As it happened: Ranji Trophy Round 7, Day 3

All the highlights from Day 3 of the seventh round of Ranji Trophy fixtures which were played around the country.

Ankit Kalsi celebrating his century at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala on Monday.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

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Good morning! Welcome to the highlights from the third day's play of the seventh round of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 fixtures.

"Here is wishing Rajat Paliwal and N. Jagadeesan a very Happy Birthday!"

Our correspondents Abhishek Mukherjee from Dharamsala, V.V. Subrahmanyam from Hyderabad, Y.B. Sarangi from Visakhapatnam, Amol Karhadkar from Mumbai and Sreedutta Chidananda from Shimoga will be sending periodic updates.

 

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Hyderabad vs Punjab: Hyderabad reaches stumps on Day 3 152 for two having taken a first-innings lead with captain Akshath Reddy on 67 and B. Sandeep on 25.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Shubham Ranjane and Aditya Tare play risk-free cricket till stumps. Mumbai ends the day 175 for five, with a lead of 221.

Andhra vs Bengal: Andhra goes to stumps 321 for nine, going past the Bengal's 300.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent from Wankhede Stadium: Dharmendrasinh Jadeja is brought back into the attack, but Iyer is in no mood to relent. Three successive sixes, all over long-on mean Jadeja changes the angle and bowls the last ball of the over from round the wicket outside off. Iyer reaches out for it but doesn't connect it well to be caught at long-on. Iyer's rapid-fire 83 (60b, 5x4, 7x6) has given Mumbai a good chance of setting Saurashtra an enticing target. Mumbai 161 for five, with a lead of 207.

Himachal vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent from HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala, says: An inside edge past the wicketkeeper takes Abhinav Mukund to his century. Not quite the ideal way to bring up a landmark  given he has been rock-solid in the middle. His boundaries have been a treat to the eye. It has been a rescue act! Tamil Nadu 153 for two, trails Himachal by 83 runs.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent from Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, says: With left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja suffering from the Iyer-Dube onslaught, conceding 41 runs off five overs, Jaydev Unadkat brings himself in for a second burst. And he gets Dube to mistime one to mid-off. Mumbai is 118 for four but it can't afford to pull the shutter down.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent from Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, says: Hyderabad is 124 for two at drinks in the final session on Day 3. Akshath Reddy is batting on 47, with B. Sandeep on 14. Appears that they will accelerate only on the final morning to set any kind of target for Punjab.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent from Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, says: Siddhesh Lad has perished, but Mumbai remains in the hunt for an outright win. Shivam Dube has been promoted and he, along with Shreyas Iyer, are tonking the ball at will. Hardik Rathod suffers from the onslaught, with Dube first sending him into the stands over long-on and Iyer following it up with two drives. Mumbai 92 for three, lead nearing 140.

Karnataka vs Railways: Railways loses its first wicket with 5 on the board. Prashant Gupta falls for 4.

Himachal vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent from HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala, says: An appeal for stumping. It goes to the third umpire and is given not out. Left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar pitches full and brings Indrajith forward. The batsman seemingly drags his foot out while attempting a drive and misses the ball. It's 119 for two after 37 overs, Tamil Nadu trails by 117 runs.

Himachal vs Tamil Nadu: B. Aparajith is caught in the slips off seamer Raghav Dhawan for 24. But Abhinav Mukund continues to bat serenely at the other end, unleashing some exquisite strokes. Tamil Nadu is 118 for two, trails Himachal by 118 runs.

Karnataka vs Railways: Karnataka has declared half an hour into the post-tea session, at 290 for two in 84 overs, leaving Railways 362 to get for a victory.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Jaydev Unadkat draws Jay Bista forward for an edge to second slip. Mumbai 28 for 2. With a lead of 74, captain Siddhesh Lad joins Shreyas Iyer in the middle.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Mayank Markande lures Tanmay Agarwal (53) out with his fifth ball after the tea break to be stumped 87 for two.

Karnataka vs Railways: Nischal out first ball after tea, caught in the covers. Manish Pandey in.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Mumbai has no choice but to go for quick runs. Vikrant Auti's ambitious hook off Chetan Sakariya results in a top-edge to square-leg. 19 for one.

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates:  It's tea, at the HPCA Stadium here. It's 85 for 1 after 29 overs, Aparajith scoring a rare boundary in the last over before the break. Tamil Nadu trails by 151 runs, in the second innings.

Karnataka vs Railways: Nischal competes his third first class hundred. Karnataka 244/1 at tea.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Hyderabad goes into tea break scoring 85 for one with opener Tanmay Agarwal (53) and captain Akshath Reddy (24) at the crease, showing no signs of going for quick runs and setting a target as of now after taking the vital first innings lead against Punjab.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: Siddharth completes a 57-ball-50. Karnataka 239/1. Nischal on 96. Lead now 310. Ronit More had spoken of 350 as being an optimum target. Declaration imminent.

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: Abhinav Mukund has struck some picturesque strokes around the ground. He reached his fifty with a gentle flick to midwicket for a single. His partner Aparajith,on the other hand, is keen to defend.

Andhra vs Bengal: Our correspondent updates: At tea: Andhra 268/6 in 100 overs. K.S. Bharat 61, Ricky Bhui 52. Andhra 32 runs away from Bengal's total. Bhui added 84 with Bharat, 34 with Sumanth and 28 with Girinath.

#StatAttack

Highest wicket-takers in #RanjiTrophy 2018-19 as of now:

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Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Mumbai has finally heaved a sigh of relief. Chirag Jani steps out to be stumped off Tanush Kotian for 85. Saurashtra all out for 348. Mumbai leads by 46. Does it have enough time to go for an outright win? Or can Saurashtra do a Gujarat, beating Mumbai in Mumbai despite conceding the lead?

 

#StatAttack

Top run-scorers as of now in the #RanjiTrophy 2018-19:

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Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Shreyas Iyer's leg-break breaks the partnership, with Sakariya being trapped in front of the wickets. 342 for 9, Jani on 79.

Uttar Pradesh vs Tripura: Meanwhile, terrific scenes here at Lucknow as Tripura's sixth wicket falls. Any guesses as to how much Tripura has on board? 28. Yes, no typo there. 28 after 12.4 overs. Did I hear "cakewalk"?

Chhattisgarh vs Maharashtra: S M Gugale walks early as Maharashtra loses its first! Facing just 20 balls, he scored seven runs before handing Onkar Verma his wicket. Maharashtra 19/1 after 7.1 overs.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: New man KV Siddharth has gone on the attack, smashing Tyagi for two sixes. Karnataka 194/1. Lead 265.

Meanwhile, Siddharth, who had gone off the field momentarily for what has been an extended drinks break, jogs back on with an apology to the umpires.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Chirag Jani is playing a perfect No 7 innings. Farming the strike, finding gaps and keeping Saurashtra in the hunt. Saurashtra are closing in on Mumbai's total while Jani is inching closer to a hundred.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: Padikkal falls for 75, handing Harsh Tyagi a return catch. Looked set for a hundred. Walks back disappointed.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Hyderabad opener Tanmay Agarwal dropped on 16 off Arpit Pannu, lucky escape with Gurkeerat flooring the chance.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Hyderabad loses first wicket of makeshift opener Rohit Rayudu, caught and bowled by office Arpit Pannu, 19 for one after taking vital first innings lead.

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: Himachal is encouraged after taking the big fish - Dinesh Karthik. The fielders are chirpy and full of energy. Karthik attempted a pull and was caught behind. Tamil Nadu 10 for 1 after seven overs.

#StatAttack: Here is how the teams stand, as of now. Where does your team sit on the group? Let us know in the comments below.

Elite Group A and B:

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Elite Group C:

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Plate:

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Chhattisgarh vs Maharashtra: That's a duck for Pankaj Rao as he has his furniture rattled! Fallah celebrates as he gets another and 462 is the score at which Chhattisgarh folds.

Chhattisgarh vs Maharashtra and Bihar vs Nagaland: Maharashtra's A A Sanklecha (27.1-3-83-4) and and Nagaland's Abrar Kazi (39.5-10-85-4) get four-wicket hauls! Chhattisgarh is at 456/8 and Bihar at 437/7.

Chhattisgarh vs Maharashtra: Gone! Manoj Singh scores 35(72) and becomes victim to a wonderful delivery from S M Fallah. Chhattisgarh 456/8 .

Bihar vs Nagaland: Nagaland bags Utkarsh's wicket, four runs short of his half-century! Bihar is at 423/6.

Andhra vs Bengal: Pradipta rattles the woodwork! K S Bharat goes for 61(93). Andhra 197/4.

 

This is how the teams stand at Lunch on Day 3:

Assam 229/8 vs Goa: Leads by 211 Runs

Jharkhand 170/3 vs Services: Leads by 96 Runs

Bihar 390/5 vs Nagaland: Leads by 331 Runs

Chhattisgarh 444/7 vs Maharashtra: Leads by 205 Runs

Andhra 195/3 vs Bengal: Trails by 105 Runs

Uttarakhand 17/0 vs Puducherry (Day 1)

Vidarbha 348/4 vs Gujarat: Leads by 27 Runs

Saurashtra 309/8 vs Mumbai: Trails by 85 Runs

Madhya Pradesh 84/1 vs Delhi: Trails by 45 Runs

Tamil Nadu 0/0 vs Himachal Pradesh: Trails By 236 Runs

Hyderabad 1/0 vs Punjab: Leads by 15 Runs

Jammu and Kashmir 91/2 vs Odisha: Trails By 105 Runs

Haryana 57/1 vs Rajasthan: Leads by 315 Runs

Tripura 4/1 vs Uttar Pradesh: Trails by 440 Runs

Karnataka 137/0 vs Railways: Leads by 208 Runs

 

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Mumbai may have picked three wickets but it's been a frustrating morning for the home team. In quest of an outright win to keep its campaign alive, Saurashtra late order has frustrated Mumbai. At 309 for eight, Saurashtra are still 85 runs behind but will Mumbai have enough time to first wrap up the innings and then set an enticing target to get its bowlers in for a second dig?

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: Padikkal and Nischal still unseparated at lunch. Karnataka 137/0 in 47 overs. Padikkal 67, Nischal 60.

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Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: Dinesh Karthik survives a loud lbw shout and its lunch. The bowler - Arpit Guleria. Tamil Nadu 0/0 in one over, in the second innings.

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: Himachal is bowled out for 463. No. 11 Arpit Guleria tried to play an upper cut and edged Natarajan behind. Natarajan finishes with five wickets. The lead is 236.

Hmm... possible?

 

Andhra vs Bengal: Our correspondent updates: KS Bharat batting at 59, Ricky Bhui batting at 24, Gnaneshwar at 66 is the only wicket to fall early in the day. Ishan Porel took the wicket. Bharat played some nice shots. His 59 had 9 fours and one six.

 

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Hyderabad takes lead as Punjab folds for 303 courtesy a  sensational comeback from Ravi Teja and Mohd Siraj who bowled brilliant spells with second new ball.

 

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates:  Sandeep drops a sitter, Mann mistimed pull off Ravi Teja, it would have been all over by now.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Tanush Kotian has bagged his maiden wicket in first-class cricket, and he has Jay Bista's brilliance in the field to thank for. Jaydev Unadkat attempts a soft paddle and the top-edge flies towards leg-slip, Bista moves swiftly from the slips to the leg-side and pouches the catch. Saurashtra 301 for 8.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Siraj cleans up Manpreet Singh. Punjab now at 301 for nine, with still 17 runs required to get lead, which now looks difficult.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: The very next ball, Ravi Teja picks another wicket, Punjab in trouble at 300 for eight now, exciting battle on for first innings lead.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Ravi Teja picks up another wicket, Mayank Markande caught behind, Punjab 300 for seven, still 18 runs needed.

 

Pondicherry vs Uttarakhand: Pondicherry has won the toss and elected to field first.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: A lofted straight drive takes Padikkal to his fifty. Karnataka 115/0. A concerted effort to score quickly here. The home side desperately needs 6 points from the game.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Second new ball doing the trick as suddenly Ravi Teja and Md Siraj look more menacing.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: And in the very next over , Padikkal swings Mishra over mid wicket. Effortless six. 100 partnership comes up for the opening wicket. Karnataka 100/0 in 31.2 overs. Lead 171.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: A late cut off Avinash Yadav takes D. Nischal to a half century. His fourth score over 50 this season.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Pacer Ravi Teja strikes again as he removes Abhishek Gupta, caught down legside by keeper Chaitanya, 274 for six.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Punjab loses captain Mandeep Singh, caught at slip off pacer Ravi Teja, 272 for four, still needs 46 runs for the lead against Hyderabad.

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: It's drinks, after 104 overs. Pankaj Jaswal is playing a bellicose knock; he has already hit two sixes in his short innings so far,one a slap to cow corner, and the other, a lofted drive to long-off. Himachal 424/8, leads by 197.

Jharkhand vs Services: That's the big man! Ishan Kishan goes cheaply for 9. Diwesh is the man again, and this time, he has castled the opponent skipper! Jharkhand 128/3.

 

Jharkhand vs Services: Another one bites the dust as Kumar Deobrat has been trapped plumb in front for 53 by Diwesh Gurdev Pathania, Jharkhand 118/2.

Vidarbha vs Gujarat: Vidarbha loses its fourth man to Gaja, as Ganesh Satish takes the long walk back to the pavilion. He had made 75 (197 balls). Vidarbha 288/4

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Punjab 272 for four at first drinks break on third day in reply to Hyderabad's 317, captain Mandeep Singh and Gurkeerat Mann already stitching 106-run unbroken partnership for fifth wicket

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: In the 80th over of the innings, Akash Parkar gets Dharmendrasinh Jadeja caught down the leg off a short ball. Mumbai can indeed smell the blood and press for a big first-innings win.

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Ankit Kalsi celebrating his century.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

 

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: Padikkal has struck the first boundary of his innings after 77 balls. A second follows not long after. Both neat shots. Padikkal is a compact, visually pleasing batsman. Karnataka 75/0

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Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: R. Sai Kishore strikes. Dagar plays on, bowled. His entertaining knock ends, out for 28 off 27 deliveries. Himachal 394/8 in the 100th over of the innings.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Gurkeerat Mann steps up the tempo swings leftarm spinner Thyagarajan for two fours to reach 50 and then lofts Mehdi for a huge six, looks good for a big knock here.

Chhattisgarh vs Maharashtra: A patient knock and there you have Ashutosh Singh bringing up his century in 252 balls. Chhattisgarh 379/5.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Captain Mandeep Singh and Gurkeerat Mann who hit three fours off left arm spinner in one over, looking too good and it seems Hyderabad might well concede the lead to Punjab 250 for four

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: Mayank Dagar guides a delivery from Natarajan through backward point for four, and then plays a sweet off-drive through mid-off for another, eliciting encomiums and encouragement by a couple of his team-mates watching from the sidelines.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Little action for the first half an hour as Shivam Dube and Minad Manjrekar tried to keep Saurashtra batsmen quiet, hoping for Royston Dias to come into play with the new ball, due 15 overs into the day's play. The pressure tactics work as Dube dismisses Prerak Mankad, the overnight unbeaten batsman. Mankad poked to Dube to offer Aditya Tare catching practice.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: Karnataka 54/0 in 22 overs. Progress has been slow this morning, with only 13 runs added in the first 8 overs. But Karnataka will not worry about the run rate until after lunch.

Looks like the ball is not moving as much as it did in the first session on the opening two days.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: 50 for Mandeep Singh. Then knock has come in 115 balls (3x4, 1x6) and Punjab is 221/4.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: Another hot day here in Shimoga. A loud appeal for caught behind against Devdutt Padikkal has just been turned down.

Proceedings underway at the Karnataka vs Railways match at Shimoga.   -  Shreedutta Chidananda

 

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: Another wicket for T. Natarajan. The ball is pitched on a good length, and the batsman can't resist poking at the ball. Caught in the slips. Amit Kumar departs for 6. Himachal 350/7. Natarajan now has figures of 27.5-6-81-4. And minutes later, Kalsi gently guides a delivery from Mohammed to the cover region to take a single and bring up his third first-class century. Kalsi has played 148 balls with 16 fours for his 100.

Bihar vs Nagaland: Bihar's Mahrour brings up his 150. He has played 198 balls, hit 21 fours and one six. Bihar now 287/3.

Andhra vs Bengal: Andhra loses its third wicket. C.R. Gnaneshwar is out for 66 (141 balls), caught by A.R. Easwaran off Ishan Porel. Andhra at 113/3.

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: A boundary and a wicket in the first over, to start day's proceedings. Rishi Dhawan, after playing a delightful cut over gully off the first ball, is bowled off the third ball by seamer T. Natarajan. He goes for 75. Himachal 346/6, leads by 119.

Vidarbha vs Gujarat: Vidarbha reaches 238/3, trailing Gujarat by 83 runs. Ganesh Satish on 45 (141) and Akshay Wakhare hasn't opened his account yet, in the middle.

Perfect setting for cricket: The winter in Hyderabad is one of the best times for a game of cricket.   -  V.V. Subrahmanyam

 

Assam vs Goa: Rishav Das is cleaned up by Darshan Misal for 67 (146 balls) and Assam 149/5.

Bihar vs Nagaland: Bihar has moved to 271/3, leading Nagaland by 212 runs. Rahmat Ullah on 61 (71 balls) and Mahrour on 139 (186 balls) are holding fort.

This is how the teams stood at stumps on Day 2:

Assam 119/4 vs Goa: Leads by 101 Runs

Jharkhand 49/1 vs Services: Trails By 25 Runs

Bihar 255/3 vs Nagaland: Leads by 196 Runs

Chhattisgarh 332/5 vs Maharashtra: Leads by 93 Runs

Andhra 108/2 vs Bengal: Trails by 192 Runs

Vidarbha 238/3 vs Gujarat: Trails by 83 Runs

Madhya Pradesh 7/0 vs Delhi: Trails by 122 Runs after bad light stopped play

Himachal 340/5 vs Tamil Nadu: Leads By 113 Runs

Punjab 202/4 vs Hyderabad: Trails by 115 Runs

Jammu and Kashmir 27/0 vs Odisha: Trails By 169 Runs

Rajasthan 443/5 vs Haryana: Leads by 325 Runs

Tripura 33/4 vs Uttar Pradesh: Trails by 519 Runs

Saurashtra 213/4 vs Mumbai: Trails by 181 Runs

Karnataka 41/0 vs Railways: Leads by 112 Runs