As it happened: Ranji Trophy Round 7, Day 4

While Himachal Pradesh pulled off an impressive win over Tamil Nadu in Dharamsala, Hyderabad vs Punjab and Mumbai vs Saurashtra ended in exciting draws in the seventh round of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season.

Hyderabad captain P Akshath Reddy who scored an unbeaten century against Punjab on the fourth and final day of the Ranji Trophy match in Hyderabad on Tuesday.   -  V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Good morning! Merry Christmas and welcome to the LIVE updates from the fourth day's play of the seventh round of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 fixtures.

This is how the teams were placed at the end of the third day's play.

Our correspondents Abhishek Mukherjee from Dharamshala, 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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A Merrier Christmas:

Uttar Pradesh won by an innings and 384 runs (vs Tripura)

Delhi won by 9 wickets (vs Madhya Pradesh)

Bihar won by 273 runs (vs Nagaland)

Manipur won by 117 runs (vs Arunachal Pradesh)

Assam won by 7 runs (vs Goa)

Meghalaya won by an innings and 324 runs (vs Mizoram)

Jharkhand won by 81 runs (vs Services)

Karnataka won by 176 runs (vs Railways)

Rajasthan vs Haryana- Match Drawn, Rajasthan took first innings lead

Vidarbha vs Gujarat - Match Drawn, Vidarbha took first innings lead

 

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: After four dot balls, the teams shake hands.  Saurashtra ends with 266 for seven, 19 short of the target.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Match ends in an exciting draw as Punjab finishes at 324 for eight, 14 short of the target.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent from Wankhede Stadium says: Two consecutive maidens mean Mumbai has only two overs to pick three wickets. It's heading towards a draw. A square cut and a steer through third man by Dharmendrasinh Jadeja off Minad Manjrekar brings the target down to 19 runs off 10 balls. The next four balls are dots, making the target 19 off 6 balls.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Punjab loses its eighth wicket with 318 on the board. It needs 20 more runs off 14 balls. Anybody's game now!

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent from Wankhede Stadium says: Minad Manjrekar's love affair with short ball continues. Jaydev Unadkat mistimes a pull and the ball lobs to square leg. Saurashtra now needs 27 runs off 22 balls with three wickets in hand! Can Mumbai make it happen?

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Manpreet Singh is dismissed by Mohammad Siraj. Punjab now 310 for seven, still needs 28 runs off four overs.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent from Wankhede Stadium says: Arpit Vasavada's fierce cut and a towering pull off Manjrekar tilts the match in Saurashtra's favour. Wait, hang on. The last ball of the over sees Vasavada given out caught behind. Six wickets down and 29 runs require off five overs. The game is still wide open.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Punjab needs 32 runs from five overs now. Hopes high with Manpreet Singh hitting lusty blows off Ravi Teja.

 

Himachal vs Tamil Nadu: Himachal wins! Our correspondent from HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala, says: What a win for Himachal! Seamers set it up by facilitating a collapse and then the openers, in particular Ankush Bains, struck boundaries all round the ground. With 10 overs and half hour left in the day, the home team reaches its target.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Chirag Jani's cover drive off Kotian brings the target down to 39 runs off six overs.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Final blow perhaps for Punjab as Shubhman Gill holes out to the deep off pacer Mohammad Siraj. Punjab 290 for five, still needs 48 runs off six overs.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent from Wankhede Stadium says: Is there another turnaround? Minad Manjrekar picks two wickets with two short balls. With 52 runs required off nine overs, Saurashtra may give up the chase.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Punjab loses captain Mandeep Singh, who pulls pacer Mohammad Siraj to deep mid-wicket. It is 278 for four, needs a further 60 runs from eight overs.

Himachal vs Tamil Nadu: Himachal is halfway through its target of 110. Ankush Bains hits left-arm spinner Sai Kishore for a couple of sixes through leg to cheer the crowd and deflate Tamil Nadu.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Without taking any undue risk, Saurashtra has brought the target down to 55 off 10 overs. Sheldon Jackson, batting on 57, appears to be in need of medical assistance.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Punjab on course for a probable win now. Currently 269 for three, it needs 69 more runs off 10 overs. Shubhman Gill's going great guns!

That's a million dollar question!

 

 

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Vishvaraj Jadeja may have been run out, thanks to a direct hit by Jay Bista from point. Still, Saurashtra is set for an outright win. At the start of the last 15 overs, the table-topper needs 86 runs to win. Mumbai's defensive tactics after tea haven't really worked, can it pull the brakes on Saurashtra and retain the three points?

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: With Shubman going strong, Punjab now need 110 runs with four wickets in hand and 15 overs left, so match wide open. With a couple of wickets Hyderabad can be back too.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates:

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That’s it! All over. Gowtham dismisses Thakur first ball. He has 6. Karnataka has won.   -  Shreedutta Chidananda

Railways were 159/3 two balls from tea. They are all out for 185 an hour after the break. Karnataka wins by 176 runs.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Shubham Gill completes century, Punjab 190 for three now.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: Two Railways wickets have fallen in the space of 6 balls. Shreyas Gopal traps Sahim Hasan leg before. And in the next over, Gowtham removes Harsh Tyagi. Railways 179/7. Karnataka cock a hoop.

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: Tamil Nadu is bowled out for 345. Quite an unexpected collapse, as B.Indrajith and Vijay Shankar had looked in control for much of the first half of the day, and it seemed the pitch did not hold demons. Sai Kishore is caught in the slips by substitute Priyanshu Khanduri, off Rishi Dhawan, and then, M. Mohammed is out, bowled. Himachal's target is 110 with 25 overs to go.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Mehdi dismisses Gurkeerat Mann, Punjab 172 for three, now the match might go the first distance.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: Gowtham has struck again, 7 minutes after tea. Manish Rao has been caught at first slip. Railways 163/5. Life in this game yet.

Meanwhile, Shubman Gill is trending big time on Twitter.

 

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: Just when it looked like a dull draw was a certainty, K. Gowtham has struck, on the stroke of tea. Pratham Singh is out for 48, caught at forward short leg.

Railways 159/4 at tea. 30 overs left after the break.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates:

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Punjab go into tea break at 152 for one with Shubman Gill on 80 and Anmolpreet on 38, now Hyderabad might be on the defensive in final session   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

 

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: The tables have turned completely as Abhishek Tanwar was run-out and the set Indrajith dismissed bowled, by Rishi Dhawan. There are oohs and aahs from the fielders positioned close to the batsmen, and suddenly there is much interest in the contest. The lead is only a hundred. It's tea, Tamil Nadu 336/8.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Vishvaraj Jadeja taps Jay Bista for a single to raise fifty. At 151 for 2, Saurashtra need 134 runs off 28 overs. Can they side accelerate?

Andhra vs Bengal: Our correspondent updates: Andhra 2nd innings 49/1 at tea. Prashanth Kumar batting 34, Saikrishna batting 14. Run rate 4.9. Andhra responded to the challenge positively.

Chhattisgarh vs Maharashtra: Maharashtra declares at 397/9. The side has a lead of 174, and tea has been called. With 34 overs remaining it should be an uphill task for both the teams to arrive at a conclusive end to this match.


Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: Rishi Dhawan strikes, has Jagadeesan caught in the slips. Tamil Nadu five down now, for 320. Lead 84. With two flicks to leg off Arpit Guleria, Indrajith reaches his century. Himachal's fielders are trying to encourage their bowlers for a late effort in triggering a collapse, but it seems unlikely.

Jharkhand vs Services: He keeps the last one for himself too! And with that Jharkhand thumps Services by 81 runs. Nadeem is the pick of the bowlers with figures of 22.4-10- 62-7.

Jharkhand vs Services: What's a fifer when you can crave for more? Shahbaz Nadeem has six against his name now. His figures as of now read 20.5-9-53-6 as Services loses its penultimate wicket for 173.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Punjab loses opener Jiwanjot caught at slip off left arm spinner Thyagarajan for 29, 67 for one.

Andhra vs Bengal: Our correspondent updates: Bengal declares second innings at 223/7 gathering runs at 5.51. Writtick Chatterjee 40 n.o, Vijaykumar and Prithvi Raj two wickets apiece, set a target of 203, 44 overs left

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Shivam Dube, having seen the back of Snell Patel with an incoming delivery, is not just letting the ball talk. He is having a go at Vishavaraj Jadeja and the batsman did get riled up. Flicked one in the air, Jay Bista lunges forward at short midwicket and claims the catch but the umps are convinced the ball had bounced.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Punjab opener Jiwanjot Singh caught behind off a noball from pacer Ravi Teja when on 25, for the bowled this has become a frustrating feature.

Rajasthan vs Haryana: Rahul Chahar on a rampage! Gets his fourth as he successfully traps H V Patel in front for 23. His figures read 34.2-4-121-4, Haryana 369/7.

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: Out of the blue, Tamil Nadu loses its fourth wicket. Vijay Shankar is stumped by the wicketkeeper after he steps out of his crease to negotiate a delivery from leg-spinner Prashant Chopra. He departs for 56. Tamil Nadu 313/4, leads by 77.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: A wicket for Karnataka. Nitin Bhille is out lbw to K. Gowtham. Railways 126/3. Karnataka will hope the floodgates now open.

 

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates:

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Wicket-keeper Sharath Srinivas has limped off with some sort of injury. He has been replaced by BR Sharath.   -  Shreedutta Chidananda

 

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: Vijay Shankar is also through to his fifty. The partnership is now 89.

Jammu and Kashmir vs Odisha: Odisha's Basant Mohanty wreaks havoc with figures of 37-14-59-4! Kashmir is nine down now for 385.

#StatAttack

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

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

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Jharkhand vs Services: Shahbaz Nadeem having one hell of a domestic season! Grabs four again today, getting Bamal out on duck. Services 100/7.

At Lunch, Day 4:

Services 100/6 vs Jharkhand: Needs 170 runs to win

Maharashtra 288/5 vs Chhattisgarh: Leads by 65 runs

Bengal 134/3 vs Andhra: Leads by 113 runs

Punjab 10/0 vs Hyderabad: Needs 328 runs to win

Railways 119/2 vs Karnataka: Needs 243 runs to win

Gujarat 115/4 vs Vidarbha: Trails by 49 runs

Jammu and Kashmir 385/8 vs Odisha: Leads by 189 runs

Haryana 351/6 vs Rajasthan: Trails by 21 runs

Saurashtra 72/1 vs Mumbai: Needs 213 runs to win

 

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Shivam Dube gave Mumbai the breakthrough, by drawing an edge off Harvik Desai's willow to Jay Bista in the slip cordon, but Saurashtra have appeared in little trouble. At lunch, Saurashtra is at 72 for 1.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: At lunch on final day, Punjab 10 for no loss chasing an improbable 338 for win against Hyderabad.

 

Andhra vs Bengal: Our correspondent updates: Bengal lost Sudip (47) and Easwaran (57) in the last one hr of first session. Vijaykumar took both wickets. Run rate 4.96. Bengal 134/3, Manoj Tiwary batting 7, Agniv Pan 3, Vijaykumar 2/37

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: Besides an edge prized out of B. Indrajith that narrowly evaded the slips, Himachal hasn't been very threatening in the last hour. The partnership is worth 79 now, and the lead is 46.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates:


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Hyderabad declares finally at 323 for three just before lunch on final day with captain Akshath unbeaten on 161.   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam



Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates:
Mumbai started with offie Tanush Kotian but the defensive field offered to him  meant the Saurastra openers had runs for the taking on the off-side. Harvik Desai and Snell Patel have made merry, racing to 50 runs in 11 overs. Will Saurashtra go for the chase?

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Hyderabad captain Akshath Reddy scores 150,  303 for three, no signs of declaration yet, perhaps hoping a repeat show from Siraj and Ravi Teja in one session again!

 

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: A chip down the track to Mayank Dagar and Vijay Shankar collects another boundary. His quiet partner, indrajith, reaches his half-century. The two have been comfortable in the middle, and the contest is likely to veer towards a draw.

Tamil Nadu's lead is now 26, it's 262/3.

Jammu and Kashmir vs Odisha: A fine innings on display at Jammu by Parvez Rasool who has brought up his 150 runs in 203 balls. J & K 340/7

 

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: A wicket has finally fallen in Shimoga. Suchith, who dropped a catch earlier, has run out Saurabh Wakaskar with a superb direct hit from square leg. It was Wakaskar’s call as he ran towards the striker’s end. Railways 85/2.

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That throw broke one of the stumps. Someone is now running on to the field with a replacement.   -  Shreedutta Chidananda

Wicket keeper Sharath Srinivas has been extremely vocal all morning. His cries of encouragement have been likened, by a local photographer, to those of a seller of puffed rice in nearby Gandhi Bazaar.

#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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Andhra vs Bengal: Our correspondent updates: Drinks: Bengal 78/1 in 15 overs in second innings; Abhimanyu Easwaran batting 43, Sudip Chatterjee batting 26, Abhishek Raman 6. Andhra 1st innings ended in three deliveries without adding anything to its overnight total of 321.

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Hyderabad loses B Sandeep, run out for 47, 219 for three.

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Hyderabad captain P Akshath Reddy who scored an unbeaten century against Punjab on the fourth and final day of the Ranji Trophy match in Hyderabad on Tuesday.   -  V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

 

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: Vijay Shankar has timed the ball sweetly in his short innings so far. Three strokes were especially exquisite - a straight drive,a punch through extra-cover, and a pull for six.

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Mumbai has finally declared at 238 for 8, 16 overs into the day's play. That leave Saurashtra a target of 285 off a minimum of 72 overs.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: Substitute J. Suchith has just dropped Nitin Bhille in the gully off Ronit More. Bhille edges the next ball and it flies wide of first slip. More can’t believe it. Railways yet to lose a wicket this morning. A frustrating hour for Karnataka.

 

Rajasthan vs Haryana: WICKET! Pramod Chandila who looked to be in fine touch, departs as the fifth wicket falls for Haryana at 296. Chandila had made 73.

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Action from Dharamsala. Rishi Dhawan bowling.   -  Abhishek Mukherjee

 

Hyderabad vs Punjab: Our correspondent updates: Hyderabad captain Akshath Reddy completes his second century of the season to help the team score 208 for two on fourth morning after taking 14-run lead against Punjab.

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Hyderabad is off to a good start on fourth morning against Punjab.   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

 

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Shubham Ranjane dances down the wicket but the Jadeja has pitched the ball too wide for him to connect well. Arpit Vasavada gets under the skier running towards mid-off from covers to leave Mumbai at 216 for 7. Mumbai aren't happy with a lead of 262, so Tanush Kotian joins Parkar at the crease.

Himachal Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Our correspondent updates: Abhinav continued steadily on for the best part of the first half-hour, a pull off Arpit Guleria for a boundary taking him to 128. But against the run of play, he got out, bowled. He walked off disappointed, but it had been an attractive, responsible innings from the opener.

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Tamil Nadu 203/3 in 65 overs, trails by 33 runs.

 

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent updates: Aditya Tare may have perished in the second over but Shubham Ranjane and Akash Parkar have continued to accelerate. In the ninth over the day, the lead has gone past 250. If Mumbai has to leave an enticing target for Saurashtra, it should declare in the next half hour.

Karnataka vs Railways: Our correspondent updates: Half an hour gone in Shimoga and Karnataka has been unable to break through. Lots of chatter on the field.

 

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Assam vs Goa: Assam's Arup Das wrecks havoc. He traps Lakshay Garg infront for 73 and brings up his five-wicket haul. He has figures of 22.1-6-65-5 and Goa is 202/9, needing 16 runs to win the match.

Andhra vs Bengal: Abhishek Kumar Raman is out for 6 (11 balls), caught by Srikar Bharat off Prithvi Raj Yarra and Bengal 23/1, leading Andhra by 2 runs.

Rajasthan vs Haryana: Pramod Chandila gets to his 50. He has played 83 balls, struck 8 boundaries. Haryana 259/3, trailing by 113 runs. And, 2 runs later, Chaitanya Bishnoi is out for 94 (208 balls), trapped infront by Rahul Chahar. Haryana loses its fourth wicket for 261.

 

Mumbai vs Saurashtra: Aditya Tare departs for 7 (22 balls), caught by Vishvarajsinh Jadeja off D. Jadeja. Mumbai 176/6, leading Saurashtra by 222 runs.

Jharkhand vs Services: A horrid start by Services. Needing 270 to win, it is in trouble at 14/3 with Nakul Verma, Aanshul Gupta and Ravi Chauhan back in the hut.

Andhra vs Bengal: Andhra's innings folds for its overnight score of 321. It's taken just three balls for Mukesh Kumar to claim up the final wicket of K V Sasikanth. That's the Bengal pacer's fourth wicket of the innings. He ends with figures of 22.3-8-45-4. It has a a lead of 21 in the first innings.