Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of Round 9 matches of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 where teams battle to book a place in the quarterfinals.
Punjab vs Bengal: Manoj Tiwary falls after scoring a patient, fighting 65 but Bengal has taken a healthy lead of 177. Bengal 190/7
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Captain Faiz Fazal completes a deserving century, Vidarbha 207 for three now in reply to Hyderabad's 272.
Chandigarh vs Manipur: Chandigarh takes a first innings lead of 609 runs. Having declared at 672/8, Chandigarh shot out Manipur for 63. Bipul Sharma and Gurinder Singh slammed double centuries with the later taking a five-wicket haul also.
Tamil Nadu vs Saurashtra: A Barot and V Jadeja steady Saurashtra after losing two early wickets in reply to Tamil Nadu's 424. Saurashtra 86/2
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Debutant left arm spinner Aniketh Reddy, picks his first wicket, having well set Ganesh Satish (65) stumped by K. Sumanth. Vidarbha 147/3 in reply to Hyderabad's 272.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: MP scramble to 118-5, 309 behind Mumbaibai first innings score of 427 at tea at the Wankhede stadium.
Services vs Chhattisgarh: Services rides on Rahul Singh Gahlaut's century to take a lead of 187 runs and keep its hopes of making the quarters alive. Skipper Rajat Paliwal leading from the front with an unbeaten 89. Surely they are gunning for an outright. Services 366/6
Odisha vs Jharkhand: Debasish Samantray scored a brilliant 156 as Odisha posted a solid total of 436 all out. Clearly they were batting time and ensured that they don't lose the game. Will now aim to take the first innings lead. Although an outright win can't be ruled out. Jharkhand 20/1
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: At tea, Vidarbha 140/2 with captain Faiz Fazal on 67 and Ganesh Satish on 64, having already put on 116 runs for the third wicket, in reply to Hyderabad's 272 on second day.
Bengal vs Punjab: Update from our correspondent Ayan Acharya - Bengal's lead is now 100 with both batsmen nearing their fifties. The pitch has eased down by the looks of it. Meanwhile, Punjab skipper Mandeep Singh could be overheard while leaving the field between over : "Aaj battinh nahiii aaanii apni, itni aasani se declare nahi karega bangali". At tea : Bengal 120/3, Tiwary 52 and Nandi 49. Lead by 107
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda updates: 50 for Ahmad Noor Pathan. He has battled hard. The third wicket partnership is now worth 54. Ahmad Noor Pathan dropped on 55 by Karun nair at first slip off Pavan Deshpande. Karnataka desperate for a wicket. At tea: Baroda 121/2. Trail by 27. Pathan and Hooda have added 73 runs for the third wicket.
Bengal vs Punjab: Update from our correspondent Ayan Acharya - A 79-run unbeaten stand between Tiwary and Nandi has started to blunt the Punjab attack. The lead is nearing 100.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Mumbai bowlers backed by sharp fielding, reduce MP to 72-5 in 23 overs. Suryakumar Yadav pulled off a diving catch at first slip and Aakarshit Gomel judged a catch on the fence. Two wickets each by Deepak Shetty and Shams Mulani infuse sparkle into the game.
Meanwhile, Puducherry coach J. Arun Kumar has revealed the exact reason behind his mid-way resignation. Read: Coach J. Arun Kumar reveals reason behind his Puducherry exit
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam updates - Thanks to captain Faiz Fazal (57) and Ganesh Satish (37), Vidarbha bring up their hundred in reply to Hyderabad's 272. Vidarbha 102/2
Tamil Nadu vs Saurashtra: N. Jagadessan misses out on a double ton as he is dismissed for 183. Nevertheless, his knock ensured Tamil Nadu posts a solid first innings total of 424. Saurashtra has begun the chase. Saurashtra 13/0
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda updates: Karnataka have the breakthrough 40 minutes after lunch. Prasidh Krishna strikes off the first ball of his second spell. Kedar devdhar’s resistance ends as he tamely slashes a short, wide delivery straight to the point fielder.A Solanki sweep shot caught KV Siddharth flush on the back of the neck at forward short leg. He’s walked off and Solanki is out next ball LBW to Gowtham. Baroda 48/2 Trails by 94 runs.
Bengal vs Punjab: Update from our correspondent Ayan Acharya -"Eii dike kichhu hocheena" screams a rather animated Arun Lal. He's referring to the clock tower end where the batsmen are having no trouble tackling the ball. The club end, however, is where the pitch is misbehaving.
Uttar Pradesh vs Himachal Pradesh: Rishi Dhawan takes his 21st five-wicket haul as Uttar Pradesh are bowled out for 119. Terrific stuff from the fast bowler.
Tamil Nadu vs Saurashtra: Wicket-keeper batsman N Jagadeesan has done a magnificent job as he has taken his side past the 400-run mark. Remember, they were struggling at 250/7 overnight and this has been a special innings. He is batting on 171 and a double will be an icing on the cake. Meanwhile, Jaydev Unadkat has another five-wicket haul. Tamil Nadu 407/9
Meanwhile, Puducherry head coach J. Arun Kumar has stepped down from his position in the middle of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 campaign.
The coach has taken to Twitter and has issued a clarification that he hasn't stepped down due to health reasons but because of interference from an official. Although the Twitter account is not verified, it seems to belong to the former cricketer.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Madhya Pradesh 11/1 at lunch on day two.
Bengal vs Punjab: Krishan Alang gets Koushik Ghosh out lbw, players break for lunch with Bengal five in front and eight wickets in hand. Bengal 18/2 at lunch.
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam updates - Vidarbha 51/2 at lunch with captain Faiz Fazal looking good on 32 and Ganesh Satish on 12.
Karnataka vs Baroda: Baroda 27/0 at lunch on day 2. Trail by 121 runs.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Our correspondent Nandakumar Marar updates - Mumbai bowled out for 427 after 108.3 overs. Aditya Tare's 32 off 38 balls was followed by lower order collapse. Madhya Pradesh in the game, courtesy Gaurav Yadav's 4-101 and the onus on batsmen in 64 overs remaining on second day at the wankhede stadium.
Bengal vs Punjab: Update from our correspondent Ayan Acharya - Easwaran is out and Bengal are one down for five. Won't be surprising if they lose a couple more before lunch. Bengal 10/1
Uttar Pradesh vs Himachal Pradesh: Rishi Dhawan makes the breakthrough to leave UP five down and he gets the prized scalp of Akshdeep Nath, who goes for a drive, gets an outside edge and the keeper dives to his right to pouch a sensational catch. Uttar Pradesh 104/5
Bengal vs Punjab: Update from our correspondent Ayan Acharya - Akash Deep cleans up Anmol Malhotra, whose 44 helps Punjab take a slender first innings lead of 13. Punjab 151 all out.
Karnataka bowled out for 233. Lead by 148 runs.
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam updates - Pacer Ravi Kiran has Choudhari caught behind, trying to repeat a hook stroke which fetched him a boundary of the previous ball. Vidarbha 24/2
Bengal vs Punjab: Update from our correspondent Ayan Acharya - Ashok Malhotra hits a maximum to take Punjab to 136. The loudest cheer from the host dug out... Every wide, every bye, every forward defence has been met with the most vocal support: essentially whatever keeps you from getting all out.
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Pacer Ravi Kiran strikes the first blow, traps Vidarbha opener Kolhar. Vidarbha 16/1
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda updates: Sharath Srinivas is out caught and bowled Krunal Pandya for 34. It was a needless shot to play. Pandya was bowling a negative line. Ball was well outside leg stump. Charged out, got a leading edge. Karnataka 212/9
Bengal vs Punjab: Update from our correspondent Ayan Acharya - Seven for Shahbaz now and Punjab has slipped from 93/3 to 125/9. Bengal on the verge of gaining a first innings lead. It appears a change of curator in Patiala has done little to change the nature of the pitch, which merely flattered to deceive on day one.
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda updates: Mithun is out for 40 after a hat-trick of fours. Brings to an end a partnership of 62 for the eighth wicket. Karnataka 204/8. Lead now 119
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam updates - Hyderabad all out for 272 thanks to a breezy 22 by Mohammed Siraj who hit two fours and a six over cover off pacer Thakare before getting out in the same over.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Our correspondent Nandakumar Marar updates - Ravi Yadav struck a blow for Madhya Pradesh in third over on day 2 at Wankhede stadium. Sarfaraz Khan unable to connect a pull against Ravi Yadav. The ball climbed on feisty Mumbai batsman who ended up offering a return catch to the bowler. Mum 361-5 as Sarfaraz walks back on 177.
Goa vs Mizoram: After posting a mammoth 490/4, Goa has Mizoram on the mat with Lakshya Garg picking three wickets. Mizoram 58/5
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Sarfaraz misses out on a double century as he is out for 177. He was 169 overnight and couldn't add much on Day two as Ravi Yadav removes the danger man. Mumbai 368/5
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam updates - Debutant Prateek Reddy throws away a chance score a century, drives pacer Wakhare away from the body only to edge to wicketkeeper after scoring 83. Hyderabad 253/9
Tamil Nadu vs Saurashtra: N Jagadeesan holds the key for Tamil Nadu as they look to cross the 300-run mark. Tamil Nadu 268/7
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda updates: Karnataka’s lead has gone to 100 from 80 overnight. Mithun and Sharath Srinivas batting. Karnataka 185/7
Bengal vs Punjab: Update from our correspondent Ayan Acharya - Spectacular collapse, they've lost three in the space of just four runs. Bengal right back in it, the pitch starting to spin. Shahbaz now has four. Punjab 97/6
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam updates - Hyderabad loses eighth wicket, Mehdi Hasan pulls pacer Thakare straight to square leg fielder. Hyderabad 242/8
Bengal vs Punjab: Update from our correspondent Ayan Acharya - Akash Deep strikes with the fifth ball of his first over, gets debutant Ramandeep Singh out for a duck. Punjab 93/4. Make that 93/5, Mandeep Singh is clean bowled by one that kept low, Shahbaz gets his third.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Opportunity for Sarfaraz Khan to score a double, may be another triple as he is batting on 173. Mumbai 357/4
Karnataka vs Baroda: Despite being seven down, Karnataka has taken a lead of 85 runs and would like to extend at least over 100. Crucial hour for both Mithun and Sharath. Karnataka 170/7
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Onus on Prateek Reddy who is batting unbeaten on 76 to help Hyderabad post a solid total but they are seven down. The tail needs to wag long and extend support. Hyderabad 239/7
Uttar Pradesh vs Himachal Pradesh: A wicket just of the second ball of the day as UP suffers an early setback. Uttar Pradesh 24/2
Odisha vs Jharkhand: Debasish Samantray and Biplab Samantray hold the key for Odisha as it looks to build on further and post a healthy first innings total. Debasish is batting unbeaten on 78 and Biplab on 31. Odisha 231/4
Bengal vs Punjab: Early update from our correspondent Ayan Acharya - Punjab to resume innings on overnight score of 93/3. The wicket of Marwaha just on the stroke of stumps would've lifted Bengal's sagging spirits but there's plenty to do today. They've a four-pronged spin attack on a wicket which is expected to turn more as the game progresses. Punjab needs 45 more to take the first innings lead.
This being the last league round of the Ranji Trophy, the battle for the quarterfinals has got intense. Follow this space for score updates from our reporters covering matches at different grounds.
Scores at stumps on Day 1:
Punjab - 93/3 vs Bengal
Odisha - 205/4 vs Jharkhand
Gujarat - 2/0 vs Andhra Pradesh
Haryana - 2/1 vs Jammu and Kashmir
Mizoram - 15/1 vs Goa
Tripura - 387/7 vs Assam
Chandigarh - 352/5 vs Manipur
Uttarakhand - 112/3 vs Maharashtra
Services - 81/3 vs Chhattisgarh
Meghalaya - 387/4 vs Arunachal Pradesh
Bihar 286/8 vs Sikkim
Uttar Pradesh 23/1 vs Himachal Pradesh
Tamil Nadu - 250/7 vs Saurashtra
Mumbai - 352/4 vs Madhya Pradesh
Delhi - 389/6 vs Rajasthan
Hyderabad - 239/7 vs Vidarbha
Pondicherry - 92/2 vs Nagaland
Karnataka 165/7 vs Baroda