Ranji Trophy Day 3 LIVE
Praveen Chandran from the ground: The spinners bowled well as a unit to take control of the match. Pulkit Narang not out 10 and Rathee 8 not out are the batters at crease.
Praveen Chandran from the ground: Sijomon Joseph removes Ravi Chauhan. The batter is adjudged leg before after offering no shot. Services 159/6.
Pradosh Ranjan Paul continues his rich vein of form and smashes a fifty against Maharashtra, hitting nine boundaries in his innings so far. Vijay Shankar is batting on 36 at the other end. Tamil Nadu’s deficit below 200 runs now.
Priyank Panchal is batting on 66. He is accompanied by M.A. Hingrajia who has dropped anchor. He’s on 38 off 115 deliveries.
Praveen Chandran from the ground: L. S. Kumar shoulders arms to Jalaj to see the stumps rearranged. Ravi Chauhan has hit a few streaky boundaries to move to 36. Pulkit Narang is the new batter.
Shreyas Gopal is gone for 95. An innings that allowed Karnataka to expand its lead and get control of the match. Krishnappa Gowtham falls shortly after for seven runs. The lead now at 222 runs.
Anustup Majumdar’s 90 runs held Bengal’s innings together. After his dismissal at the stroke of stumps, the team somehow managed to prevent getting bowled out. Bengal still faces a deficit of 80 runs.
Pradosh Ranjan Paul and Vijay Shankar have started the rebuild for Tamil Nadu. A partnership worth 46 runs for the fifth wicket but still a long way to go. Trail by 239 runs.
The Assam innings has been anchored around Rahul Hazarika thus far. He ends the day unbeaten on 60 runs. After the opening stand of 79 runs, he’s built a 50 run partnership with Rishav Das as well. Looks like a good wicket to bat on, and Hazarika would hope to make the most of it on Day three.
Ashwin Achal from the ground: Rajasthan looks deflated. The match has drifted well away from the side. Karnataka piling on the misery. A draw is all Rajasthan can hope for from here.
Praveen Chandran from the ground: Nidheesh removes captain Rajat Paliwal for 11 soon after tea. The batter is caught behind, flashing at a wide delivery. Services slip to 97/4, trails by 230 runs.
Two wickets for Dodiya, four for Jadeja and three for Unadkat get Hyderabad wrapped up for 191 in the second innings. Fourth straight outright defeat this season to be at bottom of points table with one point from five matches.
Madhya Pradesh has managed four wickets till tea. Captain and opening batter Priyank Panchal is still at the crease, batting on 40 runs, with 220 runs still needed to pare MP’s first innings total. .
Maharashtra moved into a solid position in the game by picking two more wickets in the second session to have TN at 170 for four.
Despite TN scoring 99 runs in 24 overs, Maharashtra wouldn’t mind it as it has a cushion of 446 on the board.
Skipper B. Indrajith and N. Jagadeesan looked well set and added 94 runs for the third wicket stand. Indrajith was a bit lucky as the ball hit his bat as he tried to leave with the extra bounce from Hangarkekar doing the trick.
Jagadeesan looked solid and got to his half-century in style with a cracking cover drive. The TN keeper though would rue the shot he played to get out trying to take on the left-arm spinner Satyajeet Bachchav. He had just hit the spinner for a six in that over and tried to go for another one in the penultimate over before tea and was caught at long on for 77.
Considering TN are playing one less frontline batsman in this game, the onus was on him to be a bit more aware of the situation. Now all eyes on Pradosh Ranjan Paul and Vijay Shankar, both of whom got tons in the last match against Mumbai in the second innings. They need to produce a miracle to help TN stay in the match.
Shayan Acharya from the ground: A caught behind by Prasad Pawar saw Subham Mandal walking back to the pavilion for 40. Mohit Avasthi gets the wicket.
Dipak Ragav from the ground: B Indrajith is caught at slip. Tried to leave the ball but the extra bounce from Hangarkekar meant it kissed the face of the bat and straight to slip. N Jagadeesan then tries to go after left-arm spinner Satyajeet Bachchav and is instead caught at long on.
Bhagat Varma bowled through the gate by off spinner Yuvrajsinh Dodiya. Followed by, M Shashank forced to snick to wicketkeeper off left arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja.
Jadeja adds another wicket to his tally as Hyderabad loses ninth of the innings.
Praveen Chandran from the ground: Vaisakh ends Rahul Singh’s promising stay after winning another lbw decision. The batter was out for 19. Services 87/3
V.V. Subrahmanyam from the ground: Hyderabad loses T Ravi Teja, bowled by Dharmendrasinh Jadeja. The side is 156/6 in 36.5 overs.
The 68-run partnership between Bharat and Nithish Kumar Reddy comes to an end after Hrithik Shokeen gets Bharat out. Andhra 323/6.
Praveen Chandran from the ground: Services loses the first wicket. Sufiyan aims to pull a short ball from Vaisakh which has kept low, misses it and is given out lbw. Services 51/1
Praveen Chandran from the ground: Services opening pair has put on 45 runs. Rohilla was gifted a life on 25 by Akshay Chandran who dropped an easy catch in the slips off Vaisakh Chandran. Sufiyan Alam batting on 17.
V.V. Subrahmanyam from the ground: Hyderabad lose fifth wicket 123 for 5, wicketkeeper batter Bhavesh Seth plays an irresponsible swing shot to be caught off Yuvrajsinh Dodiya
N. Jagadeesan brings up his fifty as Tamil Nadu’s innings continues to gather momentum.
A 72-run partnership between Shreyas Gopal and S Sharath has seen the team’s lead stretch to 120 runs.
A confident start from Assam. Openers Subham Mandal and Rahul Hazarika have hit a combined seven boundaries in the first eight overs. The latter even has a strike rate of over 100.
K.S. Bharat is batting on 63 as Andhra’s first innings score trudges towards 300 runs against Delhi. Earlier in the innings, Hanuma Vihari fell short of his hundred by 15 runs.
Hyderabad loses Chandan Sahani (49) played on to Jaydev Unadkat. Hyderabad is 91 for 4, 157 behind Saurashtra in its second innings.
Himachal Pradesh opener Prashant Chopra has become the second batter to cross 600 runs in the Ranji Trophy this season. Four centuries in seven innings - the most among all batters so far.
Baroda captain Vishnu Solanki traps his counterpart Manoj Tiwary for 9 as Bengal slips to 47 for four in 21 overs.
Riyan Parag with yet another wicket to deny a double hundred to Ajinkya Rahane. That was the last action of the first innings as Mumbai call in the declaration.
After losing opener B. Sai Sudharsan in the first over trapped leg-before, TN have gone about their reply positively and finished on 71 for two at lunch in just 13 overs. N. Jagadeesan and B. Aparajith played their shots confidently and kept finding the boundaries with ease.
Jagadeesan was impressive on both sides with some effective drives and flicks. He had moments of the rush of blood, trying to go for one too many shots and it is something he would need to be watchful of when he resumes after lunch.
After finding four boundaries, Aparajith was dismissed for 20 caught at third slip by Naushad Shaikh, who fumbled it but managed to grab it on the second attempt.
Skipper Indrajith has also started off positively by hitting pacer Ashay Palkar for three boundaries in one over.
Indrajith and Jagadeesan need to have a big partnership considering TN is playing with just six frontline batters in this game.
The Mumbai skipper completes his 150 as Mumbai continues to pile runs against Assam. Sarfaraz Khan has joined Rahane after lunch and the new pair has added 60 runs in just 57 deliveries. Team’s total nearing 700 now.
Chandan Sahani on 36 and Santosh Goud on 6. The duo have arrested the fall to an extent after Sausrashtra had picked three early wickets. Things still look ominous for the side, though.
Ashwin Achal from the ground: Karnataka enters lunch in a comfortable position. The injury to Manish Pandey is a worry. Unsure if the captain will return to bat. Manish took a nasty hit to the finger.
Rathee cleans up Nidheesh for 11 and Kerala is all out for 327 runs.
Himanshu Mantri completed his 150 before departing. Gujarat was able to wrap the Madhya Pradesh innings for a little over 300. Chintan Gaja picks six wickets. Priyank Panchal and Aarya Desai start the first innings for Gujarat.
Though Tamil Nadu has scored at a brisk pace, it has lost two wickets in the first ten overs. Still long way to Maharashtra’s first innings total of 446 runs.
Praveen Chandran from the ground: Services makes inroads takes three quick wickets to reduce Kerala to 312/9. Sijomon who was leading a charmed life finally falls trapped leg before by Rathee for 55. Off the next over Sachin Baby is run out going for a second run.Basil Thampi is caught in the slips off Paliwal.
Karnataka leads by 53 runs. Mayank Agarwal departed shortly after his half century. Nikin Jose was dismissed on 39 before Manish Pandey was forced to retire hurt on 23. Shreyas Gopal and S. Sharath batting right now.
PRITHVI SHAW, 379!
Shayan Acharya on Mumbai’s first session: The Mumbai cricketers gave Prithvi Shaw a standing ovation as he walked back to the pavilion, after being trapped leg before by Riyan Parag, on the last delivery before lunch. There was an appeal from Riyan, the umpire was initially not interested, but eventually, he raised his finger, thus ending Shaw’s heroic innings of 379 off 383 deliveries.
As the 23-year-old slowly walked towards the pavilion along with captain Ajinkya Rahane, who was unbeaten on 131 off 252, Shaw shook his head in disappointment. The two forged a 401-run partnership in 510 balls, and batted for three sessions almost, guiding Mumbai to 598-3 at lunch on Day 2.
It was an incredible day for Shaw, who built on his innings and brought up his first triple hundred in first-class cricket in just 326 balls, and his 350 came in 361 deliveries. He went after Swarupam Purkayastha and Roshan Alam and hammered them for a flurry of boundaries and sixes.
While batting at 349, Shaw got a reprieve when he was dropped by Assam captain Gokul Sharma at short extra cover off a Purkayastha delivery and making the most of it, Shaw reached his 350 at ease.
He crafted his innings with 49 boundaries and four sixes.
Hyderabad captain Tanmay Agarwal falls lbw to Unadkat. He is disappointed by the umpire’s decision. Hyderabad is 18/3 in 6.4 overs.
Madhya Pradesh opener Himanshu Mantri has reached the 150-run mark against Gujarat.
Highest scores by Indian openers in First Class cricket:
- ⦿ 379 - Prithvi Shaw (today)
- ⦿ 359* - Samit Gohel, 2016
- ⦿ 351* - Swapnil Gugale, 2016
- ⦿ 338 - Prashant Chopra, 2017
- ⦿ 337 - KL Rahul, 2015
Sachin Baby reaches 150. Kerala 291/6. Sijomon on 46 as the team continues its remarkable turnaround against Services.
S Dipak Ragav reports: Ruturaj Gaikwad’s sensational innings came to an end five runs short of what would have been a well-deserved double-century. But it was not before he helped his side post a formidable 446 in the first innings.
Resuming at 350 for six, Maharashtra lost two quick wickets with Sandeep Warrier giving Tamil Nadu the breakthroughs.
Running out of partners, Ruturaj launched into the TN attack going after their lead bowler Warrier. He pulled him, swept him, and got on one knee to dig out a wide yorker over covers for a six.
Like on day one, he went after the young left-arm spinner S. Ajith Ram hitting him for two consecutive sixes before lofting Aswin Crist over long on and helping the home team amass 96 runs in 15 overs today. Gaikwad was eventually dismissed for 195 off just 184 balls with 24 boundaries and eight sixes.
Shayan: Prithvi Shaw is trapped leg before by Riyan Parag. The long innings comes to an end, as he falls a bit short of the coveted 400. And it’s lunch - Mumbai 598/3.
Shaw’s 379 is the second-highest score in Ranji Trophy and the highest-ever by an Indian opener in First Class cricket.
Ashwin Achal from Alur: Manish Pandey receives two lives in two overs. Yash Kothari spills a tough chance at slip first, and in the next over, Pandey manages to bisect the keeper and first slip. Rajasthan are absolutely furious. Pandey hangs around. Karnataka 149/3.
Ruturaj Gaikwad falls on 195, five short of his maiden FC double. Must say the acceleration was incredible yet again from his overnight score 118* (126) to 195 off 184 balls. It came against the run of wickets and a decent TN side.
Jaydev Unadkat strikes with the fourth ball of Hyderabad’s second innings. Southpaw Rohit Rayudu is made to play an away swinger to be caught at third slip. Hyderabad 1/1 in 1 over.
Shayan texts: A reprieve for Prithvi Shaw. Gokul Sharma dropped him at short extra cover off a Swarupam Purkayastha delivery and he brings up his 350. Shaw is the third opener and ninth overall to cross the 350-run mark in a Ranji Trophy innings.
Saurashtra is all out for 327. It lost its last five wickets for 77 runs with left-arm spinner Aniketh Reddy picking up an impressive 7 for 94, overall lead of 248 runs
M. R. Praveen Chandran texts from Thumba: The overnight pair of Sachin Baby and Sijomon Joseph survive the first hour. Runs have come in a trickle with the pair adding just 20 runs off 14 overs. Kerala 274/6 with Sachin Baby batting on 142 and Sijomon Joseph batting on 38.
Dharmendrasinh Jadeja lofts left-arm spinner Aniketh Reddy (6th wicket) straight to the fielder in the deep after some lusty blows. Saurashtra is nine down for 318.
Ruturaj Gaikwad has quickly brought up his 150. A flurry of boundaries and a six off Sandeep Warrier. Maharashtra 389/8 in 89.4 overs.
Prithvi Shaw took charge where he left off on the first day and built on his innings to reach his first triple-century in first-class cricket.
As he reached the 300-run mark, taking a single off Roshan Alam, Shaw received huge applause from his teammates. Nonchalantly, he looked at the sky, took his helmet off, kissed the bat and then hugged captain Ajinkya Rahane.
Starting the day at 397-2, Mumbai flexed muscles as Rahane, too, scored his century - his 39th in first-class cricket - as the partnership between him and Shaw got stronger. With nothing working for Assam bowlers, Mumbai nears to the 500-run mark, losing just two wickets. - Shayan Acharya from Guwahati
V.V. Subrahmanyam: Prerak Mankad is out lbw trying to reverse sweep left-arm spinner Aniketh Reddy, Saurashtra 289/7. Unadkat follows after being bowled while trying to cut Aniketh Reddy to give him a five-wicket haul, Saurashtra 289/8.
Maiden First Class triple hundred for Prithvi Shaw. He becomes the eighth Mumbai batter and the 15th opener to reach the feat in Ranji Trophy. Wasim Jaffer is the only Mumbai batter/opener to achieve the feat twice.
Karnataka skipper Mayank Agarwal has brought up his half-century against Rajasthan. Karnataka is just 21 runs behind the first-innings score of the opposition at 108/2 in 33 overs.
The captain has come out and assisted Prithvi Shaw brilliantly with his 39th FC ton and third ton in the 2022-23 red-ball season.
Chhattisgarh lost its ninth wicket for 100, three runs behind Jharkhand’s first-innings score. However, Ashutosh Singh and Vasudev Bharath have held and crossed the 103-run mark for a narrow 10-run lead.
Can Ruturaj Gaikwad lead Maharashtra past the 400-run mark on Day 2?
Shayan tells from Guwahati: The running between the wickets has been quite impressive. Ajinkya Rahane and Prithvi Shaw have been able to convert the singles into twos and keep the scoreboard ticking. “Run run, do le, do...” Rahane tells Shaw whenever they plan to take a double.
Chhattisgarh is on the verge of taking the lead, but Jharkhand has a slender chance of holding onto a faint lead or earning a tie in the first-innings.
Ajinkya Rahane starts off with a boundary on Day 2 to lead Mumbai past 400.
Bengal’s Mukesh Kumar operates with the second new ball on Day 2. Baroda starts the day at 222/7.
T Natarajan is aiming for a full-fledged return to the national side with a strong return in IPL 2023.
Our correspondent Shayan Acharya caught up with Prithvi Shaw after his unbeaten 240 on Day 1. Shaw divulges his routines and methods that has helped rack up his career-best FC score and first ton of the Ranji season.
Newly elected national selector S. Sharath has had a long career playing for Tamil Nadu. In this episode, he breaks down his journey and tells the listeners about the perils of breaking into the state team and later into a star-studded zonal team in an era when domestic cricket thrived. He started playing zonal cricket at the same time as Rahul Dravid and made his mark there, to know more tune in.
The Ranji Trophy Round 5 matches got underway on Tuesday with crucial contests across all five groups. From Prithvi Shaw’s swashbuckling double-century to Hyderabad’s huge collapse against Saurashtra, here is a Day 1 wrap from some of the key games that are being covered by our correspondents from the respective venues.
Elite Group A: Bengal v Baroda Day 1
- Amitabha Das Sharma
Elite Group B: Assam v Mumbai Day 1
- Shayan Acharya
Elite Group B: Maharashtra v Tamil Nadu Day 1
- S. Dipak Ragav
Elite Group B: Hyderabad v Saurashtra Day 1
- V. V. Subrahmanyam
Elite Group B: Delhi v Andhra Pradesh Day 1
- Rakesh Rao
Elite Group C: Kerala v Services Day 1
- M. R. Praveen Chandran