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    In the Buchi Babu Tournament, New Zealand finished Day One at 319/7. Scores will roll in later tonight, or in the morning papers. The tournament doesn't have too much of the top domestic players, while the younger and less experienced Iqbal Abdulla took six wickets against Vidarbha.
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    Amol Mazumdar has shifted from Mumbai to Assam for this season. He took the decision after he was dropped from the Mumbai side late in their campaign, and then omitted from the Buchi Babu squad. He's 31 runs short of being the country's highest run-scorer in Ranji, behind Amarjit Kaypee.

    In Delhi, it's become an open slugfest. Sehwag's comments have split up the DDCA on the issue of nepotism, but he's now also got support from other star players, particularly Gambhir, Ishant Sharma and Nehra. All of them, it seems, wanted to quit Delhi over this issue, just to support their captain. This isn't a good thing. Delhi has good cricketing infrastructure, and on the field, they've been run reasonably well. If they had their star players playing all their matches, they'd be competing with Mumbai more often. Their apparent destinations, Haryana and Railways, don't have the infrastructure, personnel or skills, that are conducive for quality cricket.

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    Injury-list: Rohit Sharma was injured in the Buchi Babu tournament, and won't make it for the Corporate Cup in the first week of September. He's out for two weeks.

    More on the Sehwag vs DDCA clash- there may be some discussion happening here. Hopefully he'll stay, with the rest of the national players.

    What do you think is the solution? Sehwag and the players are miffed with the DDCA. I saw their officials on television, and their attitude (particularly that of Vinod Tihara) was enough for these players to consider leaving Delhi. Some of them said that Sehwag doesn't turn up for Delhi, so he shouldn't try to get involved. Vinod Tihara said, if he's unhappy with Delhi, he'll leave Delhi, but he can't run away from India if he's got a problem with the Indian selectors. In case they're with Railways, they can even get jobs there.

    On the other hand, the prospective teams for these players if they leave, are a lot worse. Railways have very old, obsolete, inefficient facilities. That's not good enough for champion cricketers. They've won the Ranji/ROD Trophy a few times, but have been relegated and have stayed in Plate for two seasons. Their base, the Karnail Singh Stadium, is pathetic, in every aspect. Plate teams such as Haryana and (recently promoted) Himachal, are even worse off. Haryana's association is badly run, and consequently, they haven't lasted more than two seasons in Ranji Elite, while we don't see star players staying on too long in Himachal- they may return to Delhi sooner than later. Delhi, it seems, have so much with them, but not using their resources properly.

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    Corporate Trophy is on now. I can't see anything as NEO is on the blink. Air India Red look like they'll be all over BSNL, with three internationals and two reserves.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun View Post
    Corporate Trophy is on now. I can't see anything as NEO is on the blink. Air India Red look like they'll be all over BSNL, with three internationals and two reserves.

    BSNL are 150/1 in 31 overs BTW, while fielding skipper Yuvraj has been spilling catches.

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    Interesting that Cricinfo is carrying live commentary, albeit on just the one game. Maybe some BCCI Rs.Rs.Rs at work. Or non-BCCI Rs.Rs.Rs. as it could be in this case...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jumbo View Post
    Interesting that Cricinfo is carrying live commentary, albeit on just the one game. Maybe some BCCI Rs.Rs.Rs at work. Or non-BCCI Rs.Rs.Rs. as it could be in this case...
    Only one match is shown live on TV and cricinfo do live commentary on matches covered live on tv. They can't go to grounds to cover it, usually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Chandan View Post
    Only one match is shown live on TV and cricinfo do live commentary on matches covered live on tv. They can't go to grounds to cover it, usually.
    Ah fair enough then.

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    BSNL posted 258, with Arindam being the only one going past 50, finishing with 85. Wicketkeeper (?) Varun Kumar scored 49, while Arindam's opening partner Mohapatra scored 42. There were other chunky contributions from four and five, but most of the runs came off Air India Red spinner Chavan. Yuvraj bowled four overs for 24, got no wicket. The wickets were shared between Netravalkar (I wonder how he bowled), Kulkarni and Moondeep Mungela, with two more coming from run-outs. They started rather slowly, but set the pace in the middle-overs.

    Air India Red opened with Naman Ojha and Robin Uthappa, and Ojha was out for no score in the first over by Joginder Singh, who scored 27 earlier. Before anything substantial could happen, rain interrupted- and stopped- the match. No more play. In the match in Mohali, there was not a ball bowled and the match was called off, due to- guess what- rain.

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    Yesterday, Tata Sports Club had an easy win against the All India Public Sector Sports Promotion Board (yes, long name, but no big names in the team), with Rohan Gavaskar and Ajit Agarkar doing the star turn. The bowling figures of that match appear strange. Elsewhere, another fishy rain rule (alternative to Duckworth-Lewis) helped Madras Rubber Factory win narrowly against the stronger BPCL. It seems BPCL played better, but the rain interruption brought about a revised target needed at a higher run-rate. These rules are confusing. The other matches were rained off.

    Match on- BSNL vs India Cements- again, India Cements look the stronger team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun View Post
    Amol Mazumdar has shifted from Mumbai to Assam for this season. He took the decision after he was dropped from the Mumbai side late in their campaign, and then omitted from the Buchi Babu squad. He's 31 runs short of being the country's highest run-scorer in Ranji, behind Amarjit Kaypee.

    In Delhi, it's become an open slugfest. Sehwag's comments have split up the DDCA on the issue of nepotism, but he's now also got support from other star players, particularly Gambhir, Ishant Sharma and Nehra. All of them, it seems, wanted to quit Delhi over this issue, just to support their captain. This isn't a good thing. Delhi has good cricketing infrastructure, and on the field, they've been run reasonably well. If they had their star players playing all their matches, they'd be competing with Mumbai more often. Their apparent destinations, Haryana and Railways, don't have the infrastructure, personnel or skills, that are conducive for quality cricket.
    Hope Amol gets the chance to break Kaypee's record
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingkallis View Post
    Hope Amol gets the chance to break Kaypee's record
    Yes, surely.

    By the way, do you get Neo Sports in your city? It seems nobody is getting the channel.

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    India Cements won their match rather easily. Their weak bowling still proved too much for the BSNL batting, which fell 25 runs short in a rain-affected match. This was one more match where the gap in quality (India Cements had Badrinath, Dravid, Balaji and Tyagi, while BSNL's best was Arindam Das and Mohapatra) showed in the match result.

    The match that should have got TV/Web coverage was between the star-studded ONGC and Madras Rubber Factory. Pinch-hitter Praveen Kumar set the pace with a rapid 27, while Gagan Khoda (remember him?) scored 105, with Gautam Gambhir (at three) and Virat Kohli scoring 50s each. Towards the end, Ajay Ratra scored 23 quick runs as ONGC smashed the weak MRF bowling for 329 for nine, with a valuable tail end contribution from Ishant Sharma. Interestingly, MRF's top bowler was PK Dharma, whose match figures read 8-0-75-5. The total was too much for MRF to chase, as they fell behind by 71 runs. The powerful bowling lineup had Munaf (three), Sarandeep (two), Mishra (two) and Ishant (two) sharing the wickets, but Praveen Kumar went for a few and didn't last the full ten overs- but the part-timers were even worse. This seemed a decent match, more interesting than the India Cements one.

    In the match played at Mohali, Bhuvanesh Kumar took a wicket and scored six, but there was nothing else to look forward to, where India Revenue defeated ITC by six runs. The fourth match at Dharmashala was, not surprisingly, rained out. Indian Oil, with some domestic stars of today, yesterday and some IPL extras, will have to wait to make their debut in the tournament.

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    Are we seeing double? Look at the India Cements scorecard for today's match and then look at their score in the previous match they played. Badrinath scores over 90 and Dravid, over 60. Even their strike rates (maybe not Dravid's) are similar. Air India Red did well to restrict them to under 250, but the lack of a proper fifth bowling option hampered them. It's a hot match but I can't watch it, as Neo is still gone.

    The Vishakapatnam match has been called off without a ball being bowled, for (now) obvious reasons other than weather. They can't have cricket played at this time.
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    Will be good to see how Sudeep Tyagi bowls.
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