Ranji Trophy 2018-19 UPDATES: Round 8, Day 3

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

Andhra's most consistent batsman this season, Ricky Bhui, celebrates his century against Hyderabad, his fourth this season, in the Ranji Trophy match at Vizianagaram on Tuesday.   -  V V SUBRAHMANYAM

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Results:

Uttar Pradesh beats Haryana by six wickets.

Pondicherry beats Manipur by 10 wickets.

Nagaland thumps Arunachal Pradesh by an innings and 120 runs.

Bihar defeats Mizoram by an innings and 216 runs.

Jammu and Kashmir downs Assam by four wickets.

Vidarbha floors Mumbai  by an innings and 145 runs.

Punjab defeats Kerala by 10 wickets.

Baroda beats Railways by 164 runs.

Madhya Pradesh beats Himachal by 140 runs.

 

5.28 PM: It's stumps in Palam, New Delhi and Gahunje, Pune, too. In Pune, Maharashtra, in its second innings, is 137 for 6, trailing Gujarat by 178 runs. In New Delhi, Odisha, 65 for 1, trails Services by 175 runs.

Madhya Pradesh vs Himachal: Himachal is bowled out for 191. Madhya Pradesh wins by 140 runs. Himachal has had a reality check after three big wins in a row.

Madhya Pradesh vs Himachal: Himachal is on the verge of a defeat at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. At 185 for 9, Madhya Pradesh is one wicket away from victory. Five more overs are left in the day.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: It's stumps, in Bengaluru. Karnataka 113 for 4 in its second innings, leads Chhattisgarh by 248 runs.

Goa vs Team Rajasthan: Goa loses its fifth wicket in its second innings, and it's stumps. Goa is 199 for 5, trailing by 70 runs.

Jharkhand vs Tripura: It's stumps, in Jamshedpur. Tripura 146 for 2 in its second innings, trails by 10 runs.

Railways vs Baroda: Railways is bowled out for 106. Baroda has defeated Railways by 164 runs.

Railways vs Baroda: Left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt has five wickets, Railways 97 for 9, needs 174 more runs to win.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: In Bengaluru, Manish Pandey has a half-century for Karnataka. Karnataka leads by 239 runs, it's 104 for 4 in 30 overs.

Bengal vs Delhi: It's stumps, at Eden Gardens. Bengal 18 for 0 in three overs, chasing 322 for victory.

Andhra vs Hyderabad: V. V. Subrahmanyam updates: Hyderabad finishes third day at 33 for no loss, after conceding a lead of 231.

Sikkim vs Meghalaya: It's stumps, at the KIIT Cricket Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Sikkim, at 72 for 2 in its second innings, trails by 535 runs.

Maharashtra vs Gujarat: In Pune, Maharashtra has lost five wickets, in its second innings. At 89 for 5, it is still 225 runs behind.

Bengal vs Delhi: At Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Delhi is bowled out for 301. The target for Bengal to win the contest is 322.

Goa vs Team Rajasthan: In Porvorim, Sagun Kamat and Amit Verma have reached their half-centuries. The partnership between them is 142. Goa, at 153 for 2, trails by 116 runs.

Jharkhand vs Tripura: In Jamshedpur, U. U. Bose has reached his half-century. Tripura 115 for 2, trails by 41 runs.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: Here's Ashwin Achal, from Bengaluru: Unbelievable opening spell by Pankaj Rao. He gets Nischal, Liyan and Siddharth to inside edge inswingers on to the stumps. All gone in identical fashion. Pankaj now has 10 wickets for the match.

Manish Pandey and Padikkal go on the offensive. Padikkal steps out to left arm spinner Ajay Mandal - first ball over mid on for four, next ball huge six over midwicket.

Andhra vs Hyderabad: Here's V. V. Subrahmanyam, from Vizianagaram: Andhra declares at 502 for seven, with K. S. Bharat unbeaten on 178. It takes a lead of 231 runs against Hyderabad, with one hour to go on the third day in Vizianagaram.

Railways vs Baroda: Railways has lost five quick wickets in its second innings, at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi. At 60 for 5, It requires 211 more runs to win. Bhargav Bhatt accounts for four of the five wickets to fall.

Bengal vs Delhi: Subodh Bhati has a half-century for Delhi, in its second innings against Bengal at Eden Gardens. Delhi 295 for 9, leads by 315 runs.

Punjab vs Kerala: With a 10-wicket victory at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, Punjab has the bonus point. Here's P. K. Ajith Kumar, from Mohali: Punjab has just won by 10 wickets against Kerala and thus has got the bonus point. Jiwanjot  Singh (48 not out) and Shubman Gill (69 not out) paced their chase of 128 very well. Siddharth Kaul is Man of the Match for his eight wickets.

Railways vs Baroda: Things very difficult for Railways here on. Needing 230 runs to win, Railways at the end of 20 overs is at 41/4.

 

Andhra Pradesh vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V. V. Subrahmanyam updates: Andhra stretches the lead past the 200- mark against Hyderabad with wicketkeeper-batsman K S Bharath going strong on 167 in Vizianagaram.

Punjab vs Kerala: Our correspondent P. K. Ajith Kumar updates: Punjab's cricketers will surely enjoy their tea. They are 85 for none, with Jiwanjot Singh not out on 30 and Shubman Gill on 41. Now the only question is whether they could get the bonus point, which might prove crucial when it comes to qualifying for the knock-out stage.

Andhra Pradesh vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V. V. Subrahmanyam updates: Left arm spinner strikes a double blow to reduce Andhra to 459 for six but K S Bharath still going strong on 159 vs Hyderabad in Vizianagaram, lead of 188 runs.

 

Vidarbha vs Mumbai: Our correspondent Amol Karhadkar updates: That's it. Aditya Sarvate gets Tushar Deshpande caught behind and Vidarbha win by an innings and 145 runs.

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Captain Siddhesh Lad and coach Vinayak Samant have an intense discussion before heading into the meeting after a humiliating loss.   -  Amol Karhadkar

 

Andhra Pradesh vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V. V. Subrahmanyam updates:

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Andhra wicket-keeper batsman K S Bharath (right) scores an unbeaten 158 to help team go into tea break at 456 for four on third day in reply to Hyderabad's 271 at Vizianagaram.   -  V V SUBRAHMANYAM

 

Vidarbha vs Mumbai: Our correspondent Amol Karhadkar updates: Mumbai have crossed the three-figure mark but it's clear that it's en route suffering only its third innings defeat in first-class cricket - and second in Ranji Trophy. At 105 for nine, Vidarbha would be looking forward to wrap the match up before tea and complete a memorable win.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: Our correspondent Ashwin Achal updates: More takes two wickets in three balls. Gets both Mandal and Pankaj bowled with full and straight deliveries.

Punjab vs Kerala: Our correspondent P. K. Ajith Kumar updates: Punjab is cruising. Chasing 128, the host is 54 for none in the 14th over, as the sun struggles to come through the clouds, offering hopes of some warmth for the small number of spectators on another cold afternoon. Not much hope for Kerala, though.

Bengal vs Delhi: Our correspondent Y. B. Sarangi updates: Tea- Delhi 200/6 in 81 overs. Shivam Sharma batting 27, Shivank Vashisth batting 9. Himmat Singh 51, Jonty Sidhu 42. Dinda 3/61, Pramanik 2/35. Overall lead for Delhi is 220.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: Our correspondent Ashwin Achal updates: Karnataka nearly had two wickets in two overs.  Ajay Mondal edges a Vinay leg-cutter, but Liyan Khan drops a regulation chance at second slip. Vinay drops to the ground , he is utterly disappointed.

Andhra Pradesh vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V. V. Subrahmanyam updates: Andhra wicket-keeper batsman K S Bharath completes 150, Andhra scores 442 for four in reply to Hyderabad's 271 on third day in Vizianagaram.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: Our correspondent Ashwin Achal updates: Harpreet falls to a marvelous catch by K. Gowtham. Bad ball, on the pads, from More. Harpreet flicks it, Gowtham flies to his left and makes the grab at square-leg. Huge boost for Karnataka, who have been flat in the field today. Harpreet's superb six hour vigil comes to an end.

Sikkim vs Meghalaya: Now Gurinder Singh gets his century in 135 balls and Meghalaya finally declares at 826/7. A lead of 607 runs. That's humongous!

Here are the top five Ranji innings totals just in case you were wondering how mammoth this actually is:

ScoreTeamOpponentSeason
944/6 decHyderabadAndhra1993/94
912/6 decTamil NaduGoa1988/89
912/8 decHolkarMysore1945/46
855/6 decBombayHyderabad1990/91
826/4MaharashtraKathiawar1948/49

 

Vidarbha vs Mumbai: Our correspondent Amol Karhadkar updates: Seems we are in for an early finish. Shreyas Iyer and Shubham Ranjane both try to clear the in-field and hole out in the deep. Mumbai in tatters at 65 for five.

Andhra Pradesh vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V. V. Subrahmanyam updates: Finally, in the 53rd over of the day, Hyderabad gets rid off centurion Ricky Bhui (129) after he put on 234 runs for the fourth wicket with K S Bharath (126 batting), lead now by 129 runs against Hyderabad on third day in Vizianagaram.

#StatAttack: Know who the highest wicket-taker is? Or maybe the highest run-getter this Ranji season? Take a look.

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(Credits: BCCI)

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Punjab vs Kerala: Our correspondent P. K. Ajith Kumar updates: Kerala is all out, 11 minutes after lunch. Mayank Markande Leg-spinner Mayank Markande picked up four wickets and two each for Manpreet Gony, Baltej Singh and Siddharth Kaul. Mohammed Azharuddeen (112) and Vishnu Vinod (35) were the main contributors for Kerala. Punjab needs 128 to win. With 55 overs left, the fourth day looks redundant.

Andhra Pradesh vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V. V. Subrahmanyam updates: Strangely, Andhra despite taking 100 run lead with two centurions at the crease, has not yet started accelerating the run rate.

Vidarbha vs Mumbai: Our correspondent Amol Karhadkar updates: Siddhesh Lad has every reason to be disappointed. First ball he faced after lunch, he missed one that was pushed quicker by Sarvate, was rapped on the pads and umpire Virender Sharma upheld the appeal while the ball appeared to have been sliding down the leg. Matkar and Shreyas Iyer have then taken the aggressive route, tonking three sixes in the next two overs.

Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh: Our correspondent Ashwin Achal updates: Harpreet Singh brings up his ninth first class century with a lovely back foot punch off spinner Gowtham. Harpreet, incidentally, was part of the India under-19 squad in the 2010 under-19 world cup, alongside names like KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Jaydev Unadkat.

Some might remember him as the victim of mistaken identity in the 2017 IPL auction. He was incorrectly linked to a crime committed by Harmeet Singh, which cost him a IPL deal. He was later signed by RCB to replace Sarfaraz Khan

Andhra Pradesh vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V. V. Subrahmanyam updates: Ricky Bhui and K S Bharat stitch together an unbeaten double-century stand for the fourth wicket to help Andhra score 375 for three in reply to Hyderabad's 271 on third day in Vizianagaram.

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Andhra wicket-keeper-batsman K.S. Bharath celebrates his century against Hyderabad on the third day of the Ranji Trophy match in Vizianagaram on Tuesday.   -  V V SUBRAHMANYAM

 

#StatAttack: The New Year lunch is upon us! Meanwhile, what we can do is see where the teams are placed on the league table (Credits- BCCI):

Elite Group A and B:

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Elite Group C:

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Plate:

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Lunch, Day 3 roundup:

Delhi 141/4 vs Bengal: Leads by 161 runs

Jammu and Kashmir 123/4 vs Assam: Needs 107 runs to win

Andhra 350/3 vs Hyderabad: Leads by 79 runs

Jharkhand 409 vs Tripura: Leads by 156 runs

Meghalaya 774/4 vs Sikkim: Leads by 555 runs

Madhya Pradesh 140/6 vs Himachal: Leads by 278 runs

Chhattisgarh 216/6 vs Karnataka: Trails by 202 runs

Gujarat 539/8 vs Maharashtra: Leads by 309 runs

Baroda 122/7 vs Railways: Leads by 235 runs

Mumbai 10/2 vs Vidarbha: Trails by 249 runs

Kerala 220/8 vs Punjab: Leads by 124 runs

Rajasthan 477/8 vs Goa: Leads by 233 runs

Services 284/6 vs Odisha: Leads by 107 runs

 

Andhra Pradesh vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V. V. Subrahmanyam updates: Ricky Bhui completes his fourth century of the season with a beautiful cover drive to the fence off pacer C V Milind, Andhra 355 for three against Hyderabad on third day after the lunch break.

Vidarbha vs Mumbai: Our correspondent Amol Karhadkar updates: Matkar and Lad avoid further damage as Mumbai ends the morning session at 10 for 2.

 

Vidarbha vs Mumbai: And before you could blink an eye our correspondent Amol Karhadkar updates: Mumbai in dire straits. Jay Bista shoulders arms expecting the new ball to turn but the ball holds its line and crashes into the off-stump. Double-wicket maiden for Sarvate. Mumbai one for 2.

Vidarbha vs Mumbai: Our correspondent Amol Karhadkar updates: Vikrant Auti first to perish. A top-edged sweep off Aditya Sarvate heads straight to Apoorv Wankhade at long-leg. Dhrumil Matkar was unbeaten on 62 in the first innings and he is promoted to No 3 in the second dig.

Andhra Pradesh vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V. V. Subrahmanyam updates: Andhra go into lunch on third day at 350 for three, lead of 79 runs with Ricky Bhui on 95 and K S Bharat on 110 against Hyderabad in Vizianagaram.

Vidarbha vs Mumbai: Our correspondent Amol Karhadkar updates: Wakhare gets his five as Mumbai has been bowled out for 252. And it doesn't come as a surprise that Vidarbha has asked Mumbai to follow-on. Only the fifth instance in the Ranji Trophy history that Mumbai is following on.

Previous instances of Mumbai being asked to follow-on: Gujarat in 1986-87; Bengal in 2006-07; Saurashtra in 2008-09; Punjab in 2016-17.

 

 

@tintin1107 has some interesting observation:

 

Bengal vs Delhi: Our correspondent Y. B. Sarangi updates: Lunch- Delhi 141/4 in 53 overs, ahead by 161, session produced 100 for two, Himmat Singh batting 36, Jonty Sidhu batting 38, unbeaten stand of 69.

Andhra Pradesh vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V. V. Subrahmanyam updates: Andhra wicket-keeper batsman K S Bharat completes a brilliant century 333 for three in reply to Hyderabad's 271 on third morning in Vizianagaram.

Railways vs Baroda: And another one bites the dust! Mithesh Patel goes for 2, castled by Avinash Yadav. Baroda 61/6 after 31. 3 overs.

Sikkim vs Meghalaya: Meanwhile, Meghalaya continues piling up runs. At 710/4, it has a lead of 491 runs.

Vidarbha vs Mumbai: Our correspondent Amol Karhadkar updates: Dhrumil Matkar is finally enjoying first-class cricket. Playing his third match, the left-arm spinner picked his first wicket on the opening day and converted into a fifer on the second. On the third morning, he has unbeaten after having complied an impressive fifty. A ball after he raises his bat after tapping Aditya Sarvate for a single on the on-side, keeper Akshay Wadkar fails to collect the ball and wastes a stumping chance to dismiss Shardul Thakur. At first drinks break, Mumbai 230 for 7.

 

Railways vs Baroda: Amit Mishra picks up his fourth, Baroda in dire straits at 49/5.

Mizoram vs Bihar: Bihar defeats Mizoram by an innings and 216 runs as Samar Quadri traps Dara in front. With that dismissal, Samar Quadri returns figures of 23.2-7-50-4.

Punjab vs Kerala: Our correspondent P. K. Ajith Kumar updates:

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Mohammed Azharuddeen has completed his maiden first-class hundred, and it has been a brilliant one. Of the six batsmen on show so far in the Kerala second innings, he is the only one to go past 28.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

 

Kerala 187 for four in 55 overs, with Azharuddeen not out on 112 and Vishnu Vinod 18. The lead is 91. If the visitors could survive the morning session without too much damage, Punjab might have reasons to worry. Very vital this session. Wickets don't just fall in the morning here, they fall in heap.

Uttar Pradesh which walked into the New Year bash quite early on Monday has a message to convey...

 

Mizoram vs Bihar: Ashutosh Aman grabs a fifer as Mizoram's penultimate wicket falls with 147 up. Lalbiakvela goes for a duck.

Andhra Pradesh vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V. V. Subrahmanyam updates: At first drinks break of the third day, Andhra on top at 285 for three with Ricky Bhui on 71 and K S Bharat on 68 against Hyderabad in Vizianagaram.

 

Vidarbha vs Mumbai: Our correspondent Amol Karhadkar updates: Aditya Sarvate draws the first blood, with Shivam Dube offering a regulation catch to forward short-leg. 211 for 7

Punjab vs Kerala: Our correspondent P. K. Ajith Kumar updates: At Mohali, another chilly morning, another day of action. It began with Mohammed Azharuddeen scoring two lovely fours off Siddharth Kaul in the first over. But in the very next over, Manpreet Gony's inswinger cleaned Sachin Baby. Kerala 144 for four in 48.2 overs -- a lead of 48.

 

Vidarbha vs Mumbai: Our correspondent Amol Karhadkar updates: Akshay Karnewar lives up to his reputation. Starts the over with two off-breaks and then changes to left-arm spin for the remaining over. Rare talent in world cricket, the ambidextrous bowler continues Vidarbha's quest for the first wicket.

Andhra Pradesh vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V. V. Subrahmanyam updates: Andhra takes first innings lead without losing a wicket this morning, 277 for three in reply to Hyderabad's 271, Ricky Bhui and KS Bharat looking really good and dominant with the latter pulling pacer Ajay Dev Goud for a six and a four in one over.

Sikkim vs Meghalaya: Why do I have to jinx things up always? Was talking to my colleague about how exceptional Punit Bisht has been, and he departs seconds after that. But what an innings it has been!

343 runs off 332 balls... Phew! Lee Yong Lepcha gets the biggest salmon in the lake but too late! Meghalaya which is at 645/4, already has a lead of 426 runs.

Read this article on the 32-year old by our reporter Shayan Acharya.

And the happiness was shortlived...

 

Goa vs Rajasthan: As Rajasthan marches on, Robin Bist reaches his 15th first-class century in 164 balls. Rajasthan 353/3.

Jharkhand vs Tripura: Top class stuff right there! Former skipper Kumar Deobrat gets his 150 in 276 balls. His innings was studded with 22 beautiful boundaries and three maximums. Jharkhand 333/5.

Vidarbha vs Mumbai: Our correspondent Amol Karhadkar updates: Rajneesh Gurbani's valiant attempt to dismiss Shivam Dube on the second evening had resulted in his left wrist being injured. And the Vidarbha swinger hasn't taken the field so far on the third morning. The left-handed duo of Shivam Dube and Dhrumil Matkar have started the New Year on a brighter note, adding 18 runs in the first thee overs.

Bengal vs Delhi: Pradipta Pramanik gets rid of Kunal Chandela as Delhi loses its third man. The scoreboard reads 65/3.

For those of you wondering what Mankading is, we have the answer right here.

Nagaland vs Arunachal Pradesh: Well that's rare! Licha Tehi has to walk as Arunachal Pradesh folds for 122 handing the best New Year gift possible to Nagaland. What is more interesting is that he has been 'Mankaded'!

Nagaland vs Arunachal Pradesh: Deendyal, Arunachal's main man with the ball goes now as Nagaland extracts the perfect revenge for what happened on Day 1. You could almost hear Abrar Kazi say, "How do you feel about that now?" Arunachal Pradesh 106/9.

Wishing Agniv Pan a very Happy Birthday!

Nagaland vs Arunachal Pradesh: Woooh! What a way to start the year. The furniture rattles early at Sovima as Abrar Kazi gets his fifth victim, Techi Neri. Arunachal Pradesh 106/8.

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Here is how things stood at the end of an action-packed Day 2.