UPDATES: Ranji Trophy quarterfinals, Day One

From Vinay Kumar hat-trick to Mumbai's slump to a delay in Surat and Abhimanyu Easwaran's century, catch all the updates live from the four Ranji Trophy quarterfinals.

Karnataka players during a practice session ahead of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Mumbai in Nagpur.   -  Prashant Nakwe

Good Morning!

Welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of all the four Ranji Trophy quarterfinals.

This is how the four venues look like and the wickets on offer.

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Karnataka vs Mumbai at Nagpur

(Our correspondent Amol Karhadkar from Nagpur adds)

4.30 pm: End of day one. It's been Karnataka's day! Vinay Kumar set up the game for them with his 22nd five-for. And Mayank Agarwal didn't get flustered despite the last-wicket partnership between Dhawal Kulkarni and Shivam Malhotra that surged Mumbai's total to 173. At 115/1 at stumps, with Kaunain Abbas on 12 off 35 and Mayank Agarwal on 62 off 83, Karnataka will be hoping to bat big and knock Mumbai out of the game. For Mumbai, if they can bounce back from such a situation, it will be nothing less than a miracle. See you at 9am tomorrow!

4.15 pm: Karnataka going strong. 107/1 in 25 overs with Mayank Agarwal on 58 and Kaunain Abbas on 9. Karnataka trails Mumbai by just 65 runs now.

3.50 pm: 50 for Mayank Agarwal. He has just taken 56 balls and has hit 7 fours and 1 six. Karnataka 93/1.

3.45 pm: First ball for Shivam Dube and he castles R. Samarth for 40 (57) as Karnataka loses its first wicket for 83 in 18.1 overs. Karnataka just 90 behind now.

3.27 pm: Karnataka is cruising here. The openers Mayank and Samarth have negotiated the first hour without any trouble, cruising to 67 for no loss, just 106 behind Mumbai now.

3.15 pm: Karnataka has upped the ante. 50/0 in 11.4 overs.

3.00 pm: Karnataka has made a decent start. The openers R. Samarth (17) and Mayank Agarwal (11) have added 28 runs in 9 overs.

2:03 pm: Dhawal Kulkarni's third consecutive fifty results in his first dismissal in three weeks as he fails to clear Arvind over the in-field. That brings the 70-run partnership between Kulkarni and Shivam Malhotra to an end and the innings to a close. Mumbai 173 all out and the umpires call tea.

1.45 pm: The last wicket stand for Mumbai has put on a 50-run partnership. Kulkarni (66*) is shepherding Malhotra (7*) along to frustrate Karnataka. Mumbai 159/9

1.25 pm: Dhawal Kulkarni reaches his half-century. The lone bright spot in Mumbai's innings. He has taken 86 balls and has clubbed 6 fours and two sixes. Mumbai 139/9.

1.15 pm: Vinay Kumar's two wickets early on after lunch helped the Karnataka captain become the first pacer to enter top-10 all-time highest wicket-takers in Ranji Trophy. Moreover, it helped Karnataka reduce Mumbai to 103/9. Since then, Dhawal Kulkarni has found an ally in another debutant Shivam Malhotra. The duo has helped Mumbai reach 132/9 at drinks. The 29-run unbeaten association for the last wicket is the highest partnership of the innings, by the way!

12.37 pm: Six wickets for Vinay Kumar! Karsh Kothari is the ninth man to be dismissed. He is caught by C.M. Gautam for 1 run. Mumbai 103/9. And, Vinay has figures of 12.5-2-32-6 now.

12.35 pm: Mumbai huffs and puffs past the 100-run mark. That should be some psychological relief. 103/8 in the 36th over.

This is what Vinay Kumar had said, ahead of this crucial match. And boy, he was spot on!

12.20 pm: Vinay Kumar picks up 5 wickets! The Karnataka captain is leading from the front. Akhil Herwadkar is out for 32, off 75 balls. He is caught by Samarth off Vinay Kumar. Mumbai tottering at 95/8 in 33.1 overs. Vinay has figures of 11.1-2-25-5 now!

11.30 am: A vocal Karnataka outfit heads back after virtually putting Mumbai out of the game. The seamers ripped the top-order apart and K. Gowtham then got rid of debutante all-rounder Shivam Dubey to leave Mumbai stranded at 90/7, yes you read it right, 90 for seven — at lunch. Akhil Herwadkar (28) and Dhawal Kulkarni (12) will hope to make use of the best batting conditions after the 40-minute break.

11.07 am: Mumbai's horrid first session continues. Shivam Dube is out for 7 (31), caught by C.M. Gautham off K. Gowtham. Mumbai 74/7 in 23.5 overs.

11.00 am: K Gowtham's off-spin is introduced in the 22nd over. But Karnataka's highest wicket-taker of the season has little chance to top his tally, with the seamers having reduced Mumbai to 49/6. In the last half hour, the left-handed duo of Akhil Herwadkar and debutante Shivam Dubey have added 18 runs before the spin is introduced. Mumbai 70/6 in the 23rd over.

10.30 am: Mumbai's slump continues! Six down for 49 and Aditya Tare walks back with just 4 runs against his name. He is caught by Samarth off Abhimanyu Mithun and Mumbai in deep trouble at 49/6 in 16.5 overs.

10.07 am: And the ploy to unsettle the bowlers has failed. Suryakumar Yadav has to take the long walk back. Mumbai loses half its side for 40 runs on the board and with just 12 overs bowled. What a horrid morning for Mumbai this is. Suryakumar Yadav 14 (10), three boundaries, is caught by Gautam off Aravind Sreenath. Karnataka on top in the first hour!

10.05 am: Suryakumar Yadav is taking the non-conventional route. He has bludgeoned three boundaries and has moved to 14 off just nine balls.

Karnataka captain Vinay Kumar inspects the pitch ahead of match and it looks like he has read it spot on! A hat-trick to leave Mumbai stuttering.   -  Prashant Nakwe

 

9.51 am: Vinay Kumar at it again! Picks up his and the team's fourth wicket. Siddesh Lad is back in the hut for 8. He is caught by C.M. Gautam. Mumbai 21/4 in 8.4 overs. Vinay Kumar has taken four wickets for six runs.

9.45 am: Akhil Herwadkar and Siddhesh Lad have taken Mumbai to 19/3 in 10 overs.

Vinay Kumar has marked his 100th first-class appearance for Karnataka in style as the Karnataka captain's hat-trick has left Mumbai in shambles. Vinay moved the last ball of the first over just a little bit after pitching it in the perfect channel to see Shaw offering catching practice to Karun Nair in the first slip.

First ball of his next over was a virtual repeat with Jay Bista being the victim. A panicked Mumbai camp then promoted Akash Parkar at No 4, to see off the new ball but Vinay pitched the next one full to trap Parkar in front of the wickets and burst into celebrations.

9.30 am: Akhil Herwadkar and Siddesh Lad have a job on hands. Mumbai has been pushed on the backfoot straightaway. 13/3 in the 6th over.

Vinay Kumar is pumped up after his hat-trick. What a start for Karnataka! His 100th match and a hat-trick.   -  Prashant Nakwe.

 

9.18 am: Vinay Kumar takes a hat-trick! What a start this is for Karnataka. Akash Parkar is out for no score, lbw to Vinay. Mumbai 7/3. Vinay Kumar's figures reads 1.2-0-2-3.

9.17 am: Vinay Kumar is breathing fire here! Jay Bista is out for 1. Mumbai 7/2.

9.15 am: What a start for Karnataka!  Prithvi Shaw departs for 2 and Mumbai loses its first wicket in the first over. He is caught by Karun Nair off Vinay Kumar. Mumbai 6/1.

Here are the playing XIs.

 

9.00 am: Karnataka has won the toss and has decided to field first.

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Kerala vs Vidarbha at Surat

(Our correspondent A. Vinod from Surat adds)

4.55 pm: That's it for the first day here at Surat. Vidarbha has crawled to 45/3 in 24 overs. Ganesh Satish on 7 off 20 balls and Karn Sharma on 7 off 10 balls will resume duties in the middle tomorrow. Although it was a bright and sunny day with no rain, we had a truncated day due to a wet outfield. The umpires called for about six inspections and play started at 3 pm. Hoping to get a full day's play tomorrow!

4.40 pm: S.R. Ramaswamy departs for 17 (64), caught by Sachin Baby as Akshay picks up his second wicket. Vidarbha now in a spot of bother at 37/3 in 20.3 overs.

4.25 pm: Vidarbha loses its second wicket. Wasim Jaffer is out for 12, caught by Arun Karthick again off K.C. Akshay. Vidarbha 30/2.

3.42 pm: Kerala strikes. M.D. Nidheesh sends back Faiz Fazal for 2, caught by K.B. Arun Karthick. Vidarbha loses its first wicket for 9 runs on the board.

3.35 pm: Vidarbha has made a very slow start. The openers Faiz Fazal and S.R. Ramaswamy have scored 9 runs in 7 overs.

Kerala playing XI

 

Vidarbha playing XI

 

2.49 pm: Vidarbha wins the toss and has decided to bat first.

2.45 pm: Alright, we have some good news from Surat. The umpires have decided to commence the game at 3 pm. Another 15 more minutes for the action to unfurl from Surat.

1:53 pm: A sixth inspection is scheduled for 2:30 pm. Hopefully we can get some action coming our way from Surat.

You can read what a former captain urged Kerala to do in the knockouts. Click here to read that.

12.30 pm: There seems to be no improvement in the condition of the outfield and there is another inspection at 12.45 pm.

Meanwhile you can read what Rohan Prem, Kerala's batting mainstay says.

10.10 am: We unfortunately have some bad news. The next inspection is scheduled at 11 am.

9.45 am: There is an inspection in another 15 minutes time, at 10 am. We'll get the details to you from Surat as and when we get updates.

9.15 am: Rains are proving to be a dampner here at Surat. The match is delayed due to a wet outfield.

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Delhi vs Madhya Pradesh at Vijayawada

4.45 pm: End of the first day's play and MP is 223/6 in 90 overs. Harpreet Singh on 47 and Puneet Datey on 8 will resume on the second day.

4.25 pm: Madhya Pradesh gets to the 200-run mark. 200/6 in 81.5 overs.

4.05 pm: Six down for Madhya Pradesh and the 36-run partnership for the 6th wicket is broken by Vikas Mishra as he sends Ankit Sharma back for 13, caught by Rishabh Pant. Madhya Pradesh 193/6.

2.46 pm: Madhya Pradesh goes to tea break at 158/5. It wouldn't have liked the twin strikes, half hour before tea. Harpreet Singh (5) and Ankit Sharma (0) will resume after the break.

2:26 pm: Two in two overs! Ojha (49) is removed by V. Tokas. Madhya Pradesh 157/5.

2:17 pm: Wicket for Delhi! Manan Sharma dismisses Bundela for 17 (82). Madhya Pradhesh 149/4.

1:50 pm: Madhya Pradesh has moved to 123/3 at the end of 50 overs. Ojha (26*) and Bundela (10*)

12.29 pm: Madhya Pradesh gets to 100. 100/3 in 40.4 overs. A pair of experienced hands in Naman Ojha and Devendra Bundela in the middle.

11.57 am: Dane is out for 59, trapped infront by Vikas Mishra. Madhya Pradesh 90/3 in 32.4 overs and lunch is taken.

11.40 am: Ankit Dane has scored a half-century. 50 off 72 balls with six fours and one six. Madhya Pradesh 75/2.

11.20 am: The 59-run partnership is broken. Shubham Sharma departs for 17. He is caught by Kunal Chandela off Vikas Mishra. Madhya Pradesh 69/2 in 23 overs.

11.18 am: Ankit and Shubham have stitched a half-century partnership for the second wicket. Ankit (44) and Shubham (17) have taken Madhya Pradesh to 69/1 in 22.5 overs, the partnership worth 59 so far.

10.38 am: Madhya Pradesh has made a steady start. Ankit Dane (25 off 43) and Shubham Sharma (10 off 29) have taken MP to 41/1 in the 15th over.

10.07 am: Madhya Pradesh has moved to 28/1 in 10 overs. A slow and a steady start with Ankit Dane and Shubham Sharma in the middle.

9.57 am: Madhya Pradesh loses its first wicket. Rajat Patidar is out, trapped infront by Navdeep Saini for 2. Madhya Pradesh 10/1 in 5.4 overs.

9.35 am: One over up! MP 6/0, with four coming off byes!

This is how the Delhi lineup looks like.

The Madhya Pradesh XI

 

9.10 am: Delhi has won the toss and Madhya Pradesh will bat first.

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Gujarat vs Bengal at Jaipur

(Our correspondent Y.B. Sarangi from Jaipur adds)

5.00 pm: It is stumps at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium. Bengal finishes the first day on 261/6 in 86 overs. It started off wobbling to 59/4 but a 175-run partnership between Abhimanyu Easwaran and Anustup Majumdar lifted it up. B. Amit on 9 and Aamir Gani on 6 will resume on the second day morning!

4.45 pm: Abhimanyu Easwaran departs after a well compiled 129, off 246 balls with 17 fours. He is caught by S.B. Gohil and Gaja takes his second wicket. Bengal 255/6 in 82.2 overs.

4.30 pm: 250 up for Bengal. 253/5 in 78.5 overs.

4.14 pm: Heartbreak for Anustup Majumdar. He is out for 94. Stepped out to S.A. Desai and Parthiv Patel does the rest behind the stumps. Anustup and Abhimanyu added 175 runs for the fifth wicket. Bengal 234/5 in the 76th over.

3.20 pm: 200 up for Bengal. Abhimanyu and Anustup are sending the defending champion on a leather hunt.  201/4 in 63.4 overs.

A file photo of Abhimanyu Easwaran in action.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

 

2.44 pm: 100 for Abhimanyu Easwaran! He has taken 176 balls with 13 fours. Bengal 188/4 and the umpires call tea. Abhimanyu (100) and Anustup (67) have added an unbroken 129 runs for the fifth wicket, till now.

2:14 pm: Abhimanyu and Anustup have put on a 100-run partnership after Bengal was tottering at 59/4. Bengal 160/4 in 51 overs.

2:12 pm: Anustup reaches 50 off 102 balls. Bengal 158/4.

1.27 pm: The duo of Abhimanyu and Anustup have been going strong so far. A 72-run association for the fifth wicket takes Bengal to 131/4 in the 42nd over.

1.06 pm: 50-run partnership between Abhimanyu and Anustup for the fifth wicket. Bengal 109/4 in 36.5 overs. Abhimanyu on 60 and Anustup on 30.

12.50 pm: Bengal gets to 100 in 32 overs. 100/4.

12.00 noon: Lunch time at Jaipur. Bengal 90/4. Abhimanyu (50) and Anustup (20) will resume after the break.

11.55 am: Abhimanyu gets to a 50. He has consumed 78 balls with 8 fours. Bengal 86/4.

11.45 am: Bengal has moved to 84/4 after 29 overs with Abhimanyu on 49 and Anustup Majumdar on 15 in the middle.

Look who is supporting Bengal!

 

10.59 am: Ishwar picks up his third. Bengal four down for 59. Shreevats Goswami is the man to depart, for 4 runs. He is caught by R.H. Bhatt.

10.37 am: Bengal loses its third wicket. Manoj Tiwary is trapped infront for 1 by C.T. Gaja. Bengal 44/3 in 12.5 overs.

10.28 am: Writtick departs for 4. Ishwar Chaudhary takes his second wicket. Writtick caught by Parthiv and Bengal is 43/2 in 11.3 overs.

10.08 am: Bengal moves to 42/1 in 10 overs. A.R. Easwaran is playing the anchor role, with 30 off 38 balls so far. Writtick Chatterjee is giving company on 3.

9.58 am: Gujarat draws first blood. Abhishek Raman is castled by Ishwar Chaudhary for 5. Bengal loses its first wicket for 13, in 5.1 overs.

9.35 am: Bengal 6/0 in the 2nd over.

This the how the defending champion Gujarat's lineup looks like.

And, the Bengal playing XI

 

9.10 am: Gujarat has won the toss and has elected to field.