Welcome to Sportstar 's coverage of the first day of the third round of the 2021-22 season of the Ranji Trophy.

FOLLOW DAY 3 LIVE: Ranji Trophy 2022 HIGHLIGHTS, Round 3, Day 3: Mumbai five wickets away from knockouts berth; TN set for close finish

 

Uttarakhand vs Andhra Pradesh | M.R. Praveen Chandran: At stumps Andhra 42/1 off 12 overs.  Gnaneshwar batting 25, Shaikh Rasheed batting 10.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Abhishek Raut and Rajesh Mohanty have weathered the storm as Odisha finish Day 1 at 250/6. Mumbai won't be too unhappy, considering they haven't conceded too many runs and Saurashtra have lost seven wickets on the opening day. See you tomorrow.

Tamil Nadu vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: WICKET!!! Sai Kishore is dismissed for 81. deserved a hundred. Anukul gets his 2nd wicket. caught at slip but he has done more than what his team would have expected. TN in trouble 244/7.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Mumbai take the new ball with 7 overs remaining. Dhawan Kulkani is beating leftie Rajesh Mohanty's edge consistently. Reminds me of a quote a former India captain would use freqently: "the batsman wasn't talented enough to nick it". 241/6

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: STUMPS! Railways openers play out a probing maiden over from Rasool and that will be all from today. Railways will open its account tomorrow, trailing by 259 runs

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: WICKET! Second scalp for a pacer as Yuvraj Singh knocks over Umar Nazir. Jammu and Kashmir 259 all out in 87.1 overs.

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Tamil Nadu vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: WICKET !!! Shahrukh caught at slip off Anukul Roy. Bit of extra bounce. 235/6

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: WICKET! Finally a wicket for a pacer as Amit Mishra strikes. He lures Nabi into a drive outside off and finds the outside edge to slip. Jammu and Kashmir 259/9. Three overs remaining in the day.

Tamil Nadu vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: Shahrukh Khan just hit the most audacious shot of the day. Flicked pacer Shukla into the stands over fine leg. Sheer timing. Not power.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: On the cusp of the last drinks break, Tanush Kotian bowls one full and it takes the inside edge of Rajesh Dhuper on to the pads to get Sachin Yadav into action at forward short-leg. Dhuper scored 19 (75b, 1x4). 221/6

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: Umar Nazir slams Akash Pandey over mid off for four to bring up the 250 for Jammu and Kashmir at the end of 84 overs. Some tenacity shown at the back end has ensured J&K doesn't disintegrate on day one.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Abhishek Raut has come in to bat. The last time Mumbai won Ranji Trophy in 2015-16, Raut played two games for Mumbai. But this is his second game vs Mumbai. Way back in 2005-06, Raut was a part of Maharashtra's famous win at Wankhede vs Mumbai

Uttarakhand vs Andhra Pradesh | M.R. Praveen Chandran: Uttarakhand has collapsed after tea. The lost five wickets for 30 runs in the post tea session to be dismissed  for 191. The slide started with the run out of Saurav Rawat for two. The Andhra medium pacers Prithvi Raj (3/26) and Ayyappa Bandra (4/33) have ripped through the Uttarakhand lower order.

Tamil Nadu vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: 100!!! Just like he got to his 50, Indrajith cuts Nadeem behind point to get to his 3rd consecutive hundred this season. what a knock this has been. 100 off 128 balls. 11x4, 2x6. WICKET !!! Nadeem finally strikes. removes Indrajith stumped. A bit of turn. Indrajith goes forward. beaten in spin. and loses balance. but what a brilliant knock. his hundred also got TN's 200. TN 203/5 in 53.3

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: WICKET! Karn Sharma finally breaks through a frustrating partnership and cleans up Henan Nazir. Jammu and Kashmir 238/8 in 77 overs. Karn had brought himself back in the 71st over and struck soon after

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Dhawal Kulkarni lives up to his reputation of the leader of Mumbai's attack by making opener Shantanu Mishra (89, 213b, 11x4) play across the line and getting the lbw decision in his favour. Odisha 188/5

Tamil Nadu vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: First over after tea, Sai Kishore nudges a single to point to get to his maiden First-Class 50. and what a time to deliver. walked in when the team was 32/4. Superb knock by the 25-year-old.

Bengal vs Chandigarh | Y.B. Sarangi: Anustup Majumdar out on 95. Gaurav Gambhir trapped him in front. Bengal 246/4 in 65 overs

Karnataka vs Pondicherry | S. Dinakar: Karnataka was on a comfortable 204 for two against Puducherry at Tea on day one of their Ranji Trophy duel. Opener Devdutt Padikkal was batting on 108 - the left-hander's maiden Ranji hundred - while K.V. Siddharth was on 72.


J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad:
TEA DAY 2: Jammu and Kashmir 220/7 in 69 overs. Nazir (28) and Nabi (20) have slogged it out and warded off an imminent collapse. The Railways pacers are back on but have found minimal purchase on what looks like a very dry pitch.

 

Kerala vs Madhya Pradesh | P.K. Ajith Kumar: Madhya Pradesh is going slowly but steadily here in Rajkot. At tea it is 160 for two from 62 overs. Yash Dubey is on 80 (187b, 13x4) and Rajat Patidar on 42 (92b, 8x4). The third wicket stand is worth 72.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Shantanu Mishra walks off the field after leading Odisha's charge. He has been the star of the day, unbeaten on 80, as Odisha are 178/4 at tea .

 

Uttarakhand vs Andhra Pradesh | M.R. Praveen Chandran: At Tea, Uttarakhand 161/5. Spinner Naren Reddy takes the big wicket of Kunal Chandela for 52 and Prthviraj dismisses Swapnil Singh who is caught behind for 21. Negi is batting on 12 and Saurav Rawat is batting on 1.

Tamil Nadu vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: Superb session for Tamil Nadu. Indrajith once again raises to the occasion. Sai Kishore has given him good company and looked extremely solid. TN 165/4 in 46 overs. Indrajith on 78 and Sai Kishore on 48. Much needed break for Inder, who looks very tired

Karnataka vs Pondicherry: Devdutt Padikkal's maiden first-class century has lifted Karnataka past 200. He crosses his previous best of 99 and has scored his first ton since an IPL hundred in April 2021. 27 innings have lapsed between both knocks across formats.

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: Nazir and Nabi's resistance has forced Karn to take himself and Pandey off. Off spinner Shivam Chaudhary and pacer Amit Mishra replace the duo. Jammu and Kashmir 212/7 in 65 overs.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Mumbai build the pressure. Shantanu Mishra, the opener who has held an end together, breaks the shackles by dancing down the wicket and sending the spinner over cover for a one-bounced four. Mishra has moved to 68. Odisha 160/4

Bengal vs Chandigarh | Y.B. Sarangi: Tea. Bengal 236/3 in 59 overs. Abhimanyu got out on 114 off J.S. Sandhu. Anustup is on 89. Abhimanyu and Anustup added 193 runs for the third wicket

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: A rearguard of sorts by Nazir and Nabi. They have pressed forward effectively to smother the spin. Attritional passage of play with just 18 runs in 12 overs. Jammu and Kashmir 193/7 in 60 overs.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Anshuman Rath's FC debut for Odisha is shortlived as Tanush Kotian traps him lbw. Rath plays the wrong line, Kamlesh Sharma takes his time before upholding the appeal. Was it too high? The batter ain't happy, as is the case with most lbws 148/4

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Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Anshuman Rath, the leftie, marks his debut with a square cut off offie Kotian. He has played five FC matches earlier. If you remember, he has represented - even led the team - Hong Kong in international cricket from 2014-18

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: WICKET! Fifer for Karn Sharma as he traps Abid Mushtaq in front. Jammu and Kashmir 174/7 in 48 overs. Karn Sharma 5-56.

Bengal vs Chandigarh | Y.B. Sarangi: Bengal captain Abhimanyu Easwaran scored his 15th first class hundred shortly after the drinks break in the middle session. Bengal 211/2 after 47 overs. Abhimanyu (103*) and Anustup Majumdar (75*) put up an unbeaten 162 run stand to put their side in a position to build a big total.

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: WICKET! All the hard work done by the openers is unraveling. Leggie Karn and left arm spinner Pandey have cleaned up Ian Dev and Rasool in successive overs. Jammu and Kashmir 161/6 in 45 overs.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Avasthi does the trick! Tanush Kotian bowls a tight over and Avasthi is rewarded in the next. Poddar (37, 71b, 4x4, 1x6) makes the mistakes of playing a fuller ball on the backfoot and nicks it to Tare. 110/3, in walks Anshuman Rath.

 

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Tamil Nadu vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: An hour after lunch, Indrajith and Sai Kishore have done well to steady the ship for TN. The duo have added 50-run stand. both of them have looked solid. and the runs have kept coming at a good rate.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Govinda Poddar is at his fluent best. He danced down the wicket and hit a six over the sight-screen off Shams Mulani. Prithvi Shaw did employ spin from both ends for a while but Mohit Avasthi, who missed a run-out chance, has replaced Mulani now 109/2

Uttarakhand vs Andhra Pradesh | M.R. Praveen Chandran: Ayyappa Bandaru induces an edge from the well settled Kamal Singh (42). Wicket keeper Girinath takes the catch Uttarakhand 93/3.

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: WICKET! You live by the sword and die by it. Abdul Samad chips a catch to short third and goes for a blitz. Karn Sharma lets out a roar after Samad smashed him for three sixes and two fours in two overs.

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J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: WICKET! Big scalp for Railways as left-arm spinner Akshay Pandey cleans up Iqbal for 83. He is livid with himself and shadow bats the front foot defense as he walks off. Abdul Samad is in, fireworks soon.

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: Day 1 Session 2: Iqbal and Ian Dev will resume. The Chennai sun is out, wiping away any sign of moisture. Not much for the bowlers on this surface and both batters have fallen to ordinary shots. Railways should brace for a long day in the field.

 

Kerala vs Madhya Pradesh | P.K. Ajith Kumar: Madhya Pradesh has taken lunch at 82 for one with opener Yash Dubey on 48 and Shubham Sharma on seven. Rather a quiet session, the kind of which hasn't been many here in this tournament.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Govinda Poddar has driven well while opener Shantanu Mishra has held an end right through as Odisha go in to lunch at 78/2.

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J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: LUNCH DAY 1: J&K 115/2 after 34 overs. Qamran Iqbal is unbeaten on 76 and Ian Dev Singh is on 6. Karn Sharma struck with two blows. Just at the stoke of Lunch, Iqbal swept Karn at fine leg for four in a rare leg-side scoring shot.

Karnataka vs Pondicherry | S. Dinakar: Karnataka, inserted by Pondicherry, was 88 for two at lunch on day one in their Ranji Trophy clash at the SSN ground on Thursday. The left-handed Devdutt Padikkal was on 47 while K.V. Siddharth had made 23. Earlier, seamer Ashith Rajiv took both the wickets, having R. Samarth and Karun Nair caught in the cordon and by the 'keeper.

Uttarakhand vs Andhra Pradesh | M.R. Praveen Chandran: Uttarakhand 78/2 off 33 overs at lunch. Kamal Singh batting on 34 and Kunal Chandela on 11.

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Rahul Shukla jolted the Tamil Nadu the top-order with three wickets.

 

Kerala vs Madhya Pradesh | P.K. Ajith Kumar: Kerala has finally broken through here in Rajkot. And it's the seasoned all-rounder Jalaj Saxena, who has done the job for Kerala against his former team Madhya Pradesh. He had Himanshu Mantri (23) edging to slip, where P. Rahul, who took an excellent catch. The first wicket stand was worth 62. MP is now 70 for one, with Yash Dubey on 42 not out. New man in the in-form Shubham Sharma.

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: WICKET! A nothing shot from Fazil Rashid as he gets a leading edge to wide gully. Double delight for Karn Sharma, who had a listless campaign so far. JK 98/2 in 28 overs.

Bengal vs Chandigarh | Y.B. Sarangi: From 42/2, Abhimanyu Easwaran (65*) and Anustup Majumdar (30*) consolidated to add 73 runs for an unbroken third wicket partnership as Bengal took lunch on day 1 at 115/2 in 31 overs in its first innings.

Tamil Nadu vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: At lunch on day 1, TN 36/4. A lot riding on B. Indrajith's shoulders once again. After losing the toss, Jharkhand will be mighty pleased. Sensational fast bowling from Rahul Shukla in the one hour session in the morning.. the quick has picked up three wickets breaching the defense of the TN top order by sheer pace.

Karnataka vs Pondicherry | Karnataka is 49/2 from 23 overs. R Samarth and Karun Nair have fallen cheaply as Ashith strikes for Pondicherry.

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: WICKET! Captain Karn Sharma strikes first ball in the 22nd over, spinning it away from left-hander Raina and inducing an outside edge to slip.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Siddharth Raut, after bowling an opening spell of 8-2-20-1, has made way for Dhawal Kulkarni. Govinda Poddar has scored a couple of boundaries. Odisha 48/2

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: A swarm of bees breezes over the ground, forcing players to lay low and take shelter in the 21st over. Non-striker Iqbal was the first one to take cover in the middle of a delivery.

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Tamil Nadu vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: WICKET!!! Rahul Shukla is on fire. Aparajith is bowled. TN in tatters 21/3.

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: Qamran Iqbal has moved to 59 off 59 to take Jammu and Kashmir to 87/0 in 20 overs. There was a brief lull with just 17 runs coming in five overs as Rahul Sharma and Amit Mishra operated.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Mohit Avasthi strikes, traps captain Subhranshu Senapati lbw for 13. 36/2. Besides the wicket, Mumbai has more good news as Dhawal Kulkarni has returned to the field and has been warming up. Time for Siddharth Raut to take a break after a prolonged spell?

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: Drinks and Jammu and Kashmir is untroubled at 76/0 in 16 overs. Iqbal has owned the off side, moving to 46. Yuvraj Singh is off the attack after an insipid 7-over spell. Amit Mishra replaces him.

Delhi vs Chattisgarh: 100 up for Chattisgarh at the expense of two wickets. Ajay Mandal nears his half-century with skipper Harpreet Bhatia joining him.

Uttarakhand vs Andhra Pradesh | M.R. Praveen Chandran: Jharkhand after winning the toss are 47 for two after 17 overs. Captain Jay Bista dismissed by Ayyappa Bhandra for 11. Tanush Gusain is caught by Stephen off Prithviraj for 16, Kamal Singh batting 14.

Bengal vs Chandigarh | Y.B. Sarangi: Bengal 72/2 in 21 overs after being inserted in by Chandigarh. Jagjit Singh Sandhu bowled opener Sudip Gharami in the first over. Ritwik Roy Chowdhury was castled by Jaskarandeep Singh inside the first drinks break.

Chandigarh seamers have got good help from morning conditions.

Bengal captain Abhimanyu Easwaran has batted with determination. He has played some good looking shots on both sides to pick up boundaries.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Dhawal Kulkarni has returned to the change room after being struck on his palm on return. In the next over, Siddharth Raut uproots Samantray's over. After the over, captain Prithvi Shaw has a chat with Raut. Odisha 23/1.

Kerala vs Madhya Pradesh | PK Ajith Kumar: Good morning from a pleasant slightly windy Rajkot. Madhya Pradesh is batting after winning the toss and is  25 for no loss after eight overs, Himanshu Mantri on four, Yash Dubey on 18. N P. Basil, who has replaced Edhen Apple Tom and is playing only his third match, has just bowled his first over.

J&K vs Railways | Jammu and Kashmir 55/0 in 10 overs . Iqbal smashed 14 runs off Amit Mishra in the 10th over. Karn Sharma is persisting with the pace duo of Mishra and Yuvraj Singh however. Not much movement in the air or off the pitch despite overcast conditions.

Baroda vs Hyderabad | Hyderabad has lost both its openers. Skipper Tanmay Agarwal is the latest to fall on 21 as Lukman Meriwala gets the breakthrough. HYD 38/2 in 15.1 overs.

Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Debasish Samantray and Shantanu Mishra have deprived Dhawal Kulkarni and Siddharth Raut of a breakthrough. The red-soil pitch is offering decent carry so far. Odisha 23 for no loss in eight overs.

J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: Jammu and Kashmir is off to a brisk start with 29/0 in 6 overs. Suryansh Raina and Qamran Iqbal have been cautious while punishing the loose delivery. Pacer Amit Mishra has bowled length in the channel but Yuvraj Singh has been pitching it up too full.


Bengal vs Chandigarh:
After losing opener Sudip Gharami in the first over, Bengal is aiming to stage a slow recovery with skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran and Ritwik Chowdhury.  BEN 22/1 in 8.3 overs.

Saurashtra vs Goa: An early jolt for Saurashtra after deciding to bat first. Goa's Shrikant Wagh has trapped Snell Patel lbw first ball in the second over. SAU 2/1 in 2 overs.

9:30am: J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: All set for action. Suryansh Raina and Qamran Iqbal open the batting. Pacer Amit Mishra with the ball.

9:28am: Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Two changes for Mumbai: Opener Aakarshit Gomel and leggie Prashant Solanki are out. Armaan Jaffer gets his first game of the season while Siddharth Raut is back in the side.

9:23am: Mumbai vs Odisha | Amol Karhadkar: Morning from the Narendra Modi Stadium B ground. Odisha have won the toss and elected to bat. Ajinkya Rahane has a chat with his former opening partner Wasim Jaffer, who is the Odisha Coach. Team sheets to follow.

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9:21am: J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: Big changes in the Jammu and Kashmir team makeup. Parvez Rasool will lead the side and Umran Malik is not in the XI.

8:59am: J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: Railways has been practicing slip catching hard. First and second slip and keeper. It will need to hold on to those today. The seven dropped catches vs Pondicherry might have cost them an outright win.

8:56am: TN vs Jharkhand | S Dipak Ragav: Good morning from Nehru stadium in Guwahati for the final match in Group H between TN and Jharkhand. Yet again there is a delay here. Not sure why. The weather has become hotter in the last few days. So not sure there is going to be a problem with wet outfield.  Looks like we will have an inspection at 9.45 a.m . the umpires are looking at the pitch.

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8:32am: Dhruva Prasad - The Railways team is in a huddle, gathering their thoughts after having drawn both games. They will need to go the distance this time, however. One of the match officials announces that you all are part of history today. Says this is the 5000th Ranji Trophy match . I leave the rest to the statisticians to figure out.

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8:24am: J&K vs Railways | Dhruva Prasad: A very good morning from the IIT Chemplast Ground in Chennai. Pleasant conditions for what promises to be a crucial Group C contest. Both J&K and Railways are in with a chance to make it to the knockouts.

Group C standings

 

PREVIEW

The third round of India's premier red-ball competition begins today.

All 38 teams will be in action, including defending champion Saurashtra, which squares off against Goa in a must-win game in Ahmedabad. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane will once again be in action.

READ: Pujara, Rahane demoted to Grade B in BCCI central contracts

Ahead of the day's play here are a few reads from the domestic circuit.


Schedule, Match Previews