Rajasthan enters Ranji Trophy quarterfinals

Defending champion Rajasthan have qualified for the knock out stage, which will be played from January 2 to 5 here. Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) secretary KK Sharma said "we are very happy that the defending champion had succeeded to make their place in last eight." The defending champion will play against Maharashtra or Hyderabad/Vidarbha. The schedule is yet to be decided. Rajasthan who played five matches and won two, are third on the table with 16 point each with Saurashtra and Uttar Pradesh but the run quotient of the defending champion is better than others. Rajasthan had 0.984 runs quotient while Saurashtra and Uttar Pradesh had 0.925 and 1,021 respectively.
Rajasthan had got the advantage of two victories including one outright against Saurashtra and Orissa respectively. Mumbai and Karnataka had 25 and 22 points and were on two top places on the point table board respectively. Sharma said if the former champion plays against Maharashtra, the match takes place in Jaipur otherwise outside the pink city. The Super League is divided into two groups of eight and seven teams, while the Plate League is divided into two groups of six teams each. In both divisions, the top two teams from each group advance to the knock-out phase. The top three teams of each group of the Super league along with the two winners of the semi-finals from plate league qualified for the quarter-finals.