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SPO-RANJI-GROUP A-PREVIEW


PTI mumbai India
Updated: 06-01-2019 13:18 IST

Current champions Vidarbha and

domestic giants Karnataka are in the running to make it to the

quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy.

With the last round league matches to be played from

Monday, the quarter-final line-up is yet to be decided.

From this year, five teams from combined A and B

Groups, two teams from Group C and one team from Plate group

will go to the last eight of the coveted domestic tournament.

At present, Vidarbha are sitting on top of the

combined A and B Groups' standings with 28 points, while

Karnataka are at the second spot with 27 points.

Gujarat and Saurashtra are at the third and fourth

place respectively with 26 points each while Madhya Pradesh,

from Group B, are at the fifth position with 24 points.

Baroda, sitting at the ninth spot, would be aiming for

an outright win against Karnataka at Vadodara, to keep their

chances alive of making it to the quarter-finals.

If Karnataka post a win against Baroda, then their

passage to the quarters will be easy.

The same thing will apply to Vidarbha when they clash

with Saurashtra, at Rajkot.

Both the teams will go full throttle and aim for a win

as a victory will boost their chances of making it to the last

eight.

But, it also depends on results of Group B matches.

Vidarbha will be bolstered after having defeated 41-

time Ranji champions Mumbai by an innings in their last game

at Nagpur and knocking out the latter from the quarter-finals

reckoning.

With veteran Wasim Jaffer scoring with consistency and

spinners Akshay Wakhare and Aditya Sarvate in full form,

Vidarbha look favourites to tame Saurashtra.

Meanwhile, the remaining two matches of the Elite A

Group - Mumbai versus Chhattisgarh to be played here at the

Wankhede Stadium and Railways versus Maharashtra at the

Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi - are inconsequential.

All these teams are lying well below in the combined A

and B Group standings and are already out of the reckoning to

enter the last eight stage.

Mumbai will also be looking to put a spirited show to

avoid relegation to Group C.

This has been a disastrous season for Mumbai as they

have failed to register a single outright win. Their batsman

have been out of form and bowlers have also not been able to

recreate the magic.

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