Mumbai storm into the semis
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Mumbai 515 for 8 beat Maharashtra 190 and 171 (Kulkarni 6-43) by an innings and 154 runs
Mumbai beat Maharashtra by an innings and 154 runs to qualify for the semi-finals of the Ranji Super League after they bowled out the last four Maharastra batsmen on the final day at Nasik's Golf Club Ground.
Resuming at 148 for 6, following on and still 177 runs in arrears, Maharashtra lost Satyajit Satbhai off the first ball of the day for a duck to Nilesh Kulkarni, the left-arm orthodox bowler, who picked up six wickets in the innings.
That set the trend and another wicket fell in the next over, Anupam Sanclecha being claimed by Swapnil Hazare for two. Kulkarni got the last two wickets as Mumbai finished off things inside nine overs.
Mumbai will take on Baroda in the semi-final at Vadodara starting January 23.
Tamil Nadu 342 and 116 for 8 (Sathish 33, Yusuf Pathan 6-47) beat Baroda 263 and 191 by 2 wickets
Tamil Nadu just managed to avoid relegation from the Ranji Super League, losing eight wickets before reaching their target of 113 on day four of their match against Baroda at Chennai's Guru Nanak College Ground.
Yusuf Pathan, Baroda's right-arm offbreak bowler, gave Tamil Nadu a fright, dismissing six batsmen for 47 runs. Tamil Nadu slipped from their overnight score of 26 for 1 to 108 for 8 before Ravichandran Ashwin and Ganapathy took them home.
On day three, Tamil Nadu had bowled Baroda out for 191 on the back of Ashwin's six-wicket haul in the second innings and looked to wrap it up with ease despite losing opener Dinesh Karthik to Irfan Pathan for four.
Yusuf struck early dismissing Ramaswamy Prasanna for 14 in the ninth over of the final day. He then had Murali Vijay and Hemang Badani caught by Himanshu Jadhav in consecutive overs as Tamil Nadu slid to 64 for 4. Subramaniam Badrinath and Rajagopal Sathish added 37 for the fifth wicket to stabilise things before Badrinath was caught by Pathan off Yusuf for 22.
Seven runs later Yusuf trapped Sathish, the innings top-scorer at 33, and then Sivaramakrishnan Vidyut leg before in consecutive balls. By then, though, Tamil Nadu needed just five runs and though they looked wobbly as another wicket fell, this time to Ajit Bhoite, relegation had most definitely been avoided.
Bengal 583 for 6 dec beat Rajasthan 193 and 328 (Doru 103, Sarkar 3-52)
Bengal, having already qualified for the semi-finals of the Ranji Super League, bowled out the last six Rajasthan batsmen for 124 runs on the final day to win by an innings and 62 runs at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Rohit Jhalani was the first to be dismissed when he was caught by Manoj Tiwary off Saurashish Lahiri without adding to his overnight score of 62. Another wicket fell soon enough before Nikhil Doru - Rajasthan's lone centurion - and Sumit Khatri stemmed the flow, adding 73 runs before Khatri was run out by Abhishek Jhunjhunwala for 32.
Bengal will take on Karnataka in the semi-final at Kolkata starting January 23.