semis and Finals?
Subramani, that's what we aiming for

Hi,I am a huge fan of Indian cricket and I follow your block religiously. Just read that this is the last match where the blog would be used. I dont know if you can change it but its a request if you can continue the blog till the finals, as we are at work and cant watch the match and also the score update is session by session. It has been a great time following your blog and once again request you to have the blog going till the finals. Thank You..

Alanwaz, we will cover those matches but the blog might not be the best way to do it. We need a certain minimum number of matches on to sustain this

10.40am - Saurashtra running towards semis Says Siddarth Ravindran: "Saurashtra are 86 for 1 in 18 overs, two more boundaries in this over from KP Appanna. The first was a lap sweep from Pujara - a shot he practised at the nets in the morning - and he played it so fine that it went and hit the sight screen. Then a leg-stump delivery is swept away behind square for four more and Appanna is left kicking the turf in disappointment"

10.38 - Dabholkar nearly has another Bowling over the stumps to Rayudu, the frustration seems to have worked, but Ajit Agarkar spills an easyish catch at short midwicket. Rayudu was 33 off 78 then. Baroda 202 for 7 now

10.35 - J'dawg going strong Says Amol Karhadkar: "A Jiwanjot cut through the vacant point boundary off Sunny Gupta, bowling round the wickets, takes the score to 203 for 1. Punjab are now less than 200 runs adrift. And then plays a leg glance to the fine leg fence helps Jiwanjot join CM Gautam in the 900-club for the season."

And soon Taruwar Kohli reaches his fifty too, with a square-cut off Nadeem

10.32am - Ankeet Chavan gets into the act in Mumbai New man Gagandeep Singh pushes hard at a length ball and gloves it to short leg. Baroda 191 for 7 now. Mumbai all but through to the semi. And I don't think they'll declare

10.30am - Siddarth Ravindran in Rajkot

A slog-sweep from Sagar Jogiyani sends the ball flying over the midwicket boundary and the umpire Hariharan signals a six with his signature roll of the arms. It’s the 15th over of the innings, gowtham bowling from round the wickets and on the pads is being taken for plenty. Too many deliveries on the leg stump, and he is either being helped along towards fine leg or swiped towards midwicket, as Jogiyani just did for four. 68 for 1 after 15 overs. Saurashtra running away with it. First ball of the next over, from Appanna, a bit of width and that is late cut for four more by Pujara.

10.20am - Another irresponsible shot from Baroda After hanging around for a bit, Pinal Shah has played a loose drive at a wide half-volley from left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar to be caught at gully. That just before the new ball will be available. Baroda haven't shown much smartness in this match. They are 188 for 6. New ball due in two overs

10.15am - Siddarth Ravindran in Rajkot

'Barthayide, barthayide' (It's coming, it's coming) - someone screams from the Karnataka dressing room as the two spinners keep it tight. Saurashtra 41 for 1, a lead of 114

The Saurashtra University campus has many grounds. Adjacent to the one where the Ranji match is taking place is the hockey ground, and there’s another one for football close by. And a two-minute walk from the ground is an empty space that is used for parasailing. A bunch of excited primary school kids are waiting for their turn to get in a parasail and soar in the air as they are towed by a "jeep" over a distance of about 100 yards. When in the air, the parachute isn’t too far behind the sight screen at the far end and I am hoping some batsman is distracted by it and we get to see "parasailing stops play" headlines

10.05am - Maidens near maidans In Mumbai, Rayudu and Pinal Shah are fighting grimly. They have just played out four successive maidens from Dabholkar and Kulkarni. Baroda 180 for 5. Rayudu 19 off 46, Shah 10 off 52. New ball due in seven overs

9.55am - Appanna strikes As I said earlier, we definitely can't count Karnataka out yet. Over to Siddarth Ravindran in Rajkot: "Karnataka get the early breakthrough. Shitanshu Kotak has been dismissed in what could be his last first-class innings if Saurashtra fail to make the semi-final. He has nicked Appanna behind for 7 and Saurashtra are 26 for 1.

He had taken a giant stride forward, and didn't move from the crease for quite a while after the umpire gave him out. There wasn't any chance of an lbw so not sure what he was indicating to the umpire. There was also a question over whether he was stumped, but the decision came from the umpire at the bowler's end, not the square leg ump.

Cheteshwar Pujara is in the middle. A potential match-turning phase coming up. Spin from both ends as Gowthan takes over from Mithun"

9.50am - J'dawg is back yo Says Amol Karhadkar: "here it is! Jiwanjot pushes SS Rao into covers and run a quick single, takes his helmet off and raises both his hands in the air to acknowledge the dressing room. 100 has come off 210 balls, 285 minutes, with 15 fours. Punjab 184 for 1. Jiwanjot has now moved into the third place in top run-getters' chart for the season and tied with Amol Muzumdar's five centuries. The only difference being Muzumdar has been around the domestic circuit for ages, while Jiwanjot is playing his maiden season."

@sid if punjab gets to the semifinal, which team will they play??

Simran, as of now it seems like it is going to be Punjab v Saurashtra, and Services v Mumbai. However, we shouldn't yet count Jharkhand and Karnataka out

9.40am - Spin right away in Rajkot KP Appanna has opened the bowling with Abhimanyu Mithun for Karnataka, but Saurashtra have made it to 10 without loss, which is a lead of 83

9.35am

Hey Sid, under what conditions does the match go into the sixth day?

Sud, if the first-innings lead has not been resolved in five days, the match can go into the sixth day. If it is still not decided after six days, another toss takes place

Published @Sidharth: last round of this blog? Does that mean the semifinals will have live commentary?

Karamanai, I will try that, but in any case two matches are too few to sustain a live blog

9.25am - Amol Karhadkar in Jamshedpur

Jiwanjot Singh has raced to 96, four runs shy of his fifth century of the season, as Punjab move to 174 for 1.

9.20am - Match state in Rajkot Karnataka have got to believe they can bowl Saurashtra out and try to chse the total down despite the 73-run lead they have conceded. This is what Stuart Binny has to say on the state of play: "I think it’s an open game right now, especially with what the wicket is doing. It spun a lot, especially after lunch. It’s important we don’t give them too many runs. I’ll look to try and get them all out for around 150. Two full days is a lot in a game.

I think it lies with spinners. If you look at their spinners, they just bowled one spot. They never tried too much, we never got too many cut balls. We didn’t bowl too well, we bowled slightly short. But the game is open, the morning session is going to be crucial. If we can get two-three wickets with the new ball, and then our spinners come into the game, then it’s all open again."

Binny also feels the pitch can help his side. He says, "Yes, it’s not holding as much as it was. It’s under-prepared, it’s definitely going to get worse. As I said, we shouldn’t be chasing more than 220 in the last day, with the ball turning. So the quicker we get them tomorrow, the better."

9.15am - Good news from Jamshedpur Play has started on time again. Punjab have added to their overnight 150 for 1 without incident. Jiwanjot is scoring runs again. Life is worth living again

9.10am Hello and welcome to day four of the last round of this blog. For this season, that is. It is shaping up to end on a slow note with nothing at stake tomorrow. Only Karnataka seem to have time to try to reverse the first-innings result

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • samir on January 10, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Does anybody understands the cricket played in Ranjee trophy matches??? After taking a lead of 350 runs, Mumbai bats again and scores almost 300 that too in 87 overs (almost a day's play)!!!! What on earth is the need to take a lead of 650 runs. From where these players are going to inculcate the killer instinct required in international matches if they are always going to be happy with a draw and move ahead. If this is where the future Indian international players are groomed, no wonder we have never become a strong side in international cricket with sustained periods of dominance...

  • Vishnu on January 10, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    This season's XI - jiwanjot singh, v a jagdeesh, p dogra, c m gautam, a a mazumdar, abhishek nayar, r dhawan, s nadeem, sandeep sharma, i c pandey, s yadav.

  • Pari on January 10, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    I dont know why three QFs are still going on when semi finalists are finalized and any results out of question now in those 3 games !!obviously , Baroda and Karnataka cant chase over 600 in half a day and Punjab-Jharkhand game is still in its 1st innings! wouldnt it be a better idea to abandon the game now so that the teams qualified for semis can get an extra rest

  • piyush on January 10, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    You should hav enot stopped the blog. The beauty of the game is irrespective of the results. There would surely be someone who does something different, some sublime stroke or some super delivery. With no coverage we depend on you for making this live for us.

  • Khem on January 10, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    I thinksemifinal & final must be played on wicket like in Dharmshala and Mohali. Where wickets are hard, bouncy and balls swings whole day. Spinner can play a role too with bounce. This will test the technique, character, caliber and strock play of the batsmen.

  • jimbond on January 10, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    I wish it were Mumbai against Saurashtra or Punjab. They really dont deserve to win it this year- given the way they have played till now. But Mumbai with a long Ranji history knows to perform well in the final stages. Saurashtra without Pujara and Jadeja (who will be called for national duties) will be fairly toothless. Lets hope Punjab and Services have- what it takes to win a Ranji.

  • abhishek on January 9, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    great to see saurashtra qualified for the semis.but i wonder what will they do without the services of pujara and jadeja.......

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    thanks sid you did a great job bilieve me i followed your blog more than even international mathches for india, will definately miss your blog in coming days

  • Arjun on January 9, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Why not avoid knockouts, except, at best, the final? We can have a Super Sixes/Super Eights where the top two teams play a final, and if the final is drawn, the trophy is shared, or else, the leading team wins the trophy. Better still, the leading team across three teams on points and quotient will win the trophy.

  • Yathin on January 9, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    All those teams qualified from Group B are knocked out !!! amazing performance from Services...

  • samir on January 10, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Does anybody understands the cricket played in Ranjee trophy matches??? After taking a lead of 350 runs, Mumbai bats again and scores almost 300 that too in 87 overs (almost a day's play)!!!! What on earth is the need to take a lead of 650 runs. From where these players are going to inculcate the killer instinct required in international matches if they are always going to be happy with a draw and move ahead. If this is where the future Indian international players are groomed, no wonder we have never become a strong side in international cricket with sustained periods of dominance...

  • Vishnu on January 10, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    This season's XI - jiwanjot singh, v a jagdeesh, p dogra, c m gautam, a a mazumdar, abhishek nayar, r dhawan, s nadeem, sandeep sharma, i c pandey, s yadav.

  • Pari on January 10, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    I dont know why three QFs are still going on when semi finalists are finalized and any results out of question now in those 3 games !!obviously , Baroda and Karnataka cant chase over 600 in half a day and Punjab-Jharkhand game is still in its 1st innings! wouldnt it be a better idea to abandon the game now so that the teams qualified for semis can get an extra rest

  • piyush on January 10, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    You should hav enot stopped the blog. The beauty of the game is irrespective of the results. There would surely be someone who does something different, some sublime stroke or some super delivery. With no coverage we depend on you for making this live for us.

  • Khem on January 10, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    I thinksemifinal & final must be played on wicket like in Dharmshala and Mohali. Where wickets are hard, bouncy and balls swings whole day. Spinner can play a role too with bounce. This will test the technique, character, caliber and strock play of the batsmen.

  • jimbond on January 10, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    I wish it were Mumbai against Saurashtra or Punjab. They really dont deserve to win it this year- given the way they have played till now. But Mumbai with a long Ranji history knows to perform well in the final stages. Saurashtra without Pujara and Jadeja (who will be called for national duties) will be fairly toothless. Lets hope Punjab and Services have- what it takes to win a Ranji.

  • abhishek on January 9, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    great to see saurashtra qualified for the semis.but i wonder what will they do without the services of pujara and jadeja.......

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    thanks sid you did a great job bilieve me i followed your blog more than even international mathches for india, will definately miss your blog in coming days

  • Arjun on January 9, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Why not avoid knockouts, except, at best, the final? We can have a Super Sixes/Super Eights where the top two teams play a final, and if the final is drawn, the trophy is shared, or else, the leading team wins the trophy. Better still, the leading team across three teams on points and quotient will win the trophy.

  • Yathin on January 9, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    All those teams qualified from Group B are knocked out !!! amazing performance from Services...

  • Arjun on January 9, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    For a better system, I propose to do away with knockouts, and instead, create a super six group where they play each other once and the top two teams play the final, and if it's a draw, the trophy is shared. Or else, the leading team takes the trophy. This will encourage teams to go for more points and positive cricket.

    @Sidharth- That's a nice way to make a statement against the negative cricket being played at Ranji, but I wonder who'll take notice.

  • Divakar on January 9, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    These knock out matches are really becoming boring now. They should change the rules now. It can be max of 135 overs for first innings for both the teams and 90 overs for second innings for both the teams. This will make the game interesting.

  • C Keshava Murthy on January 9, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @Sid - why end the blog today itself - there is one more day left - though the 5th day may be a drab affair atleast we could share views - if this is the end thanks to SID and all others who were posting interesting comments throughout the Ranji tournament

  • venu on January 9, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Its all fault from Kannada boys, they could easily taken first innings lead.

  • Sunjay07 on January 9, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    I believe in the knock out stages, a sixth should be allowed for results OR, maybe TOSS of coin should decide in a drawn game. MOTIVATING the teams to produce one!

  • C Keshava Murthy on January 9, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    In the semi final at poona in 1948/49 lasting over seven days, bombay had set maharashtra an unbelievable target of 958 runs for a win – Maharashtra made a valiant 604 in the fourth innings and lost the match by a whopping 354 runs

  • Prashanth on January 9, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Thank you Sid for providing us with valuable information about the Ranji throughout the season. If it was not for the blog I am sure a lot of us would have been unaware of the talent in domestic circuit. Hope you continue this next year also. Three cheers Siddharth Monga and his colleagues.

  • Abhinav on January 9, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    @Sid: Please can we have the blog tomorrow also? It was real great fun and a shame we cant have this for the semi finals :) :)

  • ravi on January 9, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    cant they call off the game one day remaining if it is agreed and almost decided the knockout...or shall we use the day for sachins record equalling century??

  • Pramod Kumar on January 9, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    I am following Ranji Trophy matches since long. After looking at performances of on going season, it is clear that UP is the Best team of the year, despite there quarterfinal loss to services. They have India's most talented Bowlers Ankit Rajpoot, Imtiyaz Ahmed, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Pravin Kumar and Ali Murtaza (I am not talking about RP Singh, Sudeep Tyagi and Piyush Chawla). UP team can be unbeatable if they find 2 quality batsmen to rub the shoulders with Kaif, Raina (he is mostly on India duty) and Parvinder Singh (Though he was totally off color this season). Mukul Dagar is find of the season. If Arish Alam groomed properly can be dependable middle order batsman. They need one out standing spinner (even India need one), Batsman-wicket keeper and a solid opener with mukul dagar (Tanmay Srivastava doing decent job but not like an experienced hand).

  • Karamanai on January 9, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @Gajanan TP: You are giving Sidharth ideas; now what if Sidharth decides that there is no real need for this live blog for tomorrow's play :-)

  • Nitin on January 9, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    @Rahul...Agree with you . See below stats Jadeja List A Bat Avg is 28.96 his ODI avg is 28.66 Rohit List A avg is 34.00 his ODI avg is 30.00 Kohli List A avg is 51 his ODI avg is 51 Raina List A avg is 36 his ODI avg is 35 Yuvi List A avg is 37 his ODI avg is 37 Gambhir List A avg is 39 his ODI avg is 41 Sehwag List A avg is 34 his ODI avg is 35 Pujara List A avg is 56 Tiwary List A avg is 39 Rahane List A avg is 37

    We can say that List A Avg gives good indication how that player going to performed in ODI. Both are identical for many players. And on that basis Pujara really desrved a chance in ODI. Rohit and Rahane are havinng excellent FC Avg so they should have tried in Test matches first.

  • SWAMI on January 9, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    THIS TYPE OF NEGATIVE APPROACH HAS ONLY KILLED MUMBAI IN THE PREVIOUS SEASON. THE SAME THING WILL ALSO HAPPEN THIS TIME ALSO IN S/F OR FINALS.

  • Bhavik on January 9, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Services also had their last fixture @ home but due to non-availability of ground the match was shifted to Indore.. so i guess for Mumbai vs. Services there should be a toss again?? what does the rules / playing conditions say???

  • C Keshava Murthy on January 9, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    looks like a competition between Mumbai and Saurashtra in setting their opponents a target -

  • Gajanan TP on January 9, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    @ Siddarth Monga,

    Now Final Day (5th day) is not required for result for all 3 matches. They can stop today itself no.

  • rajath on January 9, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    com on karnataka if they declare today 30 minutes before end of play 500 can be scored in 95 overs. we have robin uthappa,gowtham , pandey who can score quickly

  • Nitin on January 9, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Excited to note that the Mumbai Semi will be in Delhi. Do we know the dates already? I am sure the master will be playing. Can you confirm that at this point of time? *a really hopeful Sachinist*

  • Gautam on January 9, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    We are waiting for Triple from Chintu!!!

  • sandeep on January 9, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    don't worry guys .. saurashtra will not declare till tea break tomorrow..only karnataka bowlers have to do some miracle..!!

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    How venues of semis are decided I mean on what basis???

  • Samy on January 9, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Arjun, and now look where MP players are. Getting fresh air in Indore gardens. While Mumbai will paly Semis and probably will lift the trophy too.

  • Karamanai on January 9, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    I hope Mumbai's semi-final is not in Wankhede..Zzzzzz....

  • Harsh on January 9, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Rajkot pitch is clearlt flat pitch..If saurashtra not afraid of losing and not afraid of robin they should declare.

  • pn on January 9, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Why should Mumbai and Saurashtra declare and make their bowlers toil once again towards the end of a gruelling season, risking injuries in the process? An innings lead is sufficient to go through to the next stage. There is no additional upside from an outright win. I know it is not the best scenario for the game but those are the rules.

  • Manish Gamare on January 9, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Mumbai does not deserve position in semis. Second time, Mumbai is opting for bore draw instead of winning a game. In that case hats off to MP who tried their best to win against mumbai. Being myself a mumbaikar, I do not like the approach of Team Mumbai. That's why the people, does not bother to come and see Ranji Matches.

  • rahul on January 9, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    i was just going through the stats of some of the india hopefuls and find it strange that our selectors cannot compartmentalise one form of game from another. Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Rahane, both have very good first class records and mediocre Limited overs records but all of them have never been selected for tests. Pujara has an excellent limited overs record in addition to first class but till now he was never considered for ODI squad. Same with Abhinav Mukund. Am i missing something that the selectors are able to observe.

  • Samy on January 9, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @Hari, me too !!! But optimistic in me says it's not over till it's over. Though, if Saurashtra goes on to SF, which it looks like, I will change my affiliation and support them against Punjab. In fact , I know the Gujarathi language !!.

  • Shashi Kiran on January 9, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @Sid, as a karnataka fan it hurts when say "Saurashtra v Punjab in Rajkot", still 1 more day + little left in this session :(... hope is a hope to hope about hopes...

  • Hari on January 9, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Pujara - 200.

  • Hari on January 9, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    @Samy, We are tired of those comments!!

  • rahul on January 9, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    surely both Mumbai and Saurashtra need to declare and go for outright win. Strange things have happened in cricket but they cant lose from here. It will test their bowling skills and give them practice for the matches ahead.

  • Naval on January 9, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    @Siddarth Monga: What will be the semiFinal Line up?

  • Shashi Kiran on January 9, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    @Samy +1, i liked the confident and after all it is cricket... on his own day anything can happen :)

    @Sid, any updates from Rajkot?

  • Arjun on January 9, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Saurashtra too are guilty of going slow by not declaring on time, when they too had a chance of winning outright. This is one team that makes a campaign on innings leads on flat decks often, a lot like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Hyderabad, and on present form, Mumbai and TN. Poor form from both Mumbai and Saurashtra. They should take a leaf out of the more daring Madhya Pradesh, who have been going for wins whenever they have played, unlike most other Group A teams.

  • Samy on January 9, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    KA fans, don't lose hope. KA made about 100 runs against Maharashtra in 12 overs to qualify for QF. They can still do it as there is about 120 overs yet to be played :-)

  • Sudhir Gujar on January 9, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    One look at the state of the matches, and we know why India does well in Limited overs' games than Tests. One way of achieving results in games in Ranji trophy are based on who secures the 1st innings lead, which makes the 2nd innings almost irrelevant, and unfortunately, most teams look for this path. The concept of playing a 3rd innings or 4th innings especially building up a game is totally lost. Food for thought for the game administrators in India!

  • Nithin on January 9, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Perhaps next year the 5th day of knock-outs should be kept optional similar to the 15 mandatory overs of the last day. Tomorrow will be a meaningless day as far as results go.Only interest will be some personal records

  • Shailesh Gandhi on January 9, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Can not understand the mind of Mumbai as they always not going for outright victory and playing like in net practice. Hope punjab will give fight in the semifinal. Hope S.F. Will be Mumbai and Punjab, Saurashtra and Services

  • C Keshava Murthy on January 9, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @Thimmegowda I too hoped for a collapse like you - unfortunately it did not happen and looks like i have to eat my own words - will Sau declare and pose a challenge

  • Hari on January 9, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    320 runs from 69 overs, thats really some effort!

  • pn on January 9, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    When the team management sits down to pick the playing XI for the first ODI against England, Pujara should be the second name on the sheet (after Dhoni). There is no way this man should be doing anything other than playing for India at this time, irrespective of format. I don't care who makes way for him. We just have to make a slot for him; build the batting around him.

  • Rags(Blr) on January 9, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    One last post before I sign off from this depressing Kar-Sau match!

    Sunil Joshi is the coach for Hyd, Venkatesh Prasad is the coach for UP. Kumble is the President of KSCA (too busy on so many other things, not really available to our bowlers) and Srinath is busy on his refreeing work. Vijay Bharadwaj seems to have made way for JAK (J Arun Kumar).

    Can't understand how JAK can be a good coach. That's equivalent to Robin Uthappa being made Indian team's coach!

    Mr Kumble, you have much work to do in spotting talent and giving them opportunities. The old formula of "the team selects by itself" does not apply anymore!

    I hope you have seen how pathetic our bowling is! Even tailenders have had our bowlers for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    saUrashtra ol set to mis their main weapons jaddu n puju in semis

  • Hareesh on January 9, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    No other tournament has same charm In India as Ranji Trophy. I must say, Thanks to Cricinfo Live blog, this Ranji Trophy has reached millions of us(the fans). If you could cover other matches, they will reach us as well. Agree, not with same flair as Ranji Trophy is.

  • C Keshava Murthy on January 9, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @Rags (Blr),Hari,Anonymous I admit I faltered in my assessment seeing Saurashtra posting a massive lead but disappointed that Binny boys have let us down;

  • Samy on January 9, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    I am KA fan but in some wicked ways I am hoping that KA ouster in QF will be good.

    How arrogant we became as soon as KA won the game in a freakish manner against Maha and qualified. All of a sudden we started behaving like world champs. We want all our players to be in India time. TN fans wants the same thing and unfortunately team can have 15-16 players only.

  • Faqruddin Mohd on January 9, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Dont understand the logic of UP getting batted on either Green top surface or rank track turners ? why the other 3 quarter finals are still fighting for a semifinal berth and UP match is over in less than 3 days ?? Dont understand the logic ? I am saddened by the exit of UP as they played like winners all through the tournament, Mohd. Kaif must be a very sad man as he fought very hard during this tournament and scored very heavily. Wish he gets a TEST BERTH ASAP -

  • kailesh on January 9, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    never understood the need of knock out matches in national leagues ... play home and away ... the team at the top wins the trophy as simple as that... and if needed have a different trophy for knock out matches which would be played at neutral venues ... topping the group and then losing in the knockout just doesn't make sense

  • rakesh D on January 9, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Results are showing 3 teams 99 % qualified for semi final.

    Mostly it will be Mumbai Vs Services and Punjab Vs Saurashtra.

  • PapiReddy on January 9, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    @Sidharth Monga:

    Rayudu is a relentless fighter. Despite some viral fever, he stood tall amidst Baroda collapse, top-scoring and now has taken upon the responsibility of bowling, in the absence of Vahora. He has picked up a wicket too, dismissing Jaffer. Now, that's what I call 'commitment'. What say Sid?

  • atul on January 9, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    From the comments on blog, I found that no one seems to scout for talented players, to advise to selectors.

    We are only concerned with star players whether they are in or out, while there is lot of talent playing domestic matches need to be identified and pursue with.

  • Subramani on January 9, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    I agree, Ranji Trophy is the most special domestic tournament...

  • Nithin on January 9, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @Siddarth Monga : Will there be live blogs for the Vijay Hazare ODI tournament & the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament?

  • Hari on January 9, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    @Shreyas Kamath Are you sure am talking about Sachin? :). I think we are in the same boat!!!

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    I am Big fan of Rayudu from the time he captained India Under-19 In 2004. He is a whole hearted trier, a fighting cricketer. Gives his best. This is what he is shwoing in this game also. Very talented batsman, stylish, elegant. Doesn't throw his wicket and has played almost ten years of domestic cricket. Indian cricket will be well served if they make use of such cricketers. Hope to see you play for India AMBATI RAYUDU. You deserve it. Big fan.

  • cris on January 9, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Mumbai getting a lot of stick from the readers here. Bowling sides out twice is hard work on this flat deck. The last thing you want is an injury to Agarkar or Kulkarni ahead of semis. My only grouse is that Mumbai seem to have adopted this defensive policy all the time, not just ahead of key games.

  • Senthil on January 9, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    347 is already a good enough score to defend in a last day pitch. But I think Saurashtra will bat on and on until last 30 mins before stumps where they will declare with a target over 425 to be chased in 95 overs. if they take any wicket today then they can thinking of winning it

  • Samy on January 9, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    We can shout as much as we want about Ranji and players and their records, but we all know when there is a need for call up at India level, who is going to be called. M Vijay. Mukund and Badri if it is batting, Mithun or Vinay if bowler is injured or Karthik if Dhoni is injured. so, Saurashtra, punjab, services may win the battle but they have lost the war already !!

  • Ramachandra on January 9, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Uninspired approach from Mumbai. With Sachin in the team, this was not expected. A man with 23 years of international experience does not stop them from going the safe way.

  • shreyas kamath on January 9, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    @hari No player is bigger than the team!!

  • GC on January 9, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    No Updates for the last 35 minutes!! whats happening??

  • Karamanai on January 9, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    @Hari: Mumbai is not doing this to give Sachin a chance to bat. They always do what's just enough to move to the next round. They didn't go for a win in their last round match; and their outright win against MP came only because MP was overly aggressive.

  • Hari on January 9, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    People who critcise Mumbai have to take a note that by not Enforcing follow on will give another chance for Sachin to bat!! More Sachin plays more will he be ready for Australia!!!

  • cricketanyday on January 9, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    @thimmegowda,hopes spring eternal,nimmase,nannase neraverali

  • Hari on January 9, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Oh Come on, without eating non-veg life is not complete!!

  • Senthil on January 9, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    With Saurashtra has taken a lead over 300 with 7 wickets in hand, nothing is possible for Karnataka now, we all heard Saurashtra spinners were so accurate and the pitch is started to take big turns as well. So chasing anything over 400 in 90 overs in a last day pitch is not going to be good enough. I believe C Pujara leaves the team after his Innings to join with national team. Now only result all are waiting to see when Punjab is going to take the lead.

  • Sanjay Shamkuwar on January 9, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    I think BCCI should introduce substantial bounus payment for outright win in knockout stages. That will ensure positive cricket from teams which have taken first innings lead.

  • Jaspal Baghiari on January 9, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    New indian test opner JIWANJOT SINGH

  • PapiReddy on January 9, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    As expected Mumbai didn't enforce a follow-on. I tought they'd score another 100-150 runs quickly and set Baroda target of 500+. But Mumbai don't seem to be interested in a win. They are happy with first innings lead and move to SFs. It's a dead game now in Mumbai.

  • jignesh on January 9, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Karnataka haven't any chances left except inspirational thoughts and hope.

  • Sowmyap3 on January 9, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    inconsistent Karnataka come back from there,ishtu dura hogidhe doddu mathu

  • Hari on January 9, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Pujara definitely better than Overhyped Kohli!! I also feel Manish Pandey could make it big if provided a place in Indian Test Team!!!

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Sign of budding player: Hundred comes up for Pujara, No dramatic celebration from Pujara. Just a calm wave of the bat after taking the helmet off.

  • Pari on January 9, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    on different note - though I am supporting karnataka ; very happy to see the way pujara is batting , specially now when hes only couple of days away from making his limited overs debut for men in blue. Pujara was the only Indian batsman who threatened england in a test series , hence his being in ODI squad wud def. apply some pressure on english attack which is as such without their two ace bowlers swann and anderson.Now the question is whom he will replace in current playing 11 , probably his own saurashtra team-mate??

  • Venkat on January 9, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Why not give a chance to Wasim Jaffer in the upcoming Aus and SA series. A solid player, is in good nick too and has got tons of experience. Could be given a run atleast for a year as we are running short of good opening batsmen who can negotiate the new moving balls

  • shaubhik on January 9, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Gud going pujara and saurashtra!! :)

  • Thimme Gowda on January 9, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Comeon Karnataka, there are instances of huge collapses in a single session. We'll bring them down early and chase it.

    Eno guru, geltare antha ansittide.

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    @C Keshava Murthy: Be practical and accept that Saurastra outplayed karnataka and mind it, you are not playing against Maharastra this time...

  • Sanju on January 9, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    I really like this blog since it provides a level of instant analysis of the action and more detailed responses to comments than is allowed due to the frantic pace required by ball by ball commentary.

  • jignesh on January 9, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    really karnataka going to win? only pujara is enough.

  • Mani Kumar on January 9, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Thanks for replying mate, Very Nice of you.

  • Hari on January 9, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Actually Keshava Murthy u people over-estimate Karnataka!!

  • Satish on January 9, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    @Sandeep : It wasexpected the same against Karnataka. On paper Karnataka is a superior team than Saurastra. Yet, What really counts - On paper or On field? However, As u mentioned, Mumbai will be the favorites as they got batting to win by first innings lead.

  • Maulik Parmar on January 9, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    well going boy saurashtra,,,Just Keep it on for one more session we would make it to semis of Ranji....come on chintu one more 200....

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @Sudhakar: Saurashtra have scored 195 runs in 40 overs. So its time for Karnataka players to pack their luggage during lunch time..bye bye

  • Pari on January 9, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    lack of quality bowlers apart from Vinay ,Binny and mithun has hurt karnataka, their batting though inconsistent -had been quite strong throughout the season but same thing can't be said about their bowlers who had even struggled to get the tails of opposition out :( coach needs to work on bowling department of karnataka in coming domestic one day & t20 trophies and also for the next season .having said this, I still back my second most fav ranji team (after Mumbai!)to win this game n proceed to semis

  • Adway on January 9, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Mumbai seems to have perfected the art of proceeding with just bare minimum efforts. @Sandeep: Are you angry or your 'Shift' key is stuck? May be 'Caps Lock'?

  • PapiReddy on January 9, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Rayudu missed a well desrving century. I liked his attittude this morning. He never allowed Mumbai bowlers get under his skin with their negative bowling. He drove, lofted and cut beautifully. He reminded me of VVS, batting with the tail.

  • SWAMI on January 9, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu clearly one of the best technically equipped bat without much luck this season.He is once again stranded @ 89* today He has done this so many times this season for Baroda on very difficult wickets 7 situations. The selectors will take a note of it or repeatedly give chances to Rohit , Jadeja & others.

  • Rags(Blr) on January 9, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    @C Keshava Murthy Swami, which world are you in, thinking Karnataka can still win! I've stopped breaking coconuts & even stopped my prayers. No Karnataka fan should waste any more time following this match anymore! Even if they get 5 wickets in next session, the last 3 wickets can put on more than 150 runs!

    Nimma nimma kelasa maadikoli, eee match kathe mugithu :-((

  • C Keshava Murthy on January 9, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Sid - really enjoyed the blog and kudos to cricinfo for arranging it - it will be a pity if we are denied live commentary for the semis and final - no one should under estimate karnataka - they have come back to win matches on many occasions in the past and a surprise win against maharashtra in the previous encounter - so all the best to binny's boys

  • sandeep on January 9, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    IT WILL BE MUMBAI VS PUNJAB FINAL.. AS MUMBAI WILL AS USUAL GET INNINNGS LEAD WITHOUT RESULT VS SERVICES UNLESS SERVICES BOWL LIKE THEY DID VS UP..

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    WELL DONE CHINTU... Lots of people waiting for your wicket...don't give it... Karnataka bowlers have to earn it...

  • Gautam on January 9, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Jiwanjot singh is in life form, he should be given chance to be part of India "A" and if he performs their than he should be picked for National team

  • SANDEEP on January 9, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    EVEN IF SAURASHTRA ENTER SEMIS,CAN THEY BEAT PUNJAB..?? punjab vs mumbai final most likely..

  • Sudhakar on January 9, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    hopefully once pujara goes saurashtra will be all out below 225.Its batting track..Hopefully uthappa plays yusuf pathan type of innings like double hundred in last innings.

  • SANDEEP on January 9, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    CAN MUMBAI WIN ANY MATCH WITHOUT LIKES OF JAFFER,SACHIN,ZAHEER,ROHITH.. THEY CAN GET INNINGS LEAD N ENTER SEMIFINAL N FINAL..

  • Gautam on January 9, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Well done Jogiyani!!! Keep going Saurastra!!! Lead over 200 and still Pujara, Shah, Vasavada, Sheldon, Makwana is left...

  • Vinay on January 9, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Karnataka badly needs a quality spinner... Prasanna, Chandra, Kumble, Joshi.... nothing after that.. how about calling Under 19 player Harmeet Singh to play from here? ;)

  • sandeep on January 9, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    BEST OF LUCK KARNATAKA.. GIVE MAX. OVERS TO MITHUN N SHARATH.. IRRESPECTIVE OF THE RESULT WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT KARNATAKA.. MUMBAI WON'T ENFORCE FOLLOW-ON.. EVERYBODY KNOWS HOW THEY PLAY..

  • Mani Kumar on January 9, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    will mumbai enforce the follow-on.

  • Nithin on January 9, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Karnataka Jharkhand semifinal. Where will it be played?

  • Sauvik on January 9, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    With the form he is in, shouldn't Jiwanjot Singh be a contender for the Indian test opener slot?

  • Bharath on January 9, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    I think cric info should give live coverage for the semi finals.This way it will create interest for domestic matches instead of only session updates.As it is we hardly see any spectators in the stadium for ranji matches but definitely there will be lot of followers on the internet.So do give live commentary for the Sf and finals.The fact that you are getting so much of feedback from people is an indication of interest in Ranji matches

  • Sud on January 9, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Hey Sid, what according to you are Karnataka's chances of going through here?

  • Rohit on January 9, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    It looks like all teams from Group B will not be reaching Semi Finals...

  • Anil on January 9, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    thr we go JOGYANI out :-) in few minutes it ll be PUJARA turn :-)

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Vinay and Mithun got chance, thanks to Shreekanth, otherwise.....

  • PapiReddy on January 9, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Rayudu is batting very sensibly. Mumbai are clearly employing unfair and negative tactics against him.

  • Krishna on January 9, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Well played Rayudu.... keep fighting.... hope to see you soon in Indian colors....

  • Alnawaz on January 9, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Hi Sidharth, first of all thanks for responding to my request. I understand it is not feasible tto get the blog going for just one match but please have live commentary so we can enjoy the matches. I just checked you are trying to get the live commentary. Hope it works.

  • channesh on January 9, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    very good gouthi come on pick up pujara too we all with u come on karnataka plz rotate the bowlers come on they were scoring at 4.5 per over........

  • PARESH on January 9, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Saurashtra Punjab semifinal. Where will it be played?

  • Senthil on January 9, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    I don't think there is much interest left today as it seems. Mumbai going to take a huge lead and not going to enforce the follow on and bat till 5th day tea. Punjab will bat on and on till they take lead and even after till the 5th day knowing H Singh anyway not going to show any interest to bowl again. The only interest will remain is Saurashtra vs Karnataka. But that also will vanish quickly if Saurashtra go in to tea without losing more then 3 wicket and have a lead over 250.

  • Nitesh on January 9, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    I wonder if Sachin is fielding in the ground or someone else is fielding for the Cricket God. If someone else is fielding for him then those who didn't get opportunity in playing eleven must be thanking their fortune that they are spending more time with him in the dressing room compare to those who are in playing eleven.

    Blessing in disguise!

  • Jitender Singh on January 9, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Sid,

    I am game to do ball by ball for next game for Services as volunteer. Let me know if the offer is on.

  • Ananya on January 9, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Umesh Yadav, Irfan Pathan, Varun Aaron, Praveen Kumar are all injured. Zaheer Khan has missed the match due to injury.... Sreeshanth is just recuperating from injury..... What is happening to all these bowlers....? what is bcci doing...?

    also, where is RP Singh....? the man who single handedly bowled india to the first t20 world cup victory...?

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    @Sudhakar: If you are saying he is Junior Sehwag, than he should have atleast 135 strike rate in T-20.

  • Pawan on January 9, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Hi Amol... Jiwanjot seems to have potential. I haven't seen him bat as yet but atleast you know by now that how is his technique and temperament. Do you really see any talent or is he from the same league of domestic giants who had scored many runs but haven't had a technique to play internationals??

  • Nithin on January 9, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    @Siddarth Monga : If this is indeed the last round of the blogs May i request you to list out the top X1 comments/bloggers on line of top X1 players you list out at the end of the ranji season :)

  • Sudhakar on January 9, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    selectors never gave robin continuous and enough chances as opener in odi despite success earlier and in cb series. Whereas vijay,rahane,parthiv got continuous chances and they failed.

  • Sudhakar on January 9, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    @anonymous please check his record as opener for india..average around 34 with more than 100 strike rate.

  • Emaad on January 9, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    @ Anonymous>> Are u serious?? Sir ravidra Jadeja???? :D "Karnataka is lucky, One of the genuine all-rounder in domestic circuit is not in the Saurashtra team right now, because of national duty."

    And dont forget that Karnataka dint have Vinay and Mithun bcoz both were selected for the T20s against Pakistan but were used to warm the benches and carry drinks.

  • Satish on January 9, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    If Saurastra makes it, i would love to see RJ released from the squad and do it for his domestic team. Same with Mumbai too. Play Rohit, Sachin there and make it competitive,.

  • Rags on January 9, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    @Sid, any chance of Mumbai enforcing the follow on..?? Or will we get to see the GOD in action yet again, for his 81st Century..!!

  • Subramani on January 9, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    So will there be ball-by-ball commentary for Semis and Finals?

  • Amar on January 9, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Kindly update the time when the score is last posted...

  • Chirag on January 9, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    So we take it Pujara will play 5 days of this game and then play on Friday against England, completely refreshed??

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Robin Uthappa:

    International T-20 Matches-11 Runs- 168 Average - 18.66 Strike Rate - 111.25

    Is he Junior Sehwag???

  • Sudhakar on January 9, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    @anonymous When I said he is good for test cricket.He is best for odi better than t20.

  • Guru Kp on January 9, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Binny... Beware of chetheswara poojara and vasavada.. They are spoil our bowling attack... Get them out as early as possible...

  • Maulik Parmar on January 9, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    Saurashtra are playing really well and just maintain this scoring till TEA to get some big score..Come on Chintu...

  • Rags on January 9, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Karnataka fans do not worry..Like the first innings, Pujara is again trying to impress by scoring fast, which is not his normal game..He will make a mistake soon..Somehow this cool-headed person is getting carried away

  • channes on January 9, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    come on karnataka use amit verma and use all d seamers and try everyone don't give easy walk over for saurashtra come on karnatka pick jogiyani he is dangerous....

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    @sudhakar: seven 40+ shows he has no technique, otherwise he could converted it into big hundred. I am sure you are feeling bad, but it is fact that he is not test material.

  • anil on January 9, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Need pujara early :-) Karnataka can have a kill later on . Need spirited fielding . Mithun ComeOn u have done loads for Karnataka in past:-) Have a go ALL D BEST :-)

  • Pari on January 9, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    karnataka came fighting from back into the QFs, they were hanging in the bottom half of the group B table for almost half of the group stage but they had put all their efforts in after that defeat from odisha..now its time for them to put themselves together again, they had won after conceding first innings lead before as well (against delhi) , so they can do it once again this time

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Karnataka is lucky, One of the genuine all-rounder in domestic circuit is not in the Saurashtra team right now, because of national duty.

  • kamlesh on January 9, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    come on saurashtra you can win easily with karnataka this is the best opportunity to saw the talent at national level

  • Suhas on January 9, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    2 days to go and Karnataka trailing by 73 after 1st innings. Foolish to count us out so soon. Stranger things have happened in cricket, the way K'taka made it to quarters is a case in point. Is it not unfair that if the match does not reach a result in 5 days, the first innings lead is taken into consideration to decide who progresses? That brings luck with the toss into the equation!

  • Sudhakar on January 9, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    U can't say robin has no technique. If it is so how can he get 7 40+ scores.He also played well as opener for india when they gave him chances.He is best batsman when it comes to short pitch bowling.

  • venugopal on January 9, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    monga i want know sid ravindran know kannada because he post kannada words it's reading thrilling

  • brisht on January 9, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    saurashtra nt lse diz match.. Keep going sau. Keep going

  • Ayan M. on January 9, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    @Sid : How is the pitch playing for Punjab? Looks flat and dead by the look of the scorecard.

  • Anonymous on January 9, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Even if Saurastra will bowled out under 200, it is too much for Junior Sehwag(Uthappa, having no technique), and company..

  • Alnawaz on January 9, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Hi,I am a huge fan of Indian cricket and I follow your block religiously. Just read that this is the last match where the blog would be used. I dont know if you can change it but its a request if you can continue the blog till the finals, as we are at work and cant watch the match and also the score update is session by session. It has been a great time following your blog and once again request you to have the blog going till the finals. Thank You..

  • Karamanai on January 9, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Wonderful analysis of Chavan's and Dabholkar's bowling by WV Raman and VB Chandrasekhar on air. WV brings the same lazy style to commentary with which he used to stroke through the off-side while batting.

  • joshi on January 9, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Karnata can chase down any total...roby, pandy, rahy and rogy have that capability to score at sr of 140..cheers

  • Naveen Chandrashekar on January 9, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Come on Karnataka! You guys can definitely do it.. Go for the kill..!!

  • Karamanai on January 9, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Rayudu seems to be the most elegant batsman in India now.

  • channesh on January 9, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    come on karnatka u can fight....

  • Nithin on January 9, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Is Rags around? I hope he has 9 more cocunuts ready :)

  • Sudhakar on January 9, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    We have junior sehwag as opener for karnataka:-)

  • cricketanyday on January 9, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    It's not over until it is over!!! COME ON KARNATAKA ....You can do it!!!...one down nine more to go...

  • Rajesh Naik on January 9, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    The wicket may be taking spin. But the problem with Karnataka is lack of good spinners. After initial promise Appanna has spiraled down on performance. His 16 wickets this season have come at at 49.31. As far as K Goutham is concerned, his 5 wickets this season have come at 58.4.

  • Gautam on January 9, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    We have Junior wall at No.3, so it is impossible for Karnataka to stay in this match.

  • simran on January 9, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    @sid if punjab gets to the semifinal, which team will they play??

  • Ramachandra on January 9, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    This guy Jiwanjot has really put himself forward as a candidate for A team certainly and who knows even the Indian team. Given this is his first season thats incredible. Also almost all the places are up for grabs in the Indian team.

    We expect Live commentary for Semis and Finals. Hopefully cricinfo can do that.

  • Karamanai on January 9, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    I have noticed that whenever there are India matches to be covered, the host broadcasters don't cover Ranji Trophy. I hope they cover the semi-finals even if it clashes with the India-England ODI series.

  • Thimme Gowda on January 9, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Karnataka will definitely have a moderate target to chase down. The team that is under pressure now is only Saurashtra. Come on Karnataka. Gelbodu guru.

  • Emaad on January 9, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    @Sudhakar.. I hope so too.. Karnataka pacers need to get early wickets. Then it will be our game.. :)

  • Karamanai on January 9, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    @Sidharth: last round of this blog? Does that mean the semifinals will have live commentary?

  • Sud on January 9, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Hey Sid, under what conditions does the match go into the sixth day?

  • Sudhakar on January 9, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Mark my words, today saurashtra will bowled out around 225 leaving karnataka around 300 for chase:-)

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  • Sudhakar on January 9, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Mark my words, today saurashtra will bowled out around 225 leaving karnataka around 300 for chase:-)

  • Sud on January 9, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Hey Sid, under what conditions does the match go into the sixth day?

  • Karamanai on January 9, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    @Sidharth: last round of this blog? Does that mean the semifinals will have live commentary?

  • Emaad on January 9, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    @Sudhakar.. I hope so too.. Karnataka pacers need to get early wickets. Then it will be our game.. :)

  • Thimme Gowda on January 9, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Karnataka will definitely have a moderate target to chase down. The team that is under pressure now is only Saurashtra. Come on Karnataka. Gelbodu guru.

  • Karamanai on January 9, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    I have noticed that whenever there are India matches to be covered, the host broadcasters don't cover Ranji Trophy. I hope they cover the semi-finals even if it clashes with the India-England ODI series.

  • Ramachandra on January 9, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    This guy Jiwanjot has really put himself forward as a candidate for A team certainly and who knows even the Indian team. Given this is his first season thats incredible. Also almost all the places are up for grabs in the Indian team.

    We expect Live commentary for Semis and Finals. Hopefully cricinfo can do that.

  • simran on January 9, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    @sid if punjab gets to the semifinal, which team will they play??

  • Gautam on January 9, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    We have Junior wall at No.3, so it is impossible for Karnataka to stay in this match.

  • Rajesh Naik on January 9, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    The wicket may be taking spin. But the problem with Karnataka is lack of good spinners. After initial promise Appanna has spiraled down on performance. His 16 wickets this season have come at at 49.31. As far as K Goutham is concerned, his 5 wickets this season have come at 58.4.