Young Karan Sharma led from the front with a calm and controlled 93 not-out as Uttar Pradesh defeated favorites Karnataka with a five-wicket win in the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy in Alur on Wednesday. This was UP’s first-ever win over Karnataka 13 times and it couldn’t have come at a better time. UP is now heading for a likely semi-final showdown against Mumbai heavyweights at the same venue from June 14. Previously, UP had lost four times and drawn nine times, but never won against Karnataka.
Captaining the team in his first-ever season for UP, 23-year-old Sharma, who played his fourth first-class match, showed solid temperament in their pursuit of 213 after Priyam Garg made an elegant 60-ball 52.
Sharma, who scored a second-innings century in their win over Maharashtra to seal their quarterfinal spot here, was once again rock solid.
The batter of the Lucknow Super Giants, who got 163 balls (including 119 dots), played his innings brilliantly, especially at the end of the day.
That the slow field had little to offer the pacers also played a part, as Sharma liked to take on Ronit More and pull him in front of the square, even on the forefoot.
He hit 13 fours and one six in his knockout as UP took a memorable win with two days to go.
The skipper found a capable ally in Prince Yadav who played patient 33 turns, not 73 balls (3×4, 1×6) in their uninterrupted match-winning partnership of 99 runs.
Mulani, Jaiswal put Mumbai in tight control against Uttarakhand
Shams Mulani’s left-arm five-wicket-haul was well complimented by opener Yashasvi Jaiswal’s first hundred as the 41-time Ranji Trophy Champions Mumbai placed themselves in the driver’s seat on the third day of their quarter-final against Uttarakhand in Bengaluru.
After the third day of play, Mumbai’s overall lead stood at a whopping 794 runs and seemed to have set foot in the semi-finals.
After Mumbai posted a mammoth 647/8 declared a maiden double hundred in their first essay courtesy of debutant Suved Parkar, Mulani got into form when Uttarakhand was knocked out for a meager 114 in their first innings.
Mumbai thus gained a huge 533 run lead in the first innings.
Skipper Prithvi Shaw didn’t force the sequel though and in the second essay it was a Jaiswal (103) show as the 20 year old slammed his first first-class hundred into his second game and beat the Uttarakhand attack into submission. Mumbai ended the day at 261/3.
Uttarakhand started on their nighttime score of 39/2 and none of their batters showed any resistance. Veteran pacesetter Dhawal Kulkarni took the wicket of his first pitch when he caught for the wickets on the nighttime batter Kunal Chandela (8).
Then Mulani (5/39) spun a web around the opposition and his first victim was opener Kamal Singh (40), who was caught by Tushar Deshpande. Singh was the hilly state’s top scorer in the first innings.
Uttarakhand, who faltered at 71/4, never recovered, losing their last six wickets for just 43 runs, with 25-year-old Mulani in command.
Mulani’s other casualties were — Swapnil Singh (9), Dikshanshu Negi (12), Shivam Khurana (7) and Agrim Tiwari (0), as the batters didn’t bother the scorers.
Pacers Dhawal Kulkarni (1/18), Tushar Deshpande (1/25), Mohit Awasthi (2/22) and off-spinner Tanush Kotian (1/6) expertly supported Mulani as the domestic giants put on an impressive show. This was Mulani’s fifth five-wicket-haul alone this season.
Mumbai in their second essay got off to an aggressive start, thanks to Jaiswal and skipper Prithvi Shaw, who made 72 balls in just 80 balls. The duo took a closer look at the opposing team’s attack as they forged a 115-run stand for the first wicket.
Shaw hammered nine boundaries and two sixes. After Shaw fell, left-handed batter Jaiswal, who hit 10 limits and two maxima, found a capable ally in veteran Aditya Tare, (57), who also hit half a century.
The duo added 94 runs for the second wicket as Mumbai continued their run celebration.
When stumps were drawn, young batters Armaan Jaffer (17 out) and Suved Parkar (6 out) held out.
Like the first essay, Uttarakhand bowlers had a forgettable outing in the second innings as well.
Punjab in disarray as MP smells victory
Left arm spinner Kumar Kartikeya advanced through the top ranks to bring Punjab down to 120 for five in their second innings, while Madhya Pradesh continued to enjoy the upper hand in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal game in Alur on Thursday.
Kartikeya (4/11) opened the bowling and took four crucial wickets to return with his second best first-class figures.
The 24-year-old took the vital wickets of Punjab skipper Abhishek Sharma (17), Shubman Gill (19), Mandeep Singh (17) and Gurkeerat Singh Mann (10) to single-handedly destroy the Punjab’s battle formation. second essay.
At stumps on the third day, Siddharth hit Kaul at 16 and joined wicketkeeper Aman Malhotra at 9.
Punjab is still trailing Madhya Pradesh by 58 runs and it would prove a huge task for them to save the match from now on.
Earlier, resuming at 238 for two, the centurion Shubham Sharma (102) failed to add his score but Rajat Patidar continued his good IPL form hitting 85 from 167 balls using 12 boundaries to clear Madhya Pradesh to help forward.
Patidar was ably supported by Akshat Raghuwanshi (69) as the duo shared 99 runs for the fifth wicket to give Madhya Pradesh a significant lead in the first innings before dying.
After the duo’s departure, the remaining four Madhya Pradesh batters were able to add only 14 runs before going out in 154.5 overs, taking a huge 178-run lead in the first inning.
Left-arm spinner Vinay Choudhary was the bowlers’ pick for Punjab with numbers from five to 83.
Short scores: Punjab: 219 and 120 for 5 in 47 overs (Anmolpreet Singh 31, Shubman Gill 19; Kumar Kartikeya 4 for 31). Madhya Pradesh: 397 all out in 99 overs (Shubham Sharma 102, Himanshu Mantri 89, Rajat Patidar 85, Akshat Raghuwanshi 69; Vinay Chaudhury, 5/83).
Punjab pad Madhya Pradesh with 58 runs.
Nine Bengali batters score 50-plus
Bangladesh’s Ranji cricket team set a global first-class record on Thursday when all nine batters who took the watch scored a half-century in a massive first innings score of 773 for eight against an unlucky Jharkhand on the third day of the quarterfinals, in Bengaluru. At stumps, Jharkhand was 139 for 5 in their first innings and it is virtually impossible to stop Bengal from entering the semi-finals as the opposition now leaves 634 runs behind.
The game will be remembered for a record that has stood the test of time since 1893 when the Australian team on tour, in a premier match against Universities (Oxford and Cambridge), had eight of their batters score fifty or more.
For Bengal, skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran (65) started the march towards milestone together with fellow opener Abhishek Raman (61).
This was followed by impressive punches from Sudip Gharami (186) and most batter Anushtup Majumdar (117). They added 243 runs for the second wicket.
Bangladeshi junior sports minister Manoj Tiwary (73) also added his name to the list along with Abhishek Porel (68), who has not let Bengal miss Wriddhiman Saha once.
RCB all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed (78) and Sayan Sekhar Mondal (53) also earned half a century to complete an Indian cricket, but when Akash Deep came in and hit 8 sixes in 18-ball-53, the global first-class record was broken after 129 years.