Semi finalists decided for the Ranji Trophy 2014/2015
As the quarter finals ended today we saw some excellent cricket in the four quarter finals and some excellent individual performances in all matches.
Quarter finals 1: Assam vs. Karnataka
In this match Karnataka batsmen played some excellent cricket. In the first innings Robin Uthappa scored 153 to help Karnataka score a massive 452. What seemed to be one sided match after Assam was bowled out for 185 in the first innings ended in a tame draw. For best known reasons follow-on was not given and Karnataka batsman had merry batting practice. In the second innings Samarth scored 178 out of a total of 415/5 decl. While chasing a massive total Assam G Sharma scored 127 out of a total of 338/4. Karnataka got 3 points for the match on the basis of 1st innings lead only.
Quarter finals 2: Delhi vs. Mumbai
In this match Mumbai batted first and scored 156. In the first innings by Delhi, scored 166 only due to a fine piece of bowling by Shardul Thakuar who picked up 5 wickets for 54 runs to limit the lead to 10 runs. In the 2nd innings Mumbai’s Herdwadkar scored a brilliant 161 out of a total of 450. Delhi was bundled out for 236 in the second innings and Mumbai won the match by 204 runs.
Quarter finals 3: Tamil Nadu vs. Vidarbha
In this match only Vijay Shankar was highlight of the show scoring 111 runs in 1st innings. Murali Vijay scored (96) and Baba Inderjith to set up a huge score of 403. Vidarbaha scored only 259 runs in the first innings. In the second innings everybody contributed runs to set up a target of 411. Vidarbha survived outright defeat losing 8 wickets for 142 runs.
Quarter finals 4: Maharashtra vs. Andhra Pradesh
The match played at Lahli was the most exciting match of four quarter finals. After winning the toss Maharashtra elected to bat and was bowled out for 91. Siva Kumar picked 6 wickets for 41 runs. Andhra in their first innings were bowled out for 138. Sankelcha picked up 4 wickets. In the second innings Siva Kumar picked 6 wickets for 79 runs and also Kedar Jadhav scored a quick fire 81 to set up a challenging 177 runs. Andhra Pradesh was bowled out for 101 runs.
In the semi finals Mumbai will meet the champions Karnataka while Tamil Nadu will meet Maharashtra in the other semi finals from the 25th February 2015.
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