Ranji Trophy 2010-11, Super League, 7th round

Group A heads for tight finish

As the last round of the Ranji Trophy Super League approaches, we take a look at what teams will have to do to grab the remaining four quarter-final slots, with Mumbai and Karnataka having already made it

Abhishek Purohit

December 14, 2010

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Group A


Mumbai are at the head of the table, but five other teams, separated by just three points, have a chance of making the quarter-finals.

Delhi

Had Delhi made another 23 runs at the Roshanara Club, they would have already qualified for the knockout stage. Their shock defeat has, instead, opened up the group, and left them needing to beat defending champions Mumbai outright, at the same venue. The seaming surface won't make their task any easier against an attack that includes Ajit Agarkar and Aavishkar Salvi.

A first-innings lead will leave them hoping that at least one of two other matches - Tamil Nadu v Gujarat and Bengal v Railways - ends in a stalemate. If only the first game is drawn, they will not want TN to take the first-innings lead.

Tamil Nadu

Second-placed TN will have an eye on the Chennai weather, which has played havoc with their home-heavy schedule. They have played five of their six games so far in Chennai, and three of those have been hampered by rain. The first innings could not be completed on two occasions, and TN will hope the clouds stay away against Gujarat.

An outright win will see them through, while the first-innings lead will put them in a comfortable position, unless Delhi beat Mumbai and Bengal or Railways get a bonus-point victory.

Gujarat

They need to defeat TN. The first-innings lead would suffice if Bengal and Railways play out a draw and Mumbai at least take the lead against Delhi.

Bengal

A win against Railways will take Bengal to 17 points, after which they will hope that one of the TN-Gujarat and Mumbai-Delhi games ends in a stalemate. If the former is drawn and Delhi win, they would want Gujarat to take the lead. However, if both those games have results, they would want Delhi to lose.

Railways

Having brought themselves into contention with the thrilling win over Delhi, Railways would have to beat Bengal and then hope for the same scenarios to unfold as in the case of Bengal above.

Assam

In an extremely unlikely combination of events, Assam could sneak through if they win with a bonus point against Saurashtra, Delhi lose to Mumbai, TN beat Gujarat and Bengal and Railways are unable to complete the first innings.

Saurashtra are out of contention and need to win against Assam to avoid relegation.

Group A

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts Quotient For Against
Mumbai

6 2 0 0 4 0 21 1.950 3278/63 2215/83
Tamil Nadu

6 1 0 0 5 0 14 1.520 2246/48 1878/61
Delhi

6 1 1 0 4 0 13 1.345 2553/69 2585/94
Gujarat

6 1 1 0 4 0 13 0.640 2203/90 2447/64
Bengal

6 0 0 0 6 0 12 0.936 2332/43 2782/48
Railways

6 1 1 0 4 0 11 0.942 2230/85 2283/82
Assam

6 0 2 0 4 0 8 0.734 2564/89 2512/64
Saurashtra

6 0 1 0 5 0 5 0.669 2367/68 3071/59

Group B


The race is narrower in Group B, with Baroda, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana fighting it out for two spots. Karnataka have already joined Mumbai in the quarterfinals.

Baroda

A first-innings lead over Himachal Pradesh should do for Baroda, except if UP beat Karnataka, and Haryana thrash Orissa by a bonus point. A one-point return or a loss could still see them through, if UP or Haryana stutter as well.

Uttar Pradesh

The lead alone will not do for UP if there is a three-way tie on 17 points between them, Baroda and Haryana. In that case, the latter two will proceed on account of more outright wins. If Haryana are unable to win against Orissa, UP could be through even if they concede the lead to Karnataka, for they have a better runs-to-wickets quotient at the moment. If UP lose, they would hope Orissa at least take the lead over Haryana.

Haryana

They will have to at least take the lead against Orissa, and then hope that one of Baroda and UP lose. A win would put them in a better position, and they would then want UP to be limited to the first-innings lead against Karnataka. That would leave UP and Haryana tied on 17 points; the latter could then progress with more outright victories.

Punjab, Orissa and Himachal Pradesh are looking to avoid demotion to the Plate League. Punjab's fate is out of their hands as they have played all their games.

Group B

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts Quotient For Against
Karnataka

5 3 0 0 2 0 20 1.441 2832/78 2091/83
Baroda

5 2 1 0 2 0 14 1.241 2220/69 2282/88
Uttar Pradesh

5 1 1 0 3 0 14 0.980 1925/77 1938/76
Haryana

5 1 1 0 3 0 12 0.887 2155/74 2463/75
Punjab

6 0 2 0 4 0 8 0.937 3279/93 2748/73
Orissa

5 0 1 0 4 0 8 0.654 1869/70 2206/54
Himachal Pradesh

5 0 1 0 4 0 6 0.876 1536/63 2088/75

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by StatLover on (December 18, 2010, 15:06 GMT)

Look at the high proportion of draws. It is unfortunate and speaks a lot about the bowling. With Zaheer out, I don't see how the current team in South Africa is going to pick up 20 wickets. It could either be, the weakness of our bowlers, the pitches tailor made for batsmen and/or the preference of batting over bowling.

Posted by kuppam11 on (December 16, 2010, 5:42 GMT)

thanks rup26, i stand corrected...

Posted by rup26 on (December 15, 2010, 11:26 GMT)

to kuppam11 you got it absolutely wrong. the thing is that the finalists of the plate league will take ur the other two places of QF. as for the article, a nice one to add some interest to the baseline selection league of a no1 test nation

Posted by rup26 on (December 15, 2010, 11:24 GMT)

to kuppam11 you got it absolutely wrong. the thing is that the finalists of the plate league will take ur the other two places of QF. as for the article, a nice one to add some interest to the baseline selection league of a no1 test nation

Posted by kuppam11 on (December 15, 2010, 9:48 GMT)

Quarter-finals have 8 slots. 2 taken up by Mumbai & Karnataka. 3 slots up for grabs in Group A, 6 in contention(theoretically) for 3 slots there. 3 slots up for grabs in Group B, only 3 in contention. So, isnt it straightforward, or have I completely missed something here?

Posted by ssenthil on (December 15, 2010, 6:27 GMT)

My Pick for 6 Q/F teams are From Group A is TN and Bengal/Railways and From Group B Baroda and UP and from Plate are M Pradesh and Rajastan. Mumbai & Karnataka teams are already qualified.

Posted by mitgop11 on (December 15, 2010, 0:23 GMT)

nice to see healthy battle for QF spots. However, the numbers against the "drawn" column is worrying... either better pitches should be prepared or the game should be played over 5 days.. It was awful to see Karnataka (who is the top of the group by some distance) failing to press for an outright victory against Baroda on day 4... sincerely hope Kumble can bring in some positive change!!!

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Baroda v Rajasthan at Vadodara - Jan 11-15, 2011
Match drawn (Rajasthan won on 1st innings)
Rajasthan v Tamil Nadu at Jaipur - Jan 3-6, 2011
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Baroda v Karnataka at Vadodara - Jan 3-4, 2011
Baroda won by 7 wickets
Baroda v Railways at Vadodara - Dec 24-27, 2010
Match drawn
Haryana v Tamil Nadu at Rohtak - Dec 24-27, 2010
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M. Pradesh v Karnataka at Indore - Dec 24-27, 2010
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