The semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy, the most prestigious first-class competition in domestic cricket, took place on Sunday (February 12). In the first semi-final, Bengal defeated defending champions Madhya Pradesh by 306 runs to reach the final. Meanwhile, Saurashtra defeated Mayank Agarwal-led Karnataka by four wickets to reach the final for the fifth time in the last ten years.
Into the finals! 👏🏻👏🏻
— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) February 12, 2023
Hosts Madhya Pradesh had a tough time in the first semi-final match at Indore. However, the Bengal team led by the experienced Manoj Tiwari dominated them. Bengal posted 438 runs in their first innings on the strength of Sudeep Gharami and Anastup Mujumdar’s centuries. In reply to these runs, the Madhya Pradesh team was bowled out for just 170 runs. Akashdeep was the best for Bengal with five wickets. After a big lead in the first innings, Bengal scored 279 runs in the second innings as well. Chasing 547 for victory, Madhya Pradesh’s innings ended on 241 runs. With this victory, Bengal again secured a place in the finals after two years.
In the second semi-final in Bangalore, Saurashtra beat hosts Karnataka to reach the final for the fifth time in ten years. Karnataka scored 407 runs in the first innings on the strength of skipper Mayank Agarwal’s 249 runs. In reply, veteran Sheldon Jackson scored 160 for Saurashtra and captain Arpit Vasavada scored 527 runs with a double century. Karnataka scored 234 in the second innings after Nikin Jose’s century. However, Saurashtra then completed the challenge of 117 runs for victory with the loss of six wickets.
(Saurashtra And Bengal Entered In Ranji Trophy 2022-2023 Finals)
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