Welcome to Sportstar 's coverage of the day 4 of the third round of the 2021-22 season of the Ranji Trophy.
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Kerala vs Madhya Pradesh | P.K. Ajith Kumar: Madhya Pradesh has taken control here in Rajkot. It is poised to have a better run quotient as Kerala has slid to 384 for six from 369 for two. Seamer Ishwar Pandey and spinner Kumar Kartikeya have taken two wickets apiece. The loss of both the century makers Sachin Baby and P. Rahul has proved disastrous for Kerala.
Kerala vs Madhya Pradesh | P.K. Ajith Kumar: Madhya Pradesh is back in the match, taking a wicket when it badly needed. Sachin Baby (114, 234b, 11x4, 2x6) was caught behind off left-arm spinner Kumar Kartikeya in the second over after tea. Opener P. Rahul is continuing his vigil in admirable fashion though. He is batting on 136 (362b, 18x4). Salman Nizar is the new man in. Kerala 370 for three. 23 overs remain.
Kerala vs Madhya Pradesh | P.K. Ajith Kumar: Kerala is looking pretty at tea. It is ahead at the moment in the battle for the better run quotient, but it could all change with the loss of a wicket. Sachin Baby is batting on 113 (225b, 11x4, 2x6) and P. Rahul on 131 (358b, 17x4). Kerala 364 for two. Madhy Pradesh must be worried a bit.
Bengal vs Chandigarh | Y.B. Sarangi: Bengal put pressure to take three wickets in the middle session even as Amrit Lubana (56) led Chandigarh's resistance to prevent an outright loss. Chandigarh was at 156/6 in 65 overs at tea. Manan Vohra (40), Ankit Kaushik (23) and Jaskaran Sohi (0) were the wickets to fall after lunch. Mukesh was the most successful bowler for Bengal with two for 50.
Kerala vs Madhya Pradesh | P.K. Ajith Kumar: Sachin Baby is playing a captain's knock here. He has completed what could well be one of his most valuable hundreds. He is on 104 not out (198b, 11x4, 2x6) as Kerala's pursuit of a place in the knock-out phase is very much on. It is 349 for two. P. Rahul is batting on 125 (335b, 17x4).
TN vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: Lovely punch down the ground. best shot of the day from Tiwary. Jharkhand cross 200. 202/7. 10 runs to win. Looks like curtains for TN.
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Kerala vs Madhya Pradesh | P.K. Ajith Kumar: Kerala has taken lunch at 281 for two, with P. Rahul batting 109 (283, 16x4) on and captain Sachin Baby on 61 (138b, 5x4, 2x6). They have so far added 99 for the third wicket. Kerala must be pleased it hasn't lost a wicket in the opening session. It's of course a battle for the run quotient, so losing as few wickets as possible is the key for Kerala.
Bengal vs Chandigarh | Y.B. Sarangi: Chandigarh 84/3 in 39 overs. Overnight batter Gaurav Gambhir was the only wicket to fall. He was caught at slip off Mukesh Kumar. He put up 43 runs with captain Manan Vohra (35). Both Gambhir and Vohra bent their back to stay put in the crease. Bengal pacers worked hard on a slow fourth day track to maake things happen. Amrit Lubana (16) was the other batter at the crease at lunch break.
TN vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: Lunch on Day 4. Jharkhand 190/7. 22 runs are needed. What a knock from skipper Saurabh Tiwary. Unbeaten on 74. has had only three boundaries in the innings. very unlike him. only one boundary today, a tuck off his pads to fine leg. risk free cricket
TN vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: WICKET !!! More Twists and Turns in this match. Aparajith gets his 2nd wicket. Removes Anukul Roy caught at slip. 176/7. 36 needed. 3 more wickets. but Saurabh Tiwary is still out there in the middle
Railways vs J&K | Dhruva Prasad: Six and over! Shivam Chaudhary goes downtown for a six off Abid Mushtaq to finish things off in style. Railways win by nine wickets.
Yuvraj Singh is named Player of the Match as both teams assemble in a circle and applaud the player. Great comaraderie between the teams throughout. Railways unbeaten throughout the tournament but still won't make it to the knockouts. That's how unforgiving the format has been.
TN vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: Last half-hour before lunch on day 3. We may get about 7 overs. 38 needed. Jharkhand 174/6. could well be the last half-hour of cricket for the day.
Kerala vs Madhya Pradesh | P.K. Ajith Kumar: Kerala seems to have opted to improve its run quotient, and not to chase down Madhya Pradesh's first innings score of 585 for nine declared. It has added just 37 runs on the final morning in a hour and 25 minutes. P. Rahul (94, 241b, 14x4) and Sachin Baby 31 (71b, 3x4, 1x6). Kerala 235 for two.
TN vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: WICKET!!! Virat Singh tries to take on Aparajith. leading edge straight to backward point. 166/6. A point to keep in mind, with Nadeem coming in at 5 yesterday, there is still some batting left despite 6 wickets. 46 to win for Jharkhand. 4 wickets for TN.
Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: It's taken 15 overs and a little over an hour for Mumbai to complete the formalities. With a win by an innings and 144 runs, Mumbai are through to the QFs. Sarfaraz Khan is the MoM.
TN vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: Virat Singh has come and found three boundaries off Siddharth quickly. Jharkhand now 155/5. 57 runs more needed. 53/1 in the 20 overs today so far. Jharkhand would have gladly taken that at the start of the day. Once the target comes below 40, things could be over soon.
Bengal vs Chandigarh | Y.B. Sarangi: Chandigarh 48/2 in 24 overs. Manan Vohra (21) and Gaurav Gambhir (13) have held the fort for first 10 overs in the morning.
Railways vs J&K | Dhruva Prasad: Railways begins its chase of 37 runs. A lot of late enthusiasm from the J&K fielders. The close-in cordon turning the heat on by chanting "inko out karenge aaj".
Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Shams Mulani adds two wickets in five overs to complete hai fourth five-wicket haul of the season. Abhishek Raut has been impressive in his unbeaten fifty. 122/7
Railways vs J&K | Dhruva Prasad: WICKET! Rohit Sharma gets an inside edge to short leg and Jammu and Kashmir is all out. Karn Sharma gets a fifer after claiming six in the first innings. Railways need 37 runs to win.
TN vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: WICKET !!! Kushagra tries to pull Siddharth and top-edges straight to mid-on. substitute Sai Sudharshan takes a good catch. Can TN force its way back now? 139/5
TN vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: 17-year-old Kumar Kushagra, playing in his 2nd FC match, has made his maiden half-century in a 4th innings chase. Top knock from the former India U-19. Jharkhand 139/4 in 54 overs. 15 overs, 37 runs so far in the day. 73 more for victory.
Railways vs J&K | Dhruva Prasad: WICKET: Jammu and Kashmir folding quickly. Nabi holes out at mid off trying to go for a big hit. J&K nine down and 24 runs ahead.
TN vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: Yet another fifty for Saurabh Tiwary in this match. Has played a measured knock. Jharkhand doing it easy. 127/4. 85 away from victory.
Railways vs J&K | Dhruva Prasad: WICKET! Abid Mushtaq top edges trying to slog Karn over mid wicket after hitting a six two balls earlier in the same area. Railways needs two wickets and still leads by 12 runs. J&K staring at an innings defeat.
Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: One final march! Mumbai take the field with an intent, hoping to wrap the innings, match and seal their place in QF. Siddharth Raut to begin proceedings to Abhishek Raut.
Railways vs J&K | Dhruva Prasad: WICKET! Karn Sharma traps Ian Dev Singh in front on the first ball of the day. Railways needs three wickets to win
Railways vs J&K | Dhruva Prasad: Final day coming up. A result is on the cards. Railways favourites to win unless J&K decides to resist. Both teams, however, are unlikely to make it to the next round as KAR is all set to beat PDY and top Group C.
Group A standings: Kerala will need to make a mammoth 388 runs on the final day to take the first-innings lead and seal three points to top Group A.
TN vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: Final day of Ranji Group stages. TN need 6 wickets for win. Jharkhand need 110 runs.