Welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of Round 9 matches of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20.
That brings us to a close. We move to the quarterfinals now, with the line-up decided.
Once again, this is the line-up:
1. Gujarat vs Goa,
2. Bengal vs Odisha,
3. Karnataka vs J&K, and
4. Saurashtra vs Andhra.
Join us, on February 20, for periodic updates from the four matches. Until next time, it's goodbye.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh | It's a draw. Here's the latest from Nandakumar Marar: Madhya Pradesh earns one point in a drawn game against Mumbai, which needs to be satisfied with three points. Play called off with one mandatory over left. Aditya Shrivastava (130 n.o.) partnered Mihir Hirwani (69 n.o.) in an unbroken 132-run stand for the seventh wicket.
Sarfaraz Khan is named the Man of the Match.
It ends the this season's Ranji Trophy campaign for both teams. The final result will be disappointing for Mumbai, which looked on course for a morale-boosting win after having taken the first-innings lead. But MP's seventh-wicket pair showed resistance.
To be sure, six points will not have handed Mumbai the quarterfinal berth. But the 41-time champion will still have hoped for a win.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh |Here's the latest from our correspondent, Nandakumar Marar: Madhya Pradesh standing up to Mumbai's aggressive bowling. Aditya Shrivastava (129 n.o.) shielding Mihir Hirwani (50 n.o.). Four mandatory overs remaining and the visitors fighting it out at 294 for 6.
We're nearly through with the ninth round of matches in the Ranji Trophy, the final round before the quarterfinals. The eight teams in the next round are: Gujarat, Saurashtra, Bengal ,Karnataka, Andhra, J&K, Odisha, and Goa.
And the schedule looks like this (all four matches will begin on February 20, 2020):
1. Gujarat vs Goa,
2. Bengal vs Odisha,
3. Karnataka vs J&K,
4. Saurashtra vs Andhra.
The semifinals will be held on February 29, and the final on March 9, 2020.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh | A hundred and nineteen more runs are required now, to win. The seventh-wicket partnership is now worth 110 runs. Mihir Hirwani has reached his half-century.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh | The contest is still open, and it is poised for a thrilling climax. MP needs 124 more runs to win, with four wickets in hand. Aditya Shrivastava (127 n.o., 13x4, 2x6) and Mihir Hirwani (44 n.o., 64b, 7x4, 1x6) have added 101 runs for the seventh wicket.
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha | Here's V. V. Subrahmanyam, from the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium: Play called off, with Vidarbha scoring 116 for three, Ganesh Satish on 47 and Siddesh Wath on 33. Hyderabad needed an outright win to stay in the Elite Group; it will now be relegated to Group C.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh | Just four more wickets to be taken for Mumbai for a win. The seventh-wicket partnership is now worth 84 runs. Aditya Shrivastava is batting on 116 (237b, 12x4, 2x6), and Mihir Hirwani is batting on 36 (43b, 6x4, 1x6).
Sikkim vs Bihar | Bihar takes three points from the drawn contest in Cuttack, thanks to a first-innings lead. The teams agree to a draw with Sikkim on 69 for 1 in its second innings.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh | Here's Nandakumar Marar, reporting from the Wankhede Stadium: Aditya Shrivastava exposed the limitations in Mumbai bowling on Day Four. MP's No. 4 is going strong at the crease, with 100 off 208 balls. He has hit 11 fours and two sixes.
Chhattisgarh vs Services | The gargantuan second-innings total of 586 for 3 does not yield dividends for Chhattisgarh. The match is drawn, and Services gains three points, thanks to a first-innings lead.
It also means Services will not go through to the next round.
Delhi vs Rajasthan | The teams agree to a draw, with Rajasthan declaring its second innings closed on 345 for 6. Owing to the first-innings lead, Delhi takes three points.
Lomror scored 118 (219b, 14x4, 26); Rituraj Singh (58, 104b, 9x4) and S. F. Khan (56 n.o., 88b, 5x4, 2x6) scored half-centuries.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh | Here's Nandakumar Marar, once again, from the Wankhede Stadium: After taking the new ball, Mumbai brings slow bowler Shams Milani into the attack, following one over by Deepak Shetty. Mihir Hirwani cuts loose to steal 15 runs; he hit two fours to cover and a sweep that resulted in ball clearing the square leg fence. MP 221 for 6.
Odisha vs Jharkhand | In Cuttack, the contest between Odisha and Jharkhand has ended in a draw. After having gained a sizeable first-innings lead, Odisha's top-order piled on the runs in the second innings. Senapati (100 n.o., 157b, 14x4, 1x6) and Samantray (64 n.o., 118b, 11x4) were unseparated for more than 40 overs. The innings was declared and the match drawn — due to paucity of time — after Senapati reached his century.
Maharashtra vs Uttarakhand | Uttarakhand has been bowled out for 202, and Maharashtra registers a 67-run win at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Stadium in Baramati. The last seven wickets fell for 60 runs.
Six points for Maharashtra, but it's not enough for a quarterfinal berth.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh | Here's Nandakumar Marar, from the Wankhede Stadium: Deepak Shetty's two-wicket burst sparked a flicker of interest on Day Four for Mumbai. Madhya Pradesh 196 for 6 in the second innings. 211 behind.
Assam vs Tripura | Assam is three down now, and it's still an uphill task for the side as it has to bat through the day to reach safety. Captain Gokul Sharma and Subham Mandal have been dismissed. Mandal and Riyan Parag added 47 runs for the third wicket.
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha | Here's V. V. Subrahmanyam, from Hyderabad: Vidarbha loses its third wicket, left-arm pacer Chama Milind is dismissed lbw. The score: 50 for three. Target: 184.
Chhattisgarh vs Services | The third-wicket partnership between Jiwanjot Singh and Harpreet Singh Bhatia has finally been broken. Jiwanjot fell to Raushan Raj for 236 (357b, 31x4), before Bhatia was dismissed by Shadab Nazar for 191 (295b, 26x4, 1x6).
In its second innings, Chhattisgarh, at 549 for 3, leads by 330 runs.
Saurashtra vs Tamil Nadu | In Rajkot, Saurashtra has taken the first-innings lead against Tamil Nadu. For Saurashtra, Arpit Vasavada and Chirag Jani scored centuries. Jani is now batting alongside K. D. Patel, after Jaydev Unadkat was dismissed for 40.
J&K vs Haryana | By chasing down its target of 224 for the loss of eight wickets, Haryana has defeated Jammu & Kashmir at the Govt. Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground in Jammu. Off-spinner Parvez Rasool took five wickets but couldn't prevent the defeat for his side. Haryana's R. P. Sharma was the top-scorer, scoring an unbeaten 75.
J&K, however, had qualified for the knockouts before this round and so this defeat won't be fatal.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh | It's lunch, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Here's our correspondent Nandakumar Marar: Madhya Pradesh 153 for 3 off 61.4 overs at lunch on Day Four at the Wankhede Stadium. Venkatesh Iyer, promoted up the order to No. 5, is unbeaten on 58, giving him company is Aditya Shrivastava (49 n.o.).
Mumbai specialist bowlers struggle to make an impact, resulting in four overs from Sarfaraz Khan.
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha | A shaky start for Vidarbha, in its chase of 184. It's lost Faiz Fazal, the captain, and Aniruddha Choudhary. Fazal nicked to the slips, before Aniruddha was cleaned up by Ravi Kiran.
The score at lunch: 12 for 2. The game is nicely poised for the rest of the day.
Gujarat vs Andhra | No more trouble for Gujarat, it completes an eight-wicket win. It gets six points and leapfrogs Bengal to top the Group A points table.
Gujarat vs Andhra | It's a small task ahead for Gujarat to complete a convincing win, but a couple of wickets have delayed what is seemingly inevitable. In the pursuit of the 30 required to win, it's lost a couple of wickets. At 17 for 2, it needs another 13 runs.
Smd Rafi has accounted for both the wickets to have fallen. Priyank Panchal, the opener, was dismissed for 9, while No. 3 Bhargav Merai was dismissed for a duck.
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha | Hyderabad has been bowled out. Here's V. V. Subrahmanyam, reporting from the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium: Hyderabad all out for 244, Sumanth not out 65, sets Vidarbha a target of 184 runs for victory on final day. Left arm spinner Sarwate star performer for Vidarbha with a seven-wicket haul.
Chhattisgarh vs Services | Chhattisgarh is piling on the runs at a rapid rate, too, in Raipur. It's a marathon partnership between opener Jiwanjot Singh (234 n.o, 354b, 31x4) and Harpreet Singh Bhatia (170 n.o., 255b, 23x4, 1x6); the two have added 350 runs for the second wicket. One hundred and fifty of those runs were added in this session.
It's a strong fightback from Chhattisgarh after having recorded a first-innings deficit of 219 runs. Chhattisgarh's overall lead: 265 runs.
Sikkim vs Bihar | At the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack, Bihar has added 118 runs already in the session, after having resumed its innings on 292 for 5 on Day Four. The fruitful partnership between Babul Kumar (192 n.o., 294, 31x4) and Vikash Ranjan (63, 138b, 2x4) ended after they had added 178 runs together, Ranjan dismissed lbw by Palzor. The next batsman, Shivam S. Kumar, fell cheaply, for 6.
Babul has now allied with Ashutosh Aman (17 n.o, 31b, 2x4). The two have so far added 55 runs for the eighth wicket. The overall lead is 447.
Odisha vs Jharkhand | Odisha has made a positive start to its second innings at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, after Jharkhand's first innings ended early in the session. After opener Shantanu Mishra fell early for 14, captain Subhransu Senapati and Debasish Samantray have put on 58 runs for the second wicket. The overall lead is 160.
Gujarat vs Andhra | Andhra has been bowled out for 258 in its second innings. Shoaib Mohammed Khan was the last man to be dismissed; he fell to left-arm spinner Axar Patel for 38. Patel finished with seven wickets in the innings, but his spell of 7 for 92 is not quite his career best (7 for 54).
Gujarat needs 30 runs to win.
Assam vs Tripura | In Guwahati, it's an uphill task ahead for Assam to negotiate the day and avoid defeat against Tripura. It needs 348 runs with nine wickets in hand, but more importantly, needs to bat two sessions and a bit to force a draw.
Tripura declared its second innings closed at 166 for 7, after having resumed the day on 76 for 5. In its chase, Assam lost opener Rishav Das early, dismissed lbw by seamer M. B. Mura Singh.
Delhi vs Rajasthan | At the Ferozeshah Kotla grounds in New Delhi, Rajasthan's middle-order pair of Mahipal Lomror and Rituraj Singh have raced along. They have already added 82 runs in the session so far, Lomror (101 n.o., 185b, 12x4, 2x6) reaching his fourth first-class century and Rituraj (55 n.o., 95b, 9x4) scoring a half-century. Rajasthan needs another 113 runs to make Delhi bat again.
Uttar Pradesh vs Himachal Pradesh | UP folds up for 148 in the second innings, and Himachal Pradesh completes a big win — the margin 386 runs — in Lucknow. Vaibhav Arora, the right-arm seamer, traps No. 11 Aqib Khan leg-before-wicket with a big inswinging delivery — perhaps reverse-swing — and completes the rout. Arora finishes with five wickets in the innings, and eight in the match.
The six points gained from the win takes HP to 19 points, not enough to be in the range for a quarterfinal spot. UP, on the other hand, finishes with 20 points.
Gujarat vs Andhra | Andhra has avoided an innings defeat by getting into the lead in its second innings in the morning session, at the Gokulbhai Somabhai Patel Stadium in Nadiad. K. V. Sasikanth and Smd. Rafi have been dismissed, and Andhra has crossed 250. The last-wicket partnership — between Shoaib Mohammed Khan and S. Ashish — is now worth 16 runs. The overall lead, however, is only 24.
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha | Here's our correspondent V. V. Subrahmanyam, reporting from the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad: Wicketkeeper-batsman K. Sumanth completes a fighting 50 to help Hyderabad score 223 for nine, 162 ahead.
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha | The last-wicket partnership for Hyderabad is now worth 23 runs, and Hyderabad's lead is now 159. Mohd. Siraj scored 46 before departing, falling to left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate, who has six wickets in the innings. Sumanth Kolla is batting on 48, and giving him company is Ravi Kiran (13 n.o.).
Karnataka and Bengal have made it through to the quarterfinals, thanks to wins in their respective matches on Friday. The eight teams to be in the next round have more or less been decided.
Bengal, despite a first-innings deficit, defeated Punjab in a nip-and-tuck battle in Patiala . Karnataka's win , on the other hand, was more comfortable.
Mumbai, out of contention for the quarterfinals, needs eight more wickets to earn a win in the final round.
Here's the scenario at the end of Day Three: