Bhubaneswar: Odisha booked an automatic place in the quarter final berth of Ranji Trophy season 2016-17 for the first time in 13 years ever since after the new rules were enacted. This came after both its immediate rivals Maharashtra and Delhi lost their respective do or die matches in group B.
Odisha, who already has a match in hand thanks to the postponement of its last league match in Dindigul following death of Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalitha, is on a comfortable 22 points and third place in group B behind Jharkhand and Karnataka.
Maharastra who had 21 points earlier lost its last match by 10 wickets against Karnataka while Delhi went down to Saurastra by just 4 runs in its last league encounter thus making Odisha’s last match against table toppers Jharkhand scheduled to be held in Trivandrum a matter of formality.
Meanwhile, statistics said Odisha is very much likely to face Gujarat in its quarter round match as Govinda Poddar led squad will leave for Trivendram on December 12 hoping to win or take first innings lead against its opponent to boost morale before knock outs.
Mumbai Gujarat and Tamil Nadu from Group-A and Hyderabad and Haryana from group-C have also entered the quarters.