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Ranji Trophy: Saurashtra nose ahead of Mumbai in tight contest | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: It’s on a razor’s edge, this Elite Group B Ranji Trophy match between Mumbai and Saurashtra at the MCA’s ground in BKC. At the halfway stage of this intriguing contest, it’s difficult to predict the winner. After 26 wickets fell on the first two days — 14 on Day 2 itself — on a minefield of a pitch where the ball is turning square, this match could end up with any team on Day 3. Starting the day on 36 for 2, Mumbai saw their big guns Suryakumar Yadav (95, 107b, 14x4, 1x6) and Sarfaraz Khan (75, 121b, 7x4, 1x6) come to the party, but with Saurashtra’s spinners Dharmendrasingh Jadeja (4-70) and Yuvrajsinh Dodiya (4-43) firing away regularly, the hosts folded up for 230.Saurashtra’s joy of taking a 59-run first innings lead was, however, shortlived as they collapsed to 77 for 6 in ...
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How Assam cricket warmed up for a dream run | Cricket News – Times of India

Assam cricket has been the talk of India’s domestic cricket circles for the last couple of months. However, Assam’s semifinal finish in 2022 Vijay Hazare Trophy, which concluded earlier this month, is not their best performance in the domestic one-day tournament. Their best finish in the meet came about a decade ago, when Assam were beaten in the 2012-13 season final by domestic heavyweights Delhi in the coastal city of Vishakhapatnam. Interestingly, that was Delhi’s maiden Vijay Hazare Trophy crown.Then what’s the reason behind Assam grabbing a lot of eyeballs these days? They have beaten teams like Karnataka, Delhi and Vidarbha, among others, en route the Vijay Hazare semis, and Maharashtra narrowly beat them by 12 runs in the semifinals. In the ongoing Ranji Trophy, they opened with ...
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Saurashtra add Vijay Hazare Trophy to their cabinet | Cricket News – Times of India

Ruturaj Gaikwad scored his third consecutive hundred in the Vijay Hazare Trophy knockouts, but didn’t put in a dive to not get run-out. On the other hand, Sheldon Jackson (133 not out) dived while taking on the fielder for a quick single. That stretch from one and inability from the other made all the difference to the result. In a game of thin margins, Saurashtra held their nerve to beat Maharashtra and pocket the Vijay Hazare Trophy for the second time in Ahmedabad on Friday. The margin of win –- chasing 248 –- was by five wickets with 3.3 overs to spare. But it was much closer than that. Maharashtra were playing their first Hazare final and skipper Ruturaj said the loss of toss made it a 30:70 game for them. They had to come up with a flawless performance but fell short as the lack o...
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Watch: 7 sixes in an over! Ruturaj Gaikwad makes cricket history | Cricket News – Times of India

Think Ruturaj Gaikwad and you will think of an attacking batter, who became a household name while playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Now, the Maharashtra batter has become the first in white-ball cricketing history to hit seven sixes in an over. The feat also equalled the List A world record of 43 runs in an over, during the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-final between Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh at the Narendra Modi Stadium B Ground in Ahmedabad. Finishing on a mammoth score of 220 not out off 159 balls, including a jaw-dropping 16 sixes, along with 10 fours, Gaikwad hit a hapless Shiva Singh for 6-6-6(no-ball)-6-6-6-6 in the over. 6⃣,6⃣,6⃣,6⃣,6⃣nb,6⃣,6⃣ Ruturaj Gaikwad smashes 4⃣3⃣ runs in one over! 🔥🔥Follow the match ▶️… https://t.co/g0W1L9VQyw— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomes...
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Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy: Delhi cleaned up for 99 as Uttar Pradesh back to winning ways | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: Former India U-19 pacer Shivam Mavi grabbed 4/14 as Delhi hit a low, getting all-out for 99, and Uttar Pradesh were back to winning ways with a eight-wicket victory in a Group B match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament here on Friday. It was a contrasting performance from both sides as UP lifted their game after a humiliating defeat at the hands of minnows Tripura while Delhi had out-batted Punjab, courtesy Nitish Rana's 55-ball-100. Skipper Rana top scored on the day for Delhi with 45 off 39 balls but the next best contribution was 11 off 18 deliveries by Yash Dhull. As many as eight players were dismissed for single digit scores with young Shiva Singh grabbing 2/25 while Mavi cleaned up the lower middle-order with a delivery left to end the innings. In reply, UP took their...
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Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy: Cheteshwar Pujara scores 35-ball 62 as Saurashtra crush Nagaland by 97 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

INDORE: Samarth Vyas hit a breezy 97 while Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara struck a 35-ball 62 as Saurashtra crushed minnows Nagaland by 97 runs in a Group D match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy here on Friday. Sent in to bat, Vyas and Pujara shared quick 124 runs for the second wicket to lay the foundation for Saurashtra's total of 203 for 5. While Vyas decorated his innings with seven boundaries and as many sixes, Pujara struck nine fours and had two hits over the fence. Akash Singh (2/30) and Imliwati Lemtur (2/30) shared four wickets between them for Nagaland. Nagaland were never in the hunt in their chase as they lost wickets at regular intervals to be reduced to 39 for 4 in 9.3 overs. Wicket-keeper batter Chetan Bist (33) and Rongsen Jonathan (22) added 52 runs for the fifth...
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Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy: Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Chandigarh register easy wins | Cricket News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Fancied Tamil Nadu crushed Sikkim by nine wickets in their Group E Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match here on Friday. Batting first, Sikkim were all out for 79, and in response, Bengal completed the formalities with more than 10 overs to spare at the Ekana Cricket Stadium B. TN's decision to field first after winning the toss worked well as they got wickets at regular intervals. Left-arm spinner Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore was the most successful bowler for Tamil Nadu, finishing with excellent figures of 3/7 in his full quota of four overs. There were two wickets apiece for Sanjay Yadav and Manimaran Siddharth. Only three Sikkim batters -- opener Pankaj Kumar Rawat (22), Ankur Malik (17) and Anwesh Sharma (11) -- managed to reach double figures in a forgettable outing. Opener Narayan...
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Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Manjrekar, Agarkar can’t vote in Mumbai Cricket elections as they don’t have voter ids and e-voting wasn’t allowed

SACHIN Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Ajit Agarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Wasim Jaffer, Vinod Kambli, Avishkar Salvi, and Paras Mhambrey won’t be allowed to vote in the Mumbai Cricket Association upcoming election on October 18. The reason? They didn’t submit their voter’s identity card and register before the election. Sandeep Patil, who is contesting for MCA president’s post, had requested to allow e-voting for MCA election but it was turned down. Gavaskar, Manjrekar, and Agarkar are expected to be on the commentary panel for the upcoming T20 World Cup to be held in Australia. While Mhambrey is India’s bowling coach, Salvi and Jaffer are away on coaching assignments. Sandeep Patil will take on Amol Kale, a sitting vice-president of MCA and a candidate backed by Sharad Pawar-Ashish Shelar grou...
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PCA president Gulzar Singh resigns after Harbhajan Singh accused him of corruption

Days after former Indian player and Rajya Sabha MP  Harbhajan Singh accused the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) president Gulzar Inder Singh Chahal of corruption, including trying to “unlawfully” induct 150 members with voting rights in the association, Chahal resigned on Thursday evening. “I have resigned from the post of PCA president from immediate effect due to personal reasons,” Chahal confirmed to The Indian Express. Chahal was also facing heat over the appointment of his personal auditor for PCA, and a complaint was filed with the ethics officer and ombudsman Inderjit Singh, but  he refused to address the issue. “Since I have resigned, this issue does not arise now,” Chahal said. Chahal, a former Indian junior player, and his team was chosen earlier this year after the then PCA...
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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Defending champions Tamil Nadu register first win, defeat Odisha by five wickets | Cricket News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Defending champions Tamil Nadu outplayed Odisha by five wickets in a group E fixture of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, here on Wednesday. Skipper Baba Aparajith (63 not out) played the role of sheet anchor to perfection, notching up an unbeaten 63-run knock after Tamil Nadu bowlers, led by T Natarajan, restricted Odisha to below 150. Opting to bat, Odisha rode on half-centuries by Subhranshu Senapati (65) and Anshy Rath (51) to post 141/3. In reply, Tamil Nadu got off to a strong start despite Gujarat Titans player Sai Sudershan's (14) dismissal in the fourth over. CSK opener N Jagadeesan (35) slammed three boundaries and a six and added 48 runs with Aparajith. But the Odisha bowlers did well to stage a comeback as they picked up a flurry of wickets to rattle to defending...
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Shaw makes short work of Mizoram

Dashing opener Prithvi Shaw’s blazing blade decimated Mizoram as Mumbai started their campaign in style with a nine wicket victory in the opening group A league match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy . After Mizoram were restricted at 98 for 8 in 20 overs, Mumbai racked up the required runs in just 10.3 overs with Shaw remaining unbeaten on 55 off 34 balls. He and Aman Hakim Khan (39 not out off 22 balls) added 91 runs in just 8.4 overs to finish off the match in a jiffy. When Mizoram batted, Shreevats Goswami (31) was the only significant scorer but the seasoned Mumbai attack led by Dhawal Kulkarni kept the minnows under check. Dhawal and spin twins Shams Mulani and Tanush Kotian got a couple of wickets apiece. When Mumbai started the chase, skipper Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed cheap...
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Ishant Sharma enjoying additional responsibility: Delhi head coach ahead of new season

India veteran Ishant Sharma is putting the hard yards in the nets and has wholeheartedly committed to the extra responsibility of mentoring the Delhi pacers in the Syed Musthaq Ali T20 Trophy beginning on Tuesday, team’s new head coach Abhay Sharma said on Monday. A stalwart of 105 Tests, the 34-year-old will be probably making one last attempt for an India comeback when the domestic season gets underway for the Delhi team with their T20 opener against Manipur in Jaipur on Tuesday. The build up to the new season has not been ideal for Delhi who appointed former India U-19 and India A coach Sharma as head coach only 10 days ago. The squad for the premier T20 domestic event was announced on October 5 with IPL star Nitish Rana replacing Pradeep Sangwan as captain after a forgettable season...
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Rest of India beat Saurashtra by eight wickets to win Irani Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India

RAJKOT: Kuldeep Sen blew away the last two batters with scorching pace and steep bounce to finish with a match haul of eight wickets as Rest of India won their 29th Irani Trophy with a walk-in-the-park eight-wicket victory over Saurashtra here on Tuesday. While Saurashtra gave a much better account of themselves in the second innings but a total of 380 meant Rest needed only 105 runs with almost two days of play left. They knocked off the runs in little over a session and half with Abhimanyu Easwaran remaining unbeaten on 63 while adding 81 match winning runs for the unbroken third wicket stand with keeper Kona Bharat (27 not out). Winners Are Grinners! ☺️ 🙌Rest of India beat the spirited Saurashtra side to win the #IraniCup. 👏 👏 #SAUvROI |… https://t.co/9Mwbro0eN5— BCCI Domestic (@BCCI...
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No big names in fray, two-way fight between Sarandeep and Abhay for chief coach’s post

With only a couple of weeks left for the start of inter-state tournaments, the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) is on its way to becoming one of the last state units to name a head coach for its senior team. Such has been the dearth of quality applications that the state body will have to choose between former India off-spinner Sarandeep Singh and ex-India women’s team fielding coach Abhay Sharma. It is understood that apart from these two, some even more un-fancied names have made it to the final short-list. “Look, DDCA invited applications for the post of chief coach and that is absolutely fine. But if you want big names with proven track record, then you can’t just sit back and expect them to apply. You (DDCA brass) need to approach them, make an offer they can’t refu...
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Not afraid of failures now: Kuldeep Yadav

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav said he didn’t know how to cope when he lost his place in the Indian team but is not afraid of failures anymore after reaping dividends for changing his rhythm following a prolonged injury lay-off. The 27-year-old from Uttar Pradesh picked up a four-wicket haul, including a hat-trick to star in the win for India ‘A’ against New Zealand ‘A’ in the second unofficial ODI here on Sunday. “I did not know how to cope with not getting enough game time. After the injury layoff of 4 months, I realized that I need to bowl quicker and began working on it. I am not afraid of failures now,” said Yadav after the match. Yadav, who has featured in 7 Tests, 69 ODIs and 25 T20Is, formed a part of the famous ‘KulCha’ along with leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal but he has b...
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Duleep Trophy Final: West Zone have one hand on trophy

West Zone closed in on a memorable come-from-behind victory as they took out the South Zone top and middle-order after setting them an improbable victory target of 529 in the Duleep Trophy final . Reeling at 156 for six at stumps on the fourth and penultimate day, South Zone were staring at a heavy defeat as they trailed by 375 runs. West Zone put up a mammoth 585 for four in their second innings after conceding a 57-run first-innings lead to their opponents. Prolific run-scorer Sarfaraz Khan recorded a fine, unbeaten century (127 off 178 balls) to continue West’s charge after overnight double centurion Yashavi Jaiswal was dismissed for 265 at the SNR College Cricket Ground. At the end of third day’s play, West Zone were 376 for three and Jaiswal was batting on 209 off 244 balls. Jaiswa...
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Duleep Trophy Final: Rahane, Shreyas fail as West Zone manage 250/8 vs South on day 1

West Zone’s sought-after batting stars, including former India captain Ajinkya Rahane and KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer, flattered to deceive as South Zone restricted them to 250 for 8 on the opening day of the Duleep Trophy final. It was young Gujarat wicketkeeper Het Patel (96 batting) and his 83-run stand for the ninth wicket with Saurashtra veteran Jaydev Unadkat (39 batting) that helped West recover from a precarious 167 for 8 to a safer 250/8 by the end of 90 overs. But, much was expected of an incredibly strong West’s batting line-up that boasts of Rahane (8), Iyer (37), Sarfaraz Khan (34), Yashasvi Jaiswal (1) and current India A captain Priyank Panchal (7). For South Zone, pacers Basil Thampi (2/42 in 15 overs) and CV Stephen (2/39 in 10 overs) blew away the West top-order within fi...
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Duleep Trophy: Mandeep Singh appointed North Zone captain, Manoj Tiwary to lead East

Punjab’s hard-hitting top-order batter Mandeep Singh was on Thursday appointed captain of the North Zone squad for the upcoming Duleep Trophy. The tournament is scheduled to be played in Tamil Nadu from September 8-25. Experienced Delhi batter Dhruv Shorey will be Mandeep’s deputy in the premier zonal event. Bengal’s seasoned run-machine Manoj Tiwary will lead the East Zone team, and he will be assisted by Jharkhand’s Virat Singh. Meanwhile, veteran India pacer Ishant Sharma has made himself available for the Ranji Trophy. Among others, the North Zone side also comprises India pacer Navdeep Saini, Punjab seamer Siddharth Kaul and India U-19 World Cup-winning captain Yash Dhull of Delhi. North Zone squad: Yash Dhull (Delhi), Dhruv Shorey (vice-captain, Delhi), Manan Vohra (Uttarakhand),...
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Ajinkya Rahane to lead West Zone in Duleep Trophy

Having missed the Ranji Trophy knockouts in June, Ajinkya Rahane will be looking forward to showcase his hunger for runs as he captains the West Zone squad for the Duleep Trophy Having missed the Ranji Trophy knockouts in June, Ajinkya Rahane will be looking forward to showcase his hunger for runs as he captains the West Zone squad for the Duleep Trophy Ajinkya Rahane is set to take the field in a competitive match after more than three months as the captain of the West Zone squad for the Duleep Trophy, to be played in Chennai next month.Ever since injuring his hamstring in May during the Indian Premier League, Rahane has been out of action. Having missed the Ranji Trophy knockouts in June, Rahane will be looking forward to showcase his hunger for runs.Rahane is one of the eight play...
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Cricketer booked for forging documents to get into Tripura team | Cricket News – Times of India

AGARTALA: A case was filed against a cricketer from West Bengal who allegedly forged documents to get into the Tripura under-19 team, police said on Sunday. The cricketer, a resident of Barrackpore town in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, allegedly forged documents such as Permanent Resident of Tripura Certificate (PRTC) and Ration Card to play for Tripura, they said. His name was recommended to the Tripura Cricket Association (TCA) for the U-19 trials by the Bishalgarh Cricket Association of Sepahijala district, police said. His name featured in the under-19 contingent declared by the TCA on July 11. On Saturday night, TCA in-charge secretary Kishore Das lodged a police complaint against the cricketer, based on which the case was registered. It was found that the cricketer ear...