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Ranji Trophy: Defending champs Gujarat, Kerala through to quarter-finals

Defending champions Gujarat stormed into the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy with a 10-wicket win over Jharkhand. Kerala was the other team from Group B to make the cut.

cricket Updated: Nov 28, 2017 20:08 IST
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Priyank Panchal scored 12 runs as Gujarat chased down a target of 15 vs Jharkhand with ease. (AFP)

Defending champions Gujarat stormed into the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy after registering a handsome 10-wicket win over Jharkhand in a Group B game at the JSCA International Stadium Complex here on Tuesday.

Kerala was the other team from Group B to make the cut. From Group A, Karnataka and Delhi have already qualified.

In Group C, Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai made it to the knockouts while Bengal joined already qualified Vidarbha in the quarters from Group D.

Gujarat needed just 10 balls to wipe out a fourth-innings target of 15. Samit Gohel (4 not out) and Priyank Panchal (12 not out) completed the formalities. The convincing win ensured that the Parthiv Patel-led side finished top of the table.

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Jharkhand had imploded on the fourth day morning after being asked to follow-on on the third day.

They did not begin well, losing two wickets in the first three overs. Virat Singh and Ishan Kishan tried to stem the rot with a 48-run association for the fifth wicket, but Jharkhand crumbled once Virat was dismissed for 52.

They lost six wickets for just 26 runs to be skittled out for 183. Left-arm spinner Hardik Patel returned best figures of 4/9 in six overs.

Meanwhile, Kerala finished second in the group after notching up an innings and eight-run victory against Haryana. This was the first time Kerala entered the quarter-finals since the introduction of the tier system in the Ranji Trophy format.

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They needed five wickets on the fourth and final day, having reduced Haryana to 83 for 5.

India discard Amit Mishra and Poonish Mehta tried hard for Haryana with knocks of 40 and 32 not out respectively, but seamer MD Nidheesh scalped three wickets to earn Kerala a bonus point win.

Already qualified heavyweights Karnataka, meanwhile, romped to a mammoth 209-run win over Railways at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi.

Delhi rode on their first innings to grab three points versus Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

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Madhya Pradesh beat Odisha by seven wickets while Mumbai won by 155 runs against Team Rajasthan.

In Kolkata, Bengal had Anustup Majumdar’s twin tons in both innings (119 & 108 n.o.) to thank for their first innings lead and subsequent three points against Goa. Vidarbha also bagged three points courtesy their first innings lead against Himachal Pradesh.

Quarter-final line-up:

Gujarat v Bengal – Jaipur

Delhi v MPCA – Vijaywada

Kerala v Vidarbha – Surat

Karnataka v Mumbai – Nagpur

Group A

At Delhi: Karnataka 434 & 275/4dec drew Railways 333 & 167 (K Gowtham 7/72)

Karnataka 3; Railways 1

At Hyderabad: Delhi 415 drew Hyderabad 205 & 442/8 (P Reddy 107, K Rayudu 103, B Sandeep 93, V Mishra 5/116)

Delhi 3; Hyderabad 1

Group B

At Jaipur: Saurashtra 534 drew Rajasthan 275 & 394/7 (A Gautam 100, C Bist 109, R Bishnoi 103, D Jadeja 5/167)

Saurashtra 3; Rajasthan 1

At Ranchi: Gujarat 411 & 16/0 beat Jharkhand 242 & 183 (K Deobrat 53, Virat Singh 52, C Gaja 3/37)

Points: Gujarat 7; Jharkhand 0

At Rohtak: Haryana 208 & 173 (A Mishra 40, R Paliwal 34, M Nidheesh 3/27, J Saxena 3/37) lost to Kerala 389 by an innings and 8 runs

Points: Kerala 7; Haryana 0

Group C

At Vadodara: Baroda 309 and 197 beat Tamil Nadu 274 and 130 all out (B Aparajith 60, N Meriwala 4 for 22, Swapnil K Singh 4 for 21) by 102 runs.

Points: Baroda 6; Tamil Nadu 0

At Indore: Odisha 147 and 350 all out in 138.2 overs (Subhransu Senapati 125, Mihir Hirwani 5 for 97) lost to Madhya Pradesh 388 and 111 for 3 in 37 overs (Devendra Bundela 50 not out) by seven wickets.

Madhya Pradesh 6; Odisha 0

Group D

At Nagpur: Himachal Pradesh 353 & 323/8dec (N Gangta 101*, S Verma 59, R Dhawan 53, A Sarwate 6/75) drew Vidarbha 456

Points: Vidarbha 3; Himachal Pradesh 1

At Amritsar: Punjab 645/6dec & 94/5 (S Pandey 3/26) drew with Services 315 & 458 (G Rahul Singh 124, R Chauhan 112, S Kaul 3/96)

Punjab 3; Services 1

At Kolkata: Bengal 379 & 334/5 (A Majumdar 108*, W Chatterjee 102*) drew Goa 310 & 86/2 (S Kauthankar 53)

Bengal 3; Goa 1.

First Published: Nov 28, 2017 19:09 IST