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Ranji Takeaways: Baroda Edge Karnataka in Thriller, Rajasthan Smash Tripura to Qualify

Karnataka fought back after a terrible first day but it wasn't enough to stop Baroda from taking six points with a narrow two-wicket win at the Moti Bagh stadium in Vadodara.

Cricketnext Staff |January 8, 2019, 7:16 PM IST
Ranji Takeaways: Baroda Edge Karnataka in Thriller, Rajasthan Smash Tripura to Qualify

Only two days remain in the group stage of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19, and only two teams are guaranteed a place in the knockouts. The second day of the last round threw up interesting possibilities, and the remaining two days could see a tight race to the finish line. Here are the takeaways from the Tuesday's play:

Baroda-Karnataka Thriller, and Other Action from Group A

Karnataka fought back after a terrible first day but it wasn't enough to stop Baroda from taking six points with a narrow two-wicket win at the Moti Bagh stadium in Vadodara.

Chasing 110, Baroda slipped to 90 for 8 before numbers 9 and 10, Bhargav Bhatt and Rishi Arothe, hit two sixes each to help Baroda cross the line. Yusuf Pathan had made a 30-ball 41 earlier from No. 5 on a tough track, counter-attacking Karnataka's charge.

Earlier, Karnataka started the day on 13/2 in their second innings and managed 220 all out with captain Manish Pandey scoring 50. However, their first-innings collapse to just 112 all out came back to bite them in the end.

Karnataka now end with 27 points and are still likely to get into the knockouts. Baroda have 26 points, the same as Gujarat.

Vidarbha Guaranteed Knockouts Berth

Karnataka's loss means Vidarbha are definitely guaranteed a place in the knockouts. Whether they top Group A or not depends on their game against Saurashtra. Vidarbha are currently 63/2 in response to Saurashtra's 356 all out. Saurashtra currently have 26 points, while Vidarbha lead the table with 28.

Tight Race in Group B:

The top five teams from Groups A and B combined will make it to the next stage.

Madhya Pradesh lead Group B with 24 points currently but find themselves in a tough situation against Andhra. MP were bowled out for just 91 in response to Andhra's 132 in the first innings. Andhra then scored 198 for 7, stretching their lead to 239 by the end of the second day. Only a win will guarantee MP qualification.

Himachal Pradesh and Bengal (22 points each), Kerala and Punjab (20 points each) are the other teams from the group with theoretical chances of making it. The HP v Kerala game was interestingly poised with Kerala 219 for 5 in response to HP's 297 all out.

Bengal's chances are slipping away, with Punjab scoring 357 for 7 in response to Bengal's 187 all out. Anmolpreet Singh scored 124, Shubman Gill continued his excellent form with 91 while Yuvraj Singh continued his poor form with 1.

Group C: Rajasthan Seal Berth, Uttar Pradesh Set to be Second Team

Rajasthan thrashed Tripura by an innings and 77 runs to end up with 51 points from their nine games, topping group C and ensuring a place in the knockouts. It was always on the cards once Rajasthan bowled out Tripura for just 35 on the first day, before scoring 218. Tripura managed just 106 in the second innings, with Deepak Chahar picking up five wickets.

UP are currently on 38 points and look set to get at least three more from their game against Assam. Having bowled Assam out for 175, UP ended the second day on 377 for 5, 202 runs ahead, with Rinku Singh top scoring with 96 not out.

Jharkhand, with 33 points, ended their day on 9/0 after bowling Jammu and Kashmir out for 151. But even if they go on to win, they won't be able to qualify unless UP go on to lose, which is improbable.

Plate Group: Uttarakhand Narrow in on Qualification

Uttarakhand are in a strong position against Mizoram, and look set to win and take six points. Mizoram are 32 for 1 at stumps in their second innings, trailing by 147 runs. Uttarakhand currently have 37 points and will definitely qualify if they win.

The only way they can miss out is if Mizoram manage a draw, or an unlikely win, and Bihar defeat Manipur. Bihar currently have 34 points and can at best draw level with Uttarakhand on 40 points if they win, and Uttarakhand only manage three points.

Manipur are currently 217 for 7 in the second innings, leading Bihar by 116 runs.

Other Inconsequential Matches:

Mumbai are on verge of defeating Chhattisgarh and need only 14 runs, with all 10 wickets in hand, to complete formalities on the third day.

Railways won by an innings and 58 runs against Maharashtra.

Delhi are 35/2 in response to Tamil Nadu's 432.

Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Maharashtra, Railways and Chhattisgarh are out of the race for the knockouts from Groups A and B combined.


Rajasthan beat Tripura by an innings and 77 runs.

Baroda beat Karnataka by 2 wickets

Railways beat Maharashtra by an innings and 58 runs.

Brief scores of other matches:

Pondicherry 224/3 vs Nagaland 467

Bengal 187 vs Punjab 357/7

Arunachal Pradesh 169 & 104/8 vs Sikkim 262

Bihar 257 vs Manipur 156 & 217/7

Madhya Pradesh 91 vs Andhra 132 & 198/7

Mumbai 188 & 77/0 vs Chhattisgarh 129 & 149

Saurashtra 356 vs Vidarbha 63/2

Himachal 297 vs Kerala 219/5

Tamil Nadu 432 vs Delhi 35/2

Haryana 149 & 3/1 vs Services 170 & 79

J & K 151 vs Jharkhand 9/0

Odisha 352 & 37/1 vs Goa 116

Uttar Pradesh 377/5 vs Assam 175

Uttarakhand 377 vs Mizoram 198 & 32/1

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