Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 9, Day 1: As it happened

Presenting all the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 9, Day 1 live scores, updates, commentary and highlights from the matches being played across the country.

M.D. Nidheesh of Kerala claimed two Himachal wickets in first session at Nadaun in Himachal Pradesh on Monday.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Good evening! Welcome to the highlights of the matches from the first day of the ninth round of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19.


  • Stumps, Day 1:

    Nagaland 387/5 vs Pondicherry

    Punjab 47/2 vs Bengal: Trails by 140 runs

    Tripura 4/0 vs Rajasthan: Trails by 179 runs

    Sikkim 132/3 vs Arunachal Pradesh: Trails by 37 runs

    Tamil Nadu 215/3 vs Delhi

    Odisha 229/7 vs Goa

    Mizoram 8/0 vs Uttarakhand: Trails by 369 runs

    Bihar 107/5 vs Manipur: Trails by 49 runs

    Karnataka 13/2 vs Baroda: Trails by 98 runs

    Railways 184/9 vs Maharashtra: Leads by 114 runs

    Saurashtra 218/5 vs Vidarbha

    Mumbai 118/3 vs Chhattisgarh: Trails by 11 runs

    Himachal 257/7 vs Kerala

    Haryana 10/1 vs Services: Trails by 160 runs

    Uttar Pradesh 64/1 vs Assam: Trails by 111 runs

    Madhya Pradesh 24/3 vs Andhra: Trails by 108 runs

  • Our reporter G. Viswanath updates from Wankhede Stadium: Mumbai loses its third wicket (Vikrant Auti) and at stumps was 118 for 3.
  • Our reporter M.R. Praveen Chandran updates: Himachal Pradesh 257 for seven at stumps. A. R. Kalsi 89 batting, P.P.Jaswal 11 batting.
  • Our reporter M.R. Praveen Chandran updates: Sandeep Warrier strikes twice with the new ball in one over.  Himachal reduced to 231 for seven.  Amit Kumar bowled Sandeep for 23 and Dangar c Azharuddin b Sandeep 0. Kalsi batting 83.
  • Haryana's Tinu Kundu bags a fifer! Raushan Raj departs for just the one run, Services 165/9.
  • Our reporter G. Viswanath updates from Wankhede Stadium: Mumbai loses its second wicket; debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal steps out to seamer Shakeed Ahmed and offers a straight forward catch to cover fielder Abhimanyu Chauhan. Mumbai 63/2
  • Our reporter M.R. Praveen Chandran updates: MD Nidheesh gets the breakthrough by trapping Dhawan in front for a well compiled 58. It's his fourth wicket. The fifth wicket stand between Rishi Dhawan and Kalsi added 105 runs; Kalsi batting on 56. Himachal 187/5.
  • Our reporter Shreedutta Chidananda updates from Vadodara: Shubhang Hedge picks up his first Ranji Trophy wicket. It's that of Deepak Hooda, who is caught at silly point.
    Another wicket falls! Krunal is caught by Shreyas Gopal in acrobatic fashion off his own bowling. Baroda 151/5.
  • Shantanu Mishra completes a patient fifty off 143 balls. He has kept Odisha's innings on track. Odisha 175/4
  • Tea Break: Andhra 84/4. K.S Bharat 4 off 25, and Karan Shinde 9 off 32 at the crease.
  • Tea Break: Saurashtra 140/3; A.V Vasavada 1 off 12, and Sheldon Jackson 50 off 133 at the crease.
  • Tea Break: Uttarakhand 271/5; Saurabh Rawat 83 off 128, and Malolan Rangarajan 23 off 39 at the crease.
  • Tea Break: Railways 103/5, Mahesh Rawat 13 off 9, and Abhinav Dixit 24 off 49 at the crease.
  • Sandeep Pattanaik reaches his ton in 193 ballls to put Odisha in a strong position against Goa. Odisha 170/3
  • Sheldon Jackson gets to his fifty in 133 balls. Saurashtra 139/3
  • Our reporter M.R. Praveen Chandran updates: At Tea Himachal 171 for four. Rishi Dhawan batting 53. Kalsi batting 46. Partnership worth 89 runs.
  • Our reporter G. Viswanath updates from Wankhede Stadium: Good opening burst by seamer Onkar Verma; Mumbai 35 for 1 at tea.
  • Our reporter Shreedutta Chidananda updates from Vadodara: Shreyas Gopal breaks the 119-run partnership on the stroke of tea. Baroda 139/3. Lead by 27 runs.
  • Tea Break: Railways 103/5, Mahesh Rawat 13 off 9, Abhinav Dixit 24 off 49 at the crease.
  • Tea Break: Tamil Nadu 172/2, Abhinav Mukund 86 off 174, B Indrajith 69 off 167.
  • Our reporter Shreedutta Chidananda updates from Vadodara: Solanki and Hooda have both completed their fifties. Their partnership is now worth 110. Baroda 130/2
  • Our reporter M.R. Praveen Chandran updates: Post lunch session has been particularly good for Himachal as Rishi Dhawan completes an attacking half century. The fifth wicket stand between Rishi and Kalsi is now worth 80 runs so far. Himachal 162/4
  • Assam all out for 175 runs. Among Uttar Pradesh bowler's Saurabh Kumar and Yasha Dayal with three wickets apiece. Ankit Rajpoot and Imtiaz Ahmed take two wickets each.
  • Our reporter G. Viswanath updates from Wankhede Stadium: Chhattisgarh gets its breakthrough; the flashy and unpredictable Jay Bista attempts an on side shot and nicks to second slip; Mumbai 30 for 1.
  • Tea break: Odisha 162/3 in 62 overs (Shantanu Mishra 46 off 124, Sandeep Pattanaik 92 off 185).
  • S.S. Bacchav takes two in two. He sends Gangadhar Bhatawadekar (37) and Arindam Ghosh (0) off successive balls. Railways 74/5.  Bacchav has figures of 12-3-29-4 now.
  • Tea break: Bihar 18/0 in 5 overs (Mahrour 15 off 19, Ashish Sinha 2 off 11).
  • Tea break: Sikkim 45/2 in 18 overs (Bibek on 23 off 51, Jahan on 6 off 30).
  • Vishnu Solanki reaches his 50 in 61 balls. Baroda 98/2.
  • Our reporter Y.B. Sarangi updates from Kolkata: Bengal 187 all out in 69.1 overs. Ashoke Dinda is the last man to depart in Vinay Choudhary's bowling.
  • Saurabh Kumar brings an end to Pallav Kumar Das' resistance (75 off 101 balls). Assam 156/7.
  • Tea Break: Rajasthan 108/6, D.L Chahar 11 off 28, and R.K. Bishnoi 24 off 48 at the crease.
  • Devender Lohchab is caught by A.H Hooda off A.R. Rana's bowling. Services 86/6.
  • Baba Indrajith reaches his fifty in 122 balls (7x4), Tamil Nadu 145/2.
  • Tinu Kundu gets the wicket of Rajat Paliwal (27 off 20 balls), caught by A.K. Chahal. Services 80/5.
  • Our reporter Shreedutta Chidananda updates from Vadodara: Debutant Shubhang Hegde has been smashed for 12 runs in his second over. Vishnu Solanki with three fours. Baroda 76/2
  • Our reporter M.R. Praveen Chandran updates:  Himachal 125/4. A partnership building up for fifth wicket between Rishi  Dhawan and Kalsi. The two have added 43 runs so far the best in the innings.
  • Our reporter G. Viswanath updates from Wankhede Stadium: That’s it! Shardul Thakur clean bowls last man Onkar Verma and Chhattisgarh shot out for 129 in 42.1 overs. Tushar Deshpande 5/46; Shardul Thakur 4/32 and Shivam Dube 1/17.
  • Tea Break: Nagaland 255/4, R Jonathan 2 off 12, and Zhimomi 116 off 140 at the crease.
  • Our reporter G. Viswanath updates from Wankhede Stadium: Chhattisgarh in a rush to be bowled out. Shardul Thakur gets rid of Shakeel Ahmed/ Chhattisgarh 121 for 9. Mumbai really taking command of its last league match on day 1. Three slips, gully, short leg for Pankaj Rao.
  • Shreevats Goswami tries to stem the fall of wickets for Bengal as he reaches his fifty in 91 balls. He has Pradipta Pramanik for assistance who is batting on 19. Bengal 163/8.
  • Raiphi Gomez gets the wicket Nitesh shortly after the Nagaland batsman completes his century. Nagaland 250/4
  • Mohit Ahlawat departs in A.R Rana's bowling as Services loses another wicket. Services 44/4.
  • Our reporter G. Viswanath updates from Wankhede Stadium: Best day of the season for Mumbai; too late though. Tushar Deshpande completes a fifer, dismissing Ajay Mandal, clean bowled. Chhattisgarsh 121/8
  • Nitesh reaches his 100 in 144 balls (10x4, 2x6), Nagaland 248/3.
  • Neelambuj Vats gets his second wicket by bowling S.F. Khan for 4 runs. Rajasthan 84/6.
  • Our reporter G. Viswanath updates from Wankhede Stadium: One more wicket goes down at the Wankhede; and it’s Tushar Deshpande again, having Lavin Coster, top edging a pull to short square leg. Chhattisgarh 117 for 7.
  • Our reporter Shreedutta Chidananda updates from Vadodara: Baroda has lost two wickets. Kedar Devdhar and Deepak Hooda caught behind off Prasidh krishna and J. Suchith respectively. Baroda 33/2.
  • Vinay Choudhary ends Sudip Chatterjee's fightback (52 off 142 balls) and then dismisses Aamir for 5 runs. Bengal 141/7.
  • Our reporter G. Viswanath updates from Wankhede Stadium: Mumbai seamers have met with success with ball, dismissing half the Chhattisgarh side for 82 at lunch. Green top partially the reason. After lunch,  Tushar Deshpande strikes sending back Amandeep Khare for 48. Chhattisgarh 117 for 6.
  • Our reporter M.R. Praveen Chandran updates:  Himachal loses fourth wicket Gangta c Azharuddin b Nidheesh 28. Third wicket for Nidheesh
  • Rajasthan loses its fifth wicket in the form of Robin Bist (18 off 30 balls), in M.B. Mura Singh's bowling. Rajasthan 74/5.
  • Zhimomi completes his ton in 122 balls (8x4, 2x6), Nitesh nearing his hundred at 91 not out. Nagaland 231/3.
  • Arunachal Pradesh all out for 169. Milind Kumar finishes with 4-42.
  • Tamil Nadu crosses the hundred mark with Abhinav Mukund 63 off 119 and Baba Aparajith 29 off 65 at the crease. Tamil Nadu 107/2.


  • Sudip Chatterjee on a rescue mission for Bengal after the loss of captain Manoj Tiwary for a single-digit score. He reaches his fifty in 125 balls (3x4). Bengal 113/5.
  • Baroda loses opener Kedar Devdhar for a duck in M. Prasidh's bowling. Baroda 1/1.
  • Sandeep Patnaik gets to his fifty in 118 balls, which includes six boundaries. Odisha 81/3.
  • Neelambuj Vats gets the wicket of Ashoka Menaria (12 off 23 balls). Rajasthan 55/4.
  • Lunch Break: Services 32/1. N K Singh 14 off 52, Ravi Chauhan 18 off 37 at the crease against Haryana.
  • Milind Kumar gets 4-32 while Ishwar Chaudhary chips in with the wicket of Deendyal to put Arunachal Pradesh one wicket away from an all out. Arunachal Pradesh 155/9.
  • Nagaland looks set for a big total with Nitesh 71(101) and Zhimomi 79(92) at the crease. Nagaland 183/3.


  • Lunch Break: Saurashtra 75/2. H Desai 42 off 97, Sheldon Jackson 19 off 56 steady the innings after losing two early wickets.


  • Lunch Break: Assam 96/5. Pallav Kumar Das 42 off 64, Sarupam Purkayastha 31 off 58 at the crease.
  • Lunch Break: Chhattisgarh 82/4. Vishal Singh 0 off 3, Amandeep Khare 25 off 25 at the crease.

Mumbai's Tushar Deshpande celebrates dismissial of Chhattisgarh's Abhimanyu Chauhan.   -  Vivek Bendre


  • Lunch Break: Uttarakhand 126/4. Saurabh Rawat 31 off 50, Rajat Bhatia 18 off 21 at the crease.
  • Lunch Break: Railways loses two quick wickets after dismissing Maharashtra for 70. Railways 2/2.
  • Our reporter M.R. Praveen Chandran updates: At lunch Himachal 67 for three in 31 overs. Gangta batting 21 and Kalsi batting 11. Kerala medium pacers have bowled 30 of those overs.  Nidheesh with two for 31, the pick of the lot
  • Our reporter Shreedutta Chidananda updates from Vadodara: Karnataka has been bowled out before lunch. 112 all out. Three wickets each for Meriwala and Bhatt. There was movement through the air for the pace bowlers in the morning. And the ball has turned sharply when the spinners have bowled.
  • Lunch Break: Andhra 21/0 in 7 overs. C.R. Gnaneshwar 13 off 24, D.B Prashanth Kumar 2 off 18 at the crease.
  • Abhinav Mukund reaches his fifty in 102 balls (6x4). Tamil Nadu 86/2.
  • Lunch Break: Odisha 66/3 in 33 overs. Shantanu Mishra 5 off 34, Sandeep Pattanaik 42 off 101 at the crease.
  • Our reporter Shreedutta Chidananda updates from Vadodara: Suchith has been given out lbw off Bhargav Bhatt. Karnataka 112/8.
  • Bihar 2/0 in 1 over at Lunch.
  • Arunachal Pradesh 142/7 at Lunch. Techi Neri 6 off 23 balls, P.S. Kataria 15 off 43 balls.
  • Our reporter Shreedutta Chidananda updates from Vadodara: Pandey bowled for 43 by off spinner Soaeb Tai. Karnataka 109/7.
  • Maharashtra all out for 70 runs. Railways bowling: Avinash Yadav 4-38, Ashish Yadav 2-11, Harsh Tyagi 2-2. S.S Bachhav is the top scorer for Maharashtra with 15 runs.
  • Uttarakhand's keeper-batsman Vaibhav Bhatt seemed to have anchored the innings with a patient 26 off 74 balls, but he is bowled by Taruwar Kohli. Uttarakhand 90/4 in 27.2 overs.
  • Yash Dayal scythes through Assam's top order with a 3-15. Ankit Rajpoot gets the wickets of Rishav Das and Kunal Saikia. Assam 66/5 in 24 overs.
  • Odisha loses Debasish Samantray and Subransu Senapati in the span of three overs. Odisha 64/3 in 32.2 overs.
  • Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund solid at the crease with 35 off 81 balls. Captain Baba Indrajith offers able support with 13 runs off 31 balls. Tamil Nadu 63/2 in 27.4 overs.
  • N.R Gangta and Paras Chopra at the crease for Himachal. Himachal 41/2 in 23 overs.
  • Sheldon Jackson and H. Desai at the crease for Saurashtra after S.S Bingewar removes Snell Patel and Vishvarajsinh Jadeja for single-digit scores. Saurashtra 53/2 in 23.5 overs.
  • Maharashtra on the brink of an all out as Avinash Yadav's 4-38 puts brakes on the lower-middle order. Maharashtra 70/9 in 23 overs.
  • Chhattisgarh, despite losing its openers early, manages to reach the 50-run mark. Ashutosh Singh and Harpreet Singh Bhatia at the crease. Chhattisgarh 51/2 in 21.3 overs.
  • Bhargav Bhatt bowls B.R. Sharath to put Karnataka is trouble. Karnataka 85/6 in 23 overs.
  • Bihar bowlers run through Manipur's tail and edge closer towards an all out. Manipur 155/9 in 31.3 overs.
  • Sikkim's Milind Kumar is enjoying an outstanding Ranji season, after smashing back-to-back double tons against Manipur and Nagaland, he followed it up with three hundreds against Uttarakhand, Mizoram and Meghalaya. He weaves magic with his off-break against Arunachal Pradesh by wrecking Arunachal's middle-order with 3-20. Arunachal Pradesh 127/7.
  • Rajasthan just 14 runs away from a first innings lead after dismissing Tripura to a paltry total of 35 runs. Rajasthan 22/1 in 4.2 overs.
  • Punjab left-arm spinner Vinay Choudhary strikes a double blow, removing captain Manoj Tiwary for 4 runs and Writtick Chatterjee for a duck to trigger Bengal's collapse. Bengal 70/5 in 33.3 overs.
  • Nitesh and Zhimomi add 138 runs for the the fourth wicket. Both batsman at the crease with the identical score of 60. Nagaland 158/3 in 32.4 overs.
  • Tripura all out for 35 runs which includes six ducks. Neelambuj Vats is the top scorer with 11 runs. Captain Smit Patel retired hurt. Aniket Choudhary gets 5-11, T.M. Haq takes 3 wickets for one run.
  • Our reporter M.R. Praveen Chandran updates: Bains bowls Nidheesh for 10 runs. Himachal 26/2.
  • Maharashtra loses R.A. Tripathi for 8 runs in Avinash Yadav's bowling. Maharashtra 22/4.
  • Nitesh reaches his fifty in 52 balls. Nagaland 126/3.
  • The opening day of the final league round has been great for bowlers in the Ranji Trophy. Karnataka and Tripura's top orders witness dramatic collapses, Arunachal Pradesh loses half of its side for 68 runs.
  • Our reporter Shreedutta Chidananda updates from Vadodara: Two more wickets falls in quick succession. Nair pinned lbw by Meriwala. Shreyas Gopal out first ball, edging to Deepak Hooda in the slips. BR Sharath survives a huge appeal to prevent the hat trick. Karnataka 31/5
  • Tripura's top order collapses under pressure from Rajasthan's pace attack. T.M. Haq dismisses Rajib Saha for duck. Tripura 22/6 in 12.2 overs.
  • Basil Thampi strikes for Kerala, Himachal opener Raghav Dhawan caught by Mohammed Azharuddeen. Himachal 7/1
  • Mayank Raghav accelerates his innings to 63 off 38 balls. Manipur 70/1 in 10 overs.
  • Our reporter Shreedutta Chidananda updates from Vadodara: Rishi Arothe gets the wickets of R. Samarth and K.V. Siddharth. Karnataka 19/3.


  • Our reporter Y.B. Sarangi updates from Kolkata: Manpreet Gony traps A.R. Easwaran leg before for 7 runs. Bengal 24/2 at drinks break.
  • Our reporter M.R. Praveen Chandran updates: Himachal loses first wicket Raghav Shawna caught Azharuddin b Basil Thampi. 7/1
  • Left-arm pacer Aniket Choudhary rips through the Tripura's top order with four wickets for 5 runs. Tripura 17/4 in 9.2 overs.
  • Manipur has 63 runs on the board and 57 of them were scored by Mayank Raghav in 29 deliveries. Manipur 63/1.
  • Manipur opener Hirthik Kanojia dismissed for a duck in Vivek's bowling. Manipur 37/1 in 4.2 overs.
  • Sikkim gets the wicket of Arunachal's opener Doria for 14 off 20 balls. Arunachal Pradesh 24/1.
  • Nagaland loses three wickets in quick succession, Pankaj Singh dismisses Paras and Pawan K.B while Sedezhalie departs in Fabid Ahmed's bowling. Nagaland 36/3 in 9 overs.
  • Bengal loses opener Abhishek Kumar Raman for a duck. Gurkeerat Mann takes the catch off Manpreet Grewal's bowling. Bengal 2/1 in 4.1 overs.
  • Rajasthan left-arm pacer Aniket Choudhary takes two wickets in the second over by conceding just one run. Tripura 9/2 in 3 overs.
  • Nagaland off to a flying start against Puducherry in Sovima. Opener Paras smashes four boundaries to take the team score to 28/0 in 6 overs.

Starting XIs


R T Arothe, Mitesh Patel (W), Yusuf Pathan, Aditya Waghmode, Bhargav Bhatt, Deepak Jagbir Hooda, Kedar Devdhar (C), K H Pandya, L I Meriwala, Soaeb Tai, Vishnu Solanki


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

Madhya Pradesh

Yash Dubey, Ishwar Chandra Pandey, Naman Ojha (C) (W), Shubham Sharma, Rajat Patidar, Gourav Yadav, Kuldeep Sen, Venkatesh Iyer, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Ajay Rohera, Kumar Kartikeya Singh


Girinath Reddy, C R Gnaneshwar, Karan Shinde, Manish Golamaru, Ricky Bhui (C), Karn Sharma, D B Prashanth Kumar, K S Bharat (W), Jyothisaikrishna , P Vijay Kumar, K V Sasikanth


Abhijeet, Ashish Sinha, Kumar Aditya, Kundan Kumar Gupta, Rahmat Ullah, Mahrour, Samar Quadri, Ashutosh Aman (C), Babul Kumar, Vikash Ranjan (W), Vivek


Bishworjit, Tenyson, Heman , Th Kishan , Jayanta, Shah (W), Mayank Raghav , Rajesh, Hrithik Kanojia, Yashpal Singh (C), Priyojit K

Arunachal Pradesh

Amit Kumar, Deendyal, Licha Tehi, Obi, P S Kataria, Doria, Techi Neri, Kshitiz Sharma, Indiya Toku, Kamsha Yangfo (C) (W), Song Tacho


Bibek (W), Tashi Pintso, Jahan, Ishwar Chaudhary, Milind, B B Sharma, Lee Yong Lepcha, Mandup Bhutia, Nilesh Lamichaney (C), Ashish Thapa, Karma


V Vasavada, Chirag Jani, D A Jadeja, K Makwana, Sheldon Jackson, Prerak Mankad, Snell Patel (W), J Unadkat (C), H Desai , Chetan Sakariya, Vishvarajsinh Jadeja


F Y Fazal (C), A A Wakhare, A A Sarvate, Ganesh Satish, Wasim Jaffer, A V Wadkar (W), S S Bingewar, M R Kale, A S Thakare, Atharva Taide, Y R Thakur

Himachal Pradesh

Arpit N Guleria, A K Bains (W), M J Dagar, P P Jaswal, R R Dhawan, A R Kumar, A R Kalsi, G K Singh, N R Gangta, P S Chopra (C), Raghav Dhawan


Sanju Samson, V A Jagadeesh, Basil Thampi, Sachin Baby (C), Warrier, Vishnu Vinod, Mohammed Azharuddeen (W), Nidheesh M D, Rahul P, Vinoop Sheela Manoharan, Sijomon Joseph


Dhawal Kulkarni (C), Shardul , Surya, Dhrumil Matkar, Jay Bista, Eknath Kerkar (W), Tushar U Deshpande, Yashasvi Bhupendra Jaiswal, Vikrant Vilas Auti, Shivam Dube, Shubham Ranjane


Abhimanyu Chauhan, Harpreet Singh Bhatia (C), Ashutosh Singh, Lavin Ian Coster (W), Onkar Verma, Shakeeb Ahmed, Pankaj Rao, Vishal Singh , Amandeep Khare, A G Tiwary, Ajay Mandal

Tamil Nadu

Pradosh Ranjan Paul, Abhinav Mukund, B Aparajith, B Indrajith (C), M Mohammed, Shahrukh Khan, Vijay Shankar, T Natarajan, N Jagadeesan (W), R Sai Kishore, Mohanprasath S


Himmat Singh, Jonty Sidhu, Nitish Rana (C), Shivam Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, Vikas Mishra , Navdeep Saini, Subodh Bhati, Anuj Rawat (W), Kunal Chandela, Lalit Yadav


D Dhapola, D K Sharma , Mayank Mishra , Sunny , Vaibhav Bhatt (W), Vaibhav , Vineet Saxena, Malolan Rangarajan, Rajat Bhatia (C), Saurabh Rawat, Karanveer Kaushal


Andrew, Dara (W), G Lalbiakvela, H M Ralte, C Lalrinsanga, S Zorinliana (C), Sinan, Hruaizela, Abhay, Taruwar Kohli, Akhil Rajput


Mahesh Rawat (C) (W), Arindam Ghosh, Anureet Singh, Ashish Yadav, Nitin Bhille, Abhinav Dixit, Prashant Gupta, Avinash Yadav, P S Singh, Gandhar V Bhatawadekar, Harsh Tyagi


S S Mundhe, V H Zol, A A Darekar, A A Sanklecha, N S Naik (W), R A Tripathi (C), J S Pande, S S Bachhav, R D Gaikwad, M S Bhandari, S D Warghante


K K Acharjee, M B Mura Singh, N N Sen, Rajib H Saha, S K Patel (C) (W), Saurabh Das, U U Bose, J R Banik, Pratyush Singh, Harmeet Singh, Neelambuj Vats


V Gautam, M K Lomror (C), S F Khan, R D Chahar, Robin Bist, Ashok Menaria, A V Choudhary, Chetan Bist (W), D L Chahar, R K Bishnoi, T M Haq


Aamir, A R Easwaran, Sudip Chatterjee, Manoj Tiwary (C), Ashoke Dinda, Anustup Majumdar, Shreevats Goswami (W), Writtick Bijoy Chatterjee, Abhishek Kumar Raman, Mukesh Kumar, Pradipta Pramanik


Shubman Gill, Jiwanjot Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Mandeep Singh (C), Gurkeerat Mann, Mayank Markande, Gitansh Khera (W), Siddharth Kaul, Vinay Choudhary, Manpreet Singh Grewal, Anmolpreet Singh


Mathavan (W), Rohit D (C), Saiju T, M Viknesh, Akshay Jain, S Karthik, Pankaj Singh, Thalaivan Sargunam, Fabid Ahmed, P K Dogra, Raiphi Vincent Gomez


Zhimomi, Nitesh, Paras, Rachit , Pawan K B (W), R Jonathan (C), Abrar Kazi, Pawan Suyal, Sedezhalie, Tahmeed, Imliwati


- Tamil Nadu won the toss and elected to bat against Delhi.

- Maharashtra won the toss and elected to bat against Railways.

- Kerala won the toss and elected to field against Himachal Pradesh.

- Karnataka won the toss and elected to bat against Baroda.

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

- Uttar Pradesh won the toss and elected to field against Assam.

- Madhya Pradesh won the toss and elected to field against Andhra.

- Nagaland won the toss and decided to bat against Puducherry.

- Bengal won the toss and elected to bat against Punjab.

- Tripura won the toss and elected to bat against Rajasthan.

- Goa won the toss and elected to field against Odisha.

- Sikkim won the toss and elected to field against Arunachal Pradesh.

- Bihar won the toss and elected to field against Manipur.

- Placed 12th and 13th on the combined table of Groups A & B, Delhi and Tamil Nadu are separated by only one point with 13 and 12 points respectively. (Preview)

- Looking to keep their slim chances of entering the knockout round alive, Kerala and Himachal face each other in an Elite Group ‘B’ contest at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium, Nadaun, Himachal Pradesh.(Preview)

- Bengal, placed seventh with 22 points in the combined table of Groups A and B, and Punjab, slotted 10th with 20 will clash at Jadhavpur University, Kolkata. (Preview)

- As the group stage of the Ranji Trophy nears an end, the Plate division is set to witness some interesting competition, with three teams vying for a spot in the quarterfinals. (Preview)

- In the combined table of the Elite A and B groups, as many as 10 teams are still in the reckoning for the five quarterfinal spots. Karnataka, though, has no reason to look nervously over its shoulder.



Elite Group A and B

Bengal vs Punjab, JU Second Campus, Kolkata

Madhya Pradesh vs Andhra, Holkar Stadium, Indore

Baroda vs Karnataka, Motibaug Cricket Ground, Vadodara

Mumbai vs Chhattisgarh, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Railways vs Maharashtra, Karnail Singh Stadium, New Delhi

Saurashtra vs Vidarbha, SCA Stadium, Rajkot

Himachal vs Kerala, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cricket Stadium, Amtar

Tamil Nadu vs Delhi, M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Elite Group C

Uttar Pradesh vs Assam, Green Park Stadium, Kanpur

Odisha vs Goa, Vikash Cricket Ground, Bhubaneswar

J&K vs Jharkhand, Govt. GMSC Ground, Jammu

Haryana vs Services, Chaudhry Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium, Lahli

Tripura vs Rajasthan, MBB Stadium, Agartala

Plate Group

Puducherry vs Nagaland, Nagaland Cricket Stadium, Sovima

Arunachal Pradesh vs Sikkim, D.N. Singha Stadium, Goalpura

Bihar vs Manipur, Moin ul Haq Stadium, Patna

Uttarakhand vs Mizoram, RJI Stadium, Dehradun


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The awards were a celebration of sporting excellence for about a decade from the mid-1990s. We are making the comeback as Sportstar Aces.  

The awards — for the year 2018 — will celebrate the stars, potential stars in the making and the tireless silent partners who have dedicated their lives to sports, to realise the dream of making India a sporting nation. 

Sportstar Aces will identify and reward the most deserving athletes irrespective of the popularity of the sport. There are untold stories of struggle, fierce dedication and selfless work behind each athlete’s success. Sportstar Aces will strive to tell these stories, thereby providing encouragement to our athletes and their support systems, while giving you the true picture of what it takes to achieve excellence. 

The aim of Sportstar Aces is to create a platform where stakeholders involved with Indian sports meet and share their vision for actionable growth and making sporting dreams a reality. 

Cast your vote, take your pick to the Sportstar Aces podium. The last date for voting is January 15, 2019.




Meghalaya: Jason Lamare(c), Puneet Bisht, Raj Biswa, Gurinder Singh, Mark Ingty, Lakhan Singh, Sylvester Mylliempdah, Yogesh Nagar, Abhay Negi, Wanlambok Nongkhlaw, Babloo Passah, Chengkam Sangma, Dippu Sangma

Arunachal Pradesh: Kamsha Yangfo(c), Techi Doria, Kshitiz Sharma, Akhilesh Sahani, Samarth Seth, Licha Tehi, Sandeep Thakur, Tana David, Techi Neri, Momar Ori, Takar Paja, Utsav Pankaj, Sams Alam, Myendung Singpho

Tripura: Rana Dutta, Bishal Ghosh(c), Rajesh Banik, Abhijit Chakraborty, Harmeet Singh, Udiyan Bose, Ninad Kadam, Manisankar Murasingh, Smit Patel, Viki Saha, Abhijit Sarkar, Ajoy Sarkar, Nirupam Sen, Bravish Shetty

Services: Sachidanand Pandey, Arun Bamal, Anshul Gupta, Vikas Hathwala, Devender Lohchab, Mohit Ahlawat, Diwesh Pathania, Gahlaut Rahul Singh, Raushan Raj, Ravi Chauhan, Nitin Tanwar, Nakul Harpal Verma(c), Vikas Yadav

Nagaland: Rongsen Jonathan(c), Toni Chishi, Abrar Kazi, Imliwati Lemtur, Nitesh Lohchab, KB Pawan, Sedezhalie Rupero, Paras Sehrawat, Pawan Suyal, Tahmeed Rahman, Mughavi Wotsa, Hokaito Zhimomi, Inakato Zhimomi

Mizoram:  Gaurav Singh, Lalhmangaiha, Lalnun Tluanga, Marema, HM Ralte, K Vanlalruata, G Lalbiakvela, Lalnunkima Varte, Michael Lalremkima, C Lalrinsanga, Saidingliana Sailo, Zorinliana, Akhil Rajput, Lalrempuia, Varte Kima, Sinan Abdul Khadir, Taruwar Kohli

Jharkhand: Ishan Kishan(c), Varun Aaron, Anand Singh, Ashish Kumar, Kumar Deobrat, Ishank Jaggi, Nazim Siddiqui, Anukul Roy, Rahul Shukla, Sumit Kumar, Saurabh Tiwary, Utkarsh Singh, Ajay Yadav

Assam:  Amit Sinha(c), Arup Das, Rishav Das, Jitumoni Kalita, Riyan Parag, Sibsankar Roy, Gokul Sharma, Wasiqur Rahman, Ranjit Mali, Pallavkumar Das, Mrinmoy Dutta, Mukhtar Hussain, Rahul Singh, Kunal Saikia, Romario Sharma

Odisha: Biplab Samantray(c), Basant Mohanty, Subham Nayak, Sandeep Pattnaik, Suryakant Pradhan, Ranjit Singh, Anurag Sarangi, Santanu Mishra, Debabrata Pradhan, Sujit Lenka, Pappu Roy, Govinda Poddar, Abhishek Raut, Subhranshu Senapati, Rajesh Mohanty

Haryana: Chaitanya Bishnoi, Ajit Chahal, Pramod Chandila, Ashish Hooda, Poonish Mehta, Harshal Patel, Himanshu Rana, Shubham Rohilla, Nitin Saini, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Parmod Sharma, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav

Manipur: Yashpal Singh(c), Bishworjit Konthoujam, Kabrambam Meitei, Chingangbam Singh, Priyojit K Singh, Prafullomani Singh, R Rex Singh, Sagatpam Jayanta, Sultan Karim, Lakhan Rawat, Shelley Shaurya, Jitender, Somorjit Salam, Hrithik Kanojia

Sikkim: Bibek Dayali, Bipul Sharma, Faizan Khan, Lee Yong Lepcha, Milind Kumar, Bijay Subba, Ishwar Chaudhary, Nilesh Lamichaney, Padam limboo, Amosi Rai, Asish Thapa, Plazor Tamang

Andhra: Hanuma Vihari(c), Bodapati Sumanth, Ashwin Hebbar, Bandaru Ayyappa, Srikar Bharat, Ricky Bhui, Karthik Raman, Girinath Reddy, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasanth Kumar, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Jyothi Sai Krishna, KV Sasikanth, Karn Sharma, Shoaib Md Khan, Paidikalva Vijaykumar

Punjab: Mandeep Singh(c), Abhishek Sharma, Arpit Pannu, Vinay Choudhary, Jiwanjot Singh, Sharad Lumba, Sanvir Singh, Shubman Gill, Abhishek Gupta, Anmolpreet Singh, Baltej Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Siddarth Kaul, Mayank Markande, Shubek Gill, Barinder Sran

Baroda: Kedar Devdhar(c), Deepak Hooda, Sagar Mangalorkar, Lukman Meriwala, Babashafi Pathan, Pratyush Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Atit Sheth, Pinal Shah, Swapnil Singh, Vishnu Solanki, Soaeb Tai, Aditya Waghmode

Gujarat:  Parthiv Patel(c), Priyank Panchal, Mehul Patel, Rujul Bhatt, Piyush Chawla, Siddharth Desai, Chintan Gaja, Samit Gohel, Manprit Juneja, Rush Kalaria, Kshitij Patel, Bhargav Merai, Arzan Nagwaswalla, Karan Patel, Dhruv Raval

Maharashtra: Ankeet Bawne(c), Chirag Khurana, Satyajeet Bachhav, Nikit Dhumal, Samad Fallah, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Swapnil Gugale, Harshad Khadiwale, Rohit Motwani, Mukesh Choudhary, Jay Pande, Anupam Sanklecha, Naushad Shaikh, Rahul Tripathi

Vidarbha: Faiz Fazal(c), Ganesh Satish, Rajneesh Gurbani, Wasim Jaffer, Akshay Karnewar, Lalit M Yadav, Sanjay Ramaswamy, Aditya Sarwate, Atharwa Taide, Aditya Thakare, Akshay Wadkar, Shrikant Wagh, Akshay Wakhare, Apoorv Wankhade, Siddhesh Wath

Railways: Anureet Singh, Nitin Bhille, Arindam Ghosh, Madhur Khatri, Pratham Singh, Mahesh Rawat, Karan Thakur, Avinash Yadav, Faiz Ahmed, Harsh Tyagi, Manjeet Singh, Manish Rao, Shivakant Shukla, Saurabh Wakaskar

Mumbai: Shreyas Iyer(c), Dhawal Kulkarni, Siddhesh Lad, Jay Gokul Bista, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare, Eknath Kerkar, Shivam Dubey, Akash Parkar, Karsh Kothari, Shams Mulani, Akhil Herwadkar, Tushar Deshpande, Royston Dias

Saurashtra: Jaydev Shah, Aarpit Vasavada, Agnivesh Ayachi, Cheteshwar Pujara, Prerak Mankad, Avi Barot , Samarth Vyas, Kishan Parmar, Jay Chauhan, Sheldon Jackson, Chirag Jani, Kamlesh Makvana, Shaurya Sanandia, Hardik Rathod, Jaydev Unadkat, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Yuvraj Chudasama

Chattisgarh: Sanjeet Desai, Shubham Singh, Sumit Ruikar, Abhimanyu Chauhan, Harpreet Singh, Ashutosh Singh, Jatin Saxena, Avnish Dhaliwal, Rishabh Tiwari, Shubham Agarwal, Manoj Singh, Shashank Chandraker, Sahban Khan, Abhishek Tamrakar , Pankaj Kumar Rao, Shivendra Singh, Siddharth Chandrakar, Amandeep Khare, Ajay Jadav Mandal

Himachal: Sumeet Verma(c), Amit Kumar, Ankush Bains, Prashant Chopra, Mayank Dagar, Rishi Dhawan, Nikhil Gangta, Gurvinder Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ankit Kalsi, Priyanshu Khanduri , Shresth Nirmohi, Ekant Sen, Akash Vasisht

Bengal: Manoj Tiwary(c), Sudip Chatterjee, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Koushik Ghosh, Anustup Majumdar, Ishan Porel, Abhishek Raman, Saurabh Singh, Boddupalli Amit, Ashok Dinda, Aamir Gani, Shreevats Goswami, Mukesh Kumar, Pradipta Pramanik, Prayas Barman

Kerala: Sachin Baby(c), KC Akshay, Arun Karthik, Basil Thampi, Akshay Chandran, Vasudevan Arundhadi Jagadeesh, Vinoop Manoharan, MD Nidheesh, Rohan Prem, Ponnam Rahul, Salman Nizar, Sanju Samson, Sandeep Warrier, Jalaj Saxena, Vishnu Vinod

Hyderabad: Akshath Reddy(c), Tanmay Agarwal, Ajay Dev Goud, Chama V Milind, Ravi Kiran, Rohit Rayudu, Bavanaka Sandeep, Tanay Thyagarajan, Himalay Agarwal, Akash Bhandari, Mehdi Hasan, Mohammed Siraj, Telukupalli Ravi Teja, Palakodeti Sairam, Kolla Sumanth

Tamil Nadu: Baba Indrajith(c), Kaushik Gandhi, Abhinav Mukund, Murali Vijay, Vijay Shankar, Baba Aparajith, Dinesh Karthik, N Jagadeesan, Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Rahil Shah, M Mohammed, Jagatheesan Kousik, Rohit Raj, Abhishek Tanwar

Madhya Pradesh:  Naman Ojha(c), Rajat Patidar, Ankit Sharma, Avesh Khan, Aryaman Birla, Ankit Dane, Yash Dubey, Gaurav Yadav, Mihir Hirwani, Venkatesh Iyer, Saransh Jain, Mohnish Mishra, Ishwar Pandey, Shubham Sharma, Anshul Tripathi

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

Jammu and Kashmir: Parvez Rasool(c), Ahmed Bandy, Obaid Haroon, Mohammed Mudhasir, Shubham Pundir, Owais Amin Shah, Ian Dev Singh, Waseem Raza, Aamir Aziz Sofi, Fazil Rashid, Shubham Khajuria, Irfan Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Paras Sharma, Umar Nazir Mir

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

Goa: Sagun Kamat(c), Felix Alemao, Amit Verma, Sumiran Amonkar, Krishna Das, Amogh Sunil Desai, Samar Shravan Dubhashi, Lakshay Garg , Vishamber Kahlon, Snehal Suhas Kauthankar, Darshan Misal, Amulya Pandrekar, Suyash Prabhudessai, Vijesh Prabhudessai, Keenan Vaz

Uttarakhand: Rajat Bhatia(c), Vaibhav Bhatt, Dhanraj Sharma, Karn Veer Kaushal, Mayank Mishra, Vaibhav Singh, Malolan Rangarajan, Saurabh Rawat, Vineet Saxena, Sunny Rana, Deepak Dhapola, Kartik

Bihar: Pragyan Ojha(c), Anunay Singh, Ashutosh Aman, Babur Kumar, Keshav Kumar, Samar Quadri, MD Rahmatullah, Vikash Ranjan, Sabir Khan, Babul Kumar, Abhijeet Saket, Himanshu Hari, Kumar Rajnish, Vivek Mohan