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December 21, 2008
The quarter-final line-ups were decided at the end of the seventh round. Gujarat take on Uttar Pradesh in Vadodara, Mumbai take on Himachal Pradesh in Ahmedabad, Saurashtra play Karnataka in Mumbai and Tamil Nadu take on Bengal in Bangalore.
Gujarat 394 (PA Patel 206, Panchal 59, TK Patel 48) beat Orissa 162 (Behera 49, Parmar 6-53) and 154 (Behera 50, Parmar 6-51, TK Patel 3-46) by an innings and 78 runs
Niranjan Behera fought hard yet again, but there was not much support from the others as Orissa crashed to an innings-and-78-run defeat in Bhubaneshwar. It was surprising that a game which meandered on the third and fourth, with Gujarat crawling at two runs an over, ended in a result. Orissa once again found it tough to handle Mohnish Parmar, who bettered his first-innings 6 for 53 with figures of 6 for 51 - his best match-haul in first-class games.
Overnight on 382 for 8, Gujarat could add only 12 to their total, with Timil Patel missing out on a half-century by two runs. Orissa's openers progressed slowly as they played out nearly 17 overs, but wickets started to fall regularly once Amit Singh struck. Only the top order managed to stick around for a substantial amount of time at the crease in an innings which lasted 58.4 overs. Timil backed up Parmar with three wickets in his 14.4 overs.
Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel said he was pleasantly surprised with Parmar's performance on what looked to be a slow wicket. "We were keeping our fingers crossed, for we expected the Orissa batsmen to put up a good fight," he told the Times of India.
Rajasthan 295 (Kuldeep Singh 77, Saxena 71, Awana 3-40, Sangwan 3-76) and 55 for 3 drew with Delhi 688 (Chopra 210, Dhawan 118, Bhatia 112, Kohli 83, Sangwan 53, Pankaj Singh 4-125)
Delhi's hopes of making the quarter-finals were over on the third day, and what could have been a gripping final day's play turned out to be a slow end to a disappointing season for the defending champions. Allrounder Rajat Bhatia scored his first hundred of the tournament, and Pradeep Sangwan his maiden first-class fifty, as Delhi reached 688 after resuming on 505 for 5. A win was clearly not on Delhi's minds: they started the day with a lead of 210 and played out 53.5 overs till they were bowled out. For Rajasthan, Pankaj Singh took three wickets to add to his scalp of Virat Kohli on Saturday.
Delhi struck two early blows in Rajasthan's second innings, which ended at 55 for 3 in 19 overs as the match finished in a draw.
Vijay Dahiya, the Delhi coach, said the batsmen had gained valuable batting practice even though they had missed out on a place in the last eight. "We knew that we had no chance of reaching the quarterfinals, so we didn't see any point in declaring," he told the Times of India. "Even an outright win wouldn't have been enough to overtake Saurashtra as they were way behind on run-quotient."
Tamil Nadu 475 for 6 dec (Mukund 162, KD Karthik 113, Ashwin 103*) and 389 for 7 dec (AB Karthik 107, Kumar 90, Ganapathy 53*) drew with Railways 314 (Goud 97, Cheluvaraj 65, Mahesh 4-90)
Tamil Nadu, who had opted against the follow-on on the third day, used the fourth for some valuable batting practice ahead of the quarter-finals. Opener Arun Karthik scored a century, and Suresh Kumar and C Ganapathy made half-centuries as the match ended with them declaring their second innings at 389 for 7.
Karthik, overnight on 27, went on to his second first-class hundred in only his fourth game, hitting 17 fours in a 133-ball107. Suresh Kumar missed a maiden first-class ton, scoring a career-best 90 off 120 balls, with 11 fours and two sixes. The lower order then took the opportunity to score quick runs. C Ganapathy's unbeaten 50-ball 53 was his first half-century, and Yo Mahesh made an equally brisk 47 before he was out stumped. The two put on 101 for the seventh wicket, the only century stand in the innings. Tamil Nadu, who finished on top of Group B, will meet Bengal, the qualifiers from the Plate League, in the quarter-finals.
Mumbai 436 for dec (Muzumdar 113, Rohit 85, Rahane 80) and 151 for 1 (Rahane 82*, Jaffer 52*) beat Punjab 202 (Kakkar 67, Shaikh 4-50) and 382 (Kaul 136*, Kakkar 58) by nine wickets
Mumbai maintained their supremacy, thrashing Punjab by nine wickets in their final match of the group stage. Ajinkya Rahane and Wasim Jaffer swiftly overhauled the target of 149 before the stroke of lunch on the final day. Rahane added an unbeaten 82, to go along with his first-innings 80, and combined well with his captain as the undefeated 130-run second-wicket partnership extinguished Punjab's hopes. (Read the full report.)
Quarter-final line-up (December 26-29)
Gujarat v Uttar Pradesh in Vadodara
Mumbai v Himachal Pradesh in Ahmedabad
Saurashtra v Karnataka in Mumbai
Tamil Nadu v Bengal in Bangalore
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