U-19 sensation Ravi Kumar set to be part of Bengal Ranji squad, Saha likely to play first two games
New Delhi, Feb 3 (Cricket News) Bengal's team management is very keen on fast-tracking U-19 India pacer Ravi Kumar in the upcoming Ranji Trophy where the team starts its campaign from February 16 in Cuttack.
It is understood that veteran keeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha will be available for at least opening game if not the first two of the Ranji Trophy before he joins the India team's bio-bubble in Mohali for the first Test, scheduled tentatively on March 4.
Bengal has been clubbed alongside Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Baroda in Elite Group B and the team will leave for Cuttack on February 10 along with two U-19 World Cuppers -- Ravi and left-handed batter-keeper Abhishek Porel.
In fact former India opener and current Bengal U-19 head coach Devang Gandhi welcomed the idea if the senior state selectors and team management decide upon including Ravi in the senior squad.
"Nothing gives any coach more satisfaction than seeing their wards make it to the elite level. That's what as coaches we aspire for -- to guide the talented boys in rght direction.
"No one would be more happier than me if both Ravi and Abhishek Porel, (who is also in the West Indies as stand-by) make it to Ranji squad," Devang told PTI, having already guided the junior team to Cooch Behar Trophy quarter-finals.
While the BCCI is yet to announce the dates of the U-19 national quarters, Gandhi is of the opinion that as much he would love to have them in junior team, the aim is to see them gear up for the tougher challenges ahead.
"I would love to have them quarter-finals as and when they are held. But for their own growth and betterment, they should quickly progress to the next level. "For Ravi I can say, that he is a very hard working boy and in years, you will see him add a few yards of pace with his natural ability to swing it back in," Devang said.
While talking to sources close to the senior team management, one got the feeling that both Ravi and Porel will make it to the main squad if not playing XI.
Being a left-arm seamer and getting the ball to dart in helps Ravi to add variety to any bowling attack.
"Yes, there is a bright possibility that Ravi after his performances in the U-19 World Cup will be included in the Bengal senior team. We need to groom them and catch them young.
"With BCCI not scheduling any U-25 tourney (Bengal A) as of now, Ravi needs to be nurtured with care. Obviously, it's a selector's call but both head coach Arun Lal and coach Saurasish Lahiri are keeping a close watch on Ravi.
"Even if he doesn't make it to first XI in presence of Akash Deep, Ishan Porel and Mukesh Kumar, who knows there could be a chance just round the corner," a source close to Bengal team management said.
In case of Abhishek Porel, he has a better chance of making his debut with the big gloves and many believe that he has the game to play as pure batter.
"Abhishek would have made his debut had the Sri Lanka Tests not been pushed back to March. But now, we are expecting Wriddhi to be available for the first game and may be also the second game," he said.
The Indian selectors want all the Test specialists to play at least two rounds of Ranji Trophy before reporting to the national team bubble.
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State sports minister Manoj Tiwary named in Bengal Ranji squad
Kolkata, Jan 3 (Cricket News) Veteran batter Manoj Tiwary was on Monday named in Bengal's 21-member Ranji Trophy squad less than a year after he made his political debut for ruling Trinamool Congress party in the state.
The 36-year-old former Bengal captain, who is also a minister of state in sports and youth affairs in the Mamata Banerjee-led government, will gear up for his 17th year in first class cricket.
Tiwary, who last played for Bengal in their Ranji final against Saurashtra in March 2020, joined TMC ahead of the Assembly polls and won from Shibpur constituency beating BJP's Rathin Chakraborty.
He missed the COVID-interrupted last season due to an injury but he's back again in the Bengal side under Abhimanyu Easwaran.
Placed in Group B, along with Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Kerala, Haryana and Tripura, Bengal are slated to kick off their campaign against Tripura in Bengaluru from January 13.
Bengal's preparation for the premier first class tournament has been hit with seven members including assistant coach testing COVID-19 positive on Sunday.
Sudip Chatterjee, Anustup Majumdar, Kazi Junaid Saifi, Geet Puri and Pradipta Pramanik, who are among the six players to have tested positive, have also been named in the 21-member squad.
Bengal are slated to face Prthivi Shaw-led Mumbai in a two-day warmup game at CC&FC on January 6-7 before leaving for Bengaluru.
Squad: Abhimanyu Easwaran (c), Manoj Tiwary, Sudip Chatterjee, Anustup Majumdar, Abhishek Raman, Sudip Gharami, Abishek Das, Writtick Chatterjee, Ritwik Roy Chowdhury, Abhishek Porel, Shahbaz Ahmed, Sayan Sekhar Mondal, Akash Deep, Ishan Porel, Mukesh Kumar, Kazi Junaid Saifi, Sakir Habib Gandhi, Pradipta Pramanik, Geet Puri, Nilakantha Das and Karan Lal.
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Queen's Baton Relay for 2022 CWG to be held in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Odisha
New Delhi, Dec 21 (Sports News) The Queen's Baton Relay for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games will be held in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Odisha from January 12-15, for which the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has decided to constitute a committee.
The Queen's Baton Relay will be in India for four days during its international journey covering 72 countries.
IOA president Narinder Batra has informed about the formation of the committee and places where the relay will take place in India, in a press release.
"Secretary General (Rajeev Mehta) and I are pleased to inform that IOA has decided to constitute a three-member committee to oversee the preparation and conduct of the Queen's Baton Relay programme of 22nd Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022," Batra said in the release.
The members of the committee are: IOA executive council member Rakesh Gupta, Mukesh Kumar and Netball Federation of India's executive council member Hari Om Kaushi.
IOA director George Matthew and IOA joint director Nazima Khan will assist the committee.
The relay will start with Delhi on January 12, followed by Ahmedabad (January 13), Bengaluru (January 14) and Odisha (January 15).
The presidents and secretaries of the state Olympic associations will be responsible for the preparation and smooth conduct of relays in their respective states.
The relay began on October 7 at the Buckingham Palace, where Queen Elizabeth II placed her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton.
It will travel for 269 days, spending between two and four days in each nation or territory, covering approximately 140,000 kilometres, having over 7,500 Baton-bearers.
Over the course of the relay, the Baton will spend Christmas Eve in Seychelles, will bring in the New Year in the Maldives and plans to be in Jamaica over the Easter weekend.
Flying out from Birmingham Airport, the first stop on the Queen's Baton Relay was Cyprus on October 9, shortly followed by Malta.
The Birmingham Commonwealth Games will see 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories taking part in 11 days of competition from July 28 to August 8, 2022.
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Chatterjee to lead Bengal in Vijay Hazare Trophy
Kolkata, Dec 1 (Cricket news) Sudip Chatterjee was on Wednesday named Bengal captain for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy which will kick off on December 8.
The Chatterjee-led Bengal made a quarterfinal exit, going down to Karnataka in Super Over in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament earlier this month.
For the domestic one-dayers, Bengal are placed in Elite Group B along with defending champions Mumbai, Baroda, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Puducherry.
Squad: Sudip Chatterjee (captain), Shreevats Goswami, Abhishek Das, Anustup Majumdar, Sumanta Gupta, Ritwik Roy Chowdhury, Ranjot Singh Khaira, Suvankar Bal, Kaif Ahmad, Pradipta Pramanik, Writtick Chatterjee, Shahbaz Ahamad, Karan Lal, Sujit Kumar Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep, Geet Puri, Mohammad Kaif, Sayan Sekhar Mondal and Sayan Ghosh.
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Kshitij, Mukesh, Shamim to compete at Pune Open
Pune, Nov 30 (Golf News) Defending champion Kshitij Naveed Kaul, alongwith domestic stalwarts such as Mukesh Kumar and Shamim Khan, will vie for top honours when the the fifth edition of the Pune Open Golf Championship tees off here on Wednesday.
The Rs 40 lakh event, which will be staged at the Poona Club Golf Course, is the last full-field event of the TATA Steel PGTI's 2020-2021 season before the season-ending TATA Steel Tour Championship.
The tournament will feature leading Indian names such as Manu Gandas, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Om Prakash Chouhan, Akshay Sharma and Amardeep Malik, to name a few.
The international challenge will be led by Sri Lankans Mithun Perera, Anura Rohana, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Bangladeshis Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Badal Hossain as well as Australian Kunal Bhasin.
The host city will be represented by Gurki Shergill (a former winner on PGTI), Pravin Pathare, Sameer M Shaikh, Rajiv Datar, Sagar Raghuvanshi, Jaideep Patwardhan, Sunil Baburao Galfade and Rajaram Baburao Shinde as well as amateur Rohan Dhole Patil.
"This year there is the added excitement of the Pune Open being the final PGTI event before the season-ending Tour Championship later next month," PGTI CEO Uttam Singh Mundy said.
"With spots in the top-60 for the Tour Championship up for grabs, one can expect intense competition as the players would be vying for those spots and their exemption for next year."
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With Iyer, Gill scoring runs, pressure mounts on Pujara-Rahane duo ahead of South Africa tour
Kanpur, Nov 25 (Cricket news) Time is running out for Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane after another failure and this time, in reasonably conducive home conditions against an attack which wasn't half as threatening as Australia and England.
Both Pujara and Rahane squandered decent starts on a day when the willows of debutant Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill produced half centuries against New Zealand in the opening Test here.
And the failure was against an attack which did not have the immensely talented and crafty Trent Boult, whose banana inswing in early morning moisture makes life difficult for batters.
Iyer's arrival with a bang in Test match scenario and Gill being back among runs, albeit as an opener, would certainly set alarm bells ringing for the captain (Rahane) and vice-captain (Pujara) in this Test match.
The Indian squad for the South Africa series will be announced in some days and even if the seasoned duo board that flight to Johannesburg, captain Virat Kohli, head coach Rahul Dravid and white-ball captain Rohit Sharma, who is an integral part of red ball think-tank will have to take an enormous leap of faith to give them a whole series in the Rainbow Nation.
Before KL Rahul got injured, Gill was being considered as a middle-order enforcer, an option they want to check out in long-term.
He played as an opener but Gill's highest overseas first-class score on foreign soil is 204 batting at No.5 in the West Indies, when he was there with the A team.
He is a youngster and would be ready to take on any role that the team wants. And Iyer has also passed his first Test with flying colours.
Yes, the track at Bull Ring, Kingsmead or Newlands won't be a patch on Green Park but what Dravid and Kohli would have wanted to check out was how he reacts to a situation where there has been a middle-order collapse.
Without a doubt, Iyer has responded well and made a case for himself.
So if Gill and Iyer, both of whom have come through the ranks now push the door open, there are only two vulnerable slots at the moment -- Pujara and Rahane.
And wait? An India A team is playing in South Africa at the moment where Priyank Panchal has scored 96 and Abhimanyu Easwaran, at the time of this report, was batting on 80. Both are openers but given a choice won't mind batting at No 3.
Rohit, after a stupendous tour of England, and KL Rahul, who is one of the best all format players, automatically select themselves and so does skipper Kohli.
Rahane's average before this game was 19 in 11 Tests in 2021 and if one is fair to him, he did look good in his 33 before he couldn't apprehend that Kyle Jamieson would pitch one around the fourth stump channel but the ball won't have enough height to play the square cut.
In case of Pujara, the dismissal was an action replay of what has been happening for last two years now. James Anderson had got him in England this season with a similar delivery during the Test series in August.
A ball that moves in the air and one shapes to play inside the line while it lands and then moves away, forcing the batter to dangle his bat and get a feel of the ball. 99 out of 100 times, there will be an edge and it was no different on Thursday.
Only difference, it wasn't Wellington or Christchurch but Kanpur where the height was below knee roll but the quality was as good as it could have been.
It's a skill delivery that top class practitioners like Southee and Anderson bowl but of late Pujara hasn't had an answer. One wishes that the man on whom Pujara modelled his game, Dravid has the solution for him.
Worse, on a day when Gill and Iyer made a mockery of the New Zealand spinners, even Rahane in his brief stay, Pujara scored 26 off 88 balls and it wasn't as if he dropped the anchor.
He wasn't even able to find gaps when Ajaz Patel and Will Somerville were bowling loose deliveries.
Patel and Somerville in fact kept a short mid-wicket and a traditional mid-wicket bowling on the off-middle line. It was the same delivery that Gill and Iyer were able come down the track and lift it in the arc between deep mid-wicket and long-on.
Pujara, however, was trying to whip it down the ground towards square leg. He wasn't getting past the fielders.
Couple of days before the Test match, Pujara spoke about being "fearless" in England which helped him. So it was extremely baffling to see him again get into a shell against an attack with spinners, who wouldn't be a first XI pick in any of the top Ranji Trophy states.
"It's not about India. Have you seen Pujara dominate ever in a first-class game of late. He played that Ranji Trophy final against Bengal and took 200 plus balls to score 60 odd.
"Who were bowlers? Akash Deep, Mukesh Kumar, Ishan Porel? You want me to believe if Pujara played 100 balls against these bowlers, he can't dominate the next 100 balls. It's about mindset and lip-service won't help," a former India player told PTI on the day.
In case of Rahane, he said that a tangible contribution need not be 100 but then Rahane knows his numbers well enough.
In his last 28 completed Test innings, he has one hundred -- the 112 against Australia at Melbourne which came in a winning cause.
The only other notable contribution is 61 at Lord's.
On the eve of the match, Rahane said that "even 30s and 40s which help in winning, matter." No question about that statement but then the 'question' is who is making that statement? If it's a lower-order batter, then it doesn't matter but if it's a specialist top-order player, it could mean two things.
Either the player has lowered the bar for himself or he is extremely short in confidence or both.
Can an Indian team afford two out of form players at numbers 3 and 5 on a tour where they have the best chance to get past the Proteas? The answer will be out shortly but for the once dependable duo, time indeed is of essence.
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Mithun Perera top draw in RCGC Open
Kolkata, Nov 23 (Golf news) Defending champion and Sri Lankan ace Mithun Perera will be the top draw in the second edition of the 'ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship Powered by Urbana' beginning here from Thursday.
The tournament will see top Indian professionals in the PGTI Order of Merit like Manu Gandas, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Om Prakash Chouhan, Akshay Sharma, Amardeep Malik, M Dharma and Kshitij Naveed Kaul, as well as the experienced Shamim Khan and Mukesh Kumar, among others.
Other international players in the fray are Sri Lankans Anura Rohana, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Bangladeshis Mohammad Zamal Hossain Mollah, Badal Hossain, Mohammad Sayum, Mohammad Dulal Hossain and Mohammad Akbar Hossain.
Kolkata-based professionals such as former PGTI Order of Merit champion Shankar Das, former Indian Open champion Feroz Ali Mollah and other leading players such as Sunit Chowrasia, Divyanshu Bajaj and Mohammad Sanju will be local challengers.
"We look forward to this event growing into one of the biggest attractions in Kolkata, one of India's leading golfing centres, in the future," PGTI CEO Uttam Singh Mundy said.
"We're excited about returning to the RCGC, one of the top championship venues in the country, after a gap of two years." Cricket legend Kapil Dev, who was included into PGTI as a board member, will also attend the meet and interact with the participants during his brief one-day visit on Friday.
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Sandhu clinches maiden title with dominating final round of 64
Digboi (Assam), Nov 20 (Golf News) Chandigarh's Yuvraj Singh Sandhu claimed his maiden title on the PGTI in style with a dominating final round performance of eight-under 64 at the Rs 60 lakh IndianOil SERVO Masters Golf here on Saturday.
Sandhu's (66-68-67-64) tournament tally of 23-under 265 set the record for the lowest winning total at the Digboi Golf Links as he registered a thumping six-shot victory with Bengaluru's M Dharma (69-68-68-66) finishing runner-up at 17-under 271 following his last round of six-under 66.
The 24-year-old Yuvraj, the overnight leader by two shots, came up with an eagle, eight birdies and two bogeys in round four to pick up the winning cheque worth Rs. 9,69,900 and thus zoom from 11th place to sixth position in the PGTI Order of Merit for 2020-2021 with his season's earnings moving to a total of Rs. 33,69,400.
Sandhu, the son of an Army officer, had enjoyed an exceptional season prior to landing in Digboi with nine previous top-10s including six in the last seven events.
The two-time winner on the PGTI Feeder Tour began the day with a bogey on the first but soon regained ground with birdies on the third, fifth and seventh. He chipped-in on the fifth.
From the third till the eighth hole, M Dharma was breathing down Yuvraj's neck as the former sank five birdies to trail the latter by just one shot. However, a couple of erratic shots led to Dharma's double-bogey on the ninth.
Sandhu then made a crucial chip-putt birdie on the 11th to seize the momentum as he got on a hot streak making three birdies, an eagle and a birdie on the next five holes that stretched his lead to seven shots and sealed the deal for him.
Yuvraj, the 2019 PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit champion, produced two excellent drives, a 30-feet conversion and two 10-feet conversions during his dream run from the 11th to the 16th.
Sandhu's bogey on the 17th didn't change the equation as his nearest rival Dharma was a fair distance away with just three birdies on the back-nine.
Yuvraj's 23-under 265 bettered the previous lowest winning total of 20-under 268 at the Digboi Golf Links achieved by Mukesh Kumar in 2002, Shankar Das in 2015 and Honey Baisoya in 2016.
Yuvraj, the leader for the previous two days, said, "I started with the same feeling as the first three days but Dharma played some phenomenal golf on the first eight holes and he gave me a tough time on the front-nine. But on the back-nine I got the reins back and took control.
"I've let my clubs do the talking, all the hard work I've put in is paying off. I can't be more thankful to my team consisting of my coach and physio. They've all been part of this process.
It's a special moment for me and I want to treasure it. I want to let it sink in and get my tub of ice cream to celebrate." Delhi's Sachin Baisoya (66) matched his career-best finish of tied third as he totalled 15-under 273 for the week.
Om Prakash Chouhan (70) of Mhow also claimed tied third place along with Baisoya.
Chandigarh's Harendra Gupta (69) finished fifth at 14-under 274.
Local golfer Deepraj Chetia (69-71-72-76) took tied 33rd place at even-par 288.
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Bengal snatch defeat as Manish Pandey takes Karnataka into Mushtaq Ali T20 semi-final
New Delhi, Nov 18 (Cricket news) Manish Pandey first got a brilliant direct hit to take their match against Bengal into Super Over and then hit a massive six to steer Karnataka into the semi-finals of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy here on Thursday.
It was one of the best thrillers of National T20 meet in recent times with both teams locked at 160 each after 20 overs. Karnataka scored the required six runs with four Super Over deliveries to spare.
In a debatable decision, skipper Sudeep Chatterjee sent an off-colour Kaif Ahmed along with Ritwik Roy Chowdhury in the Super Over was baffling.
Ahmed had barely scratched to score 20 off 26 balls.
Surprisingly, Ritwik, who brought Bengal back in contention with 36 off 18 balls, did not take the strike in the Super Over.
The quarter-final match was a testimony as to why Bengal's cricketers are not at all sought after when it comes franchise interest.
A lot of it had to do with lack of sane cricketing sense and the manner in which some of the batters throw away their wickets.
Barring Writtick Chatterjee (51 off 40 balls), who tried to anchor the innings, others paid the price of indiscreet shot selection.
While Shreevats Goswami (22 off 10 balls) started with 20 off the first over of chase with three fours and a six off Vijay Kumar Vyshak (0/41 in 4 overs), his opening partner Abhishek Das with a career strike-rate of less than 90, tried to pull the very first delivery of the next over when all he needed to do was give his senior partner the strike.
Goswami, who looked in good touch, went for a non-existent second run and bowler KC Cariappa (0/21 in 4 overs) effected a fine run-out.
Skipper Sudeep Chatterjee couldn't clear the in-field off military medium bowler MB Darshan as the ball hit the toe-end of his bat.
Kaif Ahmed (20 off 26 balls) added 49 with Chatterjee before being bowled by left-arm spinner J Suchith (2/24 in 4 overs), who also accounted for Shahbaz Ahmed in the very next delivery.
However former India U-25 all-rounder Ritwik, showed some great temperament. He hit two huge sixes in the final over from Vidyadhar Patil and his partner Akash Deep hit a boundary to bring the equation of 19 from 6 balls to one run off final delivery.
Akash Deep, who was recruited by RCB, instead of trying an aerial route went for a non-existent single with fielders circling him and to his horror, it went to one of India's finest ever fielders Pandey, who picked and threw down the stumps at the non-striker's end in one action.
Pandey, who till then was having an ordinary day, then came in and hit Mukesh Kumar for a six to set up a semi-final date with Vidarbha.
Earlier, Karun Nair had scored 55 off 29 balls to take Karnataka to 160 for 5 which gave them a chance to fight.
Brief Scores: Karnataka 160/5 in 20 overs (Karun Nair 55 not out ).
Bengal 160/8 in 20 overs. (Writtick C 51, Ritwik RC 36, J Suchith 2/24).
Super Over: Bengal 6/2 in 0.4 overs. Karnataka 8/0 in 0.2 balls.
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Former champions Shamim, Mukesh lead a competitive field at PGTI event in Digboi
Digboi, Nov 16 (Golf news) Former champions, including Shamim Khan and Mukesh Kumar, will vie for top honours when the 21st edition of the Indian Oil SERVO Masters golf tournament begins at the picturesque Digboi Golf Links here on Wednesday.
The Rs 60 lakh event, which is being held under the aegis of the TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India, will feature a field of 117 players, including 115 professionals and two amateurs.
The top 50 players and ties will make the cut after round two.
The field will feature top professionals such as Manu Gandas, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Akshay Sharma as well as former champions Shankar Das, Harendra Gupta and Sanjay Kumar, besides Shamim and Mukesh Kumar.
The foreign challenge would be led by Sri Lankans Anura Rohana, Mithun Perera, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran and Bangladesh's Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, Badal Hossain, Md Sayum and Md Akbar Hossain.
The local professionals in the field are Deepraj Chetia, Karanbir Singh Lall, Biren Karmakar, Deven Bhumij, Dulal Kalowar, Bipon Murah, Arun Gowala and Binod Gogoi. The local amateurs in the field are Alok Barua and Jakir Hussain.
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Rahane slams fifty as Mumbai notch 1st win, Bengal, Karnataka win 2nd games
Guwahati, Nov 5 (Cricket news) Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane continued his good form with a second successive half-century as Mumbai defeated Services by 17 runs in a Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 group B clash at the Nehru Stadium here on Friday.
The Mumbai skipper, who slammed 75 in their loss to Karnataka on Thursday, once again formed the cornerstone of their innings with a 44-ball-54 to power them to 154/7 after Services opted to bowl.
In reply, Tushar Deshpande (3/35) and Mohit Avasthi (2/19) shared five wickets between them as Mumbai restricted Services to 137/7 while registering their first win in the tournament.
Former India A player Rajat Paliwal was the top-scorer for the Services with his 49-ball 64.
Earlier, Rahane slammed four sixes and three fours and held the innings together stitching two crucial partnerships with Siddhesh Lad (21) and Shivam Dube 29).
Services left-arm spinner Vikas Yadav tightened the noose inside the Powerplay and did not allow Prithvi Shaw to break free before dismissing the Indian batsman for a 16-ball 14 in the fifth over.
Yashasvi Jaiswal (1) also fell cheaply as Mumbai were 34/2 in 6.2 overs before Rahane and Lad rebuilt the innings with smartly rotating singles.
After Lad departed, Dube accelerated the innings smashing one six and three boundaries as he along with Rahane put on 41 runs from 32 balls.
Rahane got out in the penultimate over but it was Aman Hakim Khan who kept the onslaught with his 18 off nine balls (2x4, 1x6) to take them to a challenging 154/7.
Meanwhile at the Barsapara Stadium, Bengal and Karnataka secured last over wins against their respective opponents to hold on to the top two spots in group B.
Krunal Pandya's 57 not out from 43 balls went in vain as Bengal bowlers, led by Writtick Chatterjee's tidy 4-0-14-1, stuck to their tasks to win by two runs.
Chasing 147, Baroda were going strong with 98/3 in the 16th over before Chatterjee triggered the collapse dismissing Vishnu Solanki for 13 as Baroda lost three quick wickets for 31 runs.
Baroda needed 14 runs from the last over as Mukesh Kumar held his nerves to give away 11 to fashion a thrilling last-over win.
Earlier in the day, Karnataka opener Devdutt Padikkal scored 42 while wicketkeeper batsman BR Sharath remained unbeaten on 42 to steer them to a four-wicket win with three balls to spare.
Brief Scores Mumbai 154/7; 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 54, Shivam Dube 29; Vikas Yadav 2/13, Diwesh Pathania 2/34) b Services 137/7; 20 overs (Rajat Paliwal 64; Tushar Deshpande 3/35, Mohit Avasthi 2/19) by 17 runs.
Bengal 146/7; 20 overs (Abhishek Das 35, Shahbaz Ahmed 34; Atit Sheth 3/33) beat Baroda 144/6; 20 overs (Krunal Pandya 57 not out) by 2 runs.
Chhattisgarh 145/5; 20 overs (Shashank Singh 52 not out; KC Cariappa 2/14, Krishnappa Gowtham 2/26) lost to Karnataka 146/6; 19.3 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 42, BR Sharath 42 not out; Shashank Singh 3/4, Shubham Agarwal 2/34) by 4 wickets.
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Rahane's 75 goes in vain as Karnataka beat Mumbai by 9 runs; Bengal have it easy against Chattisgarh
Guwahati, Nov 4 (Cricket news) Karnataka stunned heavyweights Mumbai by nine runs despite Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane's 75 off 54 balls in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy group B match on Thursday.
Leg-spinner KC Cariappa turned it around with two wickets in two balls to end with fine figures of 3/26, while off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham also contributed immensely with his 2/26 as Karnataka restricted Mumbai to 157/6, defending 167.
Opting to bowl, Mumbai skipper Rahane led their challenging chase with a fine half-century but the mystery spinner Cariappa removed the star Indian batsman and cleaned up another international Shivam Dube (3) with his very next ball to put brakes on their chase.
Gowtham then triggered another collapse when he dismissed Siddhesh Lad (32) to break his 88-run partnership with Rahane.
Rahane steered the show after his dangerous opening partner Prithvi Shaw (4) fell cheaply, while talented Yashasvi Jaiswal (13) became Gowtham's first victim after the Powerplay.
Rahane's 54-ball knock was studded with six fours and three sixes as Mumbai were cruising with 125 for 2 in the 16th over before all hell broke loose.
Cariappa's magical bowling at the death meant Mumbai needed 24 runs off the final over with four wickets in hand as seamer Prasidh Krishna ensured that they fell short by nine runs.
Earlier Manish Pandey (84 from 64 balls; 7x4, 2x6) and Karun Nair (72 from 53 balls; 6x4, 2x6) put on a 149-run partnership to power Karnataka to a challenging 166/4.
Put on, Karnataka had a jittery start with debutant Mumbai seamer Mohit Avasthi taking two wickets in his first two overs en route to his 2/32.
India's back-up Test opener Mayank Agarwal was out for a golden duck, while the talented youngster Devdutt Padikkal (5) followed suit in the third over before Pandey and Nair took charge and stayed till the final over.
In the first match at the venue, a new look Bengal team began its campaign by thrashing Chhattisgarh by seven wickets.
Brief Scores Chhattisgarh 118/7; 20 overs (Akhil Herwadkar 73; Mukesh Kumar 2/26) lost to Bengal 119/3; 17 overs (Sudip Chatterjee 51 not out, Wriddhiman Saha 24; Ravi Kiran 2/24) by seven wickets.
Baroda 124/9; 20 overs (Bhanu Pania 55; Nitin Yadav 3/22) lost to Services 128/8; 20 overs (Diwesh Pathania 41 not out; Ninad Rathva 3/8, Krunal Pandya 2/12) by two wickets.
Karnataka 166/4; 20 oves (Manish Pandey 84, Karun Nair 72; Mohit Avasthi 2/32, Tushar Deshpande 2/38) b Mumbai 157/6; 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 75; KC Cariappa 3/26, Krishnappa Gowtham 2/26) by nine runs.
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Gokulam Kerala held to 2-2 draw by Army Red in Durand Cup
Kalyani, Sep 12 (Football news): Defending champions Gokulam Kerala were held to a 2-2 draw by Army Red in their opening match of the Durand Cup football tournament here on Sunday.
Gokulam scored through Rahim Osumanu (9th minute) and Sharif Mohammad (70th) while P Jain (30th) and Bikash Thapa (43rd) found the target for Army Red.
The Malabarians started on a positive note, courtesy a spectacular long-range goal from Ghanaian Rahim Osumanu but failed to capitalize in the later stages.
Gokulam Kerala goalkeeper Rakshit Dagar got injured after a collision with Army Red's Mukesh Kumar and he was replaced by PA Ajmal.
The momentum of the game changed after that as Jain quickly scored the equaliser for Army Red.
Minutes before half time, Bikash Thapa scored the second for Army Red and they had the all-important lead going into the second half.
Gokulam played an attacking game in second half and they had a brilliant opportunity to score but their captain Sharif Mohammad missed the target. He made up for it later, courtesy a spot kick.
The Malabarians had several close chances towards the end of the match but failed to convert them.
Army Red still lead Group D with four points.
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Andhra Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan honours Olympians P V Sindhu, E Rajani and Satwik Sairaj
Amaravati, Aug 13 (Olympic news): Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan on Friday felicitated Olympics bronze medalist P V Sindhu, two-time Olympian E Rajani and another Olympian Satwik Sairaj, who hail from the State.
The Governor presented them a shawl and a memento at a function held at his official residence Raj Bhavan in Vijayawada.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the people of the State and the country were proud of their achievements and wished they would win more honours.
He said Sindhu created history by being the first Indian woman to win individual medals in two consecutive Olympics.
“Success comes to her naturally as both her parents happen to be sportspersons,” he said.
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Also, he appreciated the grit and determination of the Indian women’s hockey player Rajani, who represented the country in the Rio and Tokyo Olympics.
The hockey team might not have won a medal at the Tokyo Games, but it had won the hearts of every Indian with outstanding performance, he said.
The Govenor said badminton player Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy, the youngest of the three, has a bright future and a great sporting career.
The Olympians said they were happy and motivated on being felicitated by the Governor. They promised to strive hard and win more laurels.
Special Chief Secretary (Sports and Tourism) Rajat Bhargava, Secretary to Governor Mukesh Kumar Meena, Sports Authority of the State managing director N Prabhakar Reddy and others attended the function.
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