Ranji Trophy Knock out matches – Karnataka and Punjab Quarter Finals – Statistical highlights

Ranji Trophy Knock out matches – Karnataka and Punjab Quarter Finals – Statistical highlights

We are pleased to bring another master piece from Indian domestic Champion Cricket Statistician Sri C Keshava Murthy on Karnataka and Punjab Quarter Finals played at Mysore during the last week. He pens that Sunil Joshi of Karnataka became the third highest wicket taker in Ranji Trophy while Pankaj Dharmani of Punjab became the fifth highest run getter in Ranji Trophy. Read on……

This was Karnataka’s 355th match and Punjab’s 250th match. Results at the end of this match:

Teams Played Won Lost Drawn
Karnataka 355 161 55 139
Punjab 250 89 34 127

Head to Head count between Karnataka and Punjab read thus : Played- 5; Won by Karnataka – 3, Drawn- 2

Punjab, playing in 250th match, managed to clinch a draw, and failed to open a win account against Karnataka – despite playing in 5 matches.

Punjab registered its highest total against Karnataka by scoring 367-6 decl in its second innings, surpassing the previous best of 332 at Mohali in 1994/95.

Manish Pandey became the second Karnataka batsman after VS Thilak Naidu (125 at Bangalore in 1981/82) to score a century against Punjab when he scored 115 in this game.

Manish Pandey scored his third century of the season when he made 115 in this game. His other two hundreds are – 194 against UP at Meerut and 110 vs Baroda at Vadodara. He has now scored 668 runs from seven matches at 66.80 and stands third in the top run getters during 2009/10. Only Ajinkya Rahane of Mumbai (761 in 7 matches) and Parthiv Patel of Gujarat (727 in 7 matches) are ahead of him.

KB Pawan who had an aggregate of 486 runs prior to this match, completed 500 runs during this season. He is the second Karnataka batsman to aggregate 500 plus after Manish Pandey {668}.

Pawan became the 23rd Karnataka batsman to score 500 or more runs in a season. Pawan’s feat provides the 46th occasion of a Karnataka player performing such a feat. Pawan became the 20th player to aggregate 500 or more runs in this season

U Kaul of Punjab (582 in 8 matches) also completed 500 runs during this season when he scored four during his second innings knock of 86. He became the first Punjab player to accomplish this feat. U Kaul had also the distinction of crossing the milestone of 2000 runs in the Ranji Trophy career when he was on 56 during his second innings score of 86. He has now aggregated 2030 runs in his 30th match.

With his 68 and 86 in this match, Kaul became the 45th batsman to register half centuries in both innings of a match against Karnataka.

RV Uthappa who scored 91 of 118 balls, registered his second ninety in his Ranji career – the first occasion was against Maharashtra at Bangalore in 2005/06 when he scored 96.

Uthappa’s 91 in this game was his 21st fifty in his 40th match with a highest of 162 against MP at Bangalore in 2004/05.

Vinaykumar scored 51 not out in 94 balls which is his maiden half century in Ranji Trophy. He had scored 48 twice in earlier – against Haryana at Mysore in 2006/07 and against Saurashtra at Mumbai in 2008/09. This was his 42nd match.

Sunil Joshi by taking five wickets in this match became the third highest wicket taker in Ranji Trophy. At the end of this game he has an aggregate of 444 wickets in 107 matches. Only R Goel (637) and S Venkataraghavan (530) have taken more wickets than Sunil Joshi in Ranji Trophy

During the course of his first innings knock of 29, Pankaj Dharmani surpassed Ashok Malhotra’s run aggregate of 7274 runs to become the fifth highest run getter in Ranji Trophy. At the end of this game Pankaj Dharmani has an aggregate of 7298 runs.

Amol Muzumdar of Bombay (7929), Amarjit Kaypee of Haryana (7623), Ajay Sharma of Delhi (7438) and Jacob Martin of Baroda (7329) are the four batsmen who have scored more than Pankaj Dharmani.

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