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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #400 on: January 06, 2008, 08:45:26 AM »

wow - i even forgot about the Semis !!!
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #401 on: January 06, 2008, 08:47:31 AM »

wow - i even forgot about the Semis !!!

If only cricinfo had a fantasy league for that  ;D
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #402 on: January 06, 2008, 09:01:07 AM »

HEHE !! that is true.

Looks like 2 poor pitches for Semis - really sad....
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #403 on: January 06, 2008, 09:31:53 AM »

Saurashtra already 2 down. Pujara is still there. If he can take his team to victory that will prepare him very well for the future.
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #404 on: January 06, 2008, 10:06:05 AM »

Saurashtra struggling - 33/4
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #405 on: January 06, 2008, 10:07:08 AM »

What kind of pitch are they playing at?
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #406 on: January 06, 2008, 10:21:43 AM »

What kind of pitch are they playing at?

question is are they playing on a pitch ;)
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #407 on: January 06, 2008, 11:15:46 AM »

Saurashtra - 68/7!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #408 on: January 06, 2008, 01:23:57 PM »

Saurashtra has recovered to 93/7 at stumps .. need 69 more runs to win.

30 run partnership still going strong for the 8th wicket ...of which *anshu Kotak has scored 21 runs. That man stands between UP and a final berth tomorrow.

If Saurashtra pull this off, it would be a dream result for them ... coming as they did from the Plate division just a season or two ago.
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #409 on: January 07, 2008, 07:57:15 AM »

UP win by 48 runs and enters the Ranji finals - 2nd final in 3 years !!!
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #410 on: January 07, 2008, 07:59:50 AM »

UP win by 48 runs and enters the Ranji finals - 2nd final in 3 years !!!

And Kaif played a captain's knock in the first innings. *anshu Kotak seems to be domestic Rahul Dravid --- or should we say Shivnaraine Chanderpaul (he even plays a lot like him, barring the shuffle)
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #411 on: January 07, 2008, 09:55:16 AM »

Delhi - Baroda semis also getting interesting now ... Baroda are 102 runs ahead with 5 wickets in hand.

Is a Ranji semi-final played over five or four days.
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #412 on: January 07, 2008, 10:45:48 AM »

Semis and Finals are 5 days.
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #413 on: January 07, 2008, 11:58:16 AM »

Baroda lead by 209 runs with 4 wickets in hand at end of Day 3.

Yusuf Pathan unbeaten on 86 off 61 balls ... they are showing this on Neo Sports ... boy, is this guy some bully or what ... just stands there and swings ... I have no idea if he will succeed at the international level, but he sure is a handful for domestic bowlers if he gets into the zone.
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #414 on: January 08, 2008, 08:03:46 AM »

Delhi on course for a win : 107/0 chasing 271 for a win.

Delhi-UP final.

But Yusuf Pathan scores 113 of 81 balls !!!
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« Reply #415 on: January 08, 2008, 08:08:00 AM »

Delhi on course for a win : 107/0 chasing 271 for a win.

Delhi-UP final.

But Yusuf Pathan scores 113 of 81 balls !!!

This can still turn around, cant it? Delhi does not have Virat Kohli for this match. But, yeah, they look favourites.

Whenever any team chases around 270-300 to win, I am reminded of that India Pak match where we lost after Ramesh + Laxman put on 100+ for the first wicket .. ... I think this was the infamous Shoaib match.

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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #416 on: January 09, 2008, 05:35:02 AM »

GG quite the captain here. If only he can recreate this at the highest level.
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #417 on: January 09, 2008, 05:53:08 AM »

Yeah .. a century in the second innings to lead the team to the finals is special!!
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #418 on: January 09, 2008, 01:35:54 PM »

Meanwhile Gujarat win the Plate League !!!

Clinch a thriller vs. Railways.

Sanjay Bangar takes a 11-fer in the match !!!
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« Reply #419 on: January 09, 2008, 02:56:46 PM »

I'd totally forgotten about this match .. the last I saw, Gujarat were 4 down for 100 odd .. I thought they would walk it .... phew ,,, last pair put on 8 runs??

both teams will play in the elite league next year!
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #420 on: January 11, 2008, 06:41:37 AM »

Btw AA vice captain of West Zone for Duleep Trophy.
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #421 on: January 11, 2008, 08:30:38 AM »

UP vs Delhi will be a good Ranji Final.

Kaif-led UP could win another one this year. I tell ya, this guy is a leader.
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #422 on: January 11, 2008, 08:31:59 AM »

Delhi looks quite strong too.. especially with their batsmen in very good form.

I wonder whether Sangwan and Kohli will be back in time for the finals.
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« Reply #423 on: January 15, 2008, 05:12:02 PM »

http://content-ind.cricinfo.com/ranjisuperleague/content/current/story/331183.html

Delhi v Uttar Pradesh, Ranji Trophy final, Mumbai

Game on at the Wankhede

The Preview by Sriram Veera in Mumbai

January 15, 2008

The kite climbs higher and higher, like a bird in the sky at the Wankhede Stadium. The string is held by couple of Delhi players who are egged on by their team-mates. Some distance to their right, the Uttar Pradesh players are indulging in a bit of fun as well. The relaxed atmosphere belies the fact that come tomorrow, and both these teams will be fighting for the coveted Ranji Trophy.

Eleven years have flown by since Delhi last reached, and lost, the final while Uttar Pradesh are back in the summit clash after two years. Both teams are, obviously, desperate to win. Delhi want to forget their recent sordid past, when political machinations and faulty selection processes used to hog the headlines. Surprisingly, cricket has been the sole topic of discussion this season. It's a refreshing change for some of the senior players, who only a year back were considering switching states to get away from the mess.

For the last few seasons, players from Delhi would make it to the national team, but at the domestic stage the team struggled. "Ten to 12 players went on to play for India but the team was not winning anything," says Vijay Dahiya, the coach, who played in that 1996-97 final. "That has hurt the players. They want to set that record right. If you talk to anyone this season, you will realise their focus is entirely on doing well for Delhi."

The senior players like Gautam Gambhir and Aakash Chopra concur. It is their first Ranji final and both want to make it memorable. "We want to experience that feeling of winning the Ranji Trophy, that's the greatest motivation," says Gambhir, Delhi's captain. "I was always passionate about playing for Delhi. It has given me the platform to play for India and at one stage you have to give back to your state as well. This is my chance."

Mohammad Kaif, the UP captain, has tasted that winning feeling before and wants more of it. "Winning the title is the key focus and not individual selections for the national side. That will come when we win this. The last time we won, a few players went on to play for the country. But the focus was right - win the title and reap the rewards. Not the other way around."

If Delhi want to leave behind the past, Uttar Pradesh want to create a new future. Their success story has been despite the system. They have bypassed the infrastructural speed-breakers - poor practice facilities, the substandard gyms - to repeat the story of 2005-06. Like that year, they have come from behind to enter the final. They hope a victory here will help in sprucing up the system.

One of the biggest challenges for both teams is the wicket that has been laid out by curator Sudhir Naik. The surface has a fair sprinkling of grass and promises to offer bounce and movement. Both teams, while praising the "international quality track" are pretty wary of it. Unless things change dramatically overnight, it's almost certain that the captain winning the toss will choose to bowl. Naik, relieved of the pressure of producing a lifeless track for the usual hosts Mumbai, has laid out a wicket which should produce a decisive result. "A few players from both teams did come to me, enquiring whether the grass would be removed. I had to disappoint them," Naik says with a chuckle. "It is definitely going to help the pacers and I won't be surprised to see a team getting bowled out on the first day." Dahiya admitted he would bowl first and Kaif hinted at the same.

The pitch is hardly a greentop, but considering how domestic batsmen from all teams have repeatedly folded up whenever the wicket was a touch difficult - the semi-finals are the most recent examples - Naik's assessment could well turn out to be right.

The contest will come down to how the either team's batsmen measure up against the opposition fast bowlers. Both sides have a decent pace attack led by young promising talent. If it's Sudeep Tyagi, who has the second-highest tally of the season with 39 wickets at 19.84, leading the attack for UP, then Pradeep Sangwan, with 24 wickets at 21.20 and fresh from a successful tour with the India Under-19 team, will be the spearhead for Delhi.

If UP have Praveen Kumar, with 28 wickets at 16.28, to give able support to Tyagi, Delhi have Sumit Narwal and one of either Parvinder Awana or Amit Bhandari - Gambhir's one selection headache will be which one of the two to select. In addition, both teams have a medium-pacer - the in-form Rajat Bhatia for Delhi and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for UP - to do the dirty job of performing as stock bowlers.

The spin threat is posed by legspinners for both teams: Piyush Chawla - who was seen practising a lot in the nets, trying to bowl with a more round-arm action to get more fizz on the legbreaks - for UP and Chetanya Nanda for Delhi.

The bowling attack balances out but what about the batting? Delhi outscore UP in this department, with three batsmen - Gambhir, Chopra and Mithun Manhas - who have scored almost 600 runs this season. In addition, they have Shikhar Dhawan with 502 runs and Bhatia with 386. UP's batting has revolved around Kaif, who is in glorious form (670 runs) and Suresh Raina, with 582. However, the batting has dropped a notch after a fiery start. They will be happy to have Tanmay Srivastava returning from the India Under-19 outing in South Africa and will hope that he can give them a good start, something that UP have failed to produce consistently this season. However, Delhi clearly have the edge in batting, especially as their opening batsmen are of proven quality and can be expected to tackle the new-ball threat.

What could work to UP's advantage is the fact that they have played three consecutive pressure-cooker games and are battle-hardened as a result. They faced relegation before the game against Bengal but won by an innings and have rode on the momentum ever since. They swept aside Hyderabad by 132 runs in their last league game before clinching a low-scoring semi-final against Saurashtra.

Considering they had taken a similar path in their championship year of 2005-06, UP also have the advantage of having been there and done that as recently as two years ago. Pitted against that bullishness is Delhi's desperation to end the title drought. The stakes couldn't be higher and the battle couldn't be fiercer. It's game on at the Wankhede Stadium.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #424 on: January 15, 2008, 05:13:03 PM »

Delhi seems an overwhelming favourite on paper ...but, I wouldnt count UP out at all. Kaif's captaincy seems to be really inspiring this lot.
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #425 on: January 16, 2008, 05:04:32 AM »

Hmmm,Delhi chose to field?? Wonder what was going through GG's mind?
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #426 on: January 16, 2008, 05:10:18 AM »

Delhi seems to have benefited from any exodus to the ICL ;) ...reaching a final after so many years.
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #427 on: January 16, 2008, 05:10:50 AM »

as per the cricinfo report even Kaif would have done the same... i.e. field first..
anyway UP 46/1

Srivastava (lhb) 21 44 4 0 47.72
 SK Raina (lhb) 16 26 3 0 61.53 
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« Reply #428 on: January 16, 2008, 05:11:35 AM »

Good even session so far .. UP recovering through Raina and Srivastava after Delhi gets an early break through.

What happened to Nehra? Even the ICL does not want him?? Is he injured again???
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« Reply #429 on: January 16, 2008, 05:12:21 AM »

as per the cricinfo report even Kaif would have done the same... i.e. field first..
anyway UP 46/1

Yeah .. I read that yesterday too .. apparently the Wankhade wicket is likely to help pace bowlers upfront .. that is what the curator seemed to be indicating.
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« Reply #430 on: January 16, 2008, 05:25:05 AM »

We all know what happened when RD put England in! Same curator I presume. ;)
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« Reply #431 on: January 16, 2008, 05:32:52 AM »

Raina Gone.. 60/2
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« Reply #432 on: January 16, 2008, 05:42:34 AM »

Raina's fallen off dramatically after a great start to the season.
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« Reply #433 on: January 16, 2008, 05:50:08 AM »

And I had high hopes for this guy.
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Re: Ranji 2007-08 Tracker - Plz Post Notable Daily Performances & Updates
« Reply #434 on: January 16, 2008, 06:02:34 AM »

WTH Sangwan is bowling here and he is listed in the under 19 squad to take on SA U19 in the Test today in SA.
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« Reply #435 on: January 16, 2008, 06:05:13 AM »

still 82-2 is not a bad start... UP need one batsman to make it very big today
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« Reply #436 on: January 16, 2008, 06:23:19 AM »

Damn, the set top box at our office has conked off .. missing the action on both fronts now. Was looking forward to seeing how Kaif goes .. he's had a good season.
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« Reply #437 on: January 16, 2008, 06:26:54 AM »

Kaif Gone...
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« Reply #438 on: January 16, 2008, 06:41:56 AM »

UP in trouble .. although their lower order has been quite good if they have someone to play with .. they may yet stretch this to 300+, but will it be enough against this Delhi batting line up?
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« Reply #439 on: January 16, 2008, 08:56:42 AM »

Both Srivastava and Ravikant Shukla look quite impressive .. at least against this attack on this pitch.
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