Ranji Trophy semi-finals, 2011-12 January 5, 2012

Mumbai face Tamil Nadu, Haryana take on Rajasthan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mumbai take on Tamil Nadu at the Wankhede Stadium, and Haryana play defending champions Rajasthan in Rohtak, in the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy. Each of the four teams have reached the semis at least once in the history of this competition. Haryana won the Ranji Trophy in 1990-91, beating Bombay by 2 runs in the final, and are qualifying for the semis for the first time since then.

Haryana were surprise entrants into the knockout round and, in a shock result, beat Karnataka outright to book their place in the final four. They'll be playing the semis at home in Rohtak, where early morning fog has been an irritant for teams. Sunny Singh is their highest run-getter this season with 592 runs in six games at an average of 53.81, and captain Amit Mishra their highest wicket-taker, with 21 wickets in six matches at 24.90.

Their opponents Rajasthan have among them the highest run-scorer this competition, Robin Bist, with 841 runs at a staggering average of 105.12. Out of the teams that have made it to the final four, seamer Pankaj Singh is the highest wicket-taker, with 26 in eight games at 27.03, along with Mumbai's offspinner Ramesh Powar.

Two other players who've been among the runs this season will face off at the Wankhede Stadium. Tamil Nadu are a batting-heavy side and have six draws from seven games this season. Abhinav Mukund has been prolific for them with 825 runs in seven games at 103.12.

Tamil Nadu's opponents Mumbai are without several of their high-profile stars: Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are in Australia, Ajit Agarkar won't be taking part in his team's campaign after a fall-out with the captain and coach, and Abhishek Nayar was ruled out of the quarter-final due to injury. Twenty-one year old Suryakumar Yadav has shone for them this season, and is fourth in the run-charts. Two other youngsters, Kaustubh Pawar and Ankeet Chavan have also stepped up at the right time.

For the Mumbai-Tamil Nadu semi-final, England's Peter Hartley will officiate as one of the umpires as part of an umpire exchange program between the BCCI and the ECB.

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  • SWAMINATHAN on January 8, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Most TN players are Test-worthy (worthy of a place in the Indian Test side) like Mukund, Vijay, Badri, Dinesh Karthik, Balaji, YoMahesh ...... with all of them in this side, they'll grind the other teams to dust .... Spin is the only problem, but the teenager Aushik is doing a good job, backed by the experienced Gupta, a Jharkhand import.

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    TN will give tough fight to mumbai and i would say..TN will win/draw this match and move into finals...we have all our top batsmen in form and bowlers too proving well..so this is the best chance to beat mumbai..

  • Senthil on January 6, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    I wish the Pitches to be good for bowling not in batting paradise. Expecting 2 close semi-finals. I want the semi-Finals should be 5 days match so we can see out-right results. It's Pathetic to see both teams playing for ONLY First Innings lead even in knock-out

  • Sumeet on January 6, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    With Haryana v Rajasthan game in Rohtak, it's bound to become a lottery, with fog sure to play spoilsport. Wonder what's the criteria to decide the host of the knock outs. Any pointers?

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    "Pankaj Singh is the highest wicket-taker, with 26 in eight games at 27.03". Correct it, his average is 34.53 in this tournament. Go Rajasthan go and grab the Ranji Trophy.

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    let us hope Haryana come winner this time

  • Satish on January 6, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Mumbai vs TN.. it is going to be a very boring match for sure.. BCCI should remove the first innings lead concept.. The knockouts, especially semi and finals need to be result oriented.. How many times we ve seen the team batting first ammass 600 runs and the team batting second chase it for full 4/5 days.. Really stupid rule.. If the match is draw, let them play a two day match where both teams get 90 overs to play and decide the winners..

  • Arvind on January 6, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Pointing to TN's six draws and saying they are batting heavy is lazy journalism. TN were thwarted by the weather in Delhi (lost 2 sessions of play), the Baroda match was totally rained out and Haryana escaped with a draw in the last over of the match in Chepauk. It could've easily been three more wins. Keeping the losses we've had against Mumbai in mind, nothing would give me greater pleasure than dumping them out of the competition. Go TN!

  • Abhi on January 5, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Cmon Mumbai. Winner of this tie will go on and win Ranji. The BCCI seeding system is flawed.

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    It took 20 years to return for Haryana to semis to try to reach final again, at least they returned. Better Late than Never.

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