January 21, 2013

Ranji Trophy 2012-13, SF

Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Semi-finals, Day 6

Sidharth Monga

Mumbai (toss) 454 for 8 decl. (Agarkar 145, Tare 120) drew with Services 240 (Swain 74, Yashpal 58, Kulkarni 5-33) in Delhi

(Mumbai progress to the final on the basis of the first-innings lead, and will host Saurashtra in the final that begins on January 26)

12.05pm So that's all folks. This was a slippery banana peel for Mumbai, what with weather and poor ground conditions taking the match into the sixth day and the toss becoming a possibility. Not to forget they were 23 for 3 on the first day. Anyway, they have come back and finished it off with two sessions still to go. We don't know which ground in Mumbai the final will be played at, but we will bring you the ball-by-ball commentary and reports and features from there. Hoping Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma are released for the final, we take your leave. Cheers

11.59am Just waiting to make sure they don't surreally continue to pay. Stumps have been taken out, a lot of applause has happened, the match referee has given the teams a talk. I am sure they won't play any more

11.55am - All over Kulkarni takes a fifth wicket. Sinha caught at the wicket. Mumbai are through. Services bowled out for 240

11.44pm - We will have an extension Kulkarni gets Shadab Nazar in the last over before the scheduled lunch. Caught at short midwicket. Services 235 for 9

11.37am - Lunch, extensions and all that Eight minutes to go to lunch, and Mumbai need two wickets. My understanding is that if Mumbai take one more wicket in these eight minutes, we will get a half-hour extension

11.34am - And Yadav is gone The injured Suraj Yadav is gone too. Caught at the wicket off the bowling of Dhawal Kulkarni. Now only formalities remain. Mumbai two wickets from their 44th Ranji final. They have lost only four of the previous 43. Services 230 for 8 now

11.27am Mumbai have another. Sarabjit takes one risk too many and edges Thakur through to the wicketkeeper. Services are 227 for 7 now, and we are into the fourth over with the second new ball. And the injured Suraj Yadav has come out to bat. Last show of courage from Services

11.25am Services have begin to attack the new ball a bit with Sarabjit Singh cutting Thakur for four, and then getting another four through the slip cordon. Services 227 for 6 now, which is exactly half that of Mumbai's total

11.20am - Pujara and Rohit ought to be released Without second thoughts, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara should be released for the Ranji final. They are not getting a game in the ODI series anyway. Manoj Tiwary is fit now. They can fly him in as back-up for the ODI. I can understand Ravindra Jadeja is an important part of the XI now and he can't be released, but Pujara and Rohit should not be made to carry drinks when they can instead be helping their side win the Ranji Trophy

Yomesh and others, DY Patil is busy too

11.10am - New ball taken Mumbai have taken the new ball after 83 overs. Services 216 for 6

10.55am - The next question Should Mumbai successfully wrap this up, the next question is, where will the final be played? Wankhede is scheduled at the moment to host Women's World Cup matches on Jan 31, Feb 1 and Feb 2, which makes it all but impossible to play the final there. Mumbai could, and should, go to Brabourne, whose first World Cup match is on Feb 3

10.40am Mumbai almost there now. Paliwal gone too. Plays Kulkarni on to this stumps. Services 203 for 6

10.30am First drinks break of the day. Services 196 for 5 - 22 balls since the fall of Swain's wicket and only a single taken

10.15am And the bowling change has worked. Dabholkar gets Swain in the second over of his spell. Caught at slip playing off the back foot. A long slow dejected walk back for Swain. Now only Paliwal stands between Mumbai and a home final. Services 195 for 5

10.10am Shardul Thakur has been replaced after his morning spell of five overs, and the left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar has come on to bowl. Services 191 for 4

9.55am - Breakthrough for Mumbai Mumbai' Shardul Thakur has ended the 114-run stand between Swain and Yashpal, having the latter caught at the wicket. Mumbai inch ahead now

9.30am - Yashpal off the bocks Yashpal doing all the scoring on the final morning as Swain takes him time to get his eye in. Yashpal has reached his fifty, and brought up the hundred for this partnership. Services 176 for 3, need another 273

9.15am Ajit Agarkar has begun the proceedings, and Services' chase is underway. If all goes right, we can get 98 overs in, but I don't think we need as many. One of the sides will attain the lead before that long

9.10am - Good news. It's cold but sunny in Delhi. We might get a start on time, which reduces chances of the toss coming into the picture. Welcome to to day 6. If nothing goes wrong in the next five minutes, we should be ready to go at 9.15am


Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Anonymous on (January 21, 2013, 10:13 GMT)


Posted by Sagar on (January 21, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

As of now Rohit Sharma in Test cricket is more important for Team India rather than Rohit Sharma in ODI, who knows a good performance in Ranji finals may open space for him in test team

Posted by SSSantosh on (January 21, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

Why didn't Mumbai enforce the follow-on and go for innings win rather than be happy with the first innings lead. Or is the sixth day like a golden goal in hockey, the moment you get the lead, the game ends. Anyhow, Mumbai would be happy that a nightmare-like experience is over for them. They would be itching to catch the first flight to Mumbai, by walking a few steps across to the domestic airport. Indigo is scheduled in an hour or so.

Posted by Raj on (January 21, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Teams may come and teams may go, but Mumbai "goes on for ever".

With Ajit as the skipper, no way Service stood a chance. The only hope they hadwas the weather playing spoilsport. But, HE knows better

Posted by Rags on (January 21, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

@Sid, couldn't agree more with your headline..It was indeed a banana peel..!! Thanks a lot to you and your team for a brilliant coverage..Now looking forward to an encore for hopefully a thrilling final..!

Posted by Umesh on (January 21, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

Happy to see Mumbai peaking at right time this season. Below par for most of the season (by Mumbai standards) but stepping up in every match since MP game in Indore. It's going to be one heck of a final I guess with Saurashtra too in good form.

Posted by kedar on (January 21, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

will play continue after services get all out or will have to play till end of the day?

Posted by Sanjay Shamkuwar on (January 21, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

If Services were in Group A or Group B I am sure they would not have finished in top three and would not have qualified for knock outs. It is one thing to create an odd upset and totally different to consistently perform against 8 good teams to reach top three. I am still not sure about this Ranji format in which two teams are selected from eight weakest teams (Group C teams). A better format would be top four teams should qualify for knock outs from Group A and B and two top teams from Group C should be promoted to Group A and B replacing the bottom teams of both the Groups. Over to Saurav Ganguly who was head of the committee that created this format.

Posted by Gaurang Nemlekar on (January 21, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

MumBHAI!!!! 44th Ranji Final...Wattta team...39 times champions..phew!!! its like Bradmans avg of 99 and Sachin's Hundred 100's...They were on brink of elimination in the league stages and now on verge of final...Is it the greatest domestic team all over the world??

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

Dhawal Kulkarni was in the side that toured New Zealand,and then he was left out. He is a good prospect and should be taken care off.

Posted by balaji on (January 21, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

showni are you listening release rahane, rohit, pujara for the ranji final, you are never going to play pujara he deserves to play in ranji final, by the way your test captaincy is the worst.

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

Will the match stop immediately after Mumbai take 10 wickets?

Posted by SK Anand on (January 21, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

On the Irani team, i would really like to see Jiwanjot Singh getting the game as an opener. And yes Virat Kohli should lead

Posted by Chaitanya on (January 21, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

Ideally, they should have scheduled the semi-final and final of Ranji trophy so that it did not clash with any international match.

Posted by Ranju on (January 21, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

one more wicket.. now 227/7

Posted by Anirudh on (January 21, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

To re-ignite the debate on the Irani trophy teams, It would be great if selectors chose a full strength team on the basis of performances this year - Gambhir and Sehwag just don't make the cut. You can argue that international matches should count too ... But they would still not make the cut. I am all for choking Pujara or Rahane or Kohli depending on who wins the Ranji.

Posted by SK Anand on (January 21, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

Having suggested DY Patil, i do remember MCA (Mumbai Cricket Association)has had a run in with DY Patil for hosting a England A match without permission with MCA and BCCI. Also, the issue of having of having a good crowd would mean that Brabourne would be preffered. Dont know what is the kind of wkt at Brabourne?

Posted by Ram Puntambekar on (January 21, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

Thanks for making arrangement to the position of important match.

Posted by Sachin on (January 21, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

If India secures the series in the 4th One-Day at Mohali then BCCI without any doubt should release Rahane & Rohit for mumbai and Pujara & Jadeja for saurashtra. Give chance for tiwary, utthappa, dhawan a chance in final ODI if India wins the 4th ODI n seal the series..

Posted by Yogesh Virkar on (January 21, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

Final should be schedulled in D.Y.Patil.... New venue & most IMP for Crowd.. They can watch players in action..

Posted by sachin on (January 21, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

To be on safer side Mumbai should go and choose D.Y.Patil Stadium for the final. Perfect Stadium for the perfect occasion. Also world-class facility also available. D.Y.Patil stadium is far better then wankhede Stadium and BCCI has used this world-class stadium properly.. Atleast one international match per year should be played in D.Y.Patil Stadium.

Posted by Yomesh on (January 21, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

Well you have DY Patil stadium, final can be played there as well.

Posted by SK Anand on (January 21, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

Can the Ranji Final be hosted at DYPatil? SCA has requested for the formal release of Jadeja and Pujara for the final.

Posted by Rags on (January 21, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

@Hrishikesh, if India wrap up the series on 23rd, you can be rest assured that Jadeja & Pujara will both be released for the Ranji Final..& a failure for Rahane will release him too..!! Rohit Sharma though might get a final game..

Posted by Umesh on (January 21, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

Know it's not over yet although it looks as if Mumbai will go through. Being Mumbai supporter, feel happy although feel little sorry for services after what they have done so far. Hoping Team India think tank will show courage to make Rohit / Pujara / Jadeja free for Ranji final unless last ODI becomes a decider.

Posted by Lazar on (January 21, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

The purpose of the 6th day is to determine the first innings. Once that is accomplished, play will be called off...I guess!

Posted by hrishikesh narayan on (January 21, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

team india shud release pujara n rohit for d final...amit mishra n dinda cn carry d drinks...

Posted by Rags on (January 21, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

In hindsight it looks as if Captain Agarkar has got both the crucial decisions right..Firstly at the Toss had Services been asked to bat, & Mumbai were chasing knowing it is a One innings shootout it would be added pressure. Secondly his decision to bat on yesterday was also perfect..Had services been chasing 380 and were 190 odd for 3, Mumbai would have been really in a soup..

Posted by Mel on (January 21, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

Lets be honest...Services have been plucky and lucky...full marks to them for having made it this far! But Mumbai vs. Saurashtra would be more helpful to up the interest levels in Ranji Trophy finals...so purely for that selfish objective (and to see SRT play) I hope Mumbai push through today...

Posted by hrishikesh narayan on (January 21, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

its a shame iv jadeja n pujara wont get 2 play d final n saurashtra lus d final...dey shud hv strtd d final on 28 jan...stupid bcci... jadeja won d game vs bengal single-handedli...8 wckts...70 n 68..6 points...n saurashtra cud qualify...wen evrywan els strugld to score...100 strik rate in 2nd inings...wen odrs scord at 30.strik rate...they need his spin bowling agnst sachin n jaffer...

Posted by Rags on (January 21, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

From a side that was banned for not playing in J&K, to a side reaching the SFs this year, it has been a Great Redemption for the Services team..

Posted by Basanta Dakua on (January 21, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

(If we don't have a first-innings result by the end of the day, the winner will be decided by toss) is it the solution of cricket ?

Posted by Rags on (January 21, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

@Sid will they call off the game as soon as a first innings lead is secured by a Side, or will the rules make them play till the Mandatory Overs..? That would be really painful

Posted by Rags on (January 21, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

I know there is no place for Ifs and Buts, but just imagine had Suraj Yadav been able to bowl on the 2nd Day..We just might have had a much closer match..

Posted by Dinesh on (January 21, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

Home page - Mumbai dismiss overight batsmen..Its Overnight i think

Posted by Rags on (January 21, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

Of all the teams Services is the only one who has reached here without any lucky break..In fact they even won on a neutral venue..So let us not degrade them..In fact I for one hope that it goes down to toss & Services get some luck coming their way..!! Looks unlikely now, but then who knows..!!!

Posted by Nits on (January 21, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

Sid Monga for Prime Minister. FAB JOB SIR! #RESPECT

Posted by Nishath on (January 21, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

I really like this initiative taken to bring a Ranji blog. I would love it if this page had automatic updates (similar to the BBC live text during games).

Posted by Rohan on (January 21, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

A toss shouldnt decide the result of such an intrestingly poised contest! A perfect climax would be Mumbai bowling out services and Agarkar taking the final wicket! He deserves it richly after playing a captain's knock when his team was 169/6. The cherry on the cake would be the last wicket being caught Tare bowled Agarkar! :)

Posted by s.k.anand on (January 21, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

How is the pitch behaving? There is def a nip in the air, that should help the seamers for the firt hour...hope there is result...a toss would be a travesty

Posted by Mayank Joshipura on (January 21, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

What happens if at the EOD Services neither takes first innings lead nor gets allout? Who goes through to the finals and what are the basis?

Posted by Ranju on (January 21, 2013, 4:13 GMT)

If services cant allow others to come to Palam ground, why they require Home matches...without Gallery.. what is cricket all about...

Posted by Sharang on (January 21, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

Big Day for Agarkar and boys! After a miraculous entry into the knockout stage, a toss of the coin should not determine the fate of the team. 90 odd over to bowl a Plate Division Services team with a bowling line up like Agarkar, DK & Nayar and a swinging ball in over-cast conditions, the proposition should'nt be a difficult one unless ofcourse Services create a hero!

Posted by Anonymous on (January 21, 2013, 4:08 GMT)

wow! the blog is back. Great! and Yashpal is scoring. That's great too! I am a big fan of this guy. Come on Services...

Posted by Pratyush on (January 21, 2013, 4:08 GMT)

Feel Mumbai have the edge if the game lasts the distance today. Would love to see Sachin, Rohit, Agarkar & co. competing with Pujara, Jadeja, Jackson, Joshi & co in the finals. Hope BCCO has some sense to release Jadeja & Pujara for the finals. Was stupid to see Pujara warming the bench in Ranchi. As for Dharmashala, we are not sure there would be a match held in the first place, its freezing out there.

Posted by suhas on (January 21, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

come on services

Posted by Raymond on (January 21, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

Ultimtaely game of cricket should win but its really stupid to see so much of time and energy is wasted - powers to be get your priorities right if ranji has to succeed in a big way

Posted by kalyan on (January 21, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

What would happen if both teams are are tied at the end of the day? Would they consider the NRR or will it be a coin toss?

Posted by Ranjish on (January 21, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

I want mumbai to win ... hook and croook...

Posted by Bharath on (January 21, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

One question how many matches have gone into the 6th day

Posted by S Meel on (January 21, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

Let us see what bring out from services in this crucialday..heart goes for services but mind says mumbai as big match pressure will come into play in afternoon..

Posted by Bharath on (January 21, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

I hope Services make it to the final.A services saurashtra final is good for the game and lets hope the selectors pick some for the future test team

Posted by Alok on (January 21, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

It's just a feeling, but I think we're in for a huge upset today. Even bigger than the quarterfinals where Services beat UP and far bigger than anything Rajasthan pulled off in their run to the finals in 2010-11. Should Services go through the first session losing no more than a wicket, I think Mumbai might just get desperate and panicky at the thought of losing...

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