Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Group B, 8th Round, 2nd day

All-round Murtaza puts UP in control

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December 23, 2012

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Ali Murtaza sweeps during his 106, Tamil Nadu v Uttar Pradesh, Ranji Trophy, Group B, Chennai, 2nd day, December 23, 2012
Ali Murtaza scored 106 at No.8 © K Sivaraman
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Tamil Nadu 149 for 6 (Vijay 42, Murtaza 4-65) trail Uttar Pradesh 392 (Murtaza 106, Prashant Gupta 57) by 243 runs

Ali Murtaza scored a century at No.8 and took four wickets to put Uttar Pradesh in a strong position against Tamil Nadu at the Chemplast Ground in Chennai. Tamil Nadu were struggling at 149 for 6 in the face of UP's 392. Resuming on 279 for 6, the UP lower order resisted thanks to Murtaza, who added 120 with Prashant Gupta. Murtaza hit ten fours and three sixes in his 106, before he was dismissed by the offspinner Malolan Rangarajan, who took four wickets. The Tamil Nadu top order made starts but couldn't carry on, and the hosts had lost half their side for 128.

Maharashtra 131 for 3 (Khadiwale 69*) trail Baroda 362 (Waghmode 113, Devdhar 104, Mundhe 4-72) by 231 runs

Centuries by Aditya Waghmode and Kedar Devdhar helped Baroda to 362 and in reply Maharashtra lost three wickets but ended the day on a steady note. Devdhar, unbeaten on 104 overnight, didn't add to his score when he was run-out by Akshay Darekar. Waghmode went on to score 113 before he was caught behind off Samad Fallah. Shrikant Mundhe wrapped up the innings to finish with 4 for 72. Maharashtra lost three wickets by the 25th over, but the opener Harshad Khadiwale ensured some stability with an unbeaten 69, with Ankit Bawne for company.

Vidarbha 206 and 64 for 2 (Ubharhande 38*) lead Odisha 121 (Niranjan Behera 28, Sandeep 4-39) by 149 runs

Fourteen wickets fell on the second day in Cuttack, as Odisha were sent crashing to 121 after keeping Vidarbha to 206. Vidarbha ended the opening day at 188 for 8 and could add only 18 more before being bowled out. Odisha got off to a poor start, losing their openers for ducks to the seamer Sandeep Singh. All six bowlers claimed wickets, with Sandeep finishing with 4 for 39. The highest partnership for the innings was the 35 for the fifth wicket between Natraj Behera and Govind Podder. Vidarbha gained an 85-run first-innings lead and they extended it to 149, but lost their openers, including Shiv Sunder Das, towards the end of the day.

Karnataka 11 for 0 trail Haryana 587 for 9 dec (Yadav 211, Mishra 202*, Sunny 56) by 576 runs

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Posted by jimbond on (December 24, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

Murtaza is another one 'tainted by the ICL' thing, and would take longer for BCCI to forgive him. TN is such a sorry side in the Ranji- its so difficult to believe that so many of them used to be in the Indian team under Srikanth's selection (D Karthik, Mukund, Vijay, Ashwin)- and only the best player of the lot - Badrinath lost out. Surprisingly most of the highest wicket takers of Ranji are all medium pacers- shows the lack of quality of spinners in India. I suppose Amit Mishra gets selected for his batting- because there has been little in his bowling to justify selection.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

So many players to chose from and yet we see the same people playing and mostly failing in the Indian line-up. Who is ths Morataza fellow? Does he deserve a chance in the sun?

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