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Ranji champs get the pink slip

india Updated: Dec 27, 2010 23:13 IST
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Mumbai's exit from the competition was inevitable when play started in this Ranji Trophy quarter-final between the two-time defending champions and Rajasthan here on Monday.

Youngster Ashok Menaria extended Mumbai's agony on the field as Rajasthan went on to add 105 more to their overnight tally of 484 for seven. The former India U-19 captain brought up his maiden first-class century to put icing on the cake as his team reached the semi-finals after having qualified from the Plate Division.

Menaria made 121 from 206 balls with eight fours and five sixes and to add insult to Mumbai's injury, added 86 for the ninth wicket with fast bowler Deepak Chahar, who contributed 33. Mumbai's second innings was of academic importance and opener Sahil Kukreja with Ajinkya Rahane used the opportunity to add to their list of first-class centuries.

Brief scores: Mumbai 252 & 290/1 (Sahil Kukreja 100 n.o, Ajinkya Rahane 102 n.o, Rohit Sharma 68). Rajasthan 589 (Ashok Menaria 121, Abhishek Nayar 7/131).

Match drawn. Rajasthan advance on first-innings lead.

MP fight in vain
Madhya Pradesh threw Karnataka a challenge and the southern side wriggled out of a spot to register a five-wicket win.
After having conceded a first-innings lead of 161, Madhya Pradesh set Karnataka a target of 177 and reduced them to 109 for five before Amit Verma and CM Gautam (31 n.o.) guided the team home.

Madhya Pradesh started the day at 312 for seven and were all out in 7.4 overs, which gave Karnataka a chance to either bat out 80 overs or get those runs.

Opening bowler TP Sudhindra struck twice and the visitors slipped to 38 for three after 16 overs. Things looked even again when the fifth wicket fell in the 35th over but Verma and Gautam ensured there was no anti-climax.

Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh 200 & 337 (Sunil Joshi 4/108). Karnataka 361 & 180/5 (Amit Verma 68 n.o.).
Karnataka won by 5 wkts.

TN ride run rate
Tamil Nadu's superior run rate took them to the semi-finals ahead of Haryana in a match where bad light and fog prevented the first innings of both teams from being completed. Haryana had a run rate of 3.26 and Tamil Nadu replied with 285 for six in 79 overs at a rate of 3.6 per over.

Brief scores: Haryana 379/6. Tamil Nadu 285/6 (R Sathish 106, Dinesh Karthik 57, Sanjay Budhwar 3/70). Match drawn. Tamil Nadu advance on run rate.

Dull draw
Vadodara: The match between Railways and Baroda ended in a dull draw with the latter reaching the semi-finals on first-innings lead. After Baroda had taken the first-innings lead, the writing was on the wall.

Brief scores: Railways 248 & 366/8 (Prashant Awasthi 125, Dhiran Salvi 40, Sankalp Vohra 3/104). Baroda 416 & 136/3 (Kedar Devdhar 55, Conor Williams 52 n.o.).

Match drawn. Baroda advance on first-innings lead. Track report