Ranji Trophy, Round 3: MP dominates TN, Mumbai on the back foot

Catch live score and updates from day two of the Round 3 Ranji Trophy fixtures. Karnataka takes on Himachal Pradesh while Mumbai locks horns with Railways.

Rex Singh's (right) 10-wicket haul for Manipur made him the star of the first round of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 season.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the third round of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 season.

UPDATES

Stumps Day 2 - MP leads by 132 Runs

Stumps Day 2 - Hyderabad Trail By 195 Runs

Stumps Day 2 - Mumbai Trail By 88 Runs

V. Koushik gets another wicket. Ankush Bains caught behind. A terrific one-hander by B.R. Sharath. Himachal 205-7. Lead 39.

Mumbai, behind by 152 runs, reeling at 51/3 after 18 overs. Prithvi Shaw, Jay Bista and Siddhesh Lad fall in quick succession.

Priyanshu Khanduri is finally out for 69 (240b), caught at first-slip by Samarth off Koushik. The 75-run partnership between him and Rishi Dhawan has ended. Himachal 31 runs in the green.

TN bowling continues to be listless. The pitch has eased out but the bowlers have lacked discipline. Vignesh spraying around and giving away easy boundaries. MP 262/7. Lead by 113 runs.

Tea break: Hyderabad - 20/2 in 9.6 overs  (Himalay Agarwal 7 off 8, Tanmay Agarwal 11 off 28)

Bengal - Andhra match called off owing to poor light condition... Only 21 overs were played in the day...

P.K. Ajith Kumar pings: Ecstasy and agony for Basil Thampi within a space of a few seconds here at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium in Surat. He knocks off Piyush Chawla’s off stump with a beauty, but his joy is short-lived as it turns out to be a no-ball. He nevertheless has three wickets to his name and has kept Kerala in the game still, though Gujarat has its nose in front. At 155 for six, the host has a lead of 213. Manprit Juneja, who was trapped lbw by Thampi, is the top-scorer thus far, with 53; he is in fact the only batsman to make a half-century in the entire match.

Himachal secures the first-innings lead in Mysuru. Rishi Dhawan hoists Shreyas Gopal over the mid-on fielder for a six to go past Karnataka's 166-run total.

Tea break: Deshpande brings an end to the Railways first innings, cleans up Himanshu Sangwan. 4 for 44. Karn Sharma not out 112. And Railways 266, lead of 152 runs.

Excellent session for Himachal. At tea they have reached: 142/5. Khanduri batting on 61 and Rishi Dhawan on 13. 96 runs have come from 37 overs in this session.

Meanwhile, here's CAB's statement on Devang Gandhi's ejection earlier.

 

Karn steers Tushar Deshpande for a single and celebrates his century. 134 balls 211 mts,13x 4s and 2 x 6s.

Siddhesh Lad bowling leg spin gets rid of Avinash Yadav in a most emphatic way; bowled. Railways 244/7

N. Sudarshan pings from Mysore: Some cheer for Karnataka finally. Suchith gets Gangta for 46. A wide ball that kept low. B.R. Sharath takes a sharp low catch. Himachal 122 for five. 45 more required for first innings lead!

The sun is out in Mysore and the Karnataka spinners Shreyas and Suchith are operating in tandem. But batsmen untroubled. Nikhil Gangta and Priyanshu Khanduri have put on 65 runs for the fifth wicket.

Railways inching its way to a big lead, 213/6 with Karn Sharma batting on 77 and Avinash Yadav on 24. The Railways skipper Karn scored 120 in his Ranji Trophy debut against Jammu and Kashmir in November 2007, that’s 12 years ago. As of now Railways in control of the match. The wicket has eased a lot and the ball is 63 overs old. Mumbai took the sixth wicket, of Arindham Ghosh, in the 17th over of the day. Just one wicket, it’s been back breaking otherwise for the Mumbai seamers. Second session extended by half an hour.

Venkatesh Iyer completes his fifty as Madhya Pradesh goes past Tamil Nadu's first-innings total.  MP 160/5

Bengal all out 289 in 104 overs. Overnight it was 241/4 in 83 overs. Bengal lost the last six wickets in 48 runs. Andhra cannot start its innings. Umpires have a look at the light-meter and the teams walk back to pavilion... This is the fourth time in the day the match has been stopped for poor light...

INNINGS BREAK! Maharashtra 289/10 vs Chhattisgarh

P.K. Ajith Kumar pings: With the weather still sunny in Surat, batting looks less challenging than it did yesterday. Still, the batsmen have a task at hand against a varied attack on a responsive track. Kathan Patel has been putting on an exhibition of how to bat in situations like these. The opener is on 24 not out in Gujarat’s 66 for three (in 21 overs). After Basil Thampi provided the breakthrough, Kerala’s two main bowlers, Sandeep Warrier and Jalaj Saxena ,have also taken a wicket each, of Dhruv Raval and Bhargav Merai respectively. Manprit Juneja is giving steady company to Kathan at the moment.

Bengal innings crawling to 285/7 after three stoppages since start on Day 2.

Lunch at Indore. Session belonged to MP. 60/2 in this session. MP 116/5. Trail by 33 runs.

Meanwhile, here's what Devang Gandhi had to say about his ejection: "I was having a back problem while sitting outside the boundary during the match. As a selector I can be present at the match.

"Knowing my discomfort Bengal coach Arun Lal asked me to consult his team physio. Before entering the dressing room I took permission from the anti-corruption official and asked the physio to attend to me at the medical room of CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal), where I was attended to," Gandhi cleared his stand to the reporters after the incident became public.

 

Railways after lunch 142/5; Arindham Ghosh 71 batting and Karn Sharma batting on 31. 100 run partnership between Ghosh and Sharma in 171 balls. Mumbai struggling to separate the sixth wicket pair, pings G. Viswanath from Wankhede.

Rameez Khan brings up his half-century as Madhya Pradesh fights to secures first-innings lead against Tamil Nadu. MP  108/5

Lunch break: Gujarat took lunch at 43 for one (10 overs). Basil Thampi took the lone wicket of the morning session, in which only nine overs were bowled. He had the host's run-machine Priyank Panchal edging to slip. Kathan Patel (13 not out) and Bhargav Merai (16 not out) are at the crease. The play is scheduled to go until 5.30 p.m., by which time 79 overs are expected to be bowled.

Lunch break: Uttar Pradesh - 29/1 in 7.6 overs  (Madhav Kaushik 6 off 11, Aryan Juyal 12 off 21)

Lunch break: Services - 38/6 in 16.6 overs  (Rajat Paliwal 6 off 22, A P Sharma 1 off 7)

Lunch break: Railways - 138/5 in 43.6 overs  (Karn Sharma 30 off 69, Arindam Ghosh 68 off 93)

Big news coming in from Kolkata:

National selector from East Zone Devang Gandhi has been ejected by the BCCI anti-corruption official from the Bengal dressing room for unauthorized entry. Soumen Karmakar is the BCCI anti-corruption official deputed for the ongoing Bengal-Andhra Ranji match at Eden.

This incident happened when senior Bengal players including the former Captain Manoj Tiwary raised a question about the anti-corruption protocol which specifies only players and team support-staff selected for the match can be present in the dressing room.

"We have to follow what is contained in the anti-corruption protocol. A national selector cannot get in the dressing room without authorisation. Only the players and officials who have their mug-shots at the entrance can get access in the dressing room," Tiwary told the reporters.

Gandhi, a former Bengal captain, was present at the venue in his capacity as the National selector from East Zone.

Full story here

 

Delhi all out for 284. Shikhar Dhawan adds three runs to his overnight 137. Ravi Kiran takes all four wickets to fall today.

It's lunch in Mysuru. Himachal 46/4. Seventeen runs have come from 9 overs.

Delhi vs Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan departs for 140 off 207 deliveries. Ravi Kiran getting the breakthrough for Hyderabad. Delhi 279/8.

Innings break: Saurashtra - 331/10 in 92.5 overs  (J Unadkat 0 off 1, Parth Bhut 38 off 49)

N. Sudarshan giving a sneak peek into the banter in Mysore: As soon as Mithun started his run up, a man from the crowd said: “Sariyagi appeal maadro (please appeal properly)”. To which Mithun smiled :)

Elsewhere P.K. Ajith Kumar pings: Good morning from a sunny Surat. The eclipse done away with, the cricket is underway. Gujarat is 18 without loss in the fifth over. Its batsmen must be relieved that they didn't have to play in overcast conditions, because of the delayed start. Kerala needs to take some quick wickets if it wants to come back into this game. The host is well placed at the moment -- a lead of 75 runs with all the second-innings wickets intact.

Meanwhile, in Mysore: First wicket of the day. Mithun gets Mayank Dagar to edge to the keeper. Himachal 32/4

Lunch break: Pondicherry - 297/4 in 59.6 overs  (P K Dogra 141 off 152, S Suresh Kumar 5 off 4)

In the meantime, it is bright at the Wankhede; play should start in a few minutes.

Bengal having extended lunch, having played only nine overs since start of Day 2. Bengal 261/ 5 in 92 overs...

Meanwhile, Karnataka vs Himachal is underway now under overcast conditions. But no breeze unlike day one.

Lunch break: Arunachal Pradesh - 78/4 in 30 Overs  (Song Tacho 4 off 13, Rahul Dalal 28 off 55)

Total Solar Eclipse in Mysuru. #spotthesun   -  N SUDARSHAN

 

The second day's play in Mumbai and Rajkot will start late by two hours (11.30am) due to solar eclipse. In Mysuru, the contest will begin at 11.15am.

Meanwhile, Amitabha Das Sharma reports from Kolkata that the play has already been stopped due to bad light after just four overs of play in the morning!  Beginning the day's play in overcast conditions, Andhra struck early, removing the centurion Raman (112) off the bowling of K.V. Sasikanth. Score: Bengal - 256/5 in 87 overs (Shreevats Goswami 8 ( 31b) batting, Shahbaz Ahmed 3 off 9 batting).

Arunachal Pradesh has four wickets for 67 runs against Manipur. Homendro has scalped a couple, while Rex Singh -- who has been in prime form -- too has scalped two wickets to put Arunachal on the mat. Making optimum use of the early conditions, the Manipur bowlers are on a roll.

Did you know? |  Rex Singh's initial interests were in taekwondo and football. But his childhood coach Ph Rohendro Singh introduced him to cricket. Here's rewinding a story on the young Manipur bowler |  Who is Rex?

 

STUMPS, DAY 1

1. Bengal 241 for 4 vs Andhra.

2. Puducherry 286 for 3 leads Mizoram 73 by 213 runs.

3. Haryana 274 for 6 vs Jharkhand.

4. Bihar 260 for 5 vs Goa.

5. Delhi 269 for 6 vs Hyderabad.

6. Railways 116 for 5 leads Mumbai 114 by two runs.

7. Maharashtra 238 for 6 vs Chhattisgarh.

8. Odisha 98 for 3 trails Uttarakhand 117 by 19 runs.

9. Arunachal Pradesh 10 for 0 trails Manipur 196 by 186 runs.

10. Nagaland 45 for 1 trails Sikkim 269 by 224 runs.

11. Madhya Pradesh 56 for 3 trails Tamil Nadu 149 by 93 runs.

12. Himachal Pradesh 29 for 3 trails Karnataka 166 by 137 runs.

13. Saurashtra 322 for 8 vs Uttar Pradesh.

14. Services 23 for 2 trails Tripura 126 by 103 runs.

15. J&K 59 for 1 vs Assam.

16. Gujarat 127 and 1 for 0 leads Kerala 70 by 58 runs.

17. Vidarbha 196 for 6 vs Punjab.