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
will go to the last eight of the coveted domestic tournament.
At present, Vidarbha are sitting on top of the
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
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
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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