Ranji Trophy: Teams for quarter-finals, schedule confirmed; Champions Karnataka knocked out

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Bengaluru, Dec 5: Defending champions Karnataka were knocked out of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 season after their 53-run loss to Maharashtra yesterday (December 4).

R Vinay Kumar-led Karnataka had won 2 titles in a row but their dream of completing a hat-trick was shattered by Maharashtra. This also put a halt to their 34-match unbeaten streak in the tournament over 2 seasons.

8 teams will now battle it out for this sliverware

Karnataka finished the league at 5th position in Group A. Vidarbha (29 points) topped followed by Bengal (28) and Assam (26), who all qualified for the quarter-finals.

In Group B, giants of Ranji Trophy, Mumbai progressed to last-eight stage by finishing as number one with 35 points. Punjab (26) and Madhya Pradesh (24) were the other 2 who went into the knockouts.

In Group C, only 2 teams earn qualification. Saurashtra (36) and Jharkhand (31) made the cut.


Ranji Trophy knockouts' schedule

Teams for quarter-finals (Who plays who to be confirmed)

  • Group A: Vidarbha, Bengal, Assam
  • Group B: Mumbai, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh
  • Group C: Saurashtra, Jharkhand

Schedule

  • All 4 quarterfinals - February 3 to 7, 2016
  • 2 semi-finals - February 13 to 17
  • Final - February 24 to 28

Standings after league phase (Top 3 from Group A, B and 2 from C qualify for quarter-finals)

Group A

  • 1. Vidarbha (29 points) - Qualified
  • 2. Bengal (28) - Q
  • 3. Assam (26) - Q
  • 4. Delhi (25)
  • 5. Karnataka (24)
  • 6. Rajasthan (17)
  • 7. Maharashtra (17)
  • 8. Odisha (12)
  • 9. Haryana (6)

File photo: Karnataka players pose with the Ranji Trophy after winning last season

Group B

  • 1. Mumbai (35) -Q
  • 2. Punjab (26) - Q
  • 3. Madhya Pradesh (24) - Q
  • 4. Gujarat (24)
  • 5. Uttar Pradesh (21)
  • 6. Tamil Nadu (18)
  • 7. Baroda (17)
  • 8. Railways (12)
  • 9. Andhra (10)

Group C

  • 1. Saurashtra (36) - Q
  • 2. Jharkhand (31) - Q
  • 3. Himachal Pradesh (30)
  • 4. Services (27)
  • 5. Kerala (25)
  • 6. Goa (18)
  • 7. Jammu and Kashmir (9)
  • 8. Hyderabad (8)
  • 9. Tripura (3)

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