Ranji Trophy 2013-14, Group B, final round, 3rd day January 1, 2014

Lahiri's seven-for helps Bengal win thriller

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Bengal 130 (Rangarajan 6-30) and 139 (Laxmi Shukla 46, Rahil 6-64) beat Tamil Nadu 85 (Nandi 4-9) and 180 (Karthik 62, Lahiri 7-62) by four runs

Offspinner Saurasish Lahiri's seven-wicket haul set up a thrilling four-run victory for Bengal against Tamil Nadu, helping the team all but qualify for the knockout phase. Unless Baroda manage to miraculously beat Rajasthan in Jaipur, Bengal's berth is safe. Bengal's exact position in the Group B standings will be determined after the end of the UP-Railways game in Lucknow.

Starting the third morning at 102 for 1, it took just four overs for TN's chase of 185 to start unraveling as Lahiri trapped S Badrinath in front for 21. Lahiri followed that up soon after with the big wicket of Dinesh Karthik, who was out for 62 off 148 balls. TN were comfortable in spite of Karthik's wicket with the score at 125 for 3. The match turned on its head, however, in the twelve-over period between the 61st and 73rd overs, as TN lost six wickets for 27 runs to slide from 131 for 3 to 158 for 9.

Lahiri took five of those wickets, dismissing Baba Indrajith, L Balaji, Vijay Shankar, Ramaswamy Prasanna and Rahil Shah. Arnab Nandi further set TN back, dismissing Baba Aparajith, who had compiled a patient 33.

With a knockout place on offer, TN's last-wicket pair of Malolan Rangarajan and Aushik Srinivas dug in, with the latter utilising a dropped chance. But with TN five runs away from the target, Writtick Chatterjee had Rangarajan out lbw for 11 to complete an edge-of-the-seat finish.

Railways 460 for 4 (Ghosh 167*, Rawat 163*) v Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh's bowlers went wicketless on the third day as Railways' batsmen, Arindam Ghosh and Mahesh Rawat struck up hundreds to push their side's score to a commanding 460 for 4 in Lucknow.

While UP's chances of qualifying for the knockouts received a small boost due to Baroda's performance against Rajasthan, their bowlers couldn't manage a single breakthrough, as Ghosh and Rawat stretched their stand to 294 runs. While Rawat finished unbeaten on 163 off 222 balls with 23 fours and two sixes, Ghosh was not out on 167 off 354 balls with 21 fours and a six.

Read the full report of Rajasthan v Baroda here: Rajasthan on top despite Gagandeep seven-for

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  • Dummy4 on January 4, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    I agree with you mr.venkat. but there is a systematic way of getting into tn team even in junior level. if your from the districts, move on to city, get admission into some prominent schools if you can afford to,score some 100s in in irrelevant matches,get projected, and all those things. The real talent comes out in other states,even if they don't have a background. eg.shewag,raina,dhoni,praveen kumar,bhuvanesh kumar,ishant sharma. This is not at all possible in tn set up.that's my point. i don't have any grudge against any individual.i have also played cricket in good level.real merit should be encouraged to come up.

  • R on January 3, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Mr.Sankara - I agree with the selctions. However, blaming Baba brothers is not correct. Especially Indrajith on a track, which was a nightmare. He looked really good and solid against Baroda (which was shown live on TV). He definitely has the talent to succeed at this level and go beyond. Our bowling was not up to the mark at the initial stages. I agree with you on Aushik Srinivas. He has not shown any improvement in spite of showing lot of potential at the beginning. TN selectors should take the blame for sticking with the same team. S Suresh Kumar (leading wicket taker in the TNCA league and a fine batsman) was not considered instead Malolan (who is good only on doctored pitches) was persisted. Also, it is time for Balaji to go. He neither has the pace nor the movement, which were his lethal weapons few seasons back. Also, inconsistency of Abinav Mukund, Karthik and Badri really affected the team. Also, the 2 day structure of TNCA league need to be relooked.

  • balaji on January 3, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Tamilnadu selectors have ignored the leading wicket takers of tnca league viz R.karthikeyan and AC parthiban.Syed mohammed & r.satish need to recalled too. While tamilnadu's new seaming sensation K.vignesh who took 5 wicket each in both the innings against baroda u19 where tn took a innings win.while tamilnadu u19 young sensational off spinning allrounder sharukh khan needs to be called up atleast in the next season.while tn team needs to select the team based on the wicket for example if it suits pacers-prasanna,baba aparajith,vijay shankar can do well,while when it comes to spinning paradise then dinesh karthink,badri and indrajith can play a huge role.so two kinds of batting line up should be selected and so that the best of tnca league will get an opportunity and so the best tn team can be easily found out.That is why karnataka has qualified while tn finished 2 rungs above being relegated.If this present selection trend continues tn will surely get related to group c in future.

  • Dummy4 on January 3, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    Mr.venkat_75r doesn't know how selection takes place right from junior level.there are so many talented youngsters in districts, who are not even discussed. how com aushik srinivas never gets dropped even if he does not take a wkt on a rank bad turner. rahil shah has to wait for many seasons for his debut, and see his performance. about the players you have mentioned, pl check their records outside mac.

  • Sriram on January 2, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    TN seems to have lost any competitives that was left. They had the most akward strategy to just keep drawing games rather than winning which is why the lacked the mental grit in this innings. Whatever happened to the seam bowling talent in TN, guess its flourishing in Kerala these days. Unless they find some seam bowlers they will continue to flounder. Farewell Badri, you have been a great solider for TNCA but alas time has come. I know you will stage a comeback next season, but seriously we need to a relook into that batting order starting with Mukund.

  • R on January 2, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    pres1962 and ashok16 - Please know the facts before you comment. Aparajith is a class act and Indrajit was the man of the series in the buchi babu trophy. He also scored back to back centuries for the TN under 19 team before getting selected for TN. The problem is with the bowling.

  • Dummy4 on January 2, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    All along TN team has only Chennai players. There should be two teams like Maharashtra and Mumbai. Players representing all districts except Chennai must make the TN team while the Chennai players make Chennai team like Mumbai. Will TNCB look into it?

  • Dummy4 on January 2, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    The bowling is very weak for Tamil Nadu. Also the so called great players choke when they should take responsibility. I think the players like Balaji, Badri, Mukund, Arun Kaarthick all should go and pave way for new comers. We need a stronger leader probably Dinesh Karthik should lead the team and make sure more than 50% of the matches Ashwin and Vijay should play next year. Baba Aparajith showed some signs in the initial stages but when his efforts were needed he failed miserably.

  • balaji on January 2, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Tamilnadu selectors should also have a look at new tamilnadu u19's seam sensation K.vignesh and offspinning allrounder sharukh khan in the future especially for vijay hazare trophy.Overall selection panel needs to be revamped.Aniruddha need to recalled as the dashing opener will surely boost the batting line up.

  • Dummy4 on January 2, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    A thriller of a cricket match..such nonsporting and under prepared pitched should not be prepared to benefit any particular team,as it is harming the quality of indian cricket whose result can be seen when India plays abroad.

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