In the last phase of the Group stage in 2018-19, the Ranji Trophy started, in which bowlers ruled the roast. The race for the knockout is getting hot, with teams all they can do to make the better of the opposition. Here are takeaways from a day's play:Bowlers day – just coincidence?
The group stage of the Ranji Trophy is coming to its commercial end. And come out to bowl-friendly pitch. Is this really a coincidence? Remember, Ranji Trophy is played under a neutral curator so it is difficult to say.
Whether the coincidence or not, the bowlers had Monday's day. 13 teams out! In this, during the day's play the two teams are dismissed on a ball.
The worst performance of Lot was done by Tripura, who were dismissed for 35 runs in reply to Rajasthan's 218. There were six ducks in it. Maharashtra was dismissed for just 70 runs by the Railways.
Big teams also struggled. Bengal were dismissed for 187 by the Punjab, which ended on 47 runs. Shubman Gill scored 36 runs and remained unbeaten
Karnataka also fought against Baroda. He was dismissed for 112 in his first innings, in which only four batsmen were in double digits. Baroda were bowled out for 223, but Karnataka lost 22 runs in the four overs losing two wickets.
Mumbai is ready to make a place in the knockout, but on Monday Chhattisgarh has done well. Shardul Thakur and Tushar Deshpande picked nine wickets to dismiss Chhattisgarh for 129 runs. In response, he scored 118 runs. 3. Shreyas Iyer is out of the game due to the stringent game.
Race for knockout heat
Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Maharashtra, Railways and Chhattisgarh are jointly out of the knockout from A and B Group. The remaining 10 teams still have a chance, and the first day things got interesting.
Baroda took positive steps with good performance against Karnataka. Vidarbha is at the top of the table with 28 points, it is necessary to ensure that they do not lose to Saurashtra. The Group A team has already played eight games and has 26 points. They will wait to see the results of the other teams to know if they have any chance or not.
Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Kerala and Punjab are in the race from Group B Madhya Pradesh is at the top of the table with 24 points but in reply to Andhra's 132, the expiration of 24 for 3 ended. Most teams are in trouble, the situation and things should be clear on the second day.
Who is from the plate group?
Uttarakhand is at the top with 37 points and against Mizoram it has been stacked on 377 runs. If they win, they will pass through the plate group as a single party. Bihar, with 34 points, Manipur out for 156 runs and ended the day with 107 runs for 5 wickets. Pondicherry has 32 points, while Nagaland pile on 387 for 5.
Uttarakhand is the favorite to go through this group. If they take only three points and Bihar defeats Manipur, things can be interesting with the net run rate.
Nagaland 387/5 versus Pondicherry
Punjab 47/2 vs Bengal 187, 140 runs behind
Tripura 35 and 4/0 vs Rajasthan 218, trailing by 179 runs
Sikkim 132/3 vs Arunachal Pradesh 169, behind 37 runs
Tamil Nadu 215/3 vs Delhi
Odisha 229/7 vs Goa
Mizoram 8/0, Uttarakhand 377, 369 runs behind
Bihar 107/5 vs Manipur 156, 49 runs behind
Karnataka 13/2 and 112 vs Baroda 223, 98 runs behind
Railways 184/9 vs Maharashtra 70, 114 runs lead
Saurashtra 218/5 Vidarbha
Mumbai 118/3 vs Chhattisgarh 129, 11 runs behind
Himachal 257/7 vs Kerala
Haryana 10/1 versus service 170, 160 runs behind
Uttar Pradesh 64/1 vs Assam 175, trails by 111 runs
Madhya Pradesh 24/3 vs Andhra 132, behind 108 runs
First published: January 7, 2019, 6:12 PM