As it Happened: Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round Six, Day Three

Catch the highlights from the third day of the sixth round of Ranji Trophy matches.

Shubman Gill continued to pile on the runs on Day Three, scoring a double-century. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

Welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of Day Three of the sixth round of Ranji Trophy matches.

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Stumps Day 3 Updates:

Railways - 19/1 in 7.6 overs (Nitin Bhille 3 off 12, P S Singh 9 off 25)

Mumbai - 20/2 in 10.6 overs  (Vikrant Vilas Auti 2 off 26, S D Lad 2 off 12)

Maharashtra - 157/3 in 36.6 overs (R H Motwani 65 off 99, A R Bawane 13 off 23)

Gujarat - 187/3 in 68.6 overs (M C Juneja 21 off 58, R H Bhatt 82 off 220)

Hyderabad - 204/4 in 85.6 overs (K S K Chaitanya 1 off 7, K Rohit Rayudu 92 off 249)

Nagaland - 182/4 in 51.6 overs  (Abrar Kazi 7 off 13, R Jonathan 23 off 27)

Goa - 113/3 in 36.6 overs (Snehal Kauthankar 23 off 76, Suyash S Prabhudessai 39 off 59)

Cricket Association of Mizoram - 162/8 in 55.6 overs (H M Ralte 13 off 33, Taruwar Kohli 105 off 177)

Jharkhand - 143/2 in 46.6 overs  (Kumar Deobrat 70 off 146, Ishan  18 off 24)

Tamil Nadu - 166/3 in 45.6 overs (B Indrajith 37 off 66, R Sai Kishore 0 off 9)

Assam - 83/3 in 25.6 overs  (Gokul Sharma 6 off 14, Sibsankar Roy 4 off 20)

Andhra - 175/1 in 55.6 overs (Jyothisaikrishna 16 off 34, C R Gnaneshwar 89 off 161)

That's all we have for today. Thanks for tuning in and do join us tomorrow for the final day's play.

Amol Karhadkar, from Mumbai:  Hardik Pandya struck twice with the new balls, first inducing an edge off Aditya Tare's willow off a superb ball and then crashing through the defence of nightwatchman Karsh Kothari. Mumbai end the day at 20 for 2.

N. Sudarshan from Surat: Gujarat end the day at 187 for three. Rujul unbeaten on 82. Great rearguard effort. Gujarat now leads by 14.

V. V. Subrahmanyam, from Hyderabad:  Bad light stopped play in extended session with Hyderabad on 204 for four in 86 overs with Rohit Rayudu on 92 at the crease.

N. Sudarshan, reporting from Surat: Gujarat erase the first innings deficit. Now leads by 4 runs. Rujul Bhatt batting on 82. Gujarat 178/3.

Sandeep Sharma strikes for Punjab as he removes Abhinav Mukund for 74. Tamil Nadu 158/3 at the end of 44 overs. Trails by 106 runs.

Harsh Tyagi picks up seven wickets as Railways bundle out Vidarbha for 147.

V. V. Subrahmanyam, from Hyderabad: Pacer Ashoke Dinda strikes again, removes southpaw B. Sandeep, Hyderabad 203 for four now in fading light on third day.

V. V. Subrahmanyam, from Hyderabad:  Pacer Ashoke Dinda removes well-set Himalay Agarwal with the second new ball. Hyderabad 187 for three in reply to Bengal's 336.

Here's Amol Karhadkar, from Mumbai: Akash Parkar strikes off consecutive balls to put Mumbai on top. At 432 for 9 and last-man Lukman Meriwala for company, Pandya has no option but to farm strike. With a spread-out field - seven fielders manning the fence - he has no option to clear the field. Pandya can't do it and Mumbai have earned the lead. The all-rounder is caught down the leg off Dias after a top-edge to fine-leg boundary the previous ball to give Mumbai a 29-run lead. A joyous Mumbai camp returns to the dressing room but the home team will have no option but to press for a win. Doubt if they have enough time for it, though! Baroda - 436/10 in 145.6 overs

 

Mizoram vs Sikkim: Taruwar Kohli hits an unbeaten century and holds the key as Mizoram requires 190 runs to win the match. Mizoram 153/8.

Railways vs Vidarbha: Harsh Tyagi picks a five wicket haul as Vidarbha loses its eighth wicket. Vidarbha 117/8 leads by 212 runs.

Punjab vs Tamil Nadu: Abhinav Mukund hits an unbeaten fifty off 94 deliveries as Tamil Nadu trails Punjab by 141 runs.

Here's Amol Karhadkar, from Mumbai: Hardik Pandya expectedly has sort of cut loose after the escape. He first crossed the fifty with a cover drive and a pull and then heaved Royston Dias for a six over deep square-leg. Bhargav Bhatt, too has joined the party and Baroda are racing towards Mumbai's 465. Baroda 422/7.

Hyderabad vs Bengal third day in action.   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

 

Here's N. Sudarshan, reporting from Surat: Breakthrough for Karnataka. Bhargav Merai, who was so watchful outside off, finally edges one behind off Ronit More. Merai out for 74. Gujarat 140/3.

Fifty for Hardik Pandya. All-rounder Hardik Pandya scores an unbeaten fifty on his return. Baroda 403/7 trailing Mumbai by 62 runs.

Can Mumbai take the first-innings lead? Here's Amol Karhadkar, from the Wankhede Stadium: Mumbai is well and truly on the top — well, almost. Second over after tea, Royston Dias induced an edge off Mitesh Patel and Shreyas Iyer didn't miss at second slip. In the next over, Hardik tried to up the ante and played Shivam Dube on to the stumps. But hang on, the umpires check for the no-ball and it's a real big no-ball. Pandya survives on 41. Baroda 385 for 7.

V. V. Subrahmanyam, from Hyderabad: Hyderabad 162 for 2 at tea, with Rohit Rayudu on 76 and Himalay Agarwal on 56. They have an unbroken 124-run stand in reply to Bengal's 336.

Punjab vs Tamil Nadu: In Mohali, N. Jagadeesan reaches his half-century, off 57 balls. Tamil Nadu 91 for 0 in the second innings, trails by 173 runs.

Services vs Assam: In Palam, New Delhi, Services is bowled out for 396 at tea. Leads Assam by 185 runs.

Hyderabad vs Bengal: Himalay Agarwal reaches his half-century. Hyderabad 149 for 2, trails by 181 runs.

Railways vs Vidarbha: It's tea, in Delhi. Vidarbha 102 for 6 in 35 overs. Leads by 197 runs.

Here's N. Sudarshan: Wicketless session here in Surat. Gujarat 123 for 2 (against Karnataka), Bhargav Merai on 67 and Rujul Bhatt on 52.

It's tea, at the Wankhede Stadium. Amol Karhadkar reports: Baroda will pin its hopes on Hardik Pandya to give it the lead. Mumbai will be rueing the missed opportunity on the cusp of the break, with Eknath Kerkar spilling a regulation catch of Mitesh Patel to deprive Shivam Dube of a wicket.

Players walk off the field at tea at the Wankhede Stadium. Photo: Amol Karhadkar

 

Team Uttarakhand vs Nagaland: In Dehradun, Sedezhalie has scored a half-century. Nagaland 95 for 2, trails by 255 runs in the second innings.

Mizoram vs Sikkim: In Jorhat, Taruwar Kohli reaches fifty. Mizoram, at 96 for 7, however, is close to suffering a heavy defeat.

Gujarat vs Karnataka: Rujul Bhatt scores a half-century. Gujarat 115 for 2, trails by 58 runs in the second innings.

Here's N. Sudarshan, reporting from Surat: Risk averse batting by Bhargav Merai and Rujul Bhatt. Gujarat 100 comes up in the 36th over. Trails by 72.

Here's Amol Karhadkar, from Mumbai: At 363 for 6, Baroda is in danger of being folded up early. The onus is on Pandya to bail them out now.

Here's Amol Karhadkar, from the Wankhede Stadium: Shubham Ranjane is on a roll. He has got a wicket in each off his last three overs. Yusuf first holed out in the deep and Swapnil Singh was then caught behind off one that was in the perfect channel.

Baroda is 363 for 6, trailing by 102 runs.

Maharashtra vs Saurashtra: Mahasrashtra is bowled out, for 247. Sakariya finishes with six wickets. Saurashtra's lead is 151.

But soon after, Sharma gets out. Amol Karhadkar, from the Wankhede Stadium, has more: Shubham Ranjane, the partnership-breaker, lives up to his reputation by getting Shivalik Sharma's wicket. Yusuf Pathan joining Hardik Pandya in the middle means the Sunil Gavaskar pavilion crowd erupts in anticipation of big hits. Baroda 351 for 4.

Mumbai vs Baroda: In Mumbai, Shivalik Sharma has reached his half-century. Baroda 350 for 3 in the first innings, trails Mumbai by 114 runs.

Maharashtra vs Saurashtra: In Nashik, left-arm seamer Chetan Sakariya has taken five wickets. Maharashtra is 236 for 9, trailing by 162 runs.

Here's V. V. Subrahmanyam, from Hyderabad: K. Rohit Rayudu completes his second consecutive half-century. Hyderabad 96 for 2 in the first innings, trails by 240 runs (against Bengal).

Punjab vs Tamil Nadu: Punjab is bowled out, for 479. It has a first-innings lead of 264 runs.

Services vs Assam: In Palam, New Delhi, Rajat Paliwal reaches his 150, off 308 balls. Services 329 for 6, leads by 118 runs.

Punjab vs Tamil Nadu: R. Sai Kishore, the left-arm spinner, has six wickets as Punjab loses its ninth wicket. 479 for 9.

With the fall of No. 10 Dhiraj Singh, TEAM RAJASTHAN DEFEATS ODISHA BY 35 RUNS. A. V. Chaudhary finishes with five wickets. With wickets falling around him, Pradhan had kept alive Odisha's hopes of pulling off an improbable win. Hitting five fours and nine sixes in his 33-ball 56, he brought his team close.

Odisha vs Team Rajasthan: The danger man departs! Suryakant Pradhan is out for 56. Odisha nine down now, needing another 36 runs to win.

Punjab vs Tamil Nadu: In Mohali, Punjab is now eight down, for 473. R. Sai Kishore has five wickets.

Railways vs Vidarbha: At the Karnail Singh Stadium, Railways is bowled out for 236. It has been a dramatic collapse; eight wickets fell for 36 runs. The team was cruising at 200 for 2 at one stage. Vidarbha has a 95-run first-innings lead. A. A. Wakhare finishes with five wickets.

Odisha vs Team Rajasthan: In Bhubaneswar, Suryakant Pradhan has reached his half-century, off just 20 balls! Odisha 128 for 8, needs 45 more runs to win.

Tripura vs Goa: In Agartala, Goa is bowled out, for 192. Tripura takes a first-innings lead of 166. A. K. Sarkar finishes with four wickets.

Punjab vs Tamil Nadu: At lunch, Punjab is 473 for 6 in its first innings, leading Tamil Nadu by 258 runs.

Services vs Assam: At lunch, in Palam, New Delhi, Services is 308 for 6 in its first innings. It leads Assam by 97 runs.

Maharashtra vs Saurashtra: It's lunch, in Nashik. Maharashtra 196 for 6, trailing by 202 runs.

Hyderabad vs Bengal: It's lunch, in Hyderabad. Hyderabad 69 for 2 in its first innings, trailing Bengal by 267 runs.

Team Uttarakhand vs Nagaland: Team Uttarakhand is bowled out for 557, at the Abhimanyu Cricket Academy in Dehradun. It has a lead of 350.

Punjab vs Tamil Nadu: In Mohali, a special innings from Shubman Gill comes to an end. He is dismissed for 268. Punjab 469 for 6.

Himachal vs Andhra: In Nadaun, Himachal has been bowled out for 460 in its first innings. It's lunch-time. The lead is 287.

Uttar Pradesh vs Jharkhand: It's lunch, in Lucknow, too. Jharkhand 2 for 0 in three overs in the second innings, lead by 113 runs.

N. Sudarshan, from Surat: Lunch here in Surat. Rujul Bhatt and Bhargav Merai steady Gujarat. 39 for 2 from 16 overs.

Here's Amol Karhadkar, from the Wankhede Stadium: Shivalik Sharma has swiftly moved to 38 while Hardik Pandya has been cautious to see off the session as Baroda is placed 320 for 3 at lunch, still 146 runs behind Mumbai's first-innings total of 465.

Railways vs Vidarbha: It's lunch, at Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi. Railways 235 for 7, trails by 96 runs.

Team Uttarakhand vs Nagaland: In Dehradun, Mayank Mishra has reached his half-century. Team Uttarakhand is now at 534 for 8 in the first innings, leading by 327 runs.

Uttar Pradesh vs Jharkhand: Medium-pacer Rahul Shukla has taken a five-wicket haul to help dismiss Uttar Pradesh for 243 in the first innings. Jharkhand has taken a first-innings lead of 111 runs. Fast bowler Varun Aaron has four wickets.

Odisha vs Team Rajasthan: It's lunch, in Bhubaneswar. Odisha 110 for 6, requires 63 more to win.

IT'S A CRUSHING DEFEAT FOR DELHI, IN THIRUVANANTHAPURAM. Delhi, bowled out in the second innings for 154, lost by an innings and 27 runs. Points: Kerala 7, Delhi 0.

Amol Karhadkar, with the latest from the Wankhede Stadium: Aditya Waghmode's vigil finally comes to an end with Royston Dias rewarded with short-ball strategy. A top-edge hook is caught by substitute Dhrumil Matkar at long-leg and the dismissal brings in all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Baroda still has a long way to go to earn the innings lead.

Punjab vs Tamil Nadu: It's a run fest for Punjab on Day Three. Shubman Gill moves on to 250, off 302 deliveries. Punjab 442 for 4, leading by 227 runs in the first innings.

Mizoram vs Sikkim: It's lunch, in Jorhat, too. Mizoram 9 for 0. Target 341.

Delhi is close to an innings defeat in Thiruvananthapuram. M. R. Praveen Chandran with the latest: Delhi (against Kerala) loses its eighth wicket. Subodh Bhatti bowled around his legs by Solomon for 30. Delhi 137 for eight.

Tripura vs Goa: It's lunch, in Agartala. Goa is at 176 for 6 in 84 overs, trailing by 182 runs.

Himachal vs Andhra: In Nadaun, Himachal's A. R. Kumar has reached his half-century. The lead has swelled to 218.

Uttar Pradesh vs Jharkhand: At the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow, Rinku Singh, batting for Uttar Pradesh, has reached his half-century. Uttar Pradesh is still 130 runs away from Jharkhand's first-innings score of 354.

N. Sudarshan, from Surat: Gowtham strikes second ball! Priyank Panchal trapped in front! Gujarat 6 for 2.

Mizoram vs Sikkim: Meanwhile, in Jorhat, Sikkim's innings comes to an end. It is bowled out for 169. Mizoram will have to score 341 in its second innings to win the contest.

Haryana vs J&K: In Lahli, Jammu & Kashmir has completed a 130-run victory over Haryana. The team was virtually never in the hunt in its chase of 221 in the fourth innings. Resuming Day Three on 49 for 4, it lost six wickets for 42 runs. Irfan Pathan ws he wrecker-in-chief, with five for 18 in his 13 overs. Umar Nazir took three wickets.

JAMMU & KASHMIR DEFEATS HARYANA BY 130 RUNS.

A wicket falls in Hyderabad, too. V. V. Subrahmanyam reports: Hyderabad loses second wicket. Thirty eight for two. Opener Tanmay Agarwal is dismissed in 15th over of the day.

Back to Surat, where Karnataka has struck. Here's N. Sudarshan: Fantastic start for Karnataka. Prateek Jain gets Kathan Patel off the first ball. Lbw. Gujarat 0 for 1.

Aditya Waghmode celebrates his century on Day Three at the Wankhede Stadium. Baroda continues to pile on the runs against Mumbai. Photo: Prashant Nakwe

 

Mizoram vs Sikkim: In Jorhat, Sikkim's lower-order batsman B. B. Sharma has reached his half-century. The last-wicket partnership is proving to be an irritant for the opposition, which is already staring at a challenging target in the fourth innings. Sharma and last man Dinesh have put on 21 runs and have consumed more than 16 overs so far. Sikkim 157 for 9, leads by 328 runs.

Punjab vs Tamil Nadu: In Mohali, a large total beckons Punjab thanks to the 19-year-old opener Shubman Gill. Gill's double-century has already given his side a lead of 164 in the first innings.

N. Sudarshan, from Surat, with the latest: Vinay Kumar completes his 50 but is out the very next ball. Karnataka all out for 389. A lead of 173.

Wickets continue to tumble in Thiruvananthapuram. Here's M. R. Praveen Chandran: Delhi loses seventh wicket. Anuj Rawat caught in the deep by Basil Thampi off Jalaj Saxena for 31. Delhi 83 for seven.

From Surat, here's N. Sudarshan: Ronit More bowled by Axar. Karnataka 387 for nine. Vinay Kumar batting on 49.

Mumbai finally has a breakthrough, at the Wankhede Stadium. More from Amol Karhadkar: The marathon partnership is finally over, with Royston Dias jagging one back to strike Vishnu Solanki's pads. Was it too high? It doesn't matter since umpire Subrat Das upholds the appeal. Solanki dismissed for 133, thus ending the 253-run partnership. Solanki and Waghmode fall 25 runs short of Baroda's all-time highest second-wicket stand in Ranji Trophy (278 by Connor Williams and Azhar Bilakhia in Delhi in 2008-09).

It's been slow going, at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad. Here's V. V. Subrahmanyam with the latest: In 10 overs this morning, Hyderabad scored 10 runs without losing any wicket, a very cautious start to the third day's play.

Here's M. R. Praveen Chandran, from Thiruvananthapuram: Delhi loses its sixth wicket. Captain Dhruv Shorey is caught by Vathsal at short leg off Jalaj Saxena for 17. Delhi 82 for six.

Maharashtra vs Saurashtra: In Nashik, K. M. Jadhav has reached his half-century for Maharashtra, the home team. Maharashtra trails by 274 runs.

Here's Amol Karhadkar, from Mumbai: Waghmode has ground and has been fortunate not to have had any of his edges carrying to the fielders. Ironically, he gets to the milestone in a similar fashion. A nick off his willow off Badre Alam landed short of Shubham Ranjane at second slip and ricocheted off the fielder for Waghmode to sprint for a single and raise his arms. It's taken him 262 balls (10x4, 2x6), Baroda 263 for 1.

Here's N. Sudarshan, from Surat: No let-up in Karnataka’s forward march (against Gujarat). Three fours and a six already this morning. 378 for eight . Lead by 162.

Here's Amol Karhadkar, reporting from Mumbai: As expected, Mumbai took the new ball eight balls into the day's play. But that hasn't yet changed the fortunes a wee bit as Akash Parkar and Badre Alam have been unable to create any chances so far. Aditya Waghmode, meanwhile, has swiftly inched closer to his hundred.

Here's V. V. Subrahmanyam, reporting from Hyderabad: Sedate start by Hyderabad (against Bengal). It has scored two runs from five overs so far in the morning session.

Haryana vs J&K: In Lahli, Haryana is crumbling in its chase of 222. It has lost six wickets, for 54. Seamer Irfan Pathan has taken five wickets.

Here's N. Sudarshan, reporting from Surat: Overnight batsman Sharath Srinivas (for Karnataka, versus Gujarat) perishes in the day’s second over. Caught at short midwicket off Piyush Chawla.

Mizoram vs Sikkim: In Jorhat, Sikkim has lost three early wickets since the day's play began; two of them have been claimed by Taruwar Kohli. It is now struggling at 101 for 6 in the second innings, but has a sizeable lead of 272 already.

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Fifteen matches are still in progress, after Bihar's innings victory over Meghalaya and Puducherry's 334-run defeat of Arunachal Pradesh on Day Two.

Mumbai continues to be under siege at the Wankhede Stadium; it has been an indifferent start to the tourney for the heavyweight side. Karnataka, another heavyweight, is pulling its weight in a contest in Surat against 2016-17 champion Gujarat.

Delhi, meanwhile, is under pressure, having lost five wickets after following on against Kerala, and Shubman Gill's quickfire century has helped Punjab take the upper hand against Tamil Nadu in Mohali.

The fixtures:

Hyderabad vs Bengal, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, Round VI - Elite Group B

Tripura vs Goa, MBB Stadium, Agartala, Round VI - Elite Group C

Gujarat vs Karnataka, Lalabhai Contractor Stadium , Surat, Round VI - Elite Group A

Mumbai vs Baroda, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Round VI - Elite Group A

Maharashtra vs Saurashtra, Golf Club Ground, Nasik, Round VI - Elite Group A

Railways vs Vidarbha, Karnail Singh Stadium, Delhi, Round VI - Elite Group A

Himachal vs Andhra, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium, Nadaun, Round VI - Elite Group B

Kerala vs Delhi, St Xavier's College Ground, Thiruvananthapuram, Round VI - Elite Group B

Punjab vs Tamil Nadu, Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Round VI - Elite Group B

Haryana vs Jammu and Kashmir, Ch Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium, Rohtak, Round VI - Elite Group C

Odisha vs Rajasthan, KIIT Stadium, Bhubaneswar, Round VI - Elite Group C

Services vs Assam, Palam A Stadium, Delhi, Round VI - Elite Group C

Uttar Pradesh vs Jharkhand, Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow,  Round VI - Elite Group C

Mizoram vs Sikkim, Jorhat Stadium, Jorhat, Round VI - Plate

Uttarakhand vs Nagaland, Abhimanyu Cricket Academy, Dehradun, Round VI - Plate