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Ranji Trophy 2015, Group A: Delhi avoid defeat, but hang by a thread

Delhi need to go through plenty of permutations and combinations before they are assured of a place in knock-outs.

By: PTI | Hubballi |
Updated: November 26, 2015 8:35:26 pm
Ranji Trophy, Ranji Trophy 2015, 2015 Ranji Trophy, Nitish Rana Delhi, Delhi Ranji Trophy, Ranji Trophy Nitish Rana, Cricket News, Cricket Nitish Rana alongside Dhruv Shorey hit centuries as Delhi averted a big defeat against Karnataka. (Source: Express File)

Delhi’s finds of season Nitish Rana and Dhruv Shorey hit patient centuries as the visitors managed a point against defending champions Karnataka thereby having a slender outside chance of qualifying for the knock-out rounds of the Ranji Trophy.

Delhi thus ended their group league engagements with 25 points from eight games. While after this round, the league table will show them at the top of group A points table but Bengal, Assam both on 25 points will be pitted against each other in the final round while Karnataka with 24 points also have a match to go against Maharashtra.

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Not far away is Vidarbha on 22 points and they will be playing bottom-placed Haryana in last league game.

Even if Bengal versus Assam match does not yield an outright result, both teams will surpass Delhi on points. Delhi will have to pray that atleast one team wins outright.

If Karnataka manage atleast a point and keep their NRR (Net Run Rate) above Delhi, they will also be through. So Delhi will need Maharashtra to beat Karnataka outright.

Not to forget Vidarbha, if they can post an outright win against Haryana. Delhi will be praying that Haryana atleast get a first innings lead and if not atleast get a point and keep Vidarbha’s NRR under check.

Therefore Delhi for all practical purposes is out of the race for the knock-out rounds.

Asked to follow-on after being bowled out for 301 in their first innings in reply to Karnataka’s 542, Delhi scored 290 for two in their second innings.

The talented Shorey scored 107 off 227 balls with 14 boundaries while left-hander Rana hit 132 off 175 balls with 19 boundaries and two sixes.

This was Shorey’s second hundred in only fourth class game while Rana struck his maiden hundred.

Brief Scores: Karnataka 1st innings 542.

Delhi 301 & (f/0) 290/2 (Dhruv Shorey 107 no, Nitish Rana 132 no). Points: Karnataka 3; Delhi 1.
Rajasthan record maiden win of the season

Puneet Yadav smashed an unbeaten 107 to fire Rajasthan to a resounding nine wicket win over Haryana on day four of the Ranji Trophy Group A game on Thursday.

The visitors chased down the 158-run target in 38.5 overs after dismissing Haryana for 324 in their second innings. The hosts began the day at 287/6 and 120 runs ahead of the opposition.

Veteran Rajasthan pacer picked up a five-wicket haul to do with his four scalps in the first innings.

It was Rajasthan’s first win of the season in seven matches, leaving them with little hope of progressing to the quarterfinals.

Brief scores: Haryana 112 and 324 in 121.5 overs (Nitin Saini 146, Mohit Hooda 56; Pankaj Singh 5/85). Rajasthan 279 and 161/1 in 38.5 overs (Puneet Yadav 107 not out, Manender Singh 41 not out).

Assam in race for knock-outs after getting 3 vs Maharashtra

Pacer Krishna Das scalped 6/73 as Assam got three vital points by virtue of 102-run first innings lead against Maharashtra in a group A encounter on Thursday, keeping alive hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy.

Riding on Krishna’s efforts, Maharashtra were bowled out for 196 in their first innings in reply to Assam’s 298.

Assam with 25 points are second in the points table behind Delhi, who have completed their league engagements and above Bengal by virtue of more outright wins.

Krishna’s wickets tally for the current season has gone upto 42 and he is third in the list behind off-spinners Akshay Wakhare of Vidarbha (45 wickets) and Jalaj Saxena of MP (44 wickets).

Brief Scores: Assam 298 & 135 all out in 48.2 overs (Rahul Hazarika 31, Anupam Sanklecha 3/42)

Maharashtra 196 in 69 overs (Rahul Tripathi 52, Krishna Das 6/73) & (target 238 in 22 overs) 82/3 (Sangram Atitkar 40 no). Points: Assam 3; Maharashtra 1.

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