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Karnataka v Mumbai, Ranji final, Mysore, 4th day

A parochial plaint

Had allrounder Balachandra Akhil been picked in place of Stuart Binny for the final, the Ranji Trophy would have journeyed southwards to Bangalore

Karnataka v Mumbai, Ranji final, Mysore, 4th day

Mumbai's bloody-mindedness to the fore

Mumbai's victory in the Ranji final epitomises the bloody-mindedness and never-say-die attitude that makes them the behemoths of Indian domestic cricket

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Rising in the North East

India's North East has yet to fully embrace cricket, but the region is set to gain a fillip through the Twenty20 format

Karnataka v UP, Ranji semi-final, 3rd day, Bangalore

Need for speed

The emergence of 20-year-old Abhimanyu Mithun has injected some serious pace in the Karnataka bowling. His 38 wickets this season has been one of the keys to extracting them from the mediocrity they had been trapped in over the past few years

Karnataka v UP, Ranji semi-final, 2nd day, Bangalore

In Dravid they trust

There can hardly be a more reassuring sight than Rahul Dravid at the crease when your team is in a slight bother. As on innumerable times over the past decade, he calmed Karnataka's nerves on the second day at the Chinnaswamy by blunting the UP attack