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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Extreme cricket

I promise -- no, I really do -- to never crib about those endless Ranji games where the number 11 batsman comes in and strokes a century at a run a ball on designer batting pitches. I mean, just what the heck is going on in our domestic cricket anyways?
Mumbai, with a fairly decent batting lineup, manages 175 against Maharashtra; the latter, in their turn, are tottering at 90 for six in 34 overs at the time of writing this.
Karnataka in its game against Gujarat; and Hyderabad against Baroda, also feature in the list of low-scoring games.
Bengal in its game against Railways; Tamil Nadu versus Delhi where Delhi, after being in a bit of strife, now recovering albeit slowly; and AP versus UP where the former has managed to take the first innings lead, redressing the balance somewhat.
Lots of interesting names featuring in these games; not least a seemingly rejuvenated Munaf Patel who seems to be firing on all cylinders of late, and the young hopeful Piyush Chawla, who managed 3/43 to take his first class wicket tally to 31 in six games in his debut first class season.

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