As it happened: Ranji Trophy semifinals, Day Two

Follow the updates of the day two action from both the matches in the semifinal stages of the Ranji Trophy 2017.

Karun Nair celebrates his hundred in the Ranji Trophy semifinal against Vidarbha at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.   -  G.P. SAMPATH KUMAR

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Welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of Day Two from the Ranji Trophy semifinals.

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Bengal vs Delhi in Pune (Scorecard)

Karnataka vs Vidarbha in Kolkata (Scorecard)

Star performers of the day

Gautam Gambhir (Delhi) 127

Karun Nair (Karnataka) 148*

 

Bengal squad

Manoj Tiwary (captain), Sudip Chatterjee (vice- captain), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Shreevats Goswami, Anustup Majumder, Abhishek Raman, Aamir Gani, Pradipta Pramanik, Ashok Dinda, Mohammed Shami, Mukesh Kumar, Kanishk Seth, B Amit and Writtick Chatterjee.

Delhi squad

Rishabh Pant (captain), Kunal Chandela, Gautam Gambhir, Dhruv Shorey, Himmat Singh, Nitish Rana, Vikas Tokas, Kulwant Khejroliya, Navdeep Saini, Vikas Mishra, Aakash Sudan, Unmukt Chand, Manan Sharma, Shivam Sharma, Milind Kumar.

 

Day 2, Stumps, Delhi  271/3; Rana 11* (26)

Mohammed Shami and Ashoke Dinda on on day two of Delhi vs Bengal Ranji semifinal match at Maharashtra CA stadium, Pune.   -  PRASHANT NAKWE

 

5:10 pm: What a comeback by Bengal! Shami gets the all important wicket of Gambhir 127 (216), Goswami takes the catch; Delhi 271/3.

5:04 pm: Rana 11 (9) and Gambhir 126 (211) are trying to play out the overs to start afresh tomorrow. They clearly have a massive lead in mind; Delhi 270/2.

4:40 pm: Dinda finally gets a wicket. Shorey 12 (33) caught by Goswami; Delhi 247/2. Nitish Rana, the IPL wonder boy, is out in the middle.

4:30 pm: And that's a maiden over. Shami 19-2-74-0 has had an average day on the field today; Delhi 240/1.

4:25 pm: Shami starts his third spell, Shorey is on strike. This could be the last attempt by Tiwary to find some breakthroughs in order to start afresh on Day 3.

3:54 pm: B Amit breaks the partnership, Chandela c Goswami b Amit 113 (192), Delhi 232/1.

3:50 pm: At the end of 60 overs, Delhi 232/0; Gambhir 116 (173), Chandela 113 (187).

3:20 pm: CHANCE! Shami to Gambhir; the inside edge almost got to the stumps; Delhi 226/0.

3:00 pm: Shami starts his second spell. The experienced India bowler couldn't turn things around this morning. But a couple of wickets now could cause a stir.

2:30 pm: Chandela brings up his century, 100 in 150 balls; Delhi 216/0.

1:59 pm: Gambhir brings up his century, 101 runs in 122 balls  (18x4, 0x6); Delhi 172/0.

1:30 pm! And that's 150-up for Delhi; Gambhir 87 (108), K Chandela 66 (91).

1:15 pm: There is no stopping Gambhir and Chandela, both the openers look poised and set for a century; Gambhir 72 (86), Chandela 62 (78); Delhi 134/0.

12:50 pm: Half-century for Chandela 52 off 69 balls, Delhi 107/0.

12:40 pm: Gambhir brings up his 50 off 68 balls; Delhi 97/0.

At lunch, Delhi 88/0 (21)

 

11:57 am: At the end of 20 overs, Delhi 85/0; Gambhir 46 (60), Chandela 39 (60).

11:40 am: Gambhir is racing away towards a 50. The experienced southpaw has already hit eight fours in his innings so far.

11:10 am: At the end of 10 overs, Delhi 37/0; Gambhir 19 (26), Chandela 18 (34).

10:45 am: Both the openers look in good touch. At the end of seven overs, Delhi 25/0. Bengal has Mohammed Shami in its ranks, who is sharing the new ball with Ashok Dinda.

10:20 am: Gautam Gambhir and Kunal Chandela are out in the middle. Delhi has a good chance to pace their innings and aim for a lead.

 

NOW, CATCH THE ACTION LIVE ON STAR SPORTS 1

After airing the first day of the Ranji Trophy semifinals on its free-to-air channel, Star Sports First, the second day's play between Delhi and Bengal was also aired on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD. Star Sports has confirmed that it would air the remaining the days of the match in all its three channel. On Sunday, most of the cricket fans could not catch live as it was only shown on Star Sports First, which most of the cable operators don't air.

 

Bengal first innings 286 (Overnight score: 269/7)

10:15 am: And it's all over for Bengal; Dinda 2(9) ct Manan Sharma b Kulwant Khejroliy, Bengal 286/10.

10:00 am: Is Bengal choking? WICKET! Manan Sharma runs Aamir Gani 8 (22) out, Bengal 283/9.

9:57 am: WICKET! Shreevats Goswami 29(72) lbw Navdeep Amarjeet Saini, Bengal 283/8.

Karnataka squad

Vinay Kumar R (captain), Karun Nair, Mithun A, Shreyas Gopal, Stuart Binny, Arvind Sreenath, C M Gautam (wk), Gowtham K, Mayank Agarwal, Nischal D, Samarth R

Vidarbha squad

F Y Fazal (captain), A A Wakhare, A A Sarvate, A V Wankhade, Ganesh Satish, S R Ramaswamy, Siddhesh Sunil Neral, Wasim Jaffer, Umesh Yadav, A V Wadkar (wk), R N Gurban

 

Day 2, Stumps, Karnataka 294/8; Nair 148 (261), V Kumar 20 (74).

3:50 pm: Karnataka now leads Vidarbha by 100 runs; Nair 140 (248), V Kumar 19 (69); 285/8.

3:14 pm: Vinay Kumar 13 (40) has put a price on his wicket. Nair 128 (227), on the other hand, is playing an innings to remember. Karnataka now lead Vidarbha by 82 runs.

3:00 pm: Karnataka 263/8, lead By 78 Runs, Vinay Kumar R 11(34) Karun Nair 127(223).

Karnataka reaches 247 for 8 at Tea, with a lead of 62 runs. Karun Nair is batting on 118 along with R. Vinay Kumar (batting 6).

Ashwin Achal reports: The session belonged to Vidarbha, as their bowlers relegated Karnataka to 247 for eight, from 160 for four at Lunch. Speedster Rajneesh Gurbani (five for 82) has been mighty impressive. Karnataka batsmen Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal and K. Gowtham all fell to nicked drives. Shouldering arms would have been a far better option.

Ashwin Achal reports

After keeping Karun Nair company for a steady 25-ball 10, A. Mithun loses the plot. Just moments after Karun brings up his century, Mithun tries to slog left-arm spinner Aditya Sarvate and gets bowled. A thoroughly annoyed Karun slouches over his bat at the other end. Pretty silly stuff from Mithun, who should have continued his cautious approach, while giving Karun company. Skipper Vinay Kumar, suffering from severe cramps, is the next man in. He is struggling to run, which probably means that he will not bowl too many overs when Karnataka takes the field.

1:50 pm: Sarvate picks up Mithun 10 (25); Karnataka 225/8.

Karun's unbeaten 148 comprised 20 fours and a six.   -  G.P. SAMPATH KUMAR

 

1:35 pm: Karun Nair reaches his century. What a brilliant knock under pressure and crucial circumstances. When he came in to bat, Karnataka was three down for 17; Nair 100 (181), Karnataka 223/7.

1:07 pm: At the end of 60 overs, Karnataka 202/7; lead by 18 runs.

And that's a fifer for Gurbani!

1:05 pm: WICKET! Over: 59.5 Gowtham K 1(3) ct A V Wankhade b R N Gurbani, Karnataka 198/7.

12:50 pm: Gurbani picks his fourth, dismisses Shreyas Gopal 7 (13); fine catch by Fazal, Karnataka 192/6.

12:30 pm: WICKET! Stuart Binny c Wadkar b Gurbani 4 (12); Karnataka 174/5.

Ashwin Achal reports

Karun Nair (61 batting) and C.M. Gautam have ensured that Karnataka (160 for four) is virtually assured of taking the first-innings lead. Gautam (73), however, threw away a chance to get his first century of the season. In the last over before Lunch, Gautam cut a short and wide Umesh Yadav delivery straight to deep point. He immediately realised that he committed a huge mental error – cursing himself loudly as he walked off the field.

Karun, on the other hand, was his usual measured self. He did have a moment of madness, when he attempted and missed a reverse-sweep to off-spinner Akshay Wakhare. The loud LBW appeal was turned down. Karun would do well to put his head down and make a big one here.

The Vidarbha bowling, meanwhile, has been disappointing. There have been bad deliveries aplenty – no pressure has been mounted on the batters whatsoever. India pacer Umesh is not going at full tilt,perhaps in an effort preserve his best for the upcoming South Africa tour. His partner Rajneesh Gurbani has produced a few fantastic deliveries, but has not been consistent. Morning session, helpful Eden Gardens pitch, the fate of the match in the balance - and yet the bowlers have lacked the discipline to keep the ball in the right areas.

If the Karnataka batsmen decide to stick around, the match could slip away from Vidarbha's grasp by the end of day's play.

At lunch, Karnataka 160/4

Vidarbha speedster Umesh Yadav broke the Nair-Gautam partnership and picked up two wickets.   -  G.P. SAMPATH KUMAR

 

11:30 am: Lapse of concentration and that's the end of Gautam 73 (125). Umesh Yadav strikes; Karnataka 160/4.

11:20 am: Gautam is looking to play a bigger innings here, unbeaten on 71, he is finding the gaps and rotating the strike. Smart cricket by Karnataka. They wouldn't want to lose a wicket before lunch.

11:00 am: At the end of 40 overs, Karnataka 140/3; Nair 56 (104), Gautam 58 (91).

10:52 am: And that's a half-century for Nair too. He reaches his 50 in 98 balls, Karnataka 133/3.

10:35 am: And that's a fine half-century from Gautam. He held his nerves and paced his innings, complementing Nair; Karnataka 128/3 (36), Nair 48 (93), Gautam 54 (79).

10:05 am: And that's 100 up for Karnataka; Nair 37 (72), Gautam 43 (59).

9:50 am: C.M. Gautam is playing a good hand here; this is a much needed partnership.

9:40 am: A lot will depend on how Karun Nair paces his innings today. Since Mayank Agarwal failed with the bat, Nair needs to up his game to take Karnataka home.