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    Mumbai are all out for 400. Fifties and above have come from Rahane (over hundred), Agarkar and Powar, with a contribution from Abdulla as well. Wickets were hard to come for Haryana, and the surprise package has been Sachin Rana, with four. Even the much-fancied Amit Mishra has got just two. Haryana's chase has begun badly, like Mumbai's, and they're at 11/2.

    Tamil Nadu were finally all out for 463, with contributions later from Ganapathy and Balaji. Aniruddha, a.k.a. Srikkanth Jr, scored a very fast century in the middle order. Delhi's best bwoler has been Vikas Mishra, with five for 115. Delhi are off to a bad start, losing both Chopra and Dhawan, and are at 37/2.

    Karnataka are at 252/6, chasing Punjab's 300. Robin Uthappa fell nine short of a century, while Manish Pandey is still unbeaten on 74. Both have scored at a very rapid rate. The six wickets have been shared between the four bowlers and Taruwar Kohli.

    UP have Assam on the mat at 100/6. Wickets are shared by all but Bhuvan Kumar. RP Singh's FC average has gone above 30 now.
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    Karnataka vs Punjab - Report from Day 1 and Day 2. Other matches - combined report for Day 1 and Day 2.

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    Karnataka have the lead and Vinay Kumar, his 50. He should be in the running for a place in the ODI and T20I teams now.

    Here's a report of TN vs Delhi and also Mumbai vs Haryana on The Hindu from Chennai. They've also got some comments and quotes from the ground.

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    Karnataka, TN, Mumbai and UP making the semis is looking more certain now. Delhi seems to have no chance, and are the ones most likely to turn the draw around, if they don't lose any more wickets. Haryana's as good as out of it- Mumbai are all over them. Assam can spring a surprise, but given their batting collapse earlier, it's unlikely. Karnataka have it tight, and will get ahead unless their batting collapses.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun View Post
    Karnataka, TN, Mumbai and UP making the semis is looking more certain now. Delhi seems to have no chance, and are the ones most likely to turn the draw around, if they don't lose any more wickets. Haryana's as good as out of it- Mumbai are all over them. Assam can spring a surprise, but given their batting collapse earlier, it's unlikely. Karnataka have it tight, and will get ahead unless their batting collapses.
    Delhi 219/3 has still a chance i guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Alex View Post
    Delhi 219/3 has still a chance i guess
    They pulled it off. Good call!

    Hundred by Chabra, nearly there by Rajat Bhatia and over 70 by Punit Bhisht, Aditya Jain and Mithun Manhas. Wickets were few and far between for TN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun View Post
    They pulled it off. Good call!

    Hundred by Chabra, nearly there by Rajat Bhatia and over 70 by Punit Bhisht, Aditya Jain and Mithun Manhas. Wickets were few and far between for TN.
    pretty gutted to see one of the best teams in the league stage go out like this, but that is what pressure and knock out games are all about.. TN could not handle the big moment..
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    All four Quarter Finals end in draws - there is something wrong here. In India, with the majority of the tracks being flat and/or slow, they should look to play five day cricket. If it were a five day fixture, Asaam would have been beaten, or pulled off an unlikely victory, Mumbai could have launched a victory charge, and declarations may have brought Karnataka and Punjab to a result.

    Looking forward toward the semi finals...

    Mumbai Vs Delhi should be a win for Mumbai, their bowling and batting just seems stronger than Delhi's. Agarkar's fine form with the bat allows Mumbai to play five bowlers, and this tends to work in their advantage, since while the pace bowlers have not been too good, the two or three spinners played seem to always do well. Without Ishant, Nehra, Gambhir, Sehwag and Kohli, Delhi look weak, as would most teams when missing their top five players.

    Prediction: Mumbai on first innings lead

    Karnataka Vs Uttar Pradesh looks like a very good contest. Two teams with the strongest bowling line ups in the country go head to head - I just hope that it is not a flat track. UP's problem has been finding the right combination of bowlers, when international players become available. The less fancied Srivastava and Gupta are among the top bowlers whereas Tyagi's few games have often been poor, and RP has been underpar all year - we'll see what team they go in with. Karnataka's strength lies in R Vinay Kumar and A Mithun who have taken wickets all year, S Aravind who has done well as the third seamer and Sunil Joshi, who is, as always, awesome.

    Prediction: Karnataka outright
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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani View Post
    pretty gutted to see one of the best teams in the league stage go out like this, but that is what pressure and knock out games are all about.. TN could not handle the big moment..
    TN were surely the better team, with better players and better balance, but their bowling let them down once again on a flat deck. A bit surprising, when their bowling was at least reasonably better than Delhi's, and their batting, significantly better.

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    Karnataka may have it easy, with their stronger batting lineup, but they're a bowler short. UP's batting looks a little flimsy, man for man, but they're capable of collectively putting up a massive score- they can be knocked over cheaply.

    Mumbai have it a lot tougher against a team that equalled a first-innings total over 450. Their own bowling hasn't been particularly impressive, bar Iqbal Abdulla, less so Kulkarni and Harmeet Singh. Both teams are very evenly matched, and the encounter can go either way. Delhi have a point to prove, with a whole lot of bad press about their team's parent association going around.

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    Mumbai are at 121/3, with a strange batting selection- they only have four specialist batsmen, with Abhishek Nayar at five, Agarkar at six, Powar at seven and Abdulla at eight. That looks a little fragile, though Agarkar, Powar and Abdulla have touched sixty each this season. Ironically, it's been a role reversal for Agarkar and Powar, both of whom have struggled with the ball this season, so the more bowlers to pick, the merrier. Delhi had a good start with Ishant bowling tightly and taking two.

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    Mumbai reached 329/4 at the end of the day, with the explosive Nayar reaching 111* by close. Nayar is an annoying cricketer, as he is prone to strong innings against good attacks and is never far away from a good haul with the ball, coming on at first or second change, but certainly lacks consistency. Ishant took the valuable wickets of Jaffer and Rahane, ending with 2/48, but would surely be looking for more wickets, as he looks to retain his spot in the Test team. Agarkar reached 57* at close, continuing his strong form with the bat. Notable omission is Dhawal Kulkarni, who I can only speculate is injured, unless spectacularly dropped after a quiet year, this year, to follow his remarkable debut season.

    Karnataka are 255/4 at close in a game which is a clash of very strong bowling line ups. Shivastava has been edged out of the team, by virtue of not having played for India and therefore being considered an inferior bowler to Praveen Kumar and RP Singh, despite having outperformed both, this year. Pandey the star with 66 and Dravid has dug in for the long haul with 37* off 115 deliveries.

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    Observations from television coverage-
    • Sangwan kept overstepping and lost his line and length often.
    • Awana struggled against left-handers.
    • Ishant was the only good bowler on show and was largely over 132k, while the others struggled with pace.
    • The spinner bowled well, but Nayar got stuck into him.
    • Nayar was largely aggressive, but took one risk too many, missed the ball a few times and edged to slip, only to be parried away.
    • They bowled a very good spell early, and Ishant in particular used the new ball well.
    • Agarkar's innings was noteworthy, but because it was very scratchy and error-prone.

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    Oh, it was televised, any chance of recording the highlights and sending them to me, would greatly appreciate it.

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    Seems like Nagpur will be hosting one of the test match against SA. In the last 2 months we have had 2 ODI's and 1 T20 at Nagpur. How many more will be hosted there? I still remember the poor crowds at Nagpur for the India Australia tests. Really sucks.

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