Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2011-12 quarter-finals March 25, 2012

Gony and VRV Singh dismantle MP

ESPNcricinfo staff

Punjab's new-ball duo of VRV Singh and Manpreet Gony rattled Madhya Pradesh early, and paved the way for their team to qualify for the semi-finals, with a seven-wicket win at the Bandra Kurla Complex. MP chose to bat, but VRV Singh and Gony reduced them to 16 for 6 in 5.2 overs. Rameez Khan and Ankit Sharma gave the score some respectability with their 74-run partnership, but 120 was not enough to challenge Punjab's batting. VRV Singh finished with 4 for 24, while Gony had remarkable figures of 4-3-5-3. Gurkeerat Singh ensured the chase was comfortable, with 57 off 49 balls. Punjab will play Mumbai in the second semi-final, on Monday.

Ambati Rayudu steered Baroda into the semi-finals, scoring 66 in their chase of 112 against Bengal at the Bandra Kurla Complex. Baroda's bowlers had restricted Bengal to a modest total but their batsmen, apart from Rayudu, struggled. They slipped to 26 for 3 before Rayudu began repairing the innings. Shami Ahmed struck in the second over, and then gave Bengal hope with two more wickets, in the 14th and 17th overs, to finish with figures of 3 for 14. Rayudu, though, held his nerve and stayed at the crease till his team were within three runs of the target. His innings included nine fours and two sixes, while the rest of the Baroda batsmen scored only four boundaries between them. Bengal's batsmen had also struggled to hit boundaries and the run-rate did not rise much above 5.5 an over. Murtuja Vahora and Ketan Panchal took two wickets each as Bengal could only manage 111 for 7. Baroda will play Delhi in the first semi-final, on Monday.

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  • Deepak on March 26, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    VRV Singh not playing IPL...! Come on.. some team must pick him..

  • James on March 25, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    VRV Singh could have been great, but because the focus has always been on batting he was not handled properly. He could have won so many matches for India and made India the dominant team in the world given the amazing batting lineup in the early and mid/late 2000's. Too bad. Yadav is a great talent. Do not waste him. Sins of the father....May I suggest also that India recruit more fast bowlers from the Punjab area. Also get more Sikhs to try to bowl fast. They are naturally strong, but for some reason they either bowl spin (Bhaji, Bedi) etc. or become powerful Batsmen (Yuvi, Sidhu etc.). They should be encouraged to utilize their natural ability (strength, stamina and physicality) instead of bowling spin at 80kph or smashing the ball out of the ground. There are many others in the great nation of India who can do that, but few can bowl fast.

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