Vijay Hazare Trophy 2012-13, quarter-finals

Bengal crush Karnataka, Assam stun Mumbai

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 28, 2013

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Assam 178 (Roy 69, Gokul 51, Salvi 3-25) beat Mumbai 151 (Shaikh 42, Nechim 3-31) by 27 runs

Assam reached the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy for the first time by beating previous season's finalists Mumbai by 27 runs. It was double delight for Assam, as they had never defeated the 40-time Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai before in any format, an outcome that delighted their captain and fast bowler Abu Nechim.

"It is a huge achievement to beat a side like Mumbai," Nechim, who also plays for Mumbai Indians, told ESPNcricinfo. "I have been playing for Assam for so many years and we have not had a result like this for a long time. The entire team is very happy and this win is for all the people of Assam.

"A win like this can take you places. Who knows, it might even open up a chance for some of the young players in the team to play for India or in the IPL."

The result was even more pleasing for Nechim as his side bounced back after having been bowled out for an underwhelming 178. Nechim told his players not to lose heart during the innings break. "I told them we still had a chance with the ball and should go out and give it our best shot. That was the only option we had really."

Assam came out with purpose. Mumbai were reduced to 6 for 3, and 39 for 4, chasing a modest target and could never get going. Wasim Jaffer was bowled in the first over for 5 by Nechim and Rohit Sharma was bowled in the second over for a duck by Arup Das. Shoaib Shaikh (42) and Ankeet Chavan (36) took Mumbai past 100 but following the former's dismissal by Gokul Sharma, Mumbai lost regular wickets to be dismissed for 151. Nechim himself led the way with a haul of 3 for 31 while Pritam Das accounted for the counter-attacking Siddhesh Lad and Chavan.

Aavishkar Salvi's opening burst had Assam tottering at 30 for 3 after Mumbai chose to field but a 92-run fifth-wicket stand between Sibsankar Roy and Gokul revived the innings. Assam were in a decent position at 147 for 4 in the 40th over but the lower order fell apart as the innings folded for 178, which proved enough in the end.

Despite what the win meant for them, Nechim and his side had a semi-final against Kerala to concentrate on and could not afford to spend time in too many celebrations. "We have another big match coming up. What we did was all of us got together in my room after the game. All the players and the coach, we spoke about what had happened today."

Bengal 128 for 0 (Goswami 70*, Saha 52*) beat Karnataka 127 (Shami 3-32, Veer Pratap 3-40) by ten wickets

Defending champions Bengal crushed Karnataka by ten wickets to set up a semi-final clash against Delhi. The seam trio of Shami Ahmed, Veer Pratap Singh and Laxmi Shukla ripped through the Karnataka line-up after Bengal chose to bowl. Karnataka were 57 for 6 at one stage with only Manish Pandey (28) among the top six getting into double figures. The lower order scraped Karnataka to 127 before they were dismissed in the 33rd over.

The Bengal openers Shreevats Goswami and Wriddhiman Saha saw off the new ball and proceeded to knock off the target in the 29th over, with Goswami finishing on a stroke-filled 70 off 79 deliveries.

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Posted by   on (March 1, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

Yes...snail pace man like Praveen Kumar and Bhubaneshwar Kumar will keep getting chances... Abu Nechim won't... I wish politics does get better of whatever good Indian cricket has...

Posted by binu.emiliya on (March 1, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Abu Nechim made a big mistake by joining Mumbai Indians for warming the bench,India need fast bowlers but always they ignored two bowlers Abu Nechim and Pradeep Sangwan , all other names wil come while India selections

Posted by Sarobar on (March 1, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

@Mit Chowdhury: If Assam qualifies for the Knock-Outs they ill not have to play Pre-Quarter Finals, the same treatment which Bengal, Delhi and Kerala will also get.

Posted by sarat1984 on (March 1, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

Congratulations to Assam for playing their heart out and reaching semi final. Hope selectors will look at the talents and do justice........... Best of luck.....

Posted by shaantanu on (March 1, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

Instead of giving Rohit Sarma 100s of chances why not give Nechim a single chance to prove himself.We do have so called talented batsmen like rohit by the dozen.bowling has always been our perennial problem so why not encourage a good talent like Nechim.If not given a chance now he sure is going to vanish into oblivion like many others.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

So will Assam again play a *pre* quarter-final next year? Or will it get some elitist treatment? ;)

Posted by   on (March 1, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Wishing the defending champions Bengal the very best..

Posted by   on (March 1, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

Please play Abu Nechim Ahmed because currently he is the fastest bowler in Indian Domestic circuit. He also swings it at a good pace and is fairly accurate. I hope the selectors are watching cause he is presently at no. 3 at top wicket takers in Vijay Hazare Trophy and is the most economical bowler in that list.

Posted by AbAdvani on (March 1, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

hope the selectors are keeping an eye on Abu Nechim -he's got pace but he has got to improve his length and become a thinking bowler. He should definitely be in the India A team -there are hardly a handful of bowlers who bowl consistently in the 140s in India -Yadav, Aaron & Nechim are in that coveted list

Posted by pratit on (March 1, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

Abu Nechim should definitely be given a chance in the Indian limited overs teams. The guy bowls at decent pace and is still young. If he is not given an opportunity after these performances he may lose inspiration to play for the national team and concentrate only on IPL. But given the way Indian cricket functions, even an worthless guy from TN or Mumbai will get preference to a genuine talent from Assam.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

@CricketMaan: what makes you think Abu should leave Assam n go somewhere else? after putting such a gr8 show this season; MI will keep him in the playing XI most of the time.the team of perennial underachievers in the national level is punching way above its weight.but, I'm not surprised as I see these guys play all the year.Jharkhand came out of nowhere & won 2 years back.did u heard the name Varun Arron b4 2011 ?I doubt.U are a typical arm chair critic who just go with the flow.What do u prefer : Joining an elite team or carrying a team from bottom to the elite ?

Posted by street_smart on (March 1, 2013, 2:09 GMT)

Bengal has the best seam attack in the country,, they were even without Dinda..

Posted by ll_Ajith_ll on (March 1, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

Raj12345 ; its not secret . . . it is obvious, why RG is the part of indian team. It is reservation system. ;)

Posted by anshu.s on (February 28, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

Rohit Sharma bashing is getting repetive,boring and downright silly, it reminds me of Messi and Ronaldo bashing and the cliched La Liga is a two horse race,EPL is overhyped comments that i see on Football websites.Rohit Sharma makes a duck for Mumbai and bashing starts, then what about all those big runs he made for Mumbai this season ....

Posted by baghels.a on (February 28, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

Wow two stunning upsets today,I just looked at the Vijay Hazare fixture list and i find it wierd that a state team gets to play only 4 or 5 matches at the most and even less if some matches gets rained out.That is at odds with our national team who play 25 to 30 ODI'S every year on an average.BCCI should look at making league matches double leg affairs so every team gets at least 10 matches before knockout stages, BCCI got to market Vijay Hazare trophy better and meaningful.

Posted by Raj12345 on (February 28, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

lol. lol. The only place left for RG to score more ducks is Corporate Trophy and also like local Mumbai teams. Wherever RG goes, he makes nothing, But he is always in Indian team. It is a secret.

Bring Dinesh karthik to Indian team as a middle order. Look at his score in this series. He was very good. It is unfair ignoring DK and he is been dropped from team w/o any reason. DK need support badly from Dhoni.

Posted by whippingBails on (February 28, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

What happened to Karnataka??? they were 5 nil!!Truly disappointed. Takeaways are Rahul, Uthappa, Sharath.

Posted by Prajith4j on (February 28, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

If Bhuvaneswar & Awana can be in Team India's dressing room, why can't Abu Nechim be? He is far better than them. He's got pace & accuracy. Why shouldn't Team India give hime a chance?

Posted by   on (February 28, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

stunned..good luck Assam for semis

Posted by MayankAgarwal on (February 28, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Dear Commentators,,Selectors and SRT!!Its time to get your Facts nd opinion ryt...abt "most talented player" Rohit Sharma...he is gone for 0 AGAIN!!...

Posted by OskarMcGuire on (February 28, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

@Cricket Maan: Abu Nechim is playing for the right team,Assam. They need better players and not drainage of talent to the 'elite' teams.

Posted by agarkarno1 on (February 28, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

Mumbai beaten by Assam....! without Agarkar Mumbai cannt win. And celebrating Rohit Sharma duck

Posted by OskarMcGuire on (February 28, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

@CricketMaan: what makes you say that Abu nechim is playing for the wrong team?

I woluld suggest that your DADA should join some weaker teams to improve their performance. you just cant suck the good players out of weaker team like Assam

Posted by   on (February 28, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Even here Rohit Sharma missed to score big runs... Definitely he's going nowhere...

Posted by ShashidharHundi on (February 28, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

Karnataka really played very well. I am not sure what hit them today. Also they got a very unfair draw where they were made to play pre quarter final in spite of being top in the group by winning all the five matches. Unable to understand how BCCI draws works..... Team good luck for the next season. They really found good batsmen in Rahul & Karuna Nair. Good bowler in Shrath.

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 28, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Shammi, Veer, Ishwar, Pankaj, Nechim, Mithun, Sandeep Sharma, Dhawal and a lot more should be taken care of. There used to be a Border-Gav program that sent potential fast bowlers to CA academy and they gained much. Now these bowlers after this season will warm bench at home rather than touring to England and getting to use the academies or second XI. BCCIs ego is much unwanted and I wish these bowlers get exposed to India A tours or academies in the west.

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 28, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

This guy Nechim seriously is playing for the wrong team. Like how Dada pulled Shammi to Bengal, someone needs to get this guy playing elite teams! He is a good talent, going nowhere! I doubt he will play much for MI, and how i wish he plays for CSK for we have no Indian there who can run in hard and bowl 135+

Posted by   on (February 28, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

great show by Assam......... IPL franchisee please look for these assamese player...... they are graet players........... Abu, Gokul, Pritom, Sibsankar and Tarjinder are in the best form.......

Posted by   on (February 28, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Mumbai Indian bowler taking the MI batsman out.

All the best for Assam in the Semis..

Posted by Batmanindallas on (February 28, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Where is Nayar of Mumbai? Why is he not playing

Posted by   on (February 28, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

Really stunning results in both the matches.Good luck to both the teams in the coming matches.


Posted by   on (February 28, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

All the best team kerala well in the semi-finals and create history

Posted by bijumonssss on (February 28, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

wawwww kerala have a good chance to show there ability to indian cricket come on boys do it for now!!!

Posted by Sarobar on (February 28, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Score of other teams vs defending champions Bengal in this season: Odisha: 175 all out Jharkhand: 161 all out Tripura: 123 for 8 Assam: 95 all out Karnataka: 127 all out

Of all these matches only against Tripura, Bengal has not been able to take all the 10 wickets. Great bowling unit.

Posted by Publickakaptan on (February 28, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Low scores say either is pitch is under prepared or too slow...May be in morning it helps fast bowlers much.In Bengal match looks like fast bowlers had a laugh...while batting second looks quite easy.In mumbai case the pitch was too slow to bat.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

the batting is yet to click for Assam. the bowlers r putting up a great show.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

great results...vow...see how minnows shock traditional powerhouses...kerala stunned punjab now assam stunned Mumbai

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