Ranji Trophy 2018-19 UPDATES: Quarterfinals, Day 4

Presenting all the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Quarterfinals, Day 4 live scores, updates, commentary and highlights from the matches being played across the country.

Uttarakhand team celebrates the wicket of Vidarbha's R.R. Ramaswamy on Day 3.   -  PTI

Welcome to Sportstar's live commentary of the fourth day of the quarterfinals of Ranji Trophy 2018-19.

Our reporters Amol Karkadkar (Nagpur), Ashwin Achal (Bengaluru) will be sending us periodic updates straight from the venues.

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Results

Kerala beat Gujarat  by 113 runs.

Karnataka beat Team Rajasthan by six wickets.

 

END OF DAY FOUR

In Lucknow: Saurashtra 208 and 195 for 2 (Harvik Desai 83 n.o., Snell Patel 72) needs 177 more runs to beat Uttar Pradesh 385 and 194.

In Nagpur: Team Uttarakhand 355 and 152 for 5 (Karanveer Kaushal 76, Umesh Yadav 3 for 22) trails Vidarbha 629 by 122 runs.

  • Can Saurashtra turn the tables and ensure a come-from-behind win? How long can Team Uttarakhand provide resistance to the rampant defending champion? To find out, log in to Sportstar on Day Five, at 9.30 am. Till then, it's goodbye.

  • It's stumps, in Nagpur, too. Here's Amol Karhadkar: Two wickets in two balls at the fag end of the day has left Uttarakhand in real danger of stumbling to an innings defeat. Umesh Yadav returned to snare through Avneesh Sudha's defence. In the next over, what turned to be the last ball of the day, Aditya Sarvate took an excellent return catch to see the back of Vaibhav Panwar and leave Uttarakhand in tatters at 152 for five.

  • Team Uttarakhand reaches its 150-mark. It's 151 for 3, in the 56th over.

  • It's stumps, in Lucknow. Saurashtra, at 195 for 2, needs 177 more runs to win on Day Five.

  • Here's Amol Karhadkar, once again: Sarvate gets his man in some style!!! The spinner pitches one outside leg, into the eough and Kaushal shoulders it, hoping for the ball to thud into his pad. But the ball turns square and crashes into the top of off-stump to leave Uttarakhand reeling at 132 for three.

  • Here's Amol Karhadkar with the latest from Nagpur: Karanveer Kaushal is playing an entertaining knock. He has started opening his shoulders up at will, especially against the spin. He first hits Aditya Sarvate for a one-bounced at long-on and charges down the wicket to hit a real big six off the next ball on the other side of the wicket. The opener is batting on 76, Uttarakhand 128 for 2.

  • With a cover drive off Gurbani, Sudha moves on to 10. Uttarakhand, after 42 overs, is 112 for 2.

  • Kaushal tucks Rajneesh Gurbani to the midwicket boundary to bring up Team Uttarakhand's 100.

  • Sudha gets off the mark with a boundary, a timid flick through midwicket off Umesh.

  • Umesh Yadav gets the ball to come into the batsman, and has him bowled. It is perhaps the reverse-swing, as Yadav is hiding the ball while running in to bowl. V. Bhati goes for a duck. Team Uttarakhand 92 for 2 in 37 overs. A. Sudha is the new batsman.

  • Karanveer Kaushal has his half-century for Team Uttarakhand.

  • Saurashtra reaches the 150-run mark, in the second innings. At 153 for 1 after 53 overs, it needs another 219 runs to win. Harvik Desai, the opener, is batting on 64, and Vishvarajsinh Jadeja, on 16.

  • In Nagpur, Team Uttarakhand loses its first wicket. Vineet Saxena's 114-ball vigil is over. He is dismissed for 27. It's 72 for 1. Here's Amol Karhadkar, with more: Yadav finally gives Vidarbha a breakthrough. Changes ends after tea and in his second over, jags one back and beats Vineet Saxena with the pace and umpire Amish Saheba raises the finger promptly after the ball thuds into the pads.

  • Tea break: Team Uttarakhand - 69/0, trails Vidarbha by 205 runs. Vineet Saxena 26 off 103, and Karanveer Kaushal 31 off 77 at the crease.

  • Saurashtra loses its first wicket. Opener Snell Patel 72 off 114 balls, departs in Shivam Mavi's bowling. Saurashtra 132/1

  • Harvik Desai gets to his fifty in 126 balls. Saurashtra needs 253 runs to win with ten wickets remaining.

  • Amol Kharadkar updates from Nagpur: Umesh Yadav and Rajneesh Gurbani are bowling an impressive spell in tandem. With an odd ball keeping low, the duo have been asking a lot of questions of Uttarakhand openers. Yadav, especially, is looking dangerous but is still unlucky for a breakthrough. Saxena top-edge one but the ball lobbed over the bowler's head and Karanveer Kaushal survived a close lbw shout. Only in the 17th over can Uttarakhand find the first boundary of the innings with Kaushal pulling Gurbani - bowling with an innovative field of two slips, short point, short mid-off and short mid-wicket.

  • Saurashtra openers Harvik Desai (48) and Snell Patel (56) have laid a solid foundation for the chase with a stand of 105 runs without a loss.

  • Lunch break: Uttarakhand openers Vineet Saxena (24 balls), and Karanveer Kaushal (18 balls) play out seven overs before lunch without scoring a single run.

  • Lunch break: Saurashtra - 69/0, needs 303 runs to win. H Desai 29 off 75, and Snell Patel 39 off 57 at the crease.

  • Ashwin Achal from Bengaluru: Match over, Karnataka win. Another short ball from Rahul, pulled by Manish for four. Absolutely magic show from Karun and Manish. Talk about delivering under pressure.  The fifth-wicket partnership is worth 129 runs, in 99 minutes and 149 balls. Attacked from the start, risky tactic, but it sure paid off.

 

  • Amol Karhadkar from Nagpur: Vidarbha is finally bowled out for 629, with a more than handy lead of 274. Having toiled in the field for 184 overs, will Uttarakhand batsmen have it in them to at least stretch the match into the last day?

  • Here's Ashwin Achal from Bengaluru: Manish Pandey brings up his 50 in 75 minutes, 53 balls, 9*4. Small crowd cheering every run now. Karnataka needs 48 runs to win.

 

  • Amol Karhadkar with another update: Aditya Sarvate's innings ends on a freak note, with Sunny Rana managing to hold on a fiercery struck straight drive in his follow-through. Vidarbha 628/9

  • Amol Karhadkar with the latest development in Nagpur: "I can bat". That seems to be the message towards the dressing room in Aditya Sarvate's celebration after he drove Malolan through covers for his 11th four and complete a hundred (180b, 241m). The next ball is an action replay of sorts and the batsman registers his highest score in first-class cricket. That's followed with a short pull and it's pulled to square leg for a four. At 628 for 4, with a lead of 273 it's a matter of when rather than if Vidarbha will declare.

  • Amol Karhadkar updates from Nagpur: The first 75 minutes have seen Aditya Sarvate closing in on a second first-class hundred despite losing Akshay Wakhare at the other end. More importantly, Vidarbha has crossed the 600-run mark only for the second time in first-class cricket, after its 800 for 7 dec in the Irani Cup tie in March. With Sarvate needing nine runs for a hundred, Vidarbha will hopefully declare and end the misery of Uttarakhand lot, who have been on the field for almost two full days now. Vidarbha leads by 256 runs.

  • Ashwin Achal with an update: Rajasthan tad too defensive. Only first and third slip in place, despite Karun and Pandey driving away from the body. No need for deep fine leg when the attack line is outside off. Both batsmen have already earned a couple of fours through the second slip area, via edges. Once again, Pandey guides the ball through vacant second slip area. In control this time, lovely late cut. Rajasthan desperately needs a wicket to stop the momentum. Karnataka 100/4

  • Vidarbha's lead increases to 234 runs. A.A. Sarvate batting on 81 from 155 balls, A.V. Wadkar falls two runs short of a century in Mayank Mishra's bowling.

  • Saurashtra set a target of 372 runs. Yash Dayal is the last man to go. Saurashtra captain Jayadev Unadkat finishes with 2 for 34. Chetan Sakariya has been the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-38.

  • Ashwin Achal updates from Bengaluru: Controversial end to More's knock. More edges to keeper, but no ball review throws up some doubts. It looks like Haq has overstepped, but cameras are unable to get a clear angle. Karun Nair's bat is in the way, and from the other side, a fielder is blocking the view. After a long deliberation, the third umpire sticks with the on-field call and gives it out. Karnataka 56/4

  • Snell Patel takes the catch of Upendra Yadav off Jayadev Unadkat's bowling as Uttar Pradesh loses its ninth wicket. Uttar Pradesh leads by 365 runs.

  • Ashwin Achal updates from Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru: Karun Nair streaky in opening few overs. Two edges, both evade slips. The second was a late cut through vacant second slip area. He kept it down, but it's a risky shot. Karnataka needs 134 runs to win with seven wickets in hand.

END OF DAY THREE

In Nagpur: Vidarbha 559 for 6 (Wasim Jaffer 206, R. Sanjay 141, Akshay Wadkar 98, Aditya Sarwate 57 n.o.) leads Team Uttarakhand 355 by 204 runs.

In Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh 385 and 172 for 8 (Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 4 for 53, Chetan Sakariya 3 for 29) leads Saurashtra 208 by 349 runs.

In Bengaluru: Karnataka 263 and 45 for 3 needs 139 more runs to beat Team Rajasthan 224 and 222 (K. Gowtham 4 for 54, Shreyas Gopal 3 for 52).

 

- Kerala defeated Gujarat by 113 runs and booked a place in the semifinal for the first time in its Ranji Trophy history. (Report)

- From working as a newspaper boy to not having money to buy cricket whites, read Tanveer Ul-Haq's ascent to Ranji Trophy limelight.

-  With his sublime 206, Wasim Jaffer is on the cusp of scoring 1,000 runs in a Ranji season, a feat he last achieved 10 seasons ago in his maiden season as Mumbai captain. (Report)

- Uttar Pradesh was 172 for eight at stumps on day three, albeit it had taken its second-innings lead to 349. (Report)

 

TOSS UPDATES:

- Karnataka won the toss and elected to field against Rajasthan.

- Gujarat won the toss and elected to field against Kerala.

- Uttar Pradesh won the toss and elected to bat against Saurashtra.

- Vidarbha won the toss and elected to bat against Uttarakhand.

 

FIXTURES:

Vidarbha vs Uttarakhand, VCA Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur

Saurashtra vs Uttar Pradesh, Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

Karnataka vs Rajasthan, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Kerala vs Gujarat, Krishnagiri Stadium, Wayanad

 

SQUADS:

Kerala: Sachin Baby (captain), P. Rahul, Vinoop S. Manoharan, V. A. Jagadeesh, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Sanju Samson, Vishnu Vinod,  Sijomon Joseph, Sandeep Warrier, Basil Thampi, M. D. Nidheesh, Rohan Prem, Jalaj Saxena, K. Monish, Arun Karthik, Akshay Chandran and Abhishek Mohan.

Gujarat: Parthiv Patel (captain), Kathan Patel, Priyank Panchal, Rujul Bhatt, Roosh Kalaria, Axar Patel, Chintan Gaja, Piyush Chawla, Arzan Nagwaswalla, Karan Patel, Siddharth Desai, Dhruv Raval, Parth Vaghani, Chirag Gandhi and Rahul Shah

Vidarbha: Faiz Fazal (C), Ganesh Satish, Wasim Jaffer, Aditya Sarvate, Pawan Parnate (WK), Atharva Taide, Siddhesh Wath (WK), Akshay Wakhare, Akshay Wadkar (WK), Rajneesh Gurbani, R. Sanjay, Akshay Karnewar, Suniket Bingewar, Umesh Yadav, Yash Thakur, Mohit Kale, Akshay Kolhar

Uttarakhand: Vineet Saxena (C), Malolan Rangarajan, Saurabh Rawat (WK), Sunny Rana, Sunny Kashyap, Vaibhav Bhatt, Vaibhav Panwar, Deepak Dhapola, Mayank Mishra, Dhanraj Sharma, Karanveer Kaushal, Kartik Joshi, Shivam Khurana (WK), Girish Katuri, Avneesh Sudha

Saurashtra: Snell Patel(w), Harvik Desai, Vishvaraj Jadeja, Sheldon Jackson, Aarpit Vasavada, Prerak Mankad, Cheteshwar Pujara, Chirag Jani, Kamlesh Makvana, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Jaydev Unadkat(c), Chetan Sakariya, Hardik Rathod, Jay Chauhan, Samarth Vyas, Agnivesh Ayachi

Uttar Pradesh: Akshdeep Nath(c), Upendra Yadav(w), Samarth Singh, Rinku Singh, Shivam Chaudhary, Umang Sharma, Priyam Garg, Saurabh Kumar, Ankit Rajpoot, Yash Dayal, Dhruv Pratap Singh, Imtiaz Ahmed, Mohammad Saif, Zeeshan Ansari, Madhav Kaushik, Shivam Mavi, Suresh Raina

Rajasthan: Mahipal Lomror(c), Deepak Chahar, Rajesh Bishnoi Jr, Chetan Bist, Robin Bist, Rahul Chahar, Aniket Choudhary, Amitkumar Gautam, Arjit Gupta, Salman Khan, Manender Narender Singh, Ashok Menaria, Nathu Singh, Tajinder Singh, TM Ul-Haq

Karnataka: M Prasidh, B R Sharath (W), Shubhang Hegde, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey (C), Shreyas Gopal, Suchith J, Nischal D, Samarth R, Ronit More, Siddharth K V.