Gandhi and Bose guide Bengal to huge win
Bengal 219 for 3 (Gandhi 98*, Sanyal 66) beat Railways 214 (Rao 50, Bose 4-33) by 7 wickets
Ranadeb Bose and Devang Gandhi steered Bengal to a seven-wicket win over Railways in the quarter-finals of the Ranji one-day tournament at Mumbai. Bose's spell of 4 for 33 restricted Railways to 214 inspite of a 43-ball fifty from Shankara Rao. Devang Gandhi replied in kind with a knock of 98 not out, which included nine fours and three sixes. He was well-supported by Sanjib Sanyal, who hit 66, and shared a 98-run partnership for the second wicket. Rohan Gavaskar also chipped in with 30 and the target was reached in the 47th over.
Tamil Nadu 274 for 8 (Badrinath 68) beat Baroda 244 (Bhoite 62, Suresh 4-60) by 30 runs
Tamil Nadu advanced to the semi-finals after beating Baroda by 30 runs in the quarter-finals of the Ranji one-day tournament at Mumbai. A fairly subdued innings of 68 from S Badrinath laid the foundation for Tamil Nadu before a quickfire 36 off 32 balls from Hemant Kumar helped Tamil Nadu muster a competitive total of 274. Baroda got off to the worst possible start when they lost two wickets with no runs on the board as Tamil Nadu kept on the pressure, leaving Baroda struggling on 66 for 4. The only partnership they managed to string together was of 56 runs, between Jacob Martin (32) and Kiran Powar (35). Ajit Bhoite provided some late resistance with 62. The pick of the bowlers for Tamil Nadu were Somasetty Suresh with 4 for 60 while Rajamani Jesuraj took 3 for 39.