Services v UP, Ranji Trophy Quarter-Final, 3rd day

Spirited Services stun UP to enter semi-finals

The Report by Abhishek Purohit in Indore

January 8, 2013

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Services 263 (Paliwal 112, Rajpoot 5-61) and 116 for 5 (Chatterjee 34*, Paliwal 32*, Rajpoot 5-36) beat Uttar Pradesh 134 (Imtiaz 53*, Nazar 5-51) and 241 (Srivastava 54, Alam 50, Yadav 7-71) by five wickets
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Soumik Chatterjee, the Services captain, won the match despite his injured leg, Services v Uttar Pradesh, Ranji Trophy quarter-final, Indore, 3rd day, January 8, 2013
Services captain Soumik Chatterjee won the match batting bravely with an injured leg © Dainik Dabang Dunia
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Soumik Chatterjee, the Services captain, unable to walk with a badly injured left knee, dragged himself out at 54 for 5 in a chase of 113. He went on to pull the rampaging Uttar Pradesh fast bowlers for fours and sixes. He hopped on one good leg from one end of the pitch to the other for several singles. Fittingly, he stepped out to loft Ali Murtaza over mid-on to end the match. Uttar Pradesh, the best side of the Ranji league stage, had been beaten by the promoted toppers from a humble Group C before tea on the third afternoon of the five-day quarter-final.

While Chatterjee's brave effort made him the star of the chase, fast bowler Suraj Yadav, with a career-best haul of 7 for 71 in UP's second innings, and Rajat Paliwal, with a century in Services' first innings and an unbeaten 32 in the chase, were the chief architects of the win.

For UP, they will look back to the moment early this morning when their last specialist batsman Arish Alam, backing up at the non-striker's end, was caught short of the crease by an Eklavya Dwivedi drive that burst out through the bowler Yadav's hands. Alam and Dwivedi had batted without bother till then, and had already added 33 for the day in just under seven overs.

Alam had just reached his 50, and his fall took most of the fight out of UP. Dwivedi was trapped leg-before next over by Nishan Singh. Piyush Chawla flailed a pitched-up delivery straight to first slip, exactly the same way he had fallen in the first innings. During his short stay, he had already been caught in the same manner, off a Yadav no-ball.

Strongly-built fast bowler Imtiaz Ahmed fought back, like he had in the first innings, with calm hitting that would have done a specialist batsman proud. Even as Services posted eight men on the boundary, Imtiaz nonchalantly swung four sixes over them.

He also started to protect the No. 11 Sudeep Tyagi, but Yadav needed just the one delivery in the 78th over to flatten Tyagi's off stump.

Services needed just 113, but Ankit Rajpoot, the young UP fast bowler, was to make it really hard for them. After Nakul Verma started brightly with a few fours, Rajpoot started striking. Soon after lunch, Services slumped from 29 for 0 in the eighth over to 54 for 5 in the 14th.

Verma was caught at gully after a slash was fended away by one of the slips, Avishek Sinha was bowled trying to work it to leg, Soumya Swain hit it low to gully, Yashpal Singh went lbw first ball pushing forward, and Anshul Gupta lost his off stump on the defensive push.

Services, full of spirit and bravado but lacking in big-match experience, were still 59 short. In walked Chatterjee, and slowly, the game swung again Services' way. He would wait a bit till he was certain he could make it across for a single, and then drag, limp and hop his way along. He would push his fit right leg forward, cover the line of the delivery, and defend it if it was on the stumps, or let it go by holding the bat inside the line.

Paliwal, solid at the other end, steered Imtiaz over the cordon for four to ease some of the pressure. Chatterjee summoned enough strength to pull Rajpoot over square leg for four on one leg. He bettered it by pulling Tyagi for six, and Paliwal slog-swept Chawla in his only over for six over deep midwicket. The hundred or so spectators cheered every Services run, as did their dressing room. About an hour after he had slowly made his way to the middle, Chatterjee was holding his arms out to his rushing team-mates. UP had been unbeaten through the league stage, and it had taken something special from an injured captain to bring them down.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by vak1997 on (January 10, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

this guy is called Legend.. he has redefined the term 'Legend'

Posted by   on (January 9, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

great win great effort by all CONGRATS AND BEST OF LUCK

Posted by   on (January 9, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

Salutations for a super fighting innings from Soumik Chatterjee thats what we need from our Senior Team , loads of attitude to fight it out then automatically results will come

Posted by balajeev on (January 9, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

Grateful for the coverage this match got on Cricinfo. If not, this would have been a little known anecdote. In cynical times, happy to note that Ranji Trophy produces fairy tales.

Posted by Haleos on (January 9, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

@surakh2003 - simple solution is to rank the teamas per no of wins. Points dhould b considered if tied. It is ridiculous if teams with more wins are spectators during knockouts.

Posted by CricketTheorist on (January 9, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

Way to go Services. Well played Suraj Yadav and Ankit Rajpoot. Indian cricket needs more people like the Wing Commander.

Posted by CoolSree on (January 9, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

Kudos to Chatterjee and Paiiwal...We need such players in team for sure...selectors can use these names to think beyond ROHIT SHARMA for sure. Brilliant effort and commitment. Hats off....

Posted by Batmanindallas on (January 8, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

inspite of service win...I think Railways, services, baroda saurashtra, gujarat or the mumbai region are one too many teams. If we need an elite domestic structure we need to pare it down to a manageable number of teams. Companies like Railways or services can have their own structure for cricket, what we have is an unstructured cluster of teams with lot of mediocre players.....

Posted by Surakh2003 on (January 8, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

I was really interested in the domestic season this year due to the change in format but have been let down. If you see the overall stats, a total of 108 matches have been played which includes 65 draws (which is a whopping 60%). I dont think this gives proper justice to the teams. Not that i am agst Services but if it continues like that, decisions would be made on who got more draw rather who got more wins. By current ranking system, there is always a chance of the teams reaching 2nd round with the help of draws. Even Bangladesh have a better Domestic setup then us (See their Points table - 28 matches played overall with only 6 draws). if this is continued, dont see any future of domestic cricket, forget about test cricket.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Cheers to Services, please lift the trophy this time...you are nations prideā€¦hope some of you will play for India.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Brilliant. Hope the Services fairy-tale continues..

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

"100 odd spectators"......this is alarming. If you watch domestic cricket in Australia or in England you do not see such things happen. This is where India is really lacking. Who says Indian crickets lack talent or we are short of bowling options? We just need the right eyes and some more bandwidth to watch domestic cricket and appreciate the talent right over there. Once we will be serious about this there will be abundance of talent to be discovered without waiting for IPL heroes. I hope selectors are listening.......

Posted by balajit on (January 8, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

well done to services team! What a fairy tale it would if they win the ranji trophy. Need results like this more often to keep the interest in domestic cricket! who says Indian domestic cricket doesn't have talent. You only need right people to spot right talent. First thing it must be mandatory for the selectors to watch domestic cricket.BCCI are you listening?

Posted by axe_hay on (January 8, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Services Batsman Yashpal Singh averages 53 in FC cricket with almost 6000 runs. He has never featured even in India A teams. Its time national selectors have a look at these unsung heroes rather than the overhyped and underperforming superstar cricketeers.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (January 8, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

Almost lost in the whole write-up is the virtuoso performance of Rajpoot a very impressive fast bowler who will go far. I have seen him bowl in earlier matches and I thought he oozed promise. He has pace , can swing the ball both ways and has other variations which suggest that he must be in Sandip Patil's short list. He is just 20 I think and has a good build.The other one who could be kept an eye on is H S Sharath of Karnataka. I feel he too will go far not just for his bowling skills but because he hails from a muffosil town where there are very few distractions. I think India is suddenly going to be spoilt for options as far as fast bowling is concerned. Rajpoot is under Venkatesh Prasad's tutelage.Maybe that is the difference with him and others. Tyagi too was good some time ago till he was set back with injuries. I hope Venky is able to bring him back. My congratulations to Services.

Posted by A_Mountain_Man on (January 8, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

A true soldiers attitude shown by him. This kind of intesity lacked in Indian team.

Posted by DEV_ME on (January 8, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

STUNNING !!! And what a way to do it ! I sincerely hope that this match has been captured by some camera/s and can be shown to the national team - just to demonstrate what pride is .... !

Posted by ultimatechamp_1 on (January 8, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

Absolutely stunned by the result, was hoping to see UP lift the cup this time. batting let us down. UP was also weaked by non availibility of Bhuvaneshwar and Praveen. Chawla should be discarded in th enew season. He is neither a batsman nor a bowler, something in between and hurting the team causes.there are also many players not contributing enough. Srivastava is there for a long time and havent done any great thing. Parvinder was also flop this year and Kaif too didnt deliver at the right time. Positive thing was our resurgent bowling attack, hope to see them fire next season.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

Respect to Services.....I don't know ever in India the selectors will consider them,but Ajantha Mendis is also an Army Men and plays International cricket. many such examples are there,,,,,before World War2, almost each team had multiple army man. One such ARMY man in your team, and you are assured at least they will fight till the last blood....serious Respect, the way they are performing!

Posted by yoogi on (January 8, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

can we have his snap please!

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

Hope the national side gets this sort of intensity

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 8, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Salute to Chatterjee, he played small but sweet innings of life when he was injured and his team needed there captain to lead form front in this cheeky chase. Well done services and Congratulation for being the first team to qualify for semi final. Sarbjit Singh should have swangsong after this season, as he is too old in this group and have kept lot of good wicket keeper batsmen like Dinesh Mantri out of the squad due his strong influence with the services selector.

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