LIVE UPDATES: Ranji Trophy Round IV

Periodic updates from Day Three of the fourth round of the Ranji Trophy.

Mayank Agarwal celebrates his triple century on Friday. Photo: Mandar Tannu

Group A

Maharashtra vs Karnataka

At stumps on Day Three, Maharashtra trailed Karnataka by 248 runs, at 135 for 4 in its second innings.

Our correspondent P. K. Ajith Kumar reports from Pune:

. Riding largely on opener Mayank Agarwal's 304 not out, Karnataka posted a massive 628 for five declared against Maharashtra at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium. R. Samarth and Karun Nair also scored hundreds. Batting a second time, with the daunting task of batting out four sessions to save the match, the host went to tea at 49 for two, trailing by 334 runs.

. It was Karnataka's morning once again.

Or rather, it was Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair's morning. Nair has moved on to his hundred; he is the third centurion in the innings. Agarwal is not far far away from a triple hundred. He is batting on 280, while Nair is on 116, as the visiting side took lunch at 588 for two, that's a lead of 343. The third-wicket stand is so far worth 269 runs. [Day Two report]

Delhi vs Uttar Pradesh

At stumps, Uttar Pradesh was positioned at 224 for 7 in its second innings, for an overall lead of 246 runs. [Day Two report]

Railways vs Hyderabad

At stumps on Day Three, Railways, following on, was at 13 for 0, needing 215 more runs to make Hyderabad bat again. [Day Two report]

Group B

Saurashtra vs Jharkhand

Jharkhand, at stumps on Day Three, was at 139 for 1 in its second innings (following on). It still trails Saurashtra by 144 runs.

Gujarat vs Haryana

At tea, Haryana was 12 for 1, chasing a target of 361 to win.

Haryana staring at defeat after finishing Day 3 on 94/7 with another 267 runs required for an improbable win.

Kerala vs Jammu and Kashmir

In a low scoring match in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala was bowled out for 191 in its second innings. J&K was 12 for 3 at tea, needing 226 more runs to win. [Day Two report]

At Stumps, J&K was stuttering at 56/7, needing a further 182 runs for a win.

Karun Nair (left) celebrates his century alongside Mayank Agarwal. Photo: Mandar Tannu

 

Group C

Odisha vs Mumbai

At stumps on Day Three, Odisha, at 93 for 4 in its second innings, needs 320 more runs to defeat Mumbai.

Our correspondent Amol Karhardkar reports from Bhubaneshwar:

. Siddhesh Lad's superlative hundred has helped Mumbai set Odisha a gargantuan target of 413 runs. In the last over of the extended second session, left-arm spinner Vijay Gohil got a lucky breakthrough, thanks to umpire K. Srinivasan's error. Odisha 13 for 1 at tea.

. Siddhesh Lad's unbeaten fifty has taken Mumbai to near-safety. At 153 for seven at lunch and with all-rounder Akash  Parkar at the other end, Mumbai can certainly hope to add a few more runs.

. The first hour has belonged to Odisha. The pace duo of Suryakant Pradhan and Biplab Samantray have got rid of overnight unbeaten batsmen Dhawal Kulkarni and Suryakumar Yadav along with captain Aditya Tare. At 91 for six, Mumbai still hold the edge, with a lead of 235. [Day Two report]

Mumbai's Siddhesh Lad celebrates his century in Bhubaneshwar. Photo: Biswaranjan Rout

 

Andhra vs Madhya Pradesh

At stumps on Day Three, MP led Andhra by 12 runs, at 67 for 5 in its second innings.

Our correspondent A. Joseph Antony reports from Vizianagaram:

. MP was in dire straits, reeling at 44 for four in 19 overs of its second innings, after conceding a 55-run first innings lead to Andhra.

. D.B. Ravi Teja (58, 4 x 4) and Ashwin Hebbar (77, 8 x 4, 1 x 6) enabled Andhra take the first innings lead against Madhya Pradesh after lunch on the third day of their Ranji Trophy group C match . The host was on 337 for seven after 106 overs.

. Ashwin Hebbar recorded his half century with his fifth boundary helping Andhra recoup to 272 for five in 87 overs, still 49 short of MP's first innings total of 321. [Day Two report]

Baroda vs Tripura

At stumps on Day Three, Tripura trailed Baroda by 194 runs. It was positioned at 327 for 4.

Group D

Vidarbha vs Services

Vidarbha was 111 for 2 in its second innings at stumps on Day Three, leading by 179 runs.

Chhattisgarh vs Punjab

At stumps on Day Three, Chhattisgarh trailed Punjab by 244 runs, at 171 for 4 in its second innings.

Bengal vs Himachal

Our correspondent Y. B. Sarangi reports from Eden Gardens, Kolkata:

. Himachal Pradesh was on 207 for two in 58 overs in its second innings when the stumps were drawn for day three in the Rani Trophy Group D match at the Eden Gardens. Priyanshu Khanduri (67 batting) and Nikhil Gangta (43 batting) were at the crease.

. Himachal was on 129 for two in 38 overs at the tea break on the third day of the Ranji Trophy match against Bengal. Prashant Chopra (81 off 103 balls, 8x4) and Priyanshu Khanduri (47 batting, 111b, 5x4, 1x6) gave Himachal a good start in its second essay.

. Following on, Himachal was on 36 for no loss in its second innings in its Ranji Trophy Group D match against Bengal at lunch on day three. (Prashant Chopra 28 n.o, Priyanshu Khanduri 8 n.o.)

. In reply to Bengal's first innings score of 419, Himachal was all out for 206 in 56.2 overs. Ashok Dinda 5 for 61, Mohd. Shami 3 for 94 and Mukesh Kumar 2 for 44 shared the wickets.[Day Two report]