Dec 172012

reddyKolkata: A brilliant spell of bowling from Shami Ahmed and some sensible batting saw Bengal beat Hyderabad by four wickets in a Group A Ranji Trophy match being played at Eden Gardens.

Shami Ahmed followed his good work in the first innings and picked up six wickets in the second innings to stop Hyderabad at 181.

Needing 181 runs to win Bengal got off to a descent start as Rohan Banerjee and Arindam Das added 32 runs for the first wicket. Banerjee continued after losing his opening partner, Bengal lost three quick wickets from the other end and some respite came for them in the form of Wriddhiman Saha.

Together Saha (52*) and Banerjee (56) took Bengal closer to the target. The home team did have some nervous moments in the end but reached the target eventually.

Brief Score

Hyderabad 115 (Shami 4-36) and 181 (Akshath Reddy 49, Ashish Reddy 42, Shami 6-71)     

Bengal 116 (A Das 73, Anwar 5-44, Ashish Reddy 5-51) and 183 for 6 (Banerjee 56, Saha 52*)

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Dec 172012

ranjiDelhi: Delhi needs 269 runs to beat Maharashtra in a Group B Ranji Trophy match being played at the Roshanara Club Ground, Delhi. Maharashtra in the second innings scored 266 runs to set up an interesting final day’s play.

The visitors started the third day on 3/0. They had a very bad start to the day as they lost two wickets for only 22 runs on the board. Opener Harshad Khadiwale played some brilliant shots and got tremendous support from Ankit Bawne at the other end.

Together the two added 130 runs for the third wicket. Bawne got out on 55 but Khadiwale continued his good work. Delhi bowlers kept picking wickets at regular intervals. Khadiwale was unlucky not to get to three figures mark as he got out on 96.

Shrikant Mundhe (38) and Anupam Sanklecha (33) played descent little innings lower down the order to take the score past 250.

Brief Score:

Maharashtra 196 & 266 in 90.4 overs (Khadiwale 96, Bawne 55, Narwal 3-48)

Delhi 193

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Dec 162012

Ranji Trophy 2012-13: Delhi concede slender 1st innings lead against MaharashtraNew Delhi: Left-arm seamer Samad Fallah took five wickets as Maharashtra got a slender first innings lead of three runs against Delhi on an exciting second day of the Ranji Trophy Group A League encounter at the Roshanara Club ground here on Sunday.

In reply to Maharashtra`s first innings total of 196, Delhi were all out for 193 on a day when two hours were lost due to wet outfield and 54 overs were bowled.

Although Maharashtra got the first innings lead, it is of little consequence as two days are still left and there is every possibility of an outright result.

The visitors, however, owe their success to Fallah who made good use of the conditions to take five for 67. He got good support from fellow pacer Nikit Dhumal who grabbed three for 34.

Young left-hander Vaibhav Rawal fought hard for his 65 before he was the ninth batsman out, trying to play a pull shot of right-arm medium pacer Dhumal but was caught at the deep square leg boundary by Anupam Sanklecha.

He hit eight fours during his 281-minute knock in which he faced 157 balls. It was 182 for nine when Rawal was dismissed and the last few minutes of the Delhi innings was an exciting contest.

Delhi`s No 11 Pawan Suyal then hit Fallah for a six and four to bring his team within three runs of the opponent`s total.

However, Suyal played another aerial shot but was taken in the mid-wicket region by Kedar Jadhav which gave the visitors first-innings lead and more importantly a psychological edge going into the third day.

This was Fallah`s 10th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket. The best partnership for Delhi was 59 for the fourth wicket between Mithun Manhas (28) and Rawal.

However, Manhas was trapped plumb in-front by Fallah with an incoming delivery while seasoned Rajat Bhatia got a rising delivery that hit his glove and was taken by wicketkeeper Rohit Motwani.

With Manhas and Bhatia out in quick succession, the writing was there on the cards. Maharashtra seamers made good use of the conditions and never let the Delhi batsmen dominate proceedings, something that paid off for them.

Maharashtra were three for no loss in the second innings and have a total lead of six runs.

Brief Scores:

Maharashtra: 196 & 3/0.

Delhi: 193 in 77 overs (Vaibhav Rawal 65, Mithun Manhas 28, Samad Fallah 5/67).


Dec 142012

Virag Awate scored twin centuries on Ranji debut, Vidarbha v Maharashtra, Ranji Trophy, Group B, Nagpur, 4th day, November 27, 2012Maharashtra’s batsmen have piled on the centuries © Paritosh Pramanik

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As the winter in Delhi begins to bite, its Ranji Trophy team has decided it must do the same – with a bullet. With only two matches left and 11 miserable points from six matches, Delhi will attempt to bring all their powers of purpose down on Maharashtra from Saturday at the Roshanara Club in north Delhi. Those powers begin with the fortuitous occurrence of a home ground going into preparation lockdown for an international game against Pakistan. It is why Delhi must move groundstaff, supersopper, catering unit and everything else it needs to play yet another all-or-nothing match on the fastest wicket in the neighbourhood with the promise of a four-man pace attack and a 9:15 start time known usually for freezing fingers in Delhi’s Decembers.

Even though the Kotla ODI between India and Pakistan is more than three weeks away, the logistical nightmare of moving from the Kotla to the private Roshanara Club, around 8 km away, will have to be undergone. The grumbling will be kept to the minimum if the move ends up being to Delhi’s eventual advantage, even though Ashish Nehra, their most experienced of quick men, is not on the team roster and Parvinder Awana, their quickest and most successful, finds himself in the Indian dressing room.

Instead, said coach Vijay Dahiya, medium-pacer Vikas Tokas had been called into the 15. If he does indeed turn up in the XI, Tokas will make his debut for Delhi after having played two Ranji matches for Railways in 2010-11. He completes the quartet of Delhi quicks being promised to stomp all over the Roshanara Club alongside Pawan Suyal, Pradeep Sangwan and Sumit Narwal. Delhi may be tempted to play five bowlers, including left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra, according to Dahiya, given that they are trying to snatch two outright wins and sneak their way into the knock-outs.

Against them will be a batting line-up that has rattled up totals of 764, 315, 333 and 540 and has six centuries, including a triple, from their batsmen in five matches. Yet, Maharashtra do not have a single outright win. Against Tamil Nadu, they were all out for 88 in their second innings in Chennai and beaten by 104 runs. Eight points and many tall totals have come from four draws, from first-innings leads against Vidarbha and Haryana. They may have three group games still left as compared to Delhi’s two, but at the tail-end of the Ranji Trophy, it is only strong and desperate opposition that lies in wait. First Delhi on what the day before the game looked like a green top, and then Baroda and Karnataka. In Group B, given Haryana’s unpredictability, Maharashtra must do all they can to ensure they do not end up hitting the bottom of the points table.

Dec 132012

Not interested in politics but cricket: Irfan PathanVadodara: A day after he shared the stage with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at a poll rally, cricketer Irfan Pathan today said nothing much should be read into it as he was an “apolitical” person and concentrating on his game.

“Neither do I have any connection to politics nor am I interested in it. I am a cricketer and currently recovering from an injury that I had suffered while playing for the home team of Baroda in Ranji Trophy tie,” he told PTI.

Eyebrows were raised after the 28-year-old all-rounder shared the dais with Modi in the BJP campaign rally at Kheda for the second phase polling due on December 17.

Polling for 87 Assembly seats was held in the first phase today.

BJP has been trying to woo minority community voters in the state though it has not fielded any Muslim candidate in the elections.

During the rally, Irfan was seen standing alongside the BJP stalwart on the huge stage.

Irfan, who belongs to Vadodara and has been forced out of cricketing action by an injury, waved his hands to a huge gathering of supporters, who had come to listen Modi`s speech.

In September 2011, Modi had launched `Sadbhavana Mission` for `peace and amity` and to appease minority community voters.


Dec 132012

Ranji Trophy: Laxman pulls out from next match against BengalKolkata: Senior-pro VVS Laxman, who is recuperating from a back injury, has pulled out of Hyderabad`s upcoming Ranji fixture against Bengal beginning at Eden Gardens from Saturday.

“He is still recovering from the back injury. But he`s not yet ruled out of the entire season. We may get his services with two more matches left (after Bengal),” media manager T Seshanarayan told PTI.

The retired India batsman pulled a back muscle during their tie against Madhya Pradesh in which he scored 120 as he played two of the five matches Hyderabad played in the group A league this season.

Hyderabad meanwhile have made three changes to their squad bringing in uncapped Parth Jhala, Mehdi Hasan and reserve wicketkeeper Habib Ahmed in place of Abhinav Kumar, Lalit Mohan and M A Khader.

“We are infusing young blood into the side. Our`s may be the youngest side in the Ranji with average age being around 22-23. We have some talented youngsters. We are hoping for a few good matches to revive our quarterfinal hopes,” he added.

After Bengal, Hyderabad face Railways at home (December 22-25), followed by their away fixture against Rajasthan (December 29-January 1).

Hyderabad (six points) are placed above bottom-placed Rajasthan in the group A table.

The squad

Akshath Reddy (c), B Sandeep, Anwar Khan, Ravi Kiran, Paramveer Singh, Sarvesh Kumar, Ahmed Kadri, Akash Bhandari, K Sumant, Habib Ahmed, Ashish Reddy, Vishal Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Parth Jhala, Mehdi Hasan.