Ranji Trophy 2015-16 quarter-finals February 6, 2016

Arup eight-for puts Assam into semis

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Assam 323 (Syed Mohammad 121, Das 46, Kaul 4-99) and 101 (Arup 31, Sran 5-43, Kaul 4-25) beat Punjab 137 (Sidhana 80, Arup 3-41) and 236 (Gurkeerat 64, Arup 8-83) by 51 runs

File photo: Arup Das (second from left) returned match figures of 11 for 124 © PTI

Assam needed just 20 balls on the fourth day to take the final two wickets to put them in the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy.

Arup Das, who finished with figures of 8 for 83, took both the wickets in consecutive overs as Punjab could only manage 12 runs of the required 64 at the start of the day.

Punjab were ultimately bowled out for 236, succumbing to a 51-run loss.

Mumbai 416 (Herwadkar 107, Nayar 74, Nadeem 5-140) and 245 (Iyer 81, Quadri 5-62) beat Jharkhand 172 (Kaushal 43, Herwadkar 3-26) and 94 (Bista 5-16, Abdulla 5-35) by 395 runs

Iqbal Abdulla and Jay Bista took five-wickets hauls to bundle Jharkhand out for 94 and complete a massive 395-run win for Mumbai, booking the team's place in the semi-finals. Jharkhand started the day at 28 for 1 in the chase of 490.

Overnight batsmen Shiv Gautam (27) and Virat Singh (26) added 36 before Jharkhand suffered a stunning collapse, losing their last nine wickets for 30 runs. Offspinner Jay Bista took 6 for 16 in 6.4 overs, while Iqbad Abdulla claimed five wickets in 16 overs.

Bengal 121 (Easwaran 48, Pandey 4-45) and 113 for 3 trail Madhya Pradesh 348 (Shrivastava 65, Ojha 64, Bundela 58, Harpreet 51, VP Singh 5-76) and 560 (Harpreet 139, Patidar 137, Bundela 72, Dane 69, Ojha 52) by 675 runs

Madhya Pradesh's batsmen continued their plunder in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final. Harpreet Singh scored his second fifty-plus score and converted it into a hundred. He was part of a 149-run stand for the sixth wicket with Ankit Dane (69) and then a 65-run stand with left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma and was finally dismissed for 139 off 206, with 14 fours. MP set an improbable target of 788, Bengal went through the motions until stumps to finish on 113 for 3.

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  • parameswaran on February 7, 2016, 12:56 GMT

    Good show by Assam. K Das seems to be on a roll. Mumbai seems to be unearthing many talented youngsters. That is the advantage of picking youth over experience, something which is not being done by India. Bista, Herwadkar, Shreyas, Surya, Shardul are all talented youngsters with lots of potential. MCA needs to be appreciated for the good work.

  • Chin on February 7, 2016, 7:45 GMT

    Any reason why Dhoni didn't play this important game for Jharkhand ? Sure, the final T20 vs Austarlia was held on Jan 31st and this game began on 3rd Feb so there was time to come back and lend his experience to a young team. Contrast this with the Aussie domestic system. No stars there - just players who turn out for their states even with one day notice, especially if it's a knockout game. Speaks volumes about cricketing cultural differences between countries

  • Rajesh on February 7, 2016, 6:18 GMT

    Assam!! Way to go.... Their fast bowlers have contributed tremendously for the team's success.

  • Ganesh on February 7, 2016, 3:03 GMT

    As an Assamese, its a very proud moment for me. Go Assam!!

  • INDRAJIT on February 6, 2016, 18:43 GMT

    Team Assam this is one of the proudest moment for us Assamese even in distant Africa. Please keep up your wonderful performance. Special kudos to Arup and Syed. Batters an extra bit please.

  •   Dipta P Mech on February 6, 2016, 12:40 GMT

    Very happy and feeling proud. Kudos my State mates.... Arup n Krishna r carrying d expectations very nicely.... Hope to win d trophy this time. Seems too far as have to win more matches........

    Joi Aai Axom.

  • ravinder mohan on February 6, 2016, 12:31 GMT

    how can jay bishta have 6 wickets n abdulla 5 in same innings was it jst a typo or did the reporter took abdulla's first innings wickets

  • Arvind on February 6, 2016, 11:35 GMT

    History has been made, I hope to see someone from the current team to play for India pretty soon.... This achievement will be a big boost to the youngsters... Good job team

  • sunny on February 6, 2016, 10:35 GMT

    Feeling so proud today.Well done Assam.The bowlers have been doing their job its time for the batsmen to buck up.the road gets tougher from here but what an achievement.Are we ever going to see someone from this region in the national team during my lifetime

  • Devarshi on February 6, 2016, 10:23 GMT

    Proud moment for me, being from Assam

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