Good morning! Welcome to the LIVE updates from the first day's play of the eighth round of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 fixtures.
The New Year is around the corner and the teams will hope to take a win into 2019.
5.20 PM: It's stumps in Mohali, Eden Gardens (Kolkata), Nagpur, Bengaluru, Vizianagaram, and Guwahati, too.
In Mohali: Punjab 135 for 2, leads Kerala by 14 runs.
In Kolkata: Delhi 240 all out vs Bengal.
In Nagpur: Vidarbha 389 for 4 vs Mumbai.
In Bengaluru: Karnataka 273 for 4 vs Chhattisgarh.
In Vizianagaram: Hyderabad 226 for 7 vs Andhra.
In Guwahati: Assam 128 and 6 for 0 trails Jammu & Kashmir 144 by 10 runs.
5.09 PM: It's stumps, in Ananthapur. Puducherry 150 for 2, leads Manipur by 18 runs.
5.04 PM: It's stumps, at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi. Baroda 289 for 6 in 88 overs.
5.02 PM: It's stumps, in Pune. Gujarat 41 for 0 in eight overs. It trails Maharashtra by 189 runs in the first innings.
4.59 PM: It's stumps, in Lahli. Haryana 10 for 0 in the second innings, trails Uttar Pradesh by 13 runs.
4.57 PM: It's stumps, in Bhubaneswar. Meghalaya is 101 for 2, trails Sikkim by 118 runs.
4.51 PM: It's stumps, in Indore. Madhya Pradesh is 235 for 5 in 89 overs, against Himachal.
4.50 PM: Baroda has slipped to 285 for 6 at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi; Krunal Pandya is dismissed for 160. Amit Mishra has four wickets.
4.49 PM: At stumps, in Bengaluru, Karnataka is 273 for 4 in 90 overs, against Chhattisgarh.
4.48 PM: It's stumps, at the Air Force Complex Ground in Palam, New Delhi. Services is 2 for 0 in its first innings, trailing Odisha by 175 runs.
4.43 PM: In Bengaluru, Nischal D. reaches his century. Karnataka 269 for 4 against Chhattisgarh.
4.42 PM: In Jamshedpur, it's stumps. Tripura 247 for 8 in the 88 overs bowled.
4.39 PM: Here's V. V. Subrahmanyam, from Vizianagaram: Hyderabad finishes first day at 226 for seven. The well-set Himalay Agarwal falls to the temptation of whipping pacer Sasikanth, who was bowling with second new ball. He finds the fielder.
4.38 PM: Here's Amol Karhadkar, reporting from Nagpur: The new ball is available but with Dhrumil Matkar keeping the batsmen quiet and Tushar Deshpande getting the old ball to reverse, Mumbai hasn't yet opted for it.
4.37 PM: In Palam, New Delhi, Odisha is bowled out for 177, against Services.
4.36 PM: It's stumps in Porvorim. Team Rajasthan is 20 for 0; it trails Goa by 224 runs.
4.35 PM: Krunal Pandya reaches his 150. Baroda 273 for 5, against Railways.
4.33 PM: Himalay Agarwal, after reaching his fifty for Hyderabad, is dismissed. He departs for 59, Hyderabad 226 for 7, against Andhra.
4.20 PM: Uttar Pradesh is bowled out for 133. It has secured a first-innings lead of 23, against Haryana, in Lahli. A. K. Chahal has five wickets. His figures: 7-1-16-5.
4.29 PM: Baroda's Mitesh Patel reaches his half-century. Baroda 264 for 5 against Railways at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi.
4.28 PM: Jiwanjot Singh scores his half-century for Punjab, against Kerala. Punjab 115 for 2, trails by six runs.
4.25 PM: It's stumps, in Jorhat. Bihar 389 for 7 in 90 overs against Mizoram, quite a recovery after having been reduced to 117 for 6 in the 36th over. Ashutosh Aman (108 n.o.) and Rahmat Ullah (99) have, in the main, facilitated this recovery.
4.15 PM: At Eden Gardens, Delhi is bowled out for 240 (Vashisht 34 n.o.), against Bengal.
4.06 PM: Maharashtra is bowled out for 230.
4.05 PM: Gujarat's C. T. Gaja has taken five wickets in Pune, Maharashtra 230 for 9.
4.04 PM: J&K is bowled out for 144, with a first-innings lead of 16 runs.
3.57 PM: Qamran Iqbal has his half-century, for J&K. J&K has taken the first-innings lead against Assam. It's 134 for 9, leads by six runs.
3.54 PM: In Porvorim, Goa is bowled out for 244. R. D. Chahar has five wickets, for Team Rajasthan.
3.53 PM: Bihar's Ashutosh Aman reaches his century, off 143 balls. Bihar 379 for 7, against Mizoram in Jorhat.
3.50 PM: For Puducherry, S. Karthik has scored a half-century. It's 97 for 0 in the first innings, trails Manipur by 35 runs.
3.49 PM: It's stumps, in Sovima. Nagaland 152 for 0, leads Arunachal Pradesh by 17 runs.
3.47 PM: Here's Amol Karhadkar, updating from Nagpur: Matkar continues to make inroads. Draws Akshay Wadkar forward to squeeze through the gap in front of his bat and pad. Vidarbha 327 for 4.
3.40 PM: Here's V. V. Subrahmanyam, once again: Hyderabad loses its sixth wicket. K. S. K. Chaitanya plays a loose shot on off-stump to drag the ball on to the stumps off pacer Girinath Reddy, 182 for six against Andhra.
3.37 PM: Here's Amol Karhadkar, from Nagpur: Wasim Jaffer is dismissed against the run of play. Soon after despatching Dhrumil Matkar into the sight screen, Jaffer edges a quicker one by the left-arm spinner and Aditya Tare somehow managed to hold on to the catch. Jaffer dismissed for 178. Vidarbha 323 for 3.
3.34 PM: V. V. Subrahmanyam reports from Vizianagaram: Hyderabad 181 for five at the drinks break. Himalay Agarwal is slowly opening up after a hesitant start, batting on 33 in the company of wicketkeeper-batsman K. S. K. Chaitanya against Andhra.
3.18 PM: For Bihar, Vivek scores a half-century, in 50 deliveries. Bihar 335 for 7, against Mizoram.
3.17 PM: Krunal Pandya reaches his century. Baroda 195 for 5, against Railways, in New Delhi.
3.15 PM: Here's P. K. Ajith Kumar, from Mohali: At Mohali, Kerala's seamers are doing their best to keep their team in the match. Basil Thampi has taken two wickets, including that of the key batsman Shubman Gill, to reduce Punjab to 32 for two at tea. Kerala was bundled out for 121 earlier in the session.
3.12 PM: Sedezhalie has reached his half-century. Nagaland 120 for 0, trails Arunachal Pradesh by eight runs.
2.57 PM: Assam's Mukhtar Hussain has taken five wickets, against Jammu & Kashmir. J&K is 83 for 6, trailing Assam by 45 runs in Guwahati.
2.54 PM: It's tea, in Porvorim. Goa 199 for 8, against Team Rajasthan.
2.53 PM: Nagaland's Paras has reached his half-century, in Sovima. Nagaland is 90 for 0, trails Arunachal Pradesh by 45 runs.
2.52 PM: It's tea, at the Air Force Complex, New Delhi. Odisha 141 for 6, against Services.
2.51 PM: In Ananthapur, Puducherry trails Manipur by 70 runs at tea. It's 62 for 0.
2.50 PM: It's tea, in Lahli. Uttar Pradesh 61 for 4, against Haryana. Haryana had been bowled out for 110.
2.49 PM: It's tea, in Pune. Maharashtra 181 for 6, against Gujarat.
2.47 PM: It's tea, at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi. Baroda 177 for 5, Krunal Pandya batting on 92.
2.46 PM: Here's Amol Karhadkar, from Nagpur: The veteran Wasim Jaffer completes 150 in the last over before tea as Vidarbha sits pretty at 277 for 2. Ganesh Satish batting on 28.
2.45 PM: Ashwin Achal, from Bengaluru, once again: Siddharth smacks spinner Mandal for a straight four to bring up his second first-class century. He then drops his bat and does the Mbappe goal celebration.
2.39 PM: Ashwin Achal reports from Bengaluru: Siddharth received a life on 94. Given out lbw to pacer Vishal Singh, but replays show that the bowler had overstepped. Next man Manish Pandey was on the boundary, all set to go in. But after a long review, a no-ball is given. Siddharth is ecstatic, and runs back to the crease from square leg.
2.20 PM: Maharashta loses its fifth wicket, for 168, against Gujarat.
2.19 PM: Sikkim is bowled out, for 219, against Meghalaya. It's tea.
2.18 PM: Abhishek Raut has his half-century. Odisha 123 for 5 against Services in Palam, New Delhi.
2.17 PM: It's tea, in Jamshedpur. Tripura 178 for 7, against Jharkhand.
2.12 PM: Here's V. V. Subrahmanyam, from Vizianagaram: Hyderabad loses its fifth wicket, all-rounder T. Ravi Teja slashes left-arm pacer Prithvi Raj to gully fielder, 146 for five at tea against Andhra.
2.11 PM: Nischal D. has a half-century in Bengaluru. Karnataka 143 for 2, against Chhattisgarh.
2.09 PM: For Maharashtra, R. A. Tripathi has a half-century. Maharashtra 144 for 3, against Gujarat.
2.08 PM: At tea, in Guwahati, Jammu & Kashmir is 59 for 4, replying to Assam's 128.
2.07 PM: It's tea, at the Eden Gardens. Delhi 179 for 6, Jonty Sidhu batting on 72.
2.00 PM: It's tea, in Jorhat. Bihar is 248 for 7. Rahmat Ullah scored 99 before being run out. Ashutosh Aman is batting on 58.
1.52 PM: In Ananthapur, Manipur is bowled out for 132. Pankaj Singh and Raiphi Vincent Gomez took four wickets each. In response, Puducherry is 19 for 0.
1.49 PM: Meanwhile, at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi, Krunal Pandya has scored a half-century. Baroda 134 for 5 in the 48th over. Amit Mishra has taken three wickets for Railways.
1.48 PM: Bihar's Ashutosh Aman has reached his half-century. Bihar 233 or 6 against Mizoram.
1.46 PM: In Sovima, it's tea. Nagaland 25 for 0 in nine overs. Arunachal Pradesh was bowled out for 135.
1.44 PM: Meanwhile, in Lahli, Haryana has been bowled out for 110. In response, Uttar Pradesh is 12 for 2.
1.42 PM: Here's V. V. Subrahmanyam, from Vizianagaram: Hyderabad suffers a big blow. Captain Akshath Reddy tentatively pushes at an away-going delivery from Sasikanth. He is caught behind for 57, 145 for four.
1.41 PM: Here's Amol Karhadkar, from Nagpur: The first hour after lunch has seen Vidarbha adding 53 runs for the loss of Atharva Taide in 14 overs. At 224 for two, and with Ganesh Satish having opened his account with an exquisite cover drive, these are ominous signs for Mumbai.
1.40 PM: Here's P. K. Ajith Kumar, from Mohali: Kerala's first innings lasted just 37 overs at Mohali. The end came 45 minutes into the second session, with top-scorer Vishnu Vinod (35) becoming the sixth wicket for Siddharth Kaul (six for 55 off 15). Leggie Mayank Markande took two wickets from his four overs. Very crucial session this for Kerala, whose seamers have to make inroads into a strong Punjab batting line-up. Kerala 121 all out.
1.30 PM: Here's Amol Karhadkar, reporting from Nagpur: Atharva Taide falls short of a maiden first-class hundred by five runs. He tries a sweep off the left-arm spinner, misses a straight ball and is trapped plumb in front of the wickets. Tawde dismissed for 95 (128b, 15x4), Vidarbha 211 for 2.
1.17 PM: Here's Ashwin Achal, from Bengaluru: Siddharth moves to 50 with a straight six and a single off spinner Mandal. Siddharth's maiden first-class season has been quite successful. This is his fourth fifty, to go with his century against Mumbai earlier in the season.
1.16 PM: Here's V. V. Subrahmanyam, reporting from Vizianagaram: Hyderabad (vs Andhra) going strong at 135 for two at first drinks break after lunch. Captain Akshath Reddy is batting on 53 and B. Sandeep on 27.
1.14 PM: Saurabh Kumar takes seven wickets as Haryana is bowled out, for 110, against Uttar Pradesh. Saurabh's figures - 19-7-33-7.
1.13 PM: It's half-centuries galore in the Ranji Trophy. In Bengaluru, Karnataka's Siddharth K. V. reaches his half-century. Karnataka 91 for 2 against Chhattisgarh.
1.11 PM: Manipur's Yashpal Singh reaches his half-century, off 80 deliveries. He has hit six fours in his innings. Manipur 122 for 8, against Puducherry in Ananthapur.
1.09 PM: Amol Karhadkar updates from Nagpur: It takes Jaffer just two balls after lunch to complete his 39th Ranji Trophy hundred with a couple off Shardul Thakur. Taide continues his march towards his maiden century as Vidarbha continues to take the game away from Mumbai.
1.08 PM: Delhi's Jonty Sidhu has a half-century, against Bengal at Eden Gardens. Delhi 147 for 5.
1.06 PM: Sikkim's Milind has a quickfire century. He reaches his 100 off 105 deliveries. Sikkim 170 for 6 against Meghalaya in Bhubaneswar.
1.05 PM: Maharashtra's R. D. Gaikwad has a half-century. Maharashtra 109 for 3, against Gujarat.
1.04 PM: Akshath Reddy has reached his fifty, in Vizianagaram. Hyderabad 131 for 2 in the 43rd over against Andhra.
1.02 PM: Arunachal Pradesh is bowled out for 135, against Nagaland in Sovima. Pavan Suyal has four wickets, Abrar Kazi has three.
1.00 PM: Rahmat Ullah's half-century has revived Bihar in its contest against Mizoram. It's 167 for 6, in the 49th over.
12.59 PM: Tripura has lost five wickets in its first innings, against Jharkhand in Jamshedpur. It's 119 for 5 in the 42nd over.
12.57 PM: Haryana is 98 for 8 in 39 overs. Saurabh Kumar has taken six wickets.
12.44 PM: H. J. Rana reaches his fifty, off 104 deliveries. Haryana 88 for 7 against Uttar Pradesh.
12.12 PM: From Nagpur, Amol Karhadkar: With a single to long-on off the last ball before lunch, Jaffer returns to the change room unbeaten on 98 (83b, 14x4, 1x6). He may not have scored a hundred in the first session, but along with youngster Atharva Taide (71 not out, 90b, 12x4), he has piled on the misery for Mumbai's bowling attack. Thanks to the duo's unbroken second-wicket stand of 159 runs for the second wicket, Vidarbha is sitting pretty at 171 for 1.
12.11 PM: P. K. Ajith Kumar reports from Mohali: Kerala is dire straits at Mohali. The visitors, put in, are taking lunch at 88 for seven. Seamer Siddharth Kaul has done most of the damage, with figures of four for 37. Openers Arun Karthik and P. Rahul are the only batsmen to reach 20. A session Kerala will want to forget in a hurry.
12.10 PM: Odisha is 62 for 5 at lunch against Services.
12.09 PM: At lunch, Haryana struggles at 87 for 7. H. J. Rana is batting on 49. Saurabh Kumar has five wickets.
12.08 PM: In Pune, Maharashtra is 95 for 3, against Gujarat at lunch.
12.07 PM: In Nagpur, Vidarbha is 171 for 1 at lunch.
12.07 PM: At lunch, in Porvorim, Goa is 104 for 3, against Team Rajasthan.
12.04 PM: In Ananthapur, it's lunch. Manipur has lost five wickets for 99, in its contest against Puducherry. The contest is being held at a neutral venue following the controversy over the pitch at the CAP Stadium in Puducherry.
12.02 PM: At lunch, in Guwahati, Assam is bowled out for 128. Rohit Sharma and Umar Nazir have taken three wickets each.
12.01 PM: Arunachal Pradesh is unravelling fast, against Nagaland, in Sovima. It is 9 for 7 in the 39th over.
12.00 PM: At lunch, Madhya Pradesh is 86 for 2, against Himachal, in Indore.
11.52 AM: Amol Karhadkar, once again, from Nagpur: Jaffer has welcomed Thakur back with three consecutive fours to race to 92. With 10 minutes remaining for lunch, will he score a hundred in the first session?
11.48 AM: Ashwin Achal, from Bengaluru: Karnataka crawls to 50 for 2 in 32.2 overs. Siddharth and Nischal taking it slow and easy. An upper cut boundary from Siddharth brings up Karnataka's 50.
11.46 AM: Amol Karhadkar, reporting from Nagpur, has this to say: They have enjoyed Wasim Jaffer toying with the opposition bowlers for years. It's time the Mumbai camp receives the same treatment from the 40-year-old. Jaffer isn't wasting any opportunity to score with rookie Taide also is full flow. A sweep off offie Tanush Kotian gives Jaffer his tenth four and enters 70s. Vidarbha 135 for 1 in 26 overs.
11.40 AM: V. V. Subrahmanyam, from Vizianagaram, has this update: Hyderabad 97 for two at lunch on first day against Andhra. Captain Akshath Reddy is batting on 33 and B Sandeep, on 11.
11.38 AM: It's lunch, at Vizianagaram, and Bhubaneswar. Andhra is 97 for 2, against Hyderabad, while Sikkim is 115 for 5, against Meghalaya.
11.33 AM: At lunch in Jamshedpur, Tripura is 100 for 2, against Jharkhand.
11.25 AM: It's lunch, in Jorhat. Bihar is five down, for 106, in 33 overs. H. M. Ralte has three wickets for Mizoram.
11.23 AM: Milind, batting in the middle order for Sikkim, has reached his half-century. He has hit 11 boundaries in his short stay at the crease so far. It's 107 for 5, in the 31st over.
11.20 AM: Amol Karhadkar with a picture of the goings-on in Nagpur: Boundaries are coming thick and fast. Taide gets to his fifty first with an on-drive off Ranjane (92m, 50b, 11x4). Jaffer crosses the landmark in the next over (72m, 44b, 7x4, 1x6).
11.18 AM: At Eden Gardens, it's lunch. Delhi 105 for 5 in 30 overs. Jonty Sidhu and Shivam Sharma are batting. The sixth-wicket stand is worth 32. Ashok Dinda, the right-arm fast bowler, has three wickets.
11.11 AM: Wasim Jaffer, playing for Vidarbha (against Mumbai), also has his half-century, off 44 deliveries. He has hit seven fours and a six in his rapid knock so far. It's 106 for 1.
11.10 AM: Sikkim has lost its fifth wicket, in Bhubaneswar, against Meghalaya. It's 81 for 5 in the 28th over.
11.07 AM: In Nagpur, Vidarbha's Atharva Taide has a half-century. Vidarbha 101 for 1 in the 20th over.
11.06 AM: It's lunch, at the Nagaland Cricket Stadium in Sovima. Arunachal, inserted in by Nagaland, has lost five wickets for 87.
10.54 AM: Haryana suffers a top-order collapse in Lahli, against Uttar Pradesh. It is has lost five wickets for 46, Saurabh Kumar taking three of those.
10.52 AM: Here's V. V. Subrahmanyam, from Vizianagaram: Hyderabad 89 for two, loses opener Tanmay Agarwal against Andhra on first morning in Vizianagaram.
10.38 AM: Here's Amol Karhadkar, from Nagpur: What turned out to be the last ball of Deshpande's spell, Shubham Ranjane at first slip spilled a chance offered by Atharva Taide. The left-hander then welcomed Shivam Dube into the attack with a pull. Double change in bowling, with spin introduced in the 14th over. And Jaffer is keen on making his maiden appearance against his alma mater special. A late cut off left-arm spinner Dhrumil Matkar is followed a charge down the wicket for a straight six.
10.33 AM: More from P. K. Ajith Kumar, from Mohali (Punjab vs Kerala): Team news from Mohali: Yuvraj Singh has come in to further strengthen the formidable Punjab batting, replacing Sanvir Singh. There is a change of personnel behind the stumps as well, with Gitansh Khera replacing Abhishek Gupta.
For Kerala, third seamer M.D. Nidheesh makes a return, in place of the unfortunate Vinoop S. Manoharan, the off-spinner who was the joint top-scorer in Kerala's innings victory against Delhi at Thiruvananthapuram a fortnight ago. The other change is Mohammed Azharuddeen, who has replaced teenaged batsman Vatsal Govind.
10.28 AM: Ashwin Achal, our correspondent from Bengaluru, says: Chhattisgarh making good use of the new ball (against Karnataka). Opener Padikkal dismissed fishing outside off, debutante misses an inswinger and is trapped LBW. Seamer Pankaj Rao, stuttering run up notwithstanding, takes both wickets.
10.19 AM: Our correspondent from Nagpur says: Atharva Taide, the teenager, is a member of the promising India U-19 lot. The left-handed opener, having made his first-class debut last week, has enjoyed Thakur's pace. Barring a slash that went over the cordon, all his five fours off the speedster have been sweetly timed. Jaffer, meanwhile, is taking his time. Vidarbha 37 for 1.
Jaffer joins the party with Thakur making the mistake of bowling on his pads off successivd balls. On both occasions, square leg has to fetch the ban from the boundary line. The next one is shorter in length and wide of off and Jaffer effortlessly steers past gully for the third consecutive four.
10.11 AM: Our correspondent sends his warm " greeting from a cold, cold Mohali, where the temperature is 9 degree Celsius, as Punjab and Kerala begin their crucial Elite Group B encounter. Punjab won the toss and promptly put Kerala in."
P. Rahul and Arun Karthik have taken Kerala to 24 for no loss in the eighth over.
10.10 AM: Our correspondent from Kolkata says: Delhi enjoying a lot of luck. A dropped catch, a catch off no ball and Hiten Dalal not given out twice even after edging to the keeper off Dinda. Delhi 60/3 after 13 overs. Drinks break. Dalal batting on 22.
10.02 AM: Our correspondent at Jamtha Stadium says: Shardul Thakur, playing his first competitive game after two and a half months, asks Vikrant Auti to move from covers to short point. So close was Auti asked to positive himself by Thakur that the fielder asked for a helmet. And Thakur's ploy worked as three balls later, captain Faiz Gazal played an uppish stroke to Auti. Vidarbha 12 for 1
9.55 AM: Delhi skipper Nitish Rana perishes leaving the side at 58/3 against Bengal. Rana offers a caught and bowled to Aamir.
9.45 AM: Both Karnataka (Devdutt Padikkal) and Maharashtra (C.G. Khurana) lose their first wicket for no runs.
9.35 AM: Our correspondent at Jamtha Stadium says: Vidarbha wins the toss and expectedly decided to bat . With the pitch set to be a turner, Vidarbha has gone in with a solitary medium pacer, injured Lalit Yadav making way for Apoorv Wankhade. Mumbai, on the other hand, has fielded two specialist spinners for the first time this season.
9.33 AM: Hyderabad 19 for one, loses debutant Tilak Verma to pacer Sashimanth against Andhra on first day.
9.27 AM: Pawan Suyal is having a dream outing in Sovima. He has claimed all four Arunachal Pradesh wickets this morning. His figures read 5.2-2-14-4. Arunachal tottering at 29-4.
9.16 AM: Puducherry has won the toss and has elected to field against Manipur. Akshay Kumar Singh makes it to the Manipur squad. He is the oldest cricketer in the tournament this season. Before the match begins, read this piece by Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya.
9.15 AM: Punjab has won the toss and has elected to field against Kerala.
9. 15 AM: Uttar Pradesh has won the toss and has elected to field against Haryana.
9.15 AM: Chhattisgarh has won the toss and has elected to field against Karnataka.
9.10 AM: Another wicket! Rahul Hazarika is caught by Qamran Iqbal off Rasikh Salam for four. Assam struggling at 11-2.
9.05 AM: Himachal Pradesh wins the toss and elects to field against Madhya Pradesh.
8.55 AM: Arunachal Pradesh has lost three wickets for 6 runs! Not a start it would have wanted!
8. 55 AM: Andhra has won the toss & elected to field against Hyderabad.
8:50 AM: So, Delhi has lost an early wicket against Bengal at the Eden Gardens! Kunal Chandela has been cleaned up by Ashok Dinda for a duck and Delhi is at 0-1. This comes after Delhi won the toss and opted to bat first.
8.50 AM: In Guwahati, Irfan Pathan has struck ! Jammu and Kashmir has dismissed has got the first wicket as Biplab Saikia is trapped leg before by Pathan for 0. Assam 2-1. Not an ideal start for the side.