Ranji Trophy: J&K splurge advantage, Karnataka approaches the semifinals

JAMMU: For much of the morning, on the penultimate day, Karnataka was tied in the back of her foot. Ranji Trophy quarterfinals against Jammu and Kashmir. The home team had started the day at the top and even when the captain Parvez Rasool , the second wicket that fell on Sunday, was fired by one with the scoreboard reading 109/4, the hosts were still favorites since Abdul Samad, 18, who had a dream debut season, came out to replace him.

Samad (43, 50b, 6x4, 1x6), the best runner in the house, only had to hold one end to make sure the side overcame the 98-run deficit to secure the first entry and a place in the semifinals. For almost 20 overs, Samad, who has the highest number of six (36) in the competition this season, did the job regularly.

With his team only 18 runs away from drawing with the total of 206 Karnataka's first innings, he led J Suchith (2/46) through the point, reducing the margin even further. Then, in the next ball, Samad showed a rare indiscretion and Karnataka took a 14-run lead in the first inning.

Looking for another limit, Samad tried to sweep Suchith, but he only managed a higher edge. Suchith, with all the time in the world, safely cupped the catch back. At 192, J&K with two wickets in his hand, he only needed 15 more to take the first inning, but Prasidh Krishna (4/42) knocked them down, hitting twice in the space of three balls.

The fight came out of J&K like the air of a punctured balloon. They seemed to have nothing in the tank, at least mentally, to boost an absolute victory, their only hope of reaching their first semifinal.

With one foot in the competition of the last four, R Samarth of Karnataka (74, 133b, 7x4) and KV Siddharth (75, 136b, 6x4, 2x6) turned the screw to leave the visitors sitting pretty in 245/4 in 67 over in his second trial, a general advantage of 259.

Bengal bat Odisha out of play

Cuttack: Bengal batted Odisha out of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal at the DRIEMS ground here by occupying the crease throughout the fourth day.

The visitors, who had 82 runs ahead in the first innings, had 361 for seven on stumps on Sunday. Despite enjoying a massive advantage of 443 races, there is no plan to declare on the fifth morning.

We don't want to push for an absolute victory, said the coach Arun Lal He said Sunday. I don't want to pressure our bowlers. They have been playing a lot in the last two and a half months. We will have part-time bowlers and spinners that operate for the most part if we have to play bowling tomorrow. ”

BY Archiman Bhanduri

Saurashtra led by 658



Ongole: Saurashtra, with the match in their pocket and a lot of play left in the game, decided not to force things to happen and instead chose to go with the flow. The team management let their batsmen have an extended session and thereby protected their bowlers from toiling in the hot and humid conditions on the penultimate day of their five-day Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Andhra at the CSR Sarma ground, here on Sunday.

In stumps, Saurashtra reached 375 for nine, a huge advantage of 658 races with a wicket still in hand. The only thing Andhra can do, when the declaration arrives, is to eliminate the remaining excesses and, therefore, avoid a total loss.

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