Ranji Trophy 2013-14, Group B, final round, 2nd day December 31, 2013

Saurashtra win, but progress unlikely

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Saurashtra 177 (Jackson 52, Yashpal 5-41) and 33 for 1 beat Services 72 (Makvana 6-17) and 135 (Gupta 85, Doshi 4-31) by nine wickets

Saurashtra achieved a comprehensive, nine-wicket win over Services in a little over four sessions, but the victory may not be enough to give them a spot in the knock-out. Saurashtra may be in line for the next round if there is no result in the match between Tamil Nadu and Bengal.

For Services, the loss has pushed them once again to Group C. In 2012-13, Services had topped Group C and made it to the semi-finals, which boosted their promotion to Group B, but they have failed to win a single game this season, losing four of the eight games and drawing the rest.

Saurashtra came in to the game needing a bonus-point win to keep their hopes of qualification alive, but their chances of bagging seven points were dashed by the loss of the opener Chirag Pathak when the team was just six runs short of the 31-run target.

On the second morning, the Saurashtra innings lasted just three balls before Jaydev Unadkat became Rajat Paliwal's fourth victim. After being shot out for 72 on the first day, Services didn't fare much better in their second innings either, mustering just 135. Anshul Gupta was the only Services batsman to offer any resistance, scoring 85 off 122 balls with eight fours and a six. His team-mates, however, succumbed once again to the Saurashtra spinners. Nayan Doshi took 4 for 31, while Kamlesh Makvana and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja finished with three wickets each.

Saurashtra eased past the target in a little more than six overs, but they will be left ruing the fall of Pathak's wicket which denied them the seven points.

Sarabjit Singh, the veteran Services wicketkeeper-batsman, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after the match. Sarabjit, 39, played 91 first-class games and 72 List A games in a career spanning two decades.

Tamil Nadu 85 and 102 for 1 (Karthik 56*) need 83 runs to beat Bengal 130 and 139 (Shukla 46, Rahil Shah 6-64)

Tamil Nadu kept their chances of progressing to the knock-outs alive, finishing the second day 83 runs adrift of a victory over Bengal in Chennai, after being set a target of 185. Beginning the game on 18 points, both Tamil Nadu and Bengal need an outright victory to stay in contention for the next round.

Tamil Nadu started the second morning at 66 for 6 and quickly folded for 85, offspinner Arnab Nandi picking up three of the last four wickets to fall. Left-arm spinner Rahil Shah (6 for 64) and offspinner Malolan Rangarajan (4 for 48) then brought TN back into the game scuttling Bengal for 139. A 58-run, fifth-wicket stand between Laxmi Shukla and Sudip Chatterjee was the only bright spark for Bengal, with Shukla in particular playing a belligerent 25-ball 46. Once he was out, however, Chatterjee failed to find partners.

TN openers Dinesh Karthik and Abhinav Mukund shared a stand of 72, before the latter was dismissed by Writtick Chatterjee. Karthik finished unbeaten on 56 off 109 balls.

The second day's play between Uttar Pradesh and Railways in Lucknow was abandoned to bad light and rain.

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  • Android on December 31, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    DN is very good in domestic arena, but failed consistently at international. However W. Saha is far better wk in all levels then DN.

  • Jay on December 31, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    DK has always risen to the occasion and certainly is a much better keeper than Saha, but why he is not picked is an obvious thing. He has never been given a fair run ala Badrinath -maybe slightly better. Sometimes DK compounded his misery by getting out to some rash stroke-as in SL when Dhoni 'opted out'. Hope he carries TN through and finally TN wakes up during the knock out phases-if they get through!

  • Subramani on December 31, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik is one of the best batsmen to open the batting against a hostile pace bowling attack abroad. I can never forget how ell he performed in this role in England in 2007 and earlier in South Africa in 2006 against some of the best pace bowlers at that time in the world and on some of the most trying conditions. I wish he had been there the other day in Durban. The Test would have been drawn.

  • Android on December 31, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    DK should have been picked for Nz series, since dhoni struggling to score in test matches especially in overseas conditions. Still it is strange, why DK has continuously not selected instead of Saha. I believe in future DK will be in Squad.

  • Senthil on December 31, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    I think it's a remarkable comeback so far by TN. Have to keep in mind that they still need to get another 83 runs in the 3rd day pitch and they have been bundled for 85 in their first essay. Dinesh Karthik need to be appreciated to come up to open the Innings when many keepers doesn't like to open the Innings. He showed the positive intent and carrying TN hope. I think this will be great comeback if TN win after conceding 45 run lead in such a low scoring game. DK is the man for crises situation. He plays really well whenever his team in biggest crises but plays ordinarily when all his teammates scoring. If he can chip in when others also scoring, he will soon be a contender for Indian test team as Dhoni is falling apart in overseas Tests.

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