Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Group C, 9th round, 4th day December 10, 2016

Hyderabad hold on to qualify

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo - S Badrinath saw Hyderabad through to stumps to secure their qualification to the knockout stage © Sivaraman Kitta

Hyderabad held on after being aided by a fog delay to draw their match against Andhra in Lucknow and seal the second knockout qualification spot from Group C.

Hyderabad had gone to stumps on the third day on 13 for 1 after a bold declaration by Andhra - who would have qualified with an outright win - had set them a target of 219. However, the entire first session was lost due to fog on the fourth day and only 40 overs were possible after that. It wasn't enough for Andhra to force a result even though they made a match of it. by picking five wickets. Hyderabad then shut shop and walked away with the one point they needed to qualify. They were reduced to 36 for 5, but captain S Badrinath and wicketkeeper K Sumanth batted together for nearly 20 overs, and added as many runs, to avoid further damage and take them through.

Himachal Pradesh's spinners, led by offspinner Gurvinder Singh, took eight wickets between them to dismiss Goa for 286 and set up a seven-wicket win on the last day of the group stage in Mumbai.

Gurvinder took four wickets, including that of Darshan Misal (119) who scored his second century of the match. Sumiran Amonkar (55) was the only other batsman to make a significant contribution, but he had fallen in the second over of the day that Goa had begun on 99 for 2. They lost regular wickets as Bipul Sharma (2-36) and Mayank Dagar (2-77) joined Gurvinder in bowling 60.4 of the 84.4 overs Goa batted before being bowled out for 286, setting HP 139 to win.

HP went about the chase in similar batting fashion to their first innings - striking at over five runs per over - and chased it down in the 28th over. Paras Dogra led their chase with an unbeaten 55 off 69 balls.

Amandeep Khare scored his second century of the match as Chhattisgarh ended their debut season with first-innings points against Jammu & Kashmir in Gwalior. Khare, who was also making his Ranji debut this season, finished as Chhattisgarh's top-scorer.

Chhattisgarh had ended the third day on 101 for 1 having taken a first-innings lead of 128. Their overnight pair of Khare and Manoj Singh (85) extended their partnership to 161, before Manoj was dismissed by Parvez Rasool. Chhattisgarh struck at nearly five runs per over in their bid to set J&K a decent target. Khare completed his century off 79 balls and was unbeaten on 117 off 91 when Chhattisgarh declared on 264 for 3. Set 393, J&K held on for 78 overs, thanks mainly to half-centuries from Shubham Khajuria (72), Pranav Gupta (65) and Rasool (66), three of only four batsmen to score in double digits. Left-arm spinners Sumit Ruikar and Ajay Mandal took three wickets each for Chhattisgarh.

Kerala batted through all 64 overs of the day without losing a wicket to secure first-innings points against Services in Delhi.

Kerala began the day on 271 for 5, needing 52 more to get past Services' first-innings total of 322. Overnight batsmen Sachin Baby and Akshay Chandran put on an unbroken 257-run sixth-wicket partnership as both notched up career-best scores. Baby, who had begun the day on 112, was unbeaten on 250 at, while Chandran (102*) raised his maiden century just before Kerala declared on 518 for 5 and stumps were drawn.

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  • Suresh Yadav Challa on December 12, 2016, 8:11 GMT

    agree with u and not argue with u @US_INDIAN. I just shared my knowledge about apca. in 2013 andhra reached to qf with out vihari. bharat, prasanth, kumar's both and stepehen all performed very well . and all three seam bowlers are top of the table on that particular season and batsmans also. and at that time MSK is apca chairmen and he only appointed coach like syed abid Ali. ( as per my knowledge ). but finally our apca has developed so much and this team has the ability to beat any ranji team in india

  • paramnp9 on December 12, 2016, 5:52 GMT

    Kerala wanted to qualify and picked Thakkar, Abdulla and Jalaj Saxena. The three professionals did well only in patches. The indifferent form of Sanju Samson and Sachin Baby also affected the team. The team also suffered by the safety first attitude, slow batting and change of coach midway. The way forward is to have a strong coach and back the youngsters. Kunnummel, Azharuddeen, Vishnu Vinod, Rohan Prem, Baby, Samson, Fabid Ahmed, Akshay, Chandran, Nizar, Vinodkumar, Ashraf, Sijumon, Ferrario, Warrier, Thampi, Fanoos and Monish can form a strong team. May be, they should also try a more aggressive leader like U23 captain Chandran. KCA should realise that there are no shortcuts to success and continuing with so many imports will only hurt the team. Both U19 and U23 team are doing very well and senior team also can benefit from the infusion of youth.

  • US_Indian on December 12, 2016, 5:52 GMT

    @suresh yadav challa - sorry to disagree with you. It is not MSK prasad but the credit should go to their former coach who made this team former indian allrounder syed abid ali who came from USA but unfortunately indian team management is not utilising him nor does his hyderabad team, what a shame. the foundation he laid has started reaping results for the last 2 or 3 years because no one is a magician to create magic in a short time and even if it is created it does not last long. If you tend to disagree with me please do the research and talk to apca officials they will tell you what i am telling is the real truth and not what you assume to be. all people are talking about this guy that from this state but unfortunately no one is talking about H.vihari who has been consistent since his U19 days, he is senior india material hope he gets rewarded for his performance and consistency at the ranji level pretty soon.

  • paramnp9 on December 12, 2016, 5:38 GMT

    Hyderabad has done well to qualify. The youngsters need to be appreciated. Andhra also did well and were unfortunate. Chattisgarh and its younh batsman Amandeep Khare also should be appreciated. For J&K, Rasool as always was good. Young opener Khajuria also did well.

  •   Sandeep Sundaram on December 12, 2016, 4:36 GMT

    Hyderabad after ages qualifies. Hope this is just the beginning .

  • bhargav_p on December 11, 2016, 14:27 GMT

    Kudos Hyderabad!! Very well done. Before the knockouts please fix the inconsistent batting and the very mediocre spin department. Wish you go all the way and bring Hyderabad glory.

  • Suresh Yadav Challa on December 11, 2016, 14:24 GMT

    I am following all ranji seasons from past five years. andhra team developed so much and more consistent . all credit goes to msk Prasad. and hope he will give chances to bharat, Siva Kumar, Vijay and bhui in A teams

  • Madhuk1707 on December 11, 2016, 12:46 GMT

    Heart break for Andhra. They played very well. Bad weather hurt their chances. BCCI need to think about scheduling. Many matches spoiled due to fog. It affected many teams chances.

  • binukani on December 11, 2016, 2:50 GMT

    BCCI should have foreseen weather condition in North India and scheduled all matches out of north India during winter.

  • baghels.a on December 10, 2016, 15:29 GMT

    @SURESH YADAV CHALLA : Yeah , a case of very bad scheduling by the BCCI as everyone knows that it gets very foggy and bad light hampers a lot of play in North India .

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