Ranji Trophy - 1st semi final

Saurashtra v Punjab

Saurashtra won by 229 runs

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9.28amPunjab are in a huddle. Harbhajan Singh doing some polite talking, after which they charge onto the field. They have had red ribbons on their shirts, in support of AIDS awareness. Shitanshu Kotak, 40 years old, is out to open the innings. Sagar Jogiyani, holder of the record for the highest score by a wicketkeeper in Ranji Trophy, is his partner. Here we go. Three slips and a gully

9.25am Sharda Ugra reports on interesting scenes from Palam: "Big military top brass here. Air Vice Marshal D C Kumaria is the chief guest. Mumbai have quietly shaken hands with him, and he is getting kadak salutes from Services fellows. All standing at attention. In some distance a band is playing, but we can't see them and it doesn't sound like loudspeakers at all. They could be practising for Republic Day parade. 'Ladies and gentlemen as the players are being introduced please give a light round of applause,' says the PA"

9.15am As we await the start, try our Ranji Trophy quiz. It's fun

News from Palam is that there will be an inspection at 9.30am to decide when play can start between Services and Mumbai

9.05am Saurashtra have won the toss in Rajkot, and have decided to bat first. Why do I smell a flat track? Punjab have Sandeep Sharma replacing Manpreet Gony, and Bipul Sharma coming in for Gurkeerat Singh

Meanwhile it seems we will have a delayed start in Delhi because of fog. But Sharda Ugra says it isn't very thick, and we should have play soon. She can spot Sachin Tendulkar hitting balls wearing a beanie, and all "itinerant" cricketers taking photos with their phones

8.55am Hello and welcome to the simul-live of Ranji Trophy semi-finals. We will have ball-by-ball commentary for the Rajkot semi-final, and frequent updates from Delhi right here. It's Saurashtra hosting Punjab in Rajkot, and Services welcoming Mumbai to Delhi. Toss details will be in soon

0.1

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, full, on off, slight movement away, defended off the front foot

0.2

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, movement in the air, and then a bit of seam away, and Kotak stays back to defended with an open face

0.3

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, starts middle and leg, swings towards off, Kotak right behind it

0.4

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, fuller, on off, swinging away, left alone this time

0.5

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, this one starts straighter, swinging from almost outside leg, towards middle, and defended to leg by Kotak

Swing for Sharma, but the pace has been gentle. He moves round the stumps now

0.6

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, Kotak right forward to defend a fullish ball outside off

End of over 1 (maiden) Saurashtra 0/0
SH Kotak    0* (6b)      Sandeep Sharma    1-1-0-0
SD Jogiyani    0* (0b)     

Sid Kaul to bowl now

1.1

S Kaul to Jogiyani, no run, short of a length, wide, Jogiyani follows it without feet, guides it to point. Loose shot

1.2

S Kaul to Jogiyani, no run, short of a length, into the body, pushed away to leg

Read more on the Kaul brothers here

1.3

S Kaul to Jogiyani, no run, length ball, outside off, holding its line, Jogiyani doesn't play at it

In Palam, Mumbai have won the toss and are batting first

1.4

S Kaul to Jogiyani, no run, short of a length, widish, and a poor shot from Jogiyani. Lucky to not edge it. No feet at all

1.5

S Kaul to Jogiyani, no run, on a length, on off, defended from the crease

1.6

S Kaul to Jogiyani, no run, fuller, widish, no need to play at it

End of over 2 (maiden) Saurashtra 0/0
SD Jogiyani    0* (6b)      S Kaul    1-1-0-0
SH Kotak    0* (6b)      Sandeep Sharma    1-1-0-0

Stays round the stumps

2.1

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, 1 run, full, moving in, pushed straight of mid-off for a single. First run of the semi-final. Not the smartest bit of work by Taruwar Kohli at mid-off

Over the wicket to the right-hand batsman

2.2

Sandeep Sharma to Jogiyani, 1 run, swinging in, on a length, worked away to leg for a single

Back round the stumps to Kotak

2.3

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, angling into the pads, defended to leg

2.4

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, full, just outside off, Kotak well forward as if defending against a spinner

2.5

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, length ball, just outside off, moving in with the angle, and defended off the front foot again

2.6

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, slightly shorter, but still a good length, and defended solidly again

End of over 3 (2 runs) Saurashtra 2/0
SH Kotak    1* (11b)      Sandeep Sharma    2-1-2-0
SD Jogiyani    1* (7b)      S Kaul    1-1-0-0

"Five days after the ODI, the stands are being cleaned," says Amol Karhadkar from Rajkot. "Better late than never". Indeed

3.1

S Kaul to Jogiyani, no run, short of a length, on off, defended

3.2

S Kaul to Jogiyani, 2 runs, short of a length, on off, pushed through the vacant mid-off region

3.3

S Kaul to Jogiyani, no run, short of a length, cuts it, but can't beat point

3.4

S Kaul to Jogiyani, no run, fuller, on off, defended from the crease. No foot work, just playing with the hands

3.5

S Kaul to Jogiyani, 2 runs, full, almost a half-volley on the pads, worked away wide of midwicket for another couple

3.6

S Kaul to Jogiyani, OUT, timbahhhhh. Jogiyani's lack of foot work has been exposed. Stays back to play a length ball. This is the first ball to move all morning, and it has beaten the inside edge by a long way. Hits him plumb in front, but no appeal is required for an lbw because the ball has ricocheted and flattened the off stump. Ordinary batting for an opener

SD Jogiyani b S Kaul 5 (18m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

End of over 4 (4 runs) Saurashtra 6/1
     S Kaul    2-1-4-1
SH Kotak    1* (11b)      Sandeep Sharma    2-1-2-0

Rahul Dave is the new batsman, but Kotak is on strike

4.1

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, full, outside off, Kotak is well forward in defence

Palam update: Soumik Chatterjee, Services' hero from the last match, hasn't recovered from his injury, and Soumyaranjan Swain is the captain

4.2

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, FOUR, angling in, full on the pads, down in pace too, and he has worked it away square for the first boundary of the morning

Says Khokhawat: "Although Bhajji has not done much with the ball this season but his experience would have helped the punjab's talented yougsters a lot"

4.3

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, 1 run, angling into the pads, worked wide of mid-on for one

4.4

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, full, slightly wide, Dave looks to play but pulls out of it

4.5

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, full and wide, defended towards cover

4.6

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, full again, just outside off, driven to mid-off

End of over 5 (5 runs) Saurashtra 11/1
RR Dave    0* (3b)      Sandeep Sharma    3-1-7-0
SH Kotak    6* (14b 1x4)      S Kaul    2-1-4-1

Only two slips and a gully now

5.1

S Kaul to Kotak, no run, short of a length, angling away, left alone

"Great to see Cricinfo cover the ranji semi's ball by ball, BTW more intresting would be to see how many wickets fall today on the batting beauty/bowler's nightmare!!!" Sahil, this looks like a really flat wicket. Not sure about the one in Palam

5.2

S Kaul to Kotak, no run, left alone outside off again

5.3

S Kaul to Kotak, no run, fuller, drawing him forward, but Kotak is solid in defence

5.4

S Kaul to Kotak, 1 run, worked away off the pads for a single

5.5

S Kaul to Dave, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended off the back foot

"Jiwanjot singh has played some real good innings in his debut season, some of them coming on seaming wickets but a good knock here would make his case real strong given the form indian test openers are in." Sahil, yes I am interested in seeing how good he is. Our first chance to watch him bat

5.6

S Kaul to Dave, no run, wide length ball, no need to play at it

End of over 6 (1 run) Saurashtra 12/1
RR Dave    0* (5b)      S Kaul    3-1-5-1
SH Kotak    7* (18b 1x4)      Sandeep Sharma    3-1-7-0

Back over the stumps to Kotak

6.1

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, full, swinging in this time, defended off the front foot

6.2

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, left alone outside off

"The match in Palam would definitely provide more action than this one.I wish you would have covered that one ball by ball.Plus there is that added factor of sachin playing." You can't have it all, Puneet

6.3

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, FOUR, gets too straight to get movement back into the pads, and is picked away for four to square leg

6.4

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, wider this time, and Kotak doesn't have to play at it

6.5

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, length ball, middle and off, Kotak well forward in defence again

Goes round the stumps again

6.6

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, length ball just outside off, defended off the front foot

End of over 7 (4 runs) Saurashtra 16/1
SH Kotak    11* (24b 2x4)      Sandeep Sharma    4-1-11-0
RR Dave    0* (5b)      S Kaul    3-1-5-1

7.1

S Kaul to Dave, no run, bouncer, sharp one too, 138ks, pitched outside off, seaming towards his head. A half-hearted waft from Dave misses the ball. Lucky to not have been hit or dismissed

7.2

S Kaul to Dave, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, defended towards mid-on

7.3

S Kaul to Dave, 1 run, length again, pushed wide of mid-on for a single

Sid Kaul, too, goes round the stumps to Kotak

7.4

S Kaul to Kotak, no run, length ball, outside off, left alone

7.5

S Kaul to Kotak, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone again

7.6

S Kaul to Kotak, 1 run, fuller, straighter, pushed wide of mid-on, and takes a sharp single

End of over 8 (2 runs) Saurashtra 18/1
SH Kotak    12* (27b 2x4)      S Kaul    4-1-7-1
RR Dave    1* (8b)      Sandeep Sharma    4-1-11-0

8.1

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, wide outside off, left alone

Palam update After winning the toss in a delayed start, Mumbai are 8 for 0 against Services

8.2

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, plays at this wide length ball, but solidly enough

"Can i get a remote control to change the commentary from this match to the one playing at Palam now?" Hemnath, I am trying to get you updates from there as regularly as I can

8.3

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, wide length ball again, Kotak doesn't play this time

8.4

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, forward-defensive off a length ball

8.5

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, fuller, closer to the stumps, defended solidly again

8.6

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, dug in short, rising towards the chest, fended away easily. A very easy-paced pitch

End of over 9 (maiden) Saurashtra 18/1
SH Kotak    12* (33b 2x4)      Sandeep Sharma    5-2-11-0
RR Dave    1* (8b)      S Kaul    4-1-7-1

9.1

S Kaul to Dave, 1 run, length ball, angling in, helped away to long leg

Two slips and two gullies, or a wide third slip and a gully

9.2

S Kaul to Kotak, no run, length ball, on off, angling away, left alone

9.3

S Kaul to Kotak, FOUR, wide half-volley, and driven through the vacant mid-off region for four. Kotak looking entrenched, but I wish the pitch had some seam movement to test him

9.4

S Kaul to Kotak, 1 no ball, length ball, middle and off, angling just outside off, left well. No-ball called too

9.4

S Kaul to Kotak, no run, length ball, on off, defended off the front foot

9.5

S Kaul to Kotak, no run, short of a lenght this time, angling away just outside off, shoulders arms to it

9.6

S Kaul to Kotak, FOUR, nicely played. Length ball, on the pads, and nicely flicked away between midwicket and mid-on. Quick outfield, small field, nicely played, four for the taking

End of over 10 (10 runs) Saurashtra 28/1
SH Kotak    20* (39b 4x4)      S Kaul    5-1-17-1
RR Dave    2* (9b)      Sandeep Sharma    5-2-11-0

10.1

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, widish length ball, looks to drive, the bat face turns in the hand, and he ends up pushing it back to Sandeep Sharma

10.2

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, length ball, outside off, defended to mid-off

10.3

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended to cover

10.4

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, short, on the stumps, fended to leg

10.5

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, wide of the crease, short of a length, just outside off, punched to point

10.6

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, fuller, hits the inside half of the bat as Dave looks to defend

End of over 11 (maiden) Saurashtra 28/1
RR Dave    2* (15b)      Sandeep Sharma    6-3-11-0
SH Kotak    20* (39b 4x4)      S Kaul    5-1-17-1

Palam update: Mumbai 18 for 0 after choosing to bat first. Jaffer, who needs just 98 to reclaim his record for most runs in Ranji Trophy, has raced away to 15 not out.

Amitoze Singh to bowl gentle medium pace now

11.1

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, no run, short of a length, on off, stays back to defend

Two slips for him

11.2

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, no run, fuller, on off, defended off the front foot

11.3

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, no run, full, middle and leg, tucked away to midwicket

11.4

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, 2 runs, picked away off the pads for a couple

11.5

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, 1 run, on the pads again, and worked away for a single

11.6

Amitoze Singh to Dave, 1 run, wide length ball, driven to point where a misfield allows them a single

End of over 12 (4 runs) Saurashtra 32/1
RR Dave    3* (16b)      Amitoze Singh    1-0-4-0
SH Kotak    23* (44b 4x4)      Sandeep Sharma    6-3-11-0

12.1

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, full, on off, driven to mid-on

12.2

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, FOUR, short and wide, and cut away hard, behind square, gets four. This is Sharma's seventh over of this spell

12.3

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, length ball, on off, defended off the front foot

12.4

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, wide of the crease, full, on off, driven to mid-off

12.5

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, full, on off, defended to mid-on

12.6

Sandeep Sharma to Dave, no run, closer to the stumps, very close, but makes no difference as a length ball is defended back solidly

End of over 13 (4 runs) Saurashtra 36/1
RR Dave    7* (22b 1x4)      Sandeep Sharma    7-3-15-0
SH Kotak    23* (44b 4x4)      Amitoze Singh    1-0-4-0

13.1

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, FOUR, draws the edge from Kotak as he pushes at a length ball outside off. The thick edge travels between the slips and sully, and the quick outfield takes it away for four

13.2

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, no run, full, outside off, dug out towards cover

wicket in Palam: Says Sharda Ugra: "Kaustubh Pawar playing a nothing back-foot shot across the line. Leg before to Suraj Yadav, who must have let out at least eight massive leg before appeals all morning. Finally successful: 19 for 1"

13.3

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, no run, left alone outside off

13.4

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, no run, another leave well outside off

13.5

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, no run, and yet another leave as the ball angles across

13.6

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, no run, short of a length, middle and off, defended off the back foot

End of over 14 (4 runs) Saurashtra 40/1
SH Kotak    27* (50b 5x4)      Amitoze Singh    2-0-8-0
RR Dave    7* (22b 1x4)      Sandeep Sharma    7-3-15-0

Kaul comes back, replacing Sharma who bowled seven overs

14.1

S Kaul to Dave, no run, angling down leg side, Uday Kaul collects it on the half-volley

14.2

S Kaul to Dave, 2 runs, angling into the pads again, picked away square on the leg side

14.3

S Kaul to Dave, no run, length ball, on off, defended with an open face

14.4

S Kaul to Dave, 2 runs, angling in, worked away for a single

Jaffer goes at Palam too: Says Sharda: "Here goes Jaffer. Out caught behind off Nishan Singh. Out walks Tendulkar to hooting and cheering. Jaffer gone for 15, Mumbai 19 for 2."

14.5

S Kaul to Dave, no run, defended to point

14.6

S Kaul to Dave, no run, huge appeal for lbw. That looked pretty adjacent. Inswinger, starting from outside off, Dave is caught on the back foot. That is hitting the stumps for sure, but did it hit him outside the line? The inside edge has saved him

Match State: Drinks

End of over 15 (4 runs) Saurashtra 44/1
RR Dave    11* (28b 1x4)      S Kaul    6-1-21-1
SH Kotak    27* (50b 5x4)      Amitoze Singh    2-0-8-0

15.1

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, no run, defended off the back foot

15.2

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, FOUR, on the pads, and Kotak works it away off the pads for a four to square leg

15.3

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended

15.4

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, no run, well forward to defend this to mid-off

15.5

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, stays in the crease to defend

15.6

Amitoze Singh to Kotak, FOUR, nicely played. Leg-side half-volley all right, but he has played this with a straight bat, but between the diving mid-on and midwicket. Four more for Kotak, and time for a drink

Match State: Drinks

End of over 16 (8 runs) Saurashtra 52/1
SH Kotak    35* (56b 7x4)      Amitoze Singh    3-0-16-0
RR Dave    11* (28b 1x4)      S Kaul    6-1-21-1

Palam update I am being told the main gates at the stadium have been closed, and there are people with their faces against the fence

16.1

S Kaul to Dave, no run, length ball outside off, defended to mid-off

"So Services on yet another Giant killing Spree..Can they do a Rajasthan of 2 years back..??" Rags, if they do it, it will be way bigger than what Rajasthan did. Remember Rajasthan have been a good side over the years, but Services are coming from nowhere

16.2

S Kaul to Dave, no run, short of a length, seaming in, hits him in the thigh

"@Monga: Who is the quicker bowler of the two- Sharma or Kaul?" Kuldeep Singh, Kaul is definitely sharper

16.3

S Kaul to Dave, no run, dug in short, outside off, easy to stay away from it

16.4

S Kaul to Dave, no run, loose drive outside off, gets a thick edge, but it doesn't carry to gully

16.5

S Kaul to Dave, 1 run, swinging yorker, dug out in front of off, gets a single to leg

16.6

S Kaul to Kotak, no run, short of a length, on off, angling away, left alone

End of over 17 (1 run) Saurashtra 53/1
SH Kotak    35* (57b 7x4)      S Kaul    7-1-22-1
RR Dave    12* (33b 1x4)      Amitoze Singh    3-0-16-0

Palam pandemonium: Services keep on striking. Suraj Yadav has Hiken Shah caught at the wicket. Mumbai 23 for 3. Work to do for Tendulkar

17.1

Amitoze Singh to Dave, no run, well forward to defend off the front foot

17.2

Amitoze Singh to Dave, no run, outswinger, starts widish, and is left alone

17.3

Amitoze Singh to Dave, FOUR, too full, a half-volley, and he leans into a cover drive and sends it crashing for four. Fifty for this stand

17.4

Amitoze Singh to Dave, no run, short of a length, widish, left alone

"If Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed have made such excellent starts to their international careers, just think how great it would be for India if bowlers like Ishwar Pandey, Sandeep Sharma and Kaul were given chances as well. And what better place to start than in the up coming Australia series?" Anurag, I think Pandey is the one to keep and eye on. He looks the most impressive of the lot

17.5

Amitoze Singh to Dave, no run, push-drives this length ball to cover

17.6

Amitoze Singh to Dave, no run, wide and full, left alone

End of over 18 (4 runs) Saurashtra 57/1
RR Dave    16* (39b 2x4)      Amitoze Singh    4-0-20-0
SH Kotak    35* (57b 7x4)      S Kaul    7-1-22-1

18.1

S Kaul to Kotak, no run, full and straight, defended to mid-off

"@Sid; You guys have done a brilliant job covering Ranji trophy this season. It would be great if Cricinfo could come up with more articles covering Ranji cricket. Loved that article on Kotak. Many- a true cricket fans would like to know more abt other unsung Ranji cricketers" Thanks Amar Khanna, we have been trying our best during a busy international season

18.2

S Kaul to Kotak, 1 run, short, towards the chest, fended away fine for a single

"@Sid: I don't think Sandeep Sharma is 100% fit for this game. He's much nippier when he's in full flow. It's nice to see Kaul bowling well though - one of the few 2008 U-19 stars to get his career back on track." Cris, Sandeep Sharma does have figures that suggest a better bowler than we have seen today, but you have to also keep in mind that this is a good old-fashioned paata. Totally flat

18.3

S Kaul to Dave, no run, defended with an open face

18.4

S Kaul to Dave, OUT, the Kauls strike. c Uday Kaul b Siddarth Kaul. Length ball outside off, holds its line, takes the edge of a bat left hanging to dry outside off. Uday Kaul takes a nice low catch to his right. I know a few wicketkeepers who don't even go for these

RR Dave c †U Kaul b S Kaul 16 (74m 41b 2x4 0x6) SR: 39.02

Jaydev Shah walks out

18.5

S Kaul to Shah, no run, Kaul goes short and sharp, but the line is down leg, but he seems to have grown a leg after the wicket. Sharp pace

18.6

S Kaul to Shah, no run, another bouncer. Clearly they know something about Jaydev. This is right on the top of stumps, and Shah has to be quick in order to duck under it. Kaul has bowled well on a flat wicket

End of over 19 (1 run) Saurashtra 58/2
JN Shah    0* (2b)      S Kaul    8-1-23-2
SH Kotak    36* (59b 7x4)      Amitoze Singh    4-0-20-0

Time for some Harbhajan Singh. Can he get wickets in these final stages of the Ranji Trophy to stake a claim for a comeback after Indian spinners failed spectacularly against England? Time is ripe for a comeback if only Harbhajan can show he is back in form

19.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, length ball, on off, turn for Bhajan, defended to the vacant silly point region

Slip, short leg and short cover in

19.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, nicely tossed up on middle and leg, defended

19.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, the arm ball already, Kotak does well to recover after reading it off the pitch. Defends with an open face

19.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, 1 run, full on the pads, worked away for a single to fine leg

Silly point comes in for Shah. And an extra gully too

19.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, tossed up outside off, defended to mid-off

19.6

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, short of a length, on off, punched to cover

End of over 20 (1 run) Saurashtra 59/2
JN Shah    0* (4b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0
SH Kotak    37* (63b 7x4)      S Kaul    8-1-23-2

Palam update: Tendulkar has hit two boundaries to reach 8. Mumbai 28 for 3. Back in Rajkot, Kaul to bowl his ninth over

20.1

S Kaul to Kotak, no run, swinging yorker on off, dug out back to him

Goes round the stumps now

20.2

S Kaul to Kotak, no run, stays full again. Not quite a yorker, though, and he is driven to mid-off

20.3

S Kaul to Kotak, no run, nicely bowled. Just short of being a half-volley, and shaping away from the left-hand batsman. Defended with an open face

20.4

S Kaul to Kotak, 1 run, yorker again, just outside off, dug out well, though

Back over the stumps for Shah. Two slips and a gully, and a leg gully. More short stuff coming up

20.5

S Kaul to Shah, no run, bouncer, on the stumps, Shah ducks under it

"@Anurag: RP Singh, Praveen, Sreesanth, Ishant and Munaf had impressive starts to their careers too. Where are they now? I don't think we should judge how good an Indian seamer is unless he has played atleast 20 tests/50 ODIs.." That is true, BeCautious

20.6

S Kaul to Shah, no run, slips in the fuller delivery after three consecutive bouncers to Shah, and hits the pad too, but outside leg

End of over 21 (1 run) Saurashtra 60/2
JN Shah    0* (6b)      S Kaul    9-1-24-2
SH Kotak    38* (67b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0

Says Amol from Rajkot: "What a spectacle. Plush stadium. Decent outfield. Quality cricket. And 20-odd spectators watching the semi-finals. Ranji Trophy at its usual self, sadly. You can't blame the Rajkot residents for not travelling 12 km, which is wayyyyyyy too far for them, to watch Harbhajan Singh in action. But perhaps the Saurashtra Cricket Association can ask some of the schools to send their kids across to Khandheri for important Ranji games. And the 20-odd spectators, most including the SCA officials and players' family members, have one constant in Peter Chimson

Meanwhile that attempted yorker from Kaul has hit Shah in his shin. He is receiving some medical attention. Over in Palam, Tendulkar has scored 12 runs, all in boundaries, and Mumbai are 32 for 3

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, 1 bye, down the leg side, no turn, concedes a bye

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, tossed up, middle and off, no turn, defended off the front foot

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, shortish, outside off, punched wide of cover for a single

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended to leg

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, short and wide and fast, lucky to get away with it as Kotak finds the man at point

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, flighted, middle and off, defended solidly off the front foot

End of over 22 (2 runs) Saurashtra 62/2
SH Kotak    38* (71b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-2-0
JN Shah    1* (8b)      S Kaul    9-1-24-2

Kaul to bowl to Shah with two slips, a gully and a leg gully

22.1

S Kaul to Shah, no run, length ball, on off, defended to mid-off

22.2

S Kaul to Shah, 1 no ball, full, on off, driven with an open face. No-ball

22.2

S Kaul to Shah, FOUR, short of a length, angling away, guided wide of point, well timed for four

22.3

S Kaul to Shah, 1 no ball, another no-ball, draws the edge, but it has fallen short of the keeper anyway

22.3

S Kaul to Shah, no run, length ball, outside leg, doesn't make a connection as he tries to flick it

22.4

S Kaul to Shah, no run, wide length ball, driven with an open face, but can't beat cover

In Palam, Tendulkar has hit four fours in his 17 not out. Mumbai 37 for 3. A crowd gathers outside the Palam ground to catch a glimpse of Sachin Tendulkar on a cold, Delhi morning - Click to see the photo here.

22.5

S Kaul to Shah, no run, full outswinger, beats the bat, big shout for lbw, and Shah has got away with one. Full, pitches leg, holds its line, and would have hit the leg stump

22.6

S Kaul to Shah, FOUR, similar delivery, but this time Shah gets bat on it, and tucks it away for four

End of over 23 (10 runs) Saurashtra 72/2
JN Shah    9* (16b 2x4)      S Kaul    10-1-34-2
SH Kotak    38* (71b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-2-0

"We should have ranji matches in bangalore. Stadium in the centre of the town. Schools will be happy to send kids. Might have good crowds, surely on weekends there would be crowds." Arun, I have seen many Ranji matches played in front of empty stands in Bangalore

23.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, flighted on off, defended off the front foot

23.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, tossed up outside off, defended off the front foot

23.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, another flighted delivery outside off, turning away, left alone

23.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, gets the edge from Kotak, hits the shoulder of the defensive bat, but it doesn't carry to slip

23.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, on middle and leg this time, but he has managed to push this between the legs of short leg

23.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, 1 run, quicker, into the pads, worked away fine

End of over 24 (1 run) Saurashtra 73/2
SH Kotak    39* (77b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-3-0
JN Shah    9* (16b 2x4)      S Kaul    10-1-34-2

"Sorry but am watching this page just for the bold lines. But am sure am not the only one doing that!" Keep faith, Abu, you will find much to like about this game too

Sandeep Sharma comes back now. Round the stumps

24.1

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, short of a length, wide, it's a shooter. Good job it is not on the stumps

24.2

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, 1 run, angling into the pads, worked away to deep square for a single

24.3

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, FOUR, wide half-volley, slashes away at it, and the edge flies over the slips

24.4

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, no run, length ball outside off, defended to cover

24.5

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, no run, short of a length, guided to point with an open face

24.6

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, no run, length ball, outside off, defended with an open face

End of over 25 (5 runs) Saurashtra 78/2
JN Shah    13* (20b 3x4)      Sandeep Sharma    8-3-20-0
SH Kotak    40* (79b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-3-0

CK: "I am from Bangalore and I know stands here are empty .. only place i have seen full stands are in Chennai and no where else .. I still remember a half full stadium for a Zim Vs Ireland World cup game ! And same for the few Irani games"

25.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, forward-defensive

"Sidharth how good a batsman is Abhishek Nayar,Seriously a matter or only 0.56 in the batting average separating hgim and the master in first class career." Dejavoo, he is not that great, he is not easy on the eye, but he is a very valuable player in Ranji Trophy. He has scored some tough runs for Mumbai

25.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, 1 run, into the pads, worked away for a single

25.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 leg bye, length ball, on the pads, concedes a leg-bye

25.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, defended back to him

25.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, another flighted delivery, middle and leg again, defended

25.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, quicker, on off, defended off the front foot

Do neutral venues for knockout games make any difference in the Ranji Trophy? Amol Muzumdar and Aakash Chopra have differing views. Plus, we preview these two semi-finals in our latest edition of the Chatter. Siddhartha Talya is then joined by Abhishek Purohit, who saw Services beat Uttar Pradesh in that thrilling quarter-final in Indore. Do listen in.

End of over 26 (2 runs) Saurashtra 80/2
SH Kotak    41* (84b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-4-0
JN Shah    13* (21b 3x4)      Sandeep Sharma    8-3-20-0

At Palam, Mumbai are 38 for 3, with Tendulkar unbeaten on 17. Nayar is 2 off 28

26.1

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, 2 runs, misfielded by Ladda at point, and allows a couple of runs

26.2

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, no run, full, coming in with the angle, flicked to short midwicket

Anurag: "That's true, Becautious. I wonder then, how were Piyush Chawla and Ishant Sharma even considered for the test matches against England? Ishant Sharma had just come back from an injury, if I'm not mistaken. And speaking of comebacks, Yuvraj was given a chance inspite of thoroughly unimpressive Test performances. In the meanwhile, a tireless workhorse like Abhishek Nayar kept notching up wickets and runs at impressive averages for Mumbai. Everyone commended Zaheer for his long spell in that win vs Madhya Pradesh, but it was Nayar who was consistently holding up the other end. Picked up the winning wicket too. Give the man chance, he could be our Hussey."

26.3

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, no run, short of a length, on off, defended with an open face

26.4

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, no run, full, swinging in, defended to short midwicket

26.5

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

Amol: "Saw that picture of Palam ground. How lucky crowd will be to watch Sachin from so close! Stadiums in big cities do not give such close view"

26.6

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, no run, short of a length, defended off the back foot

End of over 27 (2 runs) Saurashtra 82/2
JN Shah    15* (27b 3x4)      Sandeep Sharma    9-3-22-0
SH Kotak    41* (84b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-4-0

"Lack of interest has also got to do with a lack of promotion, don't you think? Services v Mumbai has got to be the David V Golliath of Ranji.. But has it been promoted that way??" Agree, Rameshwar

27.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, full, on the pads, pushed into the shin pads of short leg

27.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, down the wicket to take this on a half-volley and push it to short midwicket

27.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, slightly shorter, still not short enough, and Kotak has to stretch well forward to defend

27.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, slower in the air, again short of that driving length, but ther is no turn available, and Kotak defends without trouble

"Not sure how many of have travelled 200KM in local train to watch Ranji matches for your state team, But I used to do that a decade back while doing my Engineering in Durgapur… Well of course ( Dhoni's style) w/o informing any friends or professors.." Well done, Das

27.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, again flighted high, and Kotak equally solid in defence

27.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, fuller and quicker, on off, defended

End of over 28 (maiden) Saurashtra 82/2
SH Kotak    41* (90b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-1-4-0
JN Shah    15* (27b 3x4)      Sandeep Sharma    9-3-22-0

Mumbai being watchful in Delhi. They are 39 for 3 after 22 overs. Tendulkar 17 and Nayar 2 off 34 balls

28.1

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, no run, length ball, outside off, defended with an open face

28.2

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, FOUR, short, wide, gentle pace, and Shah has dismissed this out of sight. Punched away in front of square. Poor delivery, disdainfully dealt with

28.3

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, no run, fuller, stops at him a little, Shah pushes at it. The ball goes uppishly but not all the way to cover

28.4

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, 1 run, looks to punch away a length ball, gets a thick outside edge wide of point for a single

28.5

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, length ball, on off, pushed to straight midwicket

"I am closely following this match as the score updates for Mumbai match are faster here than there." Sankar SSA, this is where you will get the fastest updates for the Mumbai match

28.6

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, length ball, widish, left alone

End of over 29 (5 runs) Saurashtra 87/2
SH Kotak    41* (92b 7x4)      Sandeep Sharma    10-3-27-0
JN Shah    20* (31b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-1-4-0

"cricinfo seems to be having acute shortage of staff, going by the fact that the 2nd Ranji semifinal is not being commentated Live. I am available; if you are listening Mr. Bal." I will forward this demand, Prash

29.1

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, slightly short of a length, rocks back to cut it, but can't beat point

29.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, fuller now, defended back to him

29.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, FOUR, half-volley, superbly driven between mid-off and extra cover, all along the ground

29.4

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away at a catchable height but wide of short leg

29.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, tossed up outside off, well forward to defend. He is nowhere close to the pitch of the ball, but there is no assistance from the wicket to trouble the batsman

29.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, defended off the front foot again

End of over 30 (5 runs) Saurashtra 92/2
SH Kotak    41* (94b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-1-9-0
JN Shah    25* (35b 5x4)      Sandeep Sharma    10-3-27-0

"Is this your strategy to make people watch Sau vs Punjab as well that you are giving really quick updates about the Mumbai match here? Seems to be working. Personally I think Sau will miss Pujara. Could they have not requested Indian team to release him for this game? I have seen Australia and England do this before." Yes, Nits, it's ridiculous that Pujara and Rohit Sharma are not playing the Ranji semi-finals when t is clear they are not going to get picked in the final XI

This could be the last over before lunch

30.1

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, no run, short of a length, outside off, Shah doesn't go after it

30.2

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, no run, short of a length, punched away to cover

30.3

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, no run, length ball, angling in towards off, defended off the back foot

30.4

Sandeep Sharma to Shah, 1 run, short of a length, wide, steered away, but gully does it well with a dive to keep them down to one

Just one wide slip and a gully in in the last over before lunch

30.5

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, length ball, angling in, defended off the front foot

30.6

Sandeep Sharma to Kotak, no run, full, just outside off, Kotak leaves alone to take us to lunch

Noon That's lunch then. Another vigil from Kotak, but the pitch is really flat. The session shared between the teams, perhaps Punjab had the better of it. Sid Kaul gets pats on the back as they walk off.

Over in Delhi, Mumbai are 42-3 at lunch after 24 overs. Tendulkar batting on 19 off 40 (4x4) Nayar 2 off 43b. Tendulkar got hit on the right hand by Nishant Singh as a shortish ball jumped off the wicket. Took off his gloves and madly shook out the hand, but has generally been solid.

We will be back at around 12.35pm

End of over 31 (1 run) Saurashtra 93/2
SH Kotak    41* (96b 7x4)      Sandeep Sharma    11-3-28-0
JN Shah    26* (39b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-1-9-0

12.35pm Welcome back. We will have a longer second session in Delhi to make up for the delayed start. Interestingly poised at both venues. Just to remind you, we have live commentary for the Rajkot semi-final, and frequent updates from Delhi

"I am praying that Harbhajan picks up wickets in this match," writes in Sibashish. "No other player contributes to a positive team psyche as he does. Yuvraj and Bhajji must play against Australia."

31.1

S Kaul to Shah, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

Asks Pawan: "Reg. Uday Kaul- This guy averages 50+ in First class and he is a WICKET KEEPER. I dont understand why he is not been discussed to be included in Indian test team where Dhoni is unimpressive. Is is technique not good for tests? Or he is not good in keeping the wickets? Talk is always around Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel and Wridhiman Saha to be included in tests. Why not Uday Kaul??? He has better average that all of them. Why not him? Why?"

Meanwhile, Uday's brother, Sid Kaul, has resumed proceedings after lunch

31.2

S Kaul to Shah, no run, driven wide of mid-off, but Kotak turns down a single

Says Vipul: "Punjab v/s Mumbai....What a final that will be. A team in form (Punjab) versus a team with Reputation. And then we will have India's best off spinner against its Best Batsman. Both looking to get in form."

31.3

S Kaul to Shah, no run, full, but wide, and is left alone

"Planning to go to the Palam ground on Friday. Anything that you need from me? :D" Enthusiasm, Vivek Bhandari. Enough to match Sharda Ugra's, who is there

31.4

S Kaul to Shah, FOUR, half-volley, on off stump, driven beautifully for four as dad Niranjan Shah watches on

"Listened to 'Chatter'. I agree with Amol M. Why have neutral venues for QF, SF and final? Why not just have neutral BCCI curators prepare the wickets for these matches, and not allow the local curators and officials anywhere near the pitch?" Karamani, they might not know the wicket well, and how it behaves to different kinds of preparation

31.5

S Kaul to Shah, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

At Palam, Mumbai are 48 for 3 with Tendulkar not out on 22

31.6

S Kaul to Shah, 1 run, length ball on the pads, nicely picked away for a single to long leg

End of over 32 (5 runs) Saurashtra 98/2
JN Shah    31* (45b 6x4)      S Kaul    11-1-39-2
SH Kotak    41* (96b 7x4)      Sandeep Sharma    11-3-28-0

32.1

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, defended off the front foot

32.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, FOUR, slightly short, he rocks back to slash at it, but the thick edge flies easily over gully

32.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, full, on off, well forward to smother the turn

32.4

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, nicely bowled, slower in the air, short of a driving length, turns past the tentative bat

32.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, rocks back to cut a length ball, gets a single behind point

Says Rags: "@Vipul, too early in counting your chickens eh.? Do not underestimate Service's motivation, & Mumbai's nervousness..& Mumbai are definitely weak in Pace..So all in for hell of a match here.."

32.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, 2 runs, down the wicket to take this on a half-volley and guide it square on the leg side

End of over 33 (7 runs) Saurashtra 105/2
SH Kotak    43* (97b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-1-16-0
JN Shah    36* (50b 7x4)      S Kaul    11-1-39-2

"Also as Pawan mentioned, Uday Kaul has scored 600+ runs at 75+ average this season. Scoring runs in Mohali wouldnt have been easy either." Yes, Arun, Mohali produced outright results in all its matches, so that pitch couldn't have been a feather-bed

33.1

S Kaul to Shah, no run, gets him to follow a length ball outside off. Shah luck to not have edged it

33.2

S Kaul to Shah, FOUR, top shot. Leaning into a length ball outside off, push-drives it with an open face, past cover, all along the ground

33.3

S Kaul to Shah, 2 runs, worked away off the pads for a single

Vipul: "@Rags, I can understand the emotions that you have for Services. Just that wishing to see 2 great India players against each other in the biggest domestic events finale."

Kaul goes round the stumps

33.4

S Kaul to Shah, no run, bowls a swinging yorker, dug out in front of middle and leg

At Palam, Tendulkar has just hit two boundaries off Nishan Singh in the second over after lunch. Mumbai 56 for 3 after 26 overs

33.5

S Kaul to Shah, no run, wide and full, left alone

33.6

S Kaul to Shah, FOUR, full and wide again, but this time Shah steers it fine of point for another boundary. Shah and Tendulkar both getting a move on

End of over 34 (10 runs) Saurashtra 115/2
JN Shah    46* (56b 9x4)      S Kaul    12-1-49-2
SH Kotak    43* (97b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-1-16-0

34.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, flighted outside off, defended solidly

34.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, 1 run, middle and leg, worked past short leg for one

34.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, flicked away past short leg. Catchable height but wide of the man

34.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, well forward to smother whatever turn is available

34.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, down the track to push this to mid-on

34.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, defended

End of over 35 (2 runs) Saurashtra 117/2
SH Kotak    44* (102b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-1-18-0
JN Shah    47* (57b 9x4)      S Kaul    12-1-49-2

"Just to spice up the conversation regarding replacements for Test openers and wicket keeper, could someone split up Jiwanjot's and Uday Kaul's stats at Mohali and the rest of the grounds for this season?" Swapnil, in this match we will get to see JJ Singh for the first time. Let's see how good he is. He has very impressive numbers

Meanwhile here are Ladda's legbreaks

35.1

Ladda to Shah, no run, looks to cut a legbreak, and is beaten by the low bounce

"@Sid: you must have seen Ishwar Pandey, Sid Kaul, Suraj Yadav and Harshal Patel bowl. Who is quickest among them and does anyone of them produces 140+ km deliveries frequently?" Shaurya, I haven't seen Patel, but find Pandey impressive, although not consistent 140kmpher

35.2

Ladda to Shah, no run, sharp turn although the ball is flat, hits him on the pad while heading down leg

35.3

Ladda to Shah, no run, flighted around off this time, a defensive push from Kotak it draws

At Palam, Mumbai are 67 for 3. Tendulkar 36, Nayar 10

35.4

Ladda to Shah, no run, short of a length, defended

35.5

Ladda to Shah, no run, flat, middle and leg, turning down leg

35.6

Ladda to Shah, no run, flighted outside off, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 36 (maiden) Saurashtra 117/2
JN Shah    47* (63b 9x4)      S Ladda    1-1-0-0
SH Kotak    44* (102b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-1-18-0

36.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, full down the leg side, Kotak doesn't take the bye

36.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, bat-pad, but it doesn't carry to short leg

36.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, 1 run, quick and into the pads, worked past short leg for a single

Akalp: "@Shaurya Both Siddarth Kaul and Pandey are of similar pace. Siddarth looks a bit sharper but Pandey is more consistent right now."

36.4

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, beaten in the flight as he moves forward, Harbhajan bowls short, but he recovers well to get some bat on it

36.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, FOUR, streaky four to get him to his fifty. Driving in front of his body, he lobs this ball up in the air, but wide enough of short cover

36.6

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, into the pads now, and worked away past short leg

At Palam Ground, three boundaries in one over off Suraj Yadav, and Tendulkar is 48. Mumbai have had a good lunch

End of over 37 (5 runs) Saurashtra 122/2
JN Shah    51* (66b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-1-23-0
SH Kotak    45* (105b 7x4)      S Ladda    1-1-0-0

37.1

Ladda to Kotak, no run, length ball, legbreak, turning into the pads, defended

Rags: "Just wondering Now that both Dhoni & SRT have been commissioned as officers in the defence forces, can't they turn up for Services..?? How awesome would that be..!!!"

37.2

Ladda to Kotak, FOUR, Kotak gets a streaky four now. Qyuick delivery from Ladda, Kotak pushes outside off, the ball doesn't turn, takes the edge, but wide of slip

37.3

Ladda to Kotak, no run, fuller, slower through the air, flicked to square leg

37.4

Ladda to Kotak, no run, flighted outside off, gets enough turn to hit the shoulder of the bat and go to short leg on a bounce

37.5

Ladda to Kotak, no run, flighted wide outside off, and this time Kotak lets it be

37.6

Ladda to Kotak, no run, full and straight, defended well this time

End of over 38 (4 runs) Saurashtra 126/2
SH Kotak    49* (111b 8x4)      S Ladda    2-1-4-0
JN Shah    51* (66b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-1-23-0

Sam Roy: "@Shaurya, None of them regularly bowl at 140 kmph. Though both Sid Kaul and Ishwar Pandey bowl consistently around 133-134 kmph all day. Especially Ishwar is a good bet for a test bowler as he bowls good lines, gets good outswing and is tall so gets a bit more bounce than others and has an easy, repeatable action"

38.1

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, flighted on off, holding its line, defended

Anurag: "With all this talk of neutral venues for matches, hasn't anyone thought of choosing thrilling result producing pitches as opposed to ones that only produce drab innings lead deciders?"

38.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, nicely tossed up, outside off, defended well

38.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, slightly shorter, punched to short cover

38.4

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, nicely tossed up again, defended again. Would love to see Harbhajan bowl that line frequently, and not fire one in into the pads

38.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, stays slow, middle and leg, draws a leading edge, but it is safe

38.6

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, FOUR, short of a length, not very convincing, but the punch beats gully and goes for four

End of over 39 (4 runs) Saurashtra 130/2
JN Shah    55* (72b 11x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-1-27-0
SH Kotak    49* (111b 8x4)      S Ladda    2-1-4-0

Ambrish: "@Sid: I believe that India's bowling resources / reserves, coming out of domestic cricket, are razor thin. There is no one of serious pace (i.e. truly express fast), no good swing bowlers and no quality spinners (left arm, off spin and legbreak). The likes of Ishwar Pandey and Shami Ahmed may be more of an exception. Correct? And even Pandey - this is his first successful Ranji season. Shouldn't he go the India A route and also prove his consistency in the domestics?"

39.1

Ladda to Kotak, no run, length ball, legbreak, turning in from just outside off, defended

39.2

Ladda to Kotak, no run, tossed up wide, Kotak is drawn into the drive, gets a thick edge to point. That;'s a googly that Kotak didn't pick

39.3

Ladda to Kotak, 1 run, slightly short of a length, turning into middle and leg, and he glances it away for a single to get to his fifty

39.4

Ladda to Shah, FOUR, Shah brings out the big sweep, takes it off a length from middle and leg, and goes over square leg. Twelve fours in his 59

Surendranadh V: "@Rags....I don't think Sachin would provide his services to any other team except Mumbai let alone the services team :)"

39.5

Ladda to Shah, no run, short of a length, punched away to point

39.6

Ladda to Shah, 1 no ball, flighted outside off, smothers the turn, and this is a no-ball

39.6

Ladda to Shah, no run, quick length ball, legbreak, defended to short leg

End of over 40 (6 runs) Saurashtra 136/2
JN Shah    59* (76b 12x4)      S Ladda    3-1-10-0
SH Kotak    50* (114b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-1-27-0

At Palam Ground, Tendulkar has reached fifty with a single to square leg off Nishan Singh. He has acknowledged the crowd on the fence as much as everyone else. Mumbai 92 for 3. The fifty has come off 70 balls

40.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, short of a length, middle and off, defended off the back foot

40.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, FOUR, down the wicket to take this on a half-volley, and plays a nice drive all along the ground and through midwicket

40.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, down the wicket to defend this one

40.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, smothers the turn on this one

40.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, big appeal for a catch down leg, but it seems to have come off the thigh pad. Can't be sure

40.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, length ball, on off, holding its line, defended

End of over 41 (4 runs) Saurashtra 140/2
SH Kotak    54* (120b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    11-1-31-0
JN Shah    59* (76b 12x4)      S Ladda    3-1-10-0

41.1

Ladda to Shah, no run, short of a length, punched to midwicket

41.2

Ladda to Shah, no run, big shout. Superb delivery. Dips on him, beats him in the flight, turns in sharply, beats the inside edge, but it is turning too much to be given lbw

41.3

Ladda to Shah, no run, now a shout for bat-pad. Another ripped legbreak, dips sharply, then turns in, but it hasn't taken the edge, and the umpire does well again

41.4

Ladda to Shah, no run, pushed through tis time, and beats him on the cut. Superb over so far

41.5

Ladda to Shah, no run, flighted outside off this time, and Shah defends solidly

41.6

Ladda to Shah, 1 run, Shah counterattacks. Down the wicket to turn this into a half-volley and drives it to a deepish mid-on for a single

End of over 42 (1 run) Saurashtra 141/2
JN Shah    60* (82b 12x4)      S Ladda    4-1-11-0
SH Kotak    54* (120b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    11-1-31-0

42.1

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, FOUR, Shah is on the attack. Down the wicket again, on the half-volley, and then clears mid-on with his aerial drive

42.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, tossed up nicely, on off, turning away, defended with soft hands

42.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, fuller, outside off, solidly defended again

42.4

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, FOUR, beautiful delivery. Tossed up, dipping, pitching middle and leg, turning away, gets the edge, but doesn't carry to the cordon

42.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, short now. That's what Harbhajan needs to correct. Not enough pressure created. Shah is happy to take four off this long hop with a cut in front of square

At Palam ground, Tendulkar is out. Spin is introduced, he hits for a six over his head, but in the same over he is caught trying to slog-sweep. Caught at mid-on. Tendulkar gone for 56 off 75. Mumbai 104 for 4

42.6

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, full, middle and leg, flicked to square leg

End of over 43 (8 runs) Saurashtra 149/2
JN Shah    68* (88b 14x4)      Harbhajan Singh    12-1-39-0
SH Kotak    54* (120b 9x4)      S Ladda    4-1-11-0

"Ladda creating more problems than Bhajji..!! As the season draws to a close things not really looking good for Bhajji, & that in turn is Bad bad news for India.." Rags, like Ashin, Harbhajan is showing a lack of patience. Not enough good balls. Impact of T20?

43.1

Ladda to Kotak, no run, down the wicket, right to the pitch of the ball, pushes this to mid-off

43.2

Ladda to Kotak, no run, tossed up on off, slower through the air, smothers the turn

43.3

Ladda to Kotak, no run, down the wicket to take this on the full, drives this to midwicket

cris: "Watching Ashwin bowl recently has made me realize how lucky we were to have had Jumbo and Bhajji over the last decade. His bowling in yesterday's ODI too was very poor. How can an offspinner have such poor control of line and length? Even Nathan Lyon is miles ahead of any spinner in India right now"

43.4

Ladda to Kotak, no run, short of a length, on off, stays back to defend

43.5

Ladda to Kotak, no run, full outside off, pushed to midwicket after charging down the wicket

43.6

Ladda to Kotak, no run, length ball, outside off, just about holding its line, defended

End of over 44 (maiden) Saurashtra 149/2
SH Kotak    54* (126b 9x4)      S Ladda    5-2-11-0
JN Shah    68* (88b 14x4)      Harbhajan Singh    12-1-39-0

44.1

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, short again, punched away to point

44.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, short again, punched away, and we now have a deep point in place

Prakash Krishnagiri: "Shah and Kotak have chosen the right time to perform. They both had a very ordinary season so far. With Pujura not there atleast more than one batsman had to throw their hands up. Shah and Kotak have done just that."

44.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, no run, wide of silly point. Kotak looks to work a full ball to leg, but gets a leading edge that goes agonisingly wide of the outstretched hand of silly point

44.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kotak, OUT, finally Punjab get a wicket. This has been a long time coming. Saurashtra have been edgy and streaky since lunch. This time Kotak goes back and practically guides a shortish ball to slip. Mandeep Singh takes a sharp catch there

SH Kotak c Mandeep Singh b Harbhajan Singh 54 (207m 128b 9x4 0x6) SR: 42.18

Match State: Drinks

Sheldon Jackson is the new man in

44.5

Harbhajan Singh to Jackson, 1 run, and the mid-on is too deep for the new man, and he takes a single first ball

44.6

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, flat, middle and leg, defended off the back foot

End of over 45 (2 runs) Saurashtra 151/3
JN Shah    69* (91b 14x4)      Harbhajan Singh    13-1-41-1
SP Jackson    1* (1b)      S Ladda    5-2-11-0

Rags: "@Prakash, thanks for jinxing Kotak & getting that wicket for bhajji..Just watch him run through the side now..!!"

45.1

Ladda to Jackson, no run, tossed up outside off, left alone

Sam Roy: "@cris I disagree with you on Nathan Lyon. Though Lyon currently is better than Ashwin he is certainly not in Ojha's league. How many top-order batsman get out to Lyon? Anyway, Ashwin needs a break from international cricket and work on his patience. He has a good offie, toppie, slider and wrong one (finger-flick) but what he lacks is patience. Way more talented than Nathan Lyon. Plus the fact he reminds a bit of Laxman in his batting."

45.2

Ladda to Jackson, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended solidly back to Ladda

45.3

Ladda to Jackson, no run, nicely flighted on off, Jackson drives it back to him, but he is not to the pitch of the ball

45.4

Ladda to Jackson, no run, slower through the air, defended

Says Sharda Ugra from Delhi: In the 10.2 overs after lunch Mumbai scored 62 before the fall of Tendulkar

45.5

Ladda to Jackson, no run, forward-defensive again, but not to the pitch of the ball

45.6

Ladda to Jackson, no run, fuller, middle and leg, easier to defend this one

End of over 46 (maiden) Saurashtra 151/3
SP Jackson    1* (7b)      S Ladda    6-3-11-0
JN Shah    69* (91b 14x4)      Harbhajan Singh    13-1-41-1

46.1

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, SIX, Shah keeps attacking. And this is one mean shot. Down the wicket, close to the pitch of the ball, and he lofts it for a straight and a big six

BeCautious: "Harbhajan's tale of woe is all the more dispiriting because he bowled so beautifully in the 2010-11 SA tour. After that tour, I expected him to rise to another level as a bowler not plunge to the depths.."

Long-on is back now

Shah on 75, and 62 of them have come in boundaries

46.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, middle and leg now, and defended easily

chezhian: "@cris: Not only ashwin, all the young players have to come out of T20 mood.They should train their minds and play according to the format..."

46.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, flighted on middle and off, nicely driven to long-off for a single

46.4

Harbhajan Singh to Jackson, FOUR, half-volley, on off, and solidly driven by Jackson for a straight four, between the umpire and the non-striker, all along the ground

46.5

Harbhajan Singh to Jackson, no run, pulls the length back a little, and he defends off the front foot

A slip and a gully for Harbhajan who will be turning the ball in. And now the gully now moves to silly mid-on

46.6

Harbhajan Singh to Jackson, 1 run, short now, and easily worked away for a single to square leg

End of over 47 (12 runs) Saurashtra 163/3
SP Jackson    6* (10b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    14-1-53-1
JN Shah    76* (94b 14x4 1x6)      S Ladda    6-3-11-0

At Palam Ground, Mumbai are 111 for 4. Tendulkar is out for 56, and Nayar is unbeaten on 26

47.1

Ladda to Jackson, no run, nice legbreak, on a length, middle and leg, defended by Jackson

47.2

Ladda to Jackson, no run, well bowled. Dips on him, pitches on off, turns away, beats the edge, but the ball hardly carries to the keeper. That's a grubber

47.3

Ladda to Jackson, no run, full, middle and leg, driven to mid-on

47.4

Ladda to Jackson, no run, another accurate legbreak, defended off the front foot

Amit Velingkar: "Only way to drag the players out of T20 mould is to have separate teams for all three formats and send the message to those players, however well you do in one format you will not be considered for the other format..e.g. just to show the selectors Pujara scored a very fast Triple Hundred..this should not happen....Let him be a good Test player"

47.5

Ladda to Jackson, no run, that's short, but the over has been so good it has kept Jackson on the defensive, and he pushes this too to mid-on

47.6

Ladda to Jackson, no run, well forward to smother the turn on this one

End of over 48 (maiden) Saurashtra 163/3
SP Jackson    6* (16b 1x4)      S Ladda    7-4-11-0
JN Shah    76* (94b 14x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    14-1-53-1

Prakash Krishnagiri: "@Rags - Have heard of commentators curse. What do we call this Jinxing now? If Bhaji can run through it will surely be a morale booster and that should be good news for Indian Cricket"

Pace is back. Harbhajan takes himself off, and goes back to Kaul. Looking for reverse swing?

48.1

S Kaul to Shah, no run, bouncer first ball, Shah ducks under it without trouble

48.2

S Kaul to Shah, no run, length ball, middle and leg, angling towards off, no room, makes him play, defended back

48.3

S Kaul to Shah, no run, this one is outside off, and Shah decides to not play at it

48.4

S Kaul to Shah, no run, short of a length, stays low, hits the toe end of the bat as Shah tries to punch it away

48.5

S Kaul to Shah, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

At Palam Ground, we have a drinks break in this long session. Mumbai 113-4 in 41 overs. Nayar batting 26 and Tare 2

48.6

S Kaul to Shah, no run, length ball, on off, swinging away, left alone

End of over 49 (maiden) Saurashtra 163/3
JN Shah    76* (100b 14x4 1x6)      S Kaul    13-2-49-2
SP Jackson    6* (16b 1x4)      S Ladda    7-4-11-0

49.1

Ladda to Jackson, no run, flighted outside off, defended off the front foot

"@SamRoy: Fair point about Ojha. However, Lyon plays mostly on Australian pitches and will pick up more top order wickets in the subcontinent. Sid, what do you think of Delhi's Vikas Mishra? His overall FC stats are decent and even this year, he has 18 wickets@ 29. Might be too raw but a future prospect?" Cris, I haven't seen him bowl

49.2

Ladda to Jackson, no run, another flighted legbreak outside off, defended well

49.3

Ladda to Jackson, 1 run, short of a length, turning away, pushed wide of cover for one

Karamanai: "For someone Dravid keeps hailing as intelligent, Ashwin has amazingly shown a lack of that quality. I sometimes feel he is the spin bowling version of Sreesanth. Talented, but trying to bowl 6 different variations in a single delivery instead of sticking to a stock ball."

49.4

Ladda to Shah, no run, flighted again, gets it to dip a bit, Shah is not close to the pitch of the ball, and pushes this to point

49.5

Ladda to Shah, no run, down the track, yorks himself up, digs out back to Ladda

49.6

Ladda to Shah, no run, short of a length, looks to cut, can't beat point

End of over 50 (1 run) Saurashtra 164/3
JN Shah    76* (103b 14x4 1x6)      S Ladda    8-4-12-0
SP Jackson    7* (19b 1x4)      S Kaul    13-2-49-2
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