Ranji Trophy Final News - End of Day 2

Ranji Trophy Final News - End of Day 2

Post by Sadiq Yus » Tue, 29 Mar 1994 22:49:05


        Bombay were dismissed for 257 in the last over before stumps on the
2nd day of the Ranji Trophy Final being played at the ***hede Stadium here
today. ( Well, dang it, I wish I could say  *here today* - Iam making the
report up as Iam going along :-) The inning consumed 93.2 overs and 398
minutes, and left Bombay with a crucial lead of 64 runs on a pitch described
by our IIT Bombay reporter ( Thanks, Anoop :-) as " doing everything it's not
expected to ;-)"
        We dont have enuff details yet, the radio commentators ( who were
roundly criticised by our reporter for being horrendous in their descriptions)
apparently did not read out the entire card at the end of the day.  
        The fall of wickets was as follows :
 1/18, 2/18, 3/41, 4/58, 5/134, 6/186, 7/223, 8/225, 9/245

        Apparently the 3rd wicket to fall was Sunil More. The 4th was Jatin
Paranjpe ( reporter quote : " *anoop* jatin paranjape was run out by utpal
chaterji's throw"). Then, there was a partnership between the canny and
determined old veteran captain (he whose name shall not be spoken on rsc) and
the Boy Wonder - a partnership that took the score to 134. Our reporter is
uncertain of the total runs scored by the unmentionable one ( more cursing of
the commentators foolishness ) -but his wicket was taken by Chetan Sharma,
caught in the slips we think. We presume the next wicket to fall was Sulakshan
Kulkarni, followed by Dighe (Dighe was also dismissed by Chetan Sharma - on
specific request by your present interlocutor it was gathered that he totalled
somewhere in the 20s - did anyone notice that he did not let thru a single bye
in the Bengal inning, BTW ? :-)
        The top scorer of the Bombay inning was ( this is getting very
monotonous, folks, 3 out of 4 innings played now :-) none other than the
aforementioned Wunkerkind Amol Muzumdar, caught and bowled by left-arm
orthodox spinner Utpal Chatterji who had a dream day, if ever one exists on a
cricket field. Utpal Chatterji was the most succesful bowler for Bengal,
ending up with figures of  38.2-11-71-7  !! Also, as mentioned above, he had a
part in Jatin Paranjpe's run out - all in all, not a half bad effort :-) . The
only other successful bowler for Bengal was  Chetan Sharma, who ended up with
figures of  16-1-40-2.
        Of the other details that were gleaned from the incredibly stupid
commentary of the radio commentators ( a few more choice curses hurled their
way by our reporter :-) - Sulakshan Kulkarni was dismissed by a spectacular
catch from Saurav Ganguly - a catch which (supposedly) would make even a
Rhodes proud. Quote : " he dived full length forward - almost horizontally -
dived in the air for a few feet - and took a one handed catch inches off"
Ironically, Kulkarni had yesterday brought off a somewhat similar, very
difficult catch to dismiss Ganguly yesterday.
        Another piece - Sairaj Bahutule remained not out for 26 at the end of
Bombay's inning.
        To end, another direct quote from the our reporter (also gleaned on
specific questioning by your present interlocutor :-)
" *anoop* yeah amol did bat really well - he was the pick of the lot - in every
respect".

        Your present interlocutor feels the game is very evenly poised - far
too evenly poised for his liking (or *** pressure or sleep-getting-ability).
The third day tomorrow will obviously be critical and one is never pleased
when Bombay has to bowl on a day critical to her fortunes - one would much
rather bat in those circumstances. Your PI urges all the right-minded among
you to pray hard for the triumph of the righteous tomorrow - may the Good Lord
grant Bombay, that pearl among cities, its rightful victory . Amen.

        Sadiq [ touching wood, gobbling prasad , nobbling Utpal :-) ] Yusuf

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Ranji Trophy Final News - End of Day 2

Post by Sadiq Yus » Wed, 30 Mar 1994 18:44:28

        A little before tea on the 3rd day of Ranji Trophy final, Bengal are
181/7 in their 2nd innings. Saurav Ganguly with 38 and Utpal Chatterji with 1
are at the crease.
        We have few details so far - are hoping to get a few more a little
after tea (crossing fingers, touching wood).
        We do know for a fact that Ashok Malhotra was unbeaten on 61 when
Bengal was 107/5 - he played a very quick inning (as has Bengal on the whole -
181 in less than 2 sessions with 7 wickets lost is pretty rapid, really). He
started off with a 6 off Shastri and went on from there.
        We also know for a fact that Chetan Sharma scored 35. Apparently the
6th wicket to fall was Snehasis Ganguly and the 7th was Malhotra ( I dont know
if Chetan came in before this - as I said the details are a little hazy right
now). At one stage Bengal had been tottering at 30/4, before the Malhotra
inning helped them recover.
        For Bombay, Bahutule has 2 wickets and Manish Patel 3. We dont know
who claimed the other 2 wickets :-)

        Thats all we have at the moment. Personal opinion - as usual, Bombay
has let the lower order of the opposition get away. From 30/4, they really
should have wrapped up the inning far earlier. As it is, this game is still up
in the air - chasing is going to be very very *** this pitch batting last.
Utpal could well wreak havoc. Still, one hopes for the best - if Bombay can
wrap up the last 3 wickets within the next 15 odd runs, they might still have
a bit of a shot at it.

                        Sadiq [ very worried ] Yusuf

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Ranji Trophy Final News - End of Day 2

Post by Sadiq Yus » Wed, 30 Mar 1994 19:22:12

        Just a brief news flash. Bengal is now 216/8, with Saurav Ganguly not
out on 56. No more details since last time.

                        Sadiq [ dang it all, get em OUT ! ] Yusuf

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Ranji Trophy Final News - End of Day 2

Post by Sadiq Yus » Wed, 30 Mar 1994 21:57:06

        Bengal was bowled out in the final over of the day for 257. (This is
getting eerie - they get 193, we get 257 - all out last over, they get 257 all
out last over.I hope we look set for 257 last over tomorrow :-) .

***********************

Bengal I inngs 193 ao, Bombay I inngs 257,

Begnal II innings:

Mintu Das               c Dighe         b Patel         06
A Verma                 lbw             b Patel         04
Arun Lal                c Dighe         b Patel         00
S Kalyani               c More          b Shastri       01
A Malhotra              c More          b Bahutule      62
Snehasish Ganguly       c More          b Bahutule      31
Saurav Ganguly          c Patel         b Bahutule      88
Utpal Chatterji                         b Mhambrey      17
Chetan Sharma           c Dighe         b Patel         35
P Vaidya                no                              09
S Sen Sharma            c Patel         b Shastri       00

extras:         (4 byes, 3 lb, 1nb)                     08

Total:          all out                                257

Bowling:
                 O      M        R      W

M Patel          7      3       35      3
S Patil         10      1       43      0
P Mhambrey       9      2       18      1
S Bahutule      32      2      108      3
R Shastri      19.4     3       47      3

FOW:

1/9, 2/13, 3/22, 4/33, 5/110, 6/155, 7/188, 8/196, 9/248, 10/257

Harsha Bhogle was the "invited commentator" today.
He said the pitch was very bad and with Utpal having a great
run with the ball, things are going to be "very difficult"
for Bombay tomorrow. (*sob*)

*******************************

        This game is beautifully poised - gone are the days (thankfully) when
Ranji finals were decided on the first inning on the 6th morning ! The pitch
has clearly had more than a little in it for the bowlers - the game could well
be all over by the end of the 4th day. Its seems to be giving some aid at
least to the spinners ( Utpal had 7 in the first inning, and the Bombay
spinners have done well too - Sairaj had a 7 wicket match I think, with
Shastri getting about 4 in the game as well). However, it is possible for the
pacemen to get something out of it too, obviously - Manish Patel followed up
his 4 wickets in the first inning with 3 wickets yesterday (it appears from
the card that he single handedly reduced Bengal to 22/3 in the 2nd inning).
        I know Ive been expressing a slight tilt towards Bombay in these match
reports ( it wasnt very noticable, was it ? :-) . But one must say, this has
been a great game so far. The curator must be congratulated on the pitch
preparation (Sudhir Naik, is it ?? ) - we need more pitches of this kind for
our domestic cricket.
        Both sides have performed admirably. For Bombay, Sairaj Bahutule has
been magnificent this post-season - had 4 wickets in the first inning vs
Karnataka, Maharashtra and now Bengal, in consecutive games. Manish Patel is a
great find ( picked out of the Times Shield by Vengsarkar, apparently - he did
great there, had a 7 wicket haul in the quarters of the Times shield etc).
Mhambrey once again got the early breakthrough in the first inning. And
Shastri and Amol have been great, almost carrying the batting on their
shoulders. They will need one more effort tomorrow - they are clearly the 2
most valuable Bombay wickets in the 2nd inning.
        For Bengal, Utpal Chatterji has been brilliant. He had a terrific
season last year ( remember me saying I thought he should be looked at as a
contender for the sla spot, that the spot isnt reserved for Raju ? :-) Saurav
Ganguly has had a heck of a game with the bat and in the field, while old
warhorse Ashok Malhotra's inning today might well prove the decisive one in
the game - from 22/3 it clearly turned the momentum. Another inning that could
well prove critical in the final analysis is Prashant Vaidya's - he
stayed with Saurav while the score went from 196/8 to 248, and then took it to
257 all out. Priceless runs, those.
        All in all, its been a great match so far, with a great day in
prospect tomorrow. A match deserving of the final of the premier tournament in
India. Selfishly, I just hope it has the right result from my point of view
:-)

                Sadiq [ getting out the rosary beads :-) ] Yusuf

P.S. Mucho thanks to Anoop from IITB for the updates and the card.
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Ranji Trophy Final News - End of Day 2

Post by Jayesh Ga » Thu, 31 Mar 1994 01:25:08

Quote:

>    Bengal was bowled out in the final over of the day for 257. (This is
>getting eerie - they get 193, we get 257 - all out last over, they get 257 all
>out last over.I hope we look set for 257 last over tomorrow :-) .

>***********************

>Bengal I inngs 193 ao, Bombay I inngs 257,

Can someone please post the Bombay scorecard also. I dont think it was posted
with details of exact scores.

-Jayesh

 
 
 

Ranji Trophy Final News - End of Day 2

Post by Sadiq Yus » Thu, 31 Mar 1994 17:45:37

        Bombay had crawled to 61/0 off 39 overs. At that stage, Sunil More was
36* and Zubin Barucha was 23* - ball keeping very low. This waas a little
after lunch, Bombay moving along very cautiously. Most of the bowling by
spinners, Utpal Chatterji and Verma had 20- overs between them.
        ( Checked with Anoop about the Bombay first inning, he thinks Shastri
made 29 and Amol Muzumdar top scored with 78 :-)

        Further news, Bombay 86/1. Barucha lbw Ajay Verma for 25. Sairaj
Bahutule, who batted at #7 for Bombay in the first inning, has been promoted
to #3 for the 2nd knock. He's currently 19 not out with 4 boundaries, and
Sunil More is 41 not out.
        Further news :-) , Bombay 92/1. Bahutule 21*, More 43*, Ajay Verma
13-2-35-1

                Sadiq [ still praying, taking nothing for granted ] Yusuf

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Ranji Trophy Final News - End of Day 2

Post by Sadiq Yus » Thu, 31 Mar 1994 19:04:16

        A little before tea, Bombay are 111/1, Sunil More still there with 53
and Sairaj Bahutule there with 28. Sairaj was dropped once apparently, by
Utpal off Chetan in the slips. Its Utpal and Chetan bowling in tandem now,
Chetan the first change in a long time after 2 spinners.
        The commentators are quote " some chauhan(hindi), kochrikar(marathi)
and chitnis(english) - all are very bad". No Harsha today, unfortunately.

                        Sadiq [ rosary beads in hand ] Yusuf

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Ranji Trophy Final News - End of Day 2

Post by Sadiq Yus » Thu, 31 Mar 1994 21:20:05

        Bombay cruised to an 8 wicket triumph in the Ranji Trophy final at the
***hede Stadium today, winning with a day and half an hour to spare. The
match was wrapped us as quickly as it was on the 4th evening due to a
brilliant, whirlwind, unbeaten 44 from brilliant young left hander Jatin
Paranjpe - an inning studded with 6 fours and 2 sixes, scored out of an
unbroken 2nd wicket partnership of 52. This marks the 31st time Bombay has
captured the coveted trophy, a national record.

        The final day scorecard :

**********************

BOMBAY - WIN RANJI TROPHY BY 8 WICKETS

second innings:

zunbin bharucha     b ajay verma          23
sunil more          not out               83
sairaj bahutule     c chetan b sensharma  40
jatin paranjape     not out               44 (6x4,2x6)

extras                                    05 (2b,1lb,2nb)

total                                     195/2

FOW : 1/62,  2/144

Bowling:

vaidya           :    7-4-3-0
chetan sharma    :    13.2-3-31-0
s sensharma      :    12-3-34-1
utpal chatterji  :    30-6-78-0
ajay verma       :    16-2-38-1

*************************************

        To which I say , Hooray !!! Three rousing Cheers !!! Yiipppeeee !!!
:-) :-)
        Once more, the coveted championship is back where it rightfully
belongs, in the greatest cricketing city in the world. Its taken a while
getting there, but its gotten there in the end !! The righteous have triumphed
once more, as they forever should even in this imperfect world. :-)
        Its about 6 am here and I havent slept in ages, so Iam a little
incoherent right now (not to mention a little drunk on the wine of human
happiness - the greatest intoxicant of them all :-) Cant remember when I was
last this happy ( June '83 comes to mind, I suppose :-) In my most humble
opinion, as the poet says, the snail is on the wing and the lark is on the
thorn , or rather the other way around. God is in his heaven, and all is right
with the world. :-)

                Sadiq [ putting away the rosaries, thank you God :-) ] Yusuf

P.S. Gautam, I havent forgotten. Next time Iam in India, dinners on me :-)

P.P.S. Muchas gracias to Anoop Kulkarni, our intrepid and unflagging reporter
from IITB - another person I owe dinner the next time Iam in town, in addition
to the undying gratitude due him for his repeated updates.

P.P.P.S Iam gonna put on a whole lot of weight the next time Iam in the old
country :-) :-)
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Post by Balakrishnan G Na » Fri, 01 Apr 1994 03:02:22

Congrats to Bombay for winning the Ranji Trophy! And most important of all,
they won it with all of their big names away playing international cricket. The
future looks rosy for Bombay Cricket and for Indian cricket in general. Wonder
when Delhi will decide to make a comeback to the national spotlight?

-Balky
(The Debo-Nair)

 
 
 

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Post by Shivanand Bhajek » Fri, 01 Apr 1994 04:50:37

Quote:

>    Bombay cruised to an 8 wicket triumph in the Ranji Trophy final at the
>***hede Stadium today, winning with a day and half an hour to spare. The

        Yesssss! Congratulations Celebrations Jubilations.....
        And no matter what people say... Way to go SHASTRI... you are
        a great captain!!! :-)) *No sarcasm here pure happiness*

Quote:
>unbroken 2nd wicket partnership of 52. This marks the 31st time Bombay has
>captured the coveted trophy, a national record.

        It was never in doubt, the national record I mean! I won't be
        in doubt for another century! :-)

Quote:
>P.P.S. Muchas gracias to Anoop Kulkarni, our intrepid and unflagging reporter
>from IITB - another person I owe dinner the next time Iam in town, in addition
>to the undying gratitude due him for his repeated updates.

        Thanks Anoop.... LAst time u treated me... This time the dinner is
        on me!! (Sadiq I owe him two too!)

--
  shivanand

 
 
 

Ranji Trophy Final News - End of Day 2

Post by Mayank Go » Fri, 01 Apr 1994 07:16:24

Hi all!
This article has been written in good humour, hope you can read it as such
*and* not flame me too much. :) :). I have this penchant for getting burnt
every now and then, even when I am harmlessly bashing bombay's performance :)
:) :).

STATUTORY WARNING:If you are humour impaired, then IMO,
this article will be too hot
for you to handle, do not read any further :) :)

Quote:

>R Shastri      19.4 3       47      3

Firstly congratulations to bombay and RJS for this stupendous victory! The damn
newsserver at ASU is soooooo slow, that I am getting news faster by snail-mail
 :) :)

A quick observation here. I for one think that Shastri should be bowling more
than he has been bowling of late. But, the bombay bowlers do not give him a
chance to bowl more :). This looks like a good effort considering that only
one of those wickets was of a tail-ender (no?).

On another note, Sadiq, seriously you should learn to 'trust' your players
and have 'faith' in them and their abilities :) :). It sure looked like bombay
were doomed to a horrible loss whenever you spoke. Here we were trying to
tell you not to underestimate Shastri or 'your' 'colts' in the bombay team.
Actually a better option for you will be to buy yourself a $2.99 crystal
gazing ball at any Target store. The ones at K-mart have gone out of style
and are way-out-dated!!  :) :) :)

Personally I think that it was a
*** on the part of the bombay cricket assoc. due to which they won
the Ranji Trophy this year! How else do you explain the selectors not sending
a class(ahem!)opener like shastri to replace Pkar? Why send VP when they did not
even use him? They should have sent Shastri and let shastri cool his heels in
NZ. I think the BCA paid a lot of people on the Indian board to *NOT* send
shastri to NZ. They were afraid that without Shastri bombay would not win and
hence I am insinuating that a LOT of money changed hands in this deal! How else
can one explain this very dubious win? I am afraid, all of sidi's reports
pointed to bombay NOT winning the Ranji this year! Suddenly a stroke of luck,
shastri is not selected to play for India in this series and all the other
*stars* are selected and sent packing to the camp. They slog their butts off
in the camp, when they could well have played the initial games. Their absence
left the playoffs 'starless'. I dare say that all those under-world
dons in vombay sure made this one hell of a *** by spending cash!!!

You must be wondering why I am lamenting this Bombay victory. No I am not. All
I am stating are the facts. If Kapil had played for Haryana, then do you think
bombay would have won? I am not so sure. Actually do you think that the final
would have been between Bengal and Bombay? I don't think so. Surely a lot
of interesting scenarios do present themselves here. Like, if Azhar *and* Raju
had played for hyderabad, then you will agree the results would have been
different for sure :). Maybe bombay would have been stronger(or weaker) with
the addition of Kambli, Sachin and Manjrekar. In that case Amol may not have
scored those 260 'gems', right sidi? Heck, maybe Hyderabad would have won it
all!!! :) :) :).

Giving this *** theory an added twist ( :) ), Isn't it possible that the
BCA paid the BCCI (not the bank :) ) to tour NZ at this crucial juncture in the
domestics? In the same deal they must have added the shastri part too! If only
shastri had gone to NZ, which he deserved to go, would I be lamenting today?

The Ranjis were always meant for 'ASPIRING_SCORING_MILLIONS_OF_RUNS_TO_GET_INTO_
_NATIONAL_RECKONING_ONLY_TO_GO_BACK_INTO_OBLIVION_SOONER_THAN_YOU_CAN_SAY_HI_TO_
_THEM kind of players, wasn't it? :-) :-) :-) :-)
Then how come Shastri was allowed to play for bombay??? How?????? :) :) :) :)
It was all the illegal money my friends, IMO :) :) :). All being pumped into
the coffers of the BCCI due to the proverbial 'foriegn-hand'. :) :)

I suggest that the honourable operators on IRC (#cricket) should appoint a
committe of 'impartial' 'unbiased', 'highly_jobless' individuals to look
into this matter and inform all of us as to what the outcome of the probe is.
If it is too hot to handle we can always archive it on cricinfo :) :) :) :).

All I can hope is that this 'probe' by our own RSCers and IRCers would help in
avoiding such unpleasant moments in the future. By these 'unpleasant moments' I
mean Bombay winning the Ranji Trophy this year!!! :) :)

Quote:

>FOW:
>Harsha Bhogle was the "invited commentator" today.
>He said the pitch was very bad and with Utpal having a great
>run with the ball, things are going to be "very difficult"
>for Bombay tomorrow. (*sob*)

These few lines have been left as an example, to show you how very pessimistic
Sadiq can get! This is indeed the height of pessimism!  :) :) :).

Quote:
>    I know Ive been expressing a slight tilt towards Bombay in these match
>reports ( it wasnt very noticable, was it ? :-) . But one must say, this has
>been a great game so far. The curator must be congratulated on the pitch
>preparation (Sudhir Naik, is it ?? ) - we need more pitches of this kind for
>our domestic cricket.

No no sidi, you have not been biased towards bombay at all. I for one think
that you were very biased towards the opposing teams! How else do you explain
the pessimism on your part :) :) :)???? How?????

Quote:
>prospect tomorrow. A match deserving of the final of the premier tournament in
>India. Selfishly, I just hope it has the right result from my point of view
>:-)

Yes, it was indeed an interesting game. Hopefully we can more of the same in the
future.
Selfishly?? Now, is that an understatement or what???? That should have been
'pessimistically, I just hope it has the right result from my pov" :) :).
Anyway, you just got yur wish fulfilled, and your rosary beads must have eroded
by now :) :) :)

Well, congrats to bombay and to sidi's awesome pessimism. Bombay may have
it this year without their stars (and also the stars being absent from the
other teams), but I would love to see the Board arranging these games such that
the 'TOP-11" from the teams can play! This way the best cricket can be played
and the paying public may actually come back to the gates!!!!
I hope that this does happen and the board won't try to fill it's coffers, which
by the way are already over-flowing from the money they received from the BCA
:) :) :), at the cost of the future of cricket in India!

Sidi, thanks a lot for the 'reasonably' unbiased input from time to time. But
for you, I do not think I would have followed this year's ranji so closely. Ok
ok you can take that as a compliment :) :) :) :).

Lastly, I think that Shastri deserves the praise for carrying a team full of
relative 'novices' to a dream year. Bahutule, Amol, Jatin etc.. all seem to
have done their careers a whole lot of good throughout these play-offs. Hope
to see some of them, if not all :) :), in the Indian team in about 10 years
time :) :) :) :).

Quote:
>            Sadiq [ getting out the rosary beads :-) ] Yusuf

BTW, if anybody is interested in 'ALL' the possible conspiracies that I have
thought up, or conjured up for those pseudo-oxfordians, please send me a self-
addressed stamped envelope. There are some 5000 pages that I written up, and
I am sure you will agree that it is impossible to post all of them here :)  :)

Peace all,
Mayank [ thinking about all other conspiracies possible ] Gour.

Quote:
>P.S. Mucho thanks to Anoop from IITB for the updates and the card.
>--

PS: Manuvir, how many smilies does that make? It should make me the 'worst'
, if you are a pessimist, or the 'best/most/ smiling' person - ALL TIME!! :) :)

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For those who don't, no explanation is possible."

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