Ranji Trophy, Round 3: Shikhar Dhawan hits century; Mumbai, TN capitulate

Shikhar Dhawan scores a century to rescue Delhi against Hyderabad after a shaky start; Abhishek Raman hits a century, too, for Bengal.

Batsmen's graveyard: Twenty wickets fell on the opening day at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium. PHOTO: P. K. AJITH KUMAR

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

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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.

 

Lots of wickets and runs, and lots of surprises, on an eventful Christmas day. Heavyweights in Mumbai, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were bowled out cheaply. Thanks to Shikhar Dhawan's century, Delhi is not in the same predicament.

There were also centuries from Maharashtra's Ruturaj Gaikwad, Bihar's Babul Kumar, Puducherry's Paras Dogra, and Bengal's Abhishek Raman. Odisha's Basant Mohanty (six wickets) and Kerala's Jalaj Saxena (five wickets) were two bowlers who excelled.

That's it from us. Join us for Day Two, at 9.30pm on Thursday. Until then, it's goodbye.

Gujarat vs Kerala | It's stumps, at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium, too. Both teams have been bowled out, and Gujarat has begun it's second innings, too. It has an overall lead of 58, after scoring 127 in the first innings. Kerala was bowled out for 70.

Jalaj Saxena was the wrecker-in-chief for Kerala; he took five wickets.

Saurashtra vs Uttar Pradesh | In the 90 overs bowled in the day in Rajkot, Saurashtra has scored 322 for 8. There were half-centuries from Harvik Desai (54, 121b, 8x4, 1x6), Cheteshwar Pujara (57, 74b, 3x4, 2x6), and Sheldon Jackson (57, 120b, 5x4, 1x6).

There were also useful contributions from Snell Patel (32, 38b), Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (33, 50b), and Parth Bhut (32 n.o., 44b).

Captain and left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar was the most successful bowler for UP - he took 4 for 79 in his 42 overs. Zeeshan Ansari took 3 for 125.

Karnataka vs Himachal Pradesh | It's stumps, in Mysuru. Himachal Pradesh has lost three wickets in its first innings; it's 29 for 3 in 17 overs.

Prateek Jain (2 for 11) and Koushik V. (1 for 10) were the wicket-takers. Karnataka was bowled out for 166.

 

Sikkim vs Nagaland | It's stumps, in Bhubaneswar, for the Plate Group contest at the KIIT Cricket Stadium. Nagaland ends the day on 45 for 1 in 11 overs. Tejosel (22 n.o., 32b, 5x4) and S. S. Mundhe (18 n.o., 28b, 3x4) are batting.

Sikkim was bowled out for 269.

Arunachal Pradesh vs Manipur | It's stumps, in Dibrugarh, Assam. Manipur was bowled out for 196, and in reply, Arunachal Pradesh is 10 for 0 in four overs.

Karkir, with 4 for 25, was the chief wicket-taker for Arunachal Pradesh. Kengo and Akhilesh Sahani took two wickets each. Samarth Seth pocketed one wicket.

 

Karnataka vs Himachal Pradesh | Nearly a wicket for Karnataka. Here's N. Sudarshan with the latest from Mysuru:

Himachal 27 for 3. Mithun thought he had Mayank Dagar caught down the leg side only for one cheeky Karnataka player to say "out alla brother." Mithun visibly angry with his team-mates for not being vociferous enough and shouts "appeal maadrolo (Appeal guys)."

Gujarat vs Kerala | Here's P. K. Ajith Kumar with the latest from Surat:

Kerala bowled out for 70, in reply to Gujarat's 127. Four wickets for Chintan Gaja and three for Axar Patel. Twenty wickets on Day One, so the question is how long the match would last.

Karnataka vs Himachal Pradesh | Here's N. Sudarshan, reporting from Mysuru:

Karnataka back in it. Himachal 26 for three with Prateek Jain striking twice. Ankit Kalsi gone for a duck, caught by J. Suchith at gully off Prateek. Suchith, who is from Mysore, is soon hailed "Mysuru Huli" (Mysore Tiger) by a man in the crowd.

Maharashtra vs Chhattisgarh | Ruturaj Gaikwad's century helped Maharashtra score 238 for 6 in 78 overs on Day One at the MCA stadium in Pune. V. V. More, the wicketkeeper, ends the day on an unbeaten 49 (101b, 7x4). Batting with him is S. S. Bachhav (12 n.o., 23b, 2x6).

Seamer Veer Pratap Singh has four wickets.

Mumbai vs Railways | Arindam Ghosh struck an unbeaten half-century for Railways and helped it take the first-innings lead in its contest against Mumbai. Arindam is batting on 52 (75b, 9x4). Karn Sharma (24 n.o., 46b, 3x4) and Arindam have put on 73 runs for the sixth wicket.

Delhi vs Hyderabad | Shikhar Dhawan starred on Day One in the contest between Delhi and Hyderabad at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Dhawan finished the day on an unbeaten 137 (198b, 19x4, 2x6). He is batting alongside Kunwar Bidhuri (22 n.o., 44b, 2x4, 1x6).

For Hyderabad, off-spinner Mehdi Hasan sparkled; he took 3 for 61.

Bihar vs Goa | Middle-order batsman Babul Kumar struck an unbeaten century and Rathour scored a half-century as Bihar ended Day One on 260 for 5 after 85 overs. The fourth-wicket partnership between the two was worth 155 runs. It allowed the side to recover after a shaky start.

Felix Alamao was the most successful bowler for Goa, taking 2 for 48 in his 15 overs.

Jharkhand vs Haryana | It's stumps, in Jamshedpur, too. Haryana is on 274 for 6 after 87 overs. Ankit Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi and S. R. Chauhan have hit half-centuries. Harshal Patel is batting on 44 (90b, 4x4).

Ashish Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Anukul Roy have taken two wickets each.

Mizoram vs Puducherry | It's the end of the day's play at the Videocon Ground in Kolkata. Paras Dogra ends the day on an unbeaten 135 (149b, 13x4, 2x6) and K. B. Arun Karthik on 86 (93b, 10x4). The partnership between them is worth 199.

The lead has ballooned to 213 runs.

Mumbai vs Railways | Play has stopped at the Wankhede Stadium due to bad light.

Here's G. Viswanath with the latest:

Poor light brings a stop to first day's play, 47 minutes after tea interval. Railways has taken a two-run lead with the unbroken sixth-wicket partnership between Arindham Ghosh and Karn Sharma delivering 73 runs.

Karnataka vs Himachal Pradesh | Here's N. Sudarshan, reporting from Mysuru:

Himachal loses its first wicket. Koushik has Prashant Chopra caught by Devdutt Padikkal at second slip. Koushik had grassed a tough return catch from Chopra in his previous over. Himachal 10 for 1.

Bengal vs Andhra | It's stumps, at Eden Gardens, due to poor light.

Here's the latest from Amitabha Das Sharma:

End of Day One - Bengal 241 for 4 at stumps against Andhra off 83 covers. Failing light stops play. Raman 110 batting; Shreevats Goswami 3 batting.

 

Bengal vs Andhra | Another breakthrough for Andhra. Sudip Chatterjee (18, 50b) walks back edging one to 'keeper K. S. Bharat off Stephen. Stephen floors a caught and bowled chance offered by Raman in the same over (80th). Raman was on 108.

The score: 236 for 4.

 

Mizoram vs Puducherry | Puducherry is piling on the runs at the Videocon Ground in Kolkata. Paras Dogra has hit a century (123 n.o., 129b, 13x4, 2x6) , and lead is already 191 runs. Three wickets have been lost. The score: 264 for 3. Mizoram had been bowled out for 74.

K. B. Arun Karthik is batting on 78 (83b, 10x4).

Bengal vs Andhra | Our correspondent Amitabha Das Sharma, remarks:

Andhra pavilion has become a virtual medical centre with three players — Ricky Bhui, Prithvi Raj Yarra, G. Manish — returning with injuries.

Maharashtra vs Chhattisgarh | Ruturaj Gaikwad scores a century and gets out not long after. He has scored more than half of his team's runs. V. V. More (30 n.o., 71b, 4x4) and S. S. Bachhav (0 n.o., 5b) are batting.

Gaikwad scored 108 (199b, 14x4, 3x6).

Gujarat vs Kerala | P. K. Ajith Kumar reports from the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium in Surat:

It continues to be a bowlers' day here at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium. Thirteen wickets have fallen already. In reply to Gujarat's 127, Kerala is 33 for three in 21 overs. Jalaj Saxena, Sanju Samson and skipper Sachin Baby are back in the pavilion. Opener P. Rahul, Kerala's most dependable grafter, is 11 not out, off 57 balls. Seamer Chintan Gaja has two wickets.

Delhi vs Hyderabad | It's a century for Shikhar Dhawan. He's scored a bulk of the runs scored by his team so far. The total has crossed 200. He's batting alongside Anuj Rawat (29 n.o., 36b, 3x4, 1x6).

Dhawan has moved on to 112 (155b, 15x4, 2x6).

Bengal vs Andhra | Abhishek Raman reaches his century with a six, our correspondent Amitabha Das Sharma informs us. What a time to hit the first six of his innings. He's batting on 103 now (230b, 12x4, 1x6).

Owing to the solar eclipse in the morning on Thursday, the session-timings have been altered.

N. Sudarshan informs us: first session from  11.15 am to 12 pm; second session from 12.40 pm to 15.10 pm; final session from 15.30 to 17.30. Total overs for the day: 79.

 

Karnataka vs Himachal Pradesh | Here's N. Sudarshan, from Mysore:

Karun Nair finally dismissed for 81. A pull finds the deep mid-wicket fielder. Prateek Jain bowled off the very next ball. Karnataka 166 all out.

Madhya Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu | Tamil Nadu has an early breakthrough. Opener Ajay Rohera has been dismissed lbw for a duck, by seamer T. Natarajan. Rameez Khan and Anand Singh Bais are batting.

 

Services vs Tripura | In Palam, Tripura, put in to bat by Services captain Rajat Paliwal, is 105 for seven. The eighth-wicket pair of N. N. Sen (44 not out) and Harmeet Singh (16 not out) have added 53 runs. P. S. Poonia and A. A. Bamal, the first- and second-change bowlers respectively, have been unable to find a breakthrough after Diwesh Gurdev Pathania and Sachidanand Pandey reduced Tripura to 52 for seven.

Gujarat vs Kerala | In Surat, Gujarat has fought back through its bowlers after being bowled out for 127 earlier today. Jalaj Saxena, Sanju Samson and Sachin Baby are the batsmen dismissed, but P. Rahul and Robin Uthappa, have stemmed the fall of wickets. The pair has added 13 runs for the fourth wicket and been together for seven overs now!

Vidarbha vs Punjab | At the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur, the productive sixth wicket partnership between Ganesh Satish and Akshay Wakhare has been broken. Wakhare was dismissed for 34 by seamer Sandeep Sharma. Satish is batting on 67 (146b, 8x4).

Bengal vs Andhra | Bengal reaches 200, for the loss of three wickets. Abhishek Raman needs another 11 runs to reach his century. Batting alongside him is Sudip Chatterjee.

Karnataka vs Himachal Pradesh | In Mysore, Karnataka has not quite folded up. But it's lost eight wickets for 157. Karun Nair has been the one to hold the innings together, like B. Aparajith for Tamil Nadu. Nair is batting on 72.

Giving him company is V. Koushik.

Madhya Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu | It's tea, in Indore. Ishwar Pandey finished with six wickets as Tamil Nadu was bowled out for 149. B. Aparajith was left stranded on 61 (106b, 11x4).

After R. Sai Kishore was dismissed for 5 by Mihir Hirwani, Ishwar Pandey took little time to dismiss the No. 10 and the No. 11, foxing both batsmen with his outswinging delivery.

 

Bengal vs Andhra | Amitabha Das Sharma, our correspondent from Kolkata, reports from the Eden Gardens:

Manoj Tiwary departs for 46 in the first over after tea. He miscues a hook against Andhra left-arm pacer Prithvi Raj Yarra and is caught behind. Yarra did well setting up the former Bengal captain with repeated short deliveries. Bengal 186 for 3.

J&K vs Assam | Bad light has stopped play at the Govt. Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground in Jammu. Only eighteen overs have been bowled in the day; J&K is 59 for 1, with Suryansh Raina unbeaten on 15 (49b, 3x4), and Shubham Khajuriya unbeaten on 10 (11b, 2x4).

Sikkim vs Nagaland | Iqbal Abdulla and Palzor have put on 80 runs for the sixth wicket to rescue Sikkim.  At tea, it's 217 for 5. Fifty nine overs have been bowled. Abdulla has scored runs at a rapid rate: he is batting on 77 (86b, 11x4, 1x6).

Mumbai vs Railways | G. Viswanath, our correspondent, reports from Mumbai:

Seamer Akash Parkar removes Dinesh Mor; Railways 5 for 43. Fifteen wickets have tumbled in a little over half a day’s play at the Wankhede. Pathetic batting display.

Madhya Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu | It's a blossoming partnership between Aparajith and R. Sai Kishore. Sai Kishore was nearly dismissed, but the man in the wide slip region put out his right hand to grab the edge but the ball couldn't nestle into his hand.

Karnataka vs HP | N. Sudarshan, our correspondent, reports from Mysore:

Five wickets for K. D. Singh. Forces A. Mithun to pull and has him caught behind. Karun Nair batting on 63; Karnataka 148 for 8.

Mumbai vs Railways | Railways is four down with few runs on the board. Deepak B. Shetty has three wickets. Two batsmen fell for a duck, and no batsman has so far scored more than 12 runs. After 20 overs, it's 39 for 4. The deficit is 75 runs.

Our correspondent, G. Viswanath, reports from Mumbai: Tinge of green and line and length helps seam attack.

Vidarbha vs Punjab | Ganesh Satish has hit a half-century for Vidarbha; he has provided stability to the innings after five wickets had fallen for 72. His partnership with Akshay Wakhare is now worth 73 runs.

Bengal vs Andhra | Amitabha Das Sharma reports from Eden Gardens, Kolkata:

Bengal cruising along. 181 for 2 at Tea. Abhishek Raman 84 batting; Manoj Tiwary 42 batting.

Madhya Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu | Nervy moments for R. Sai Kishore, who has joined B. Aparajith in the middle after the dismissal of M. Mohammed. He survives an lbw shout and then nearly defends one on to his stumps.

B. Aparajith is batting stolidly. He needs another two runs to reach his fifty. It's been a good vigil from him even as the rest of the batting crumbled around him.

The score, in the 50th over: 125 for 7.

Delhi vs Hyderabad | At the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi has reached 100, for the loss of four wickets. Jonty Sidhu was the last man to be dismissed, for 15.

Shikhar Dhawan, the India opener, has so far held Delhi's innings together, scoring a half-century. This was his 30th fifty in first-class cricket. He is batting alongside Lalit Yadav.

For Hyderabad, Md. Siraj has taken two wickets, and C. V. Milind and Mehdi Hasan have taken one each.

Karnataka vs Himachal Pradesh | In Mysore, Karnataka has suffered a top-order collapse. It's 119 for 6 after 49 overs. Karun Nair, batting on 55, has provided some resistance; only three other batsmen reached double-figures. For HP, K. D. Singh has taken four wickets.

Gujarat vs Kerala | More from our correspondent, P. K. Ajith Kumar:

Gujarat is all out for 127 in 38 overs, within the first hour after lunch. Jalaj Saxena has recorded his 19th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket, and the second of the season (13-3-26-5).

Gujarat vs Kerala | Here's our correspondent P. K. Ajith Kumar, from Surat:

Gujarat's woes continue at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium, where the overcast conditions have finally made way for the sun. The host is eight down for 122 in the 37th over. Piyush Chawla, though, is still there, with 28 not out.

Odisha vs Uttarakhand | Uttarakhand has been bowled out, for 117. The tail didn't wag much; the last four wickets falling for nine runs. Basant Mohanty finishes with 6 for 16. It's his 23rd spell of five wickets or more in his first-class career.

Seven more matches, and the seasoned Mohanty will have completed 100 first-class matches for Odisha.

Madhya Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu | Two quick wickets have fallen for TN. Ganga Sridhar Raju, the opener, fell for 43 to seamer Avesh Khan. Aparajith and Sridhar Raju added 53 runs for the fourth wicket. Less than three overs later, N. Jagadeesan was dismissed by Ishwar Pandey, who has three wickets now.

The ball is still swinging, in Indore.

The score: 109 for 5, in the 42nd over.

Saurashtra vs Uttar Pradesh | In Rajkot, India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been dismissed for 57. He fell lbw to left-arm spinner and captain, Saurabh Kumar. A few overs earlier, opener Harmeet Desai had also fallen lbw to Saurabh, for 54. Two new batsmen are batting — Sheldon Jackson and Samarth Vyas.

Three wickets are down, for 152. The other wicket-taker is Zeeshan Ansari.

Gujarat vs Kerala | Gujarat is crumbling, too, in Surat. Axar Patel, the India left-arm spinner, was the last batsman to be dismissed, and Gujarat is seven down. Off-spinner Jalaj Saxena has been the most successful bowler for Kerala so far, with three wickets; all three dismissed were middle-order batsmen — No. 4 Parthiv Patel, the captain and wicketkeeper; No. 5 Manpreet Juneja, and No. 6 Dhruv Rawal.

The score, in the 34th over: 113 for 7.

Arunachal Pradesh vs Manipur | In Dibrugarh, Manipur is also five down. Priyojit K., the captain, has joined Sultan in the middle, after Jayanta was run out. Kengo has so far taken two wickets, and two other bowlers have a wicket each.

Sikkim vs Nagaland | At the KIIT Cricket Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Sikkim has lost half its side for 142. Nagaho has taken two wickets, and Imliwati, S. S. Mundhe, and Stuart Binny have a wicket each.

Captain Palzor has joined Iqbal Abdulla in the middle.

Odisha vs Uttarakhand | At the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack, Uttarakhand is seven down. The total so far: 110. Seamer Basant Mohanty has been the chief wicket-taker, with four wickets. He dented the top and middle order, dismissing opener Tanmay Srivastava, D. Negi, Saurabh Rawat and Karanveer Kaushal. No. 8 D. K. Sharma was the last batsman to be dismissed, for 17. Sunny has joined Rahil Shah in the middle.

Mumbai vs Railways | It's been a lacklustre display from Mumbai's batting unit this morning. The side has been bowled out for 114 at the Wankhede Stadium. Pradeep Poojar (or T. Pradeep, there's some confusion over his name, as our correspondent G. Viswanath points out) finishes with 6 for 37.

The last five wickets fell for 14 runs.

Madhya Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu | A huge leg-before-wicket shout from Avesh Khan and the wicketkeeper, after B. Aparajith nearly nicks a good-length delivery behind. The batsman looked immediately behind him after the ball passed the bat, and there seemed to some sound, but the umpire doesn't think it's out. The partnership is worth 46 now between Aparajith and Ganga Sridhar Raju, who needs nine more runs to reach his fifty. The score: 94 for 3.

Bengal vs Andhra | Abhishek Raman completes his half-century. If he converts this into a ton, it will be his second ton in two matches, after his 114 against Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram. It's been a patient knock so far, it took his 128 deliveries to reach the landmark.

Bengal vs Andhra at Eden Gardens: Our reporter at the venue, Amitabha Das Sharma, updates: Bengal 99/2. Koushik Ghosh (37) is ruled leg-before to Shoaib Mohammed Khan.

Madhya Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu in Indore: After being 7 for two this morning, Tamil Nadu has recovered and goes into lunch 92 for three. Ganga Sridhar Raju, the opener, has kept the MP bowlers at bay by playing late and with a solid defence. Captain Baba Aparajith edged his first ball through the slip cordon but has settled down and is batting on 24. The pair has added 44 runs for the fourth wicket.

 

Vidarbha vs Punjab in Nagpur: Put in to bat, Vidarbha is 81 for five at lunch on day one. Ganesh Satish is the well-set batsman batting on 22, but wickets have fallen around him. Baltej Singh has been the pick of the bowlers with figures of 11-4-24-3.

Mumbai vs Railways at Wankhede Stadium: Our reporter at the venue, G. Vishwanath, updates: Mumbai shot out for 114 at the stroke of lunch. Some accurate bowling by the Railways seamers Amit Mishra, Pradeep Poojar and Himanshu Sangwan.

Gujarat vs Kerala in Surat: Our reporter at the venue, P.K. Ajith Kumar, updates: Gujarat will take lunch at 94 for six (from 27 overs). The two spinners, Axar Patel (3 not out) and Piyush Chawla (11 not out, 15b), have got an excellent opportunity to show how good they are with the bat. As for Kerala, the morning could hardly have been better.

Karnataka vs Himachal in Mysore: Our reporter at the venue, N. Sudarshan, updates: Karun Nair dropped at gully by Sumit Varma off Vaibhav Arora when on 38. But Arora gets Shreyas Gopal the same over. Leg before while shouldering arms. Karnataka 86 for five. K.D. Singh strikes again. Karnataka 89 for six. B.R. Sharath leg before off a ball that kept low.

Mumbai vs Railways at Wankhede Stadium: Mumbai bowled out inside the first session! All out for 114 in 28.3 overs, captain Suryakumar Yadav top-scoring with 39. Pradeep Poojar the pick of the Railways bowlers with figures of 10.3-1-37-6.

Gujarat vs Kerala in Surat: Our reporter at the venue, P.K. Ajith Kumar, updates: Gujarat in trouble on home turf. With 13 minutes left for lunch, Parthiv Patel's men are 82 for six n 24 overs. Off-spinner Jalaj Saxena has taken half those wickets, and boats enviable figures of 6-3-5-3. The host needs some of those hefty blows from Axar Patel.

Jharkhand vs Haryana in Jamshedpur: Having chosen to bat first, Haryana is 124 for two at lunch on day one. Shubham Rohilla was dismissed in the first over but Ankit Kumar (53) and Chaitanya Bishnoi (60 not out) put on a 106-run partnership for the second wicket before the former was dismissed. S.R. Chauhan is new to the crease.

Bengal vs Andhra at Eden Gardens: Our reporter at the venue, Amitabha Das Sharma, updates: Bengal 88 for one at lunch. Abhishek Kumar Raman batting on 42. Koushik Ghosh batting on 33.

Gujarat vs Kerala in Surat: Our reporter at the venue, P.K. Ajith Kumar, updates: With 50 minutes to go for lunch, Gujarat 64 for three in 17 overs. Opener Kathan Patel is still there, 31 not out. Very much Kerala's session thus far.

Karnataka vs Himachal in Mysore: Our reporter at the venue, N. Sudarshan, updates: Karnataka 44 for four from 21 overs. Skipper Karun Nair looking good. Shreyas Gopal the other batsman at the crease.

Mumbai vs Railways at Wankhede Stadium: Mumbai is five down for 79! Except Ajinkya Rahane, who's out for 5, batsmen have got off to starts but then not kicked on. Captain Suryakumar Yadav is well-set and batting on 25, with P. Akash the new batsman in.

Saurashtra vs Uttar Pradesh in Rajkot: Put in to bat, Saurashtra is for the loss of Snell Patel. Cheteshwar Pujara (15 not out) has joined Harvik Desai (26 not out), and the two have added 23 runs for the second wicket so far, as the home team looks to consolidate the good start.

Mizoram vs Pondicherry in Kolkata: Having chosen to bowl first, Pondicherry has bowled out Mizoram for 73 in 27.4 overs. For Mizoram, only three batsmen got into double figures, while Sagar P. Udeshi was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 7.4-6-6-4.

Delhi vs Hyderabad at Arun Jaitley Stadium: A delayed start. Hyderabad captain Tanmay Agarwal won the toss and elected to field first. Mohammed Siraj has struck early, Kunal Chandela is the batsman dismissed for 1. Shikhar Dhawan is yet to open his account.

Karnataka vs Himachal in Mysore: Our reporter at the venue, N. Sudarsha, updates: Karnataka lose Nishchal now. Leg before wicket to Rishi Dhawan. Had driven Dhawan down the ground for four the previous ball. Karnataka 25 for four.

Vidarbha vs Punjab in Nagpur: Defending champion Vidarbha, having been put in to bat, is 27 for two after 12 overs. Opening batsman A.V. Kolhar and Wasim Jaffer have been dismissed by Baltej Singh. Captain Faiz Fazal and Ganesh Satish have added 15 runs for the third wicket so far.

Mumbai vs Railways at Wankhede Stadium: Having been put in to bat, Mumbai has lost Prithvi Shaw early. Ajinkya Rahane has joined Jay Bista with his team 39 for one after nine overs.

Madhya Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu in Indore: Tamil Nadu's batsmen tested on a green seamer at the Holkar Stadium! Opening batsman Mukunth and Kaushik Gandhi at No. 3 have been dismissed, the latter for a first-ball duck, by Ishwar Pandey, who was on a hat-trick to debutant C. Hari Nishaanth. Tamil Nadu 15 for two, with Ganga Sridhar Raju batting on 6.

Bengal vs Andhra at Eden Gardens: Put in to bat by Andhra, Bengal has lost its captain Abhimanyu Easwaran (6) with 37 runs on the board. Abhishek Kumar Raman has settled in and batting on 24, while Koushik Ghosh is the new batsman in.

Gujarat vs Kerala in Surat: Our reporter at the venue, P.K. Ajith Kumar, updates: K.M. Asif has given Kerala a great start at the Lallbhai Contractors Stadium here at Surat. He has sent back two Gujarati batsmen to justify his team management’s decision to bowl first. The Chennai Super Kings speedster, with his third ball, which came in sharply, had the dangerous Priyank Panchal lbw. In his next over, Bhargav Merai offered no shot, and was caught behind by Mohammed Azharuddeen. Within a space of seven balls, the Malappuram Express has put Gujarat on the back foot. To bring him on after just giving a couple of overs to Kerala’s premier bowler Sandeep Warrier has proved a great move by captain Sachin Baby.

Mizoram vs Pondicherry in Kolkata: Put in to bat, Mizoram finds itself four down for 43 in 15 overs. Vinay Kumar, Ashith, Sagar V. Trivedi, Sagar P. Udeshi have taken a wicket apiece.

Karnataka vs Himachal in Mysore: Our reporter at the venue, N. Sudarshan, updates: Karnataka loses its third wicket K.D. Singh again! Traps Samarth in front. Karnataka 10 for three.

Gujarat vs Kerala in Surat: Our reporter at the venue, P.K. Ajith Kumar, updates: For the first time, Kerala is playing with three seamers, and thus is playing to its strength. After two overs, the host is 13 for no wicket. A lovely square cut by Kathan Patel off Sandeep Warrier in the opening over has been the shot of the first 15 minutes of the match.

Karnataka vs Himachal in Mysore: More trouble for Karnataka! Our reporter at the venue, N. Sudarshan, updates: Double blow for Karnataka. Devdutt Padikkal caught square leg off K.D. Singh. Karnataka 10 for two.

Karnataka vs Himachal in Mysore: Karnataka and India opener Mayank Agarwal has been dismissed for a first-ball duck. Opening batsman Dega Dischal is joined by Devdutt Padikkal. Our reporter at the venue, N. Sudarshan, updates: Mayank out first ball. Slashed at one outside off. Caught by Ankush Bains off KD Singh.

Madhya Pradesh vs TN in Indore: Our reporter at the venue, S. Dipak Ragav, updates: Hari Nishaanth makes his first-class debut. Kaushik Gandhi and Mohammed come in for Shahrukh and Ashwin. only one spinner in Sai Kishore. K. Mukunth and Ganga Sridhar Raju to open in the absence of Abhinav Mukund. TN's batting is a big worry. DK, the only guy to get even a 50. A lot will depend on Aparajith, the returning Kaushik Gandhi and out-of-form Jagadeesan in this match. Between Ganga, Mukunth and Hari Nishanth, they have only 3 first-class match worth of experience.

Vidarbha vs Punjab in Nagpur: Punjab captain Mandeep Singh has won the toss and chosen to field first.

Mumbai vs Railways at Wankhede Stadium: Railways captain Karn Sharma has won the toss and elected to field first.

Madhya Pradesh vs TN in Indore: Madhya Pradesh captain Rajat Patidar has won the toss and elected to field first. For Tamil Nadu, Vijay Shankar remains sidelined by an injury, which means Baba Aparajith is the captain.

Gujarat vs Kerala in Surat: Kerala captain Sachin Baby has won the toss and chosen to field first.

Saurashtra vs Uttar Pradesh in Rajkot: Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadkat has won the toss and elected to bat first.

Karnataka vs Himachal in Mysore: Our reporter at the venue, N. Sudarshan, reports: Karnataka has elected to bat. Three changes: V. Koushik, Prateek Jain and Mayank Agarwal in for Ronit More, David Mathias and Abhishek Reddy.

Bihar vs Goa in Patna: Goa captain Amit Verma has won the toss and chosen to field first.

Jharkhand vs Haryana in Jamshedpur: Having elected to bat first after winning the toss, Haryana has lost an early wicket of opening batsman Shubham Rohilla, who's been dismissed by Ashish Kumar. Haryana 5 for one after two overs.

Bengal vs Andhra at Eden Gardens: An early start in Kolkata! Andhra captain Hanuma Vihari has won the toss and elected to field first. Abhishek Kumar and Abhimanyu Easwaran are the opening batsmen for the home team, which is three for no loss after the first over.

Mizoram vs Pondicherry in Kolkata: Pondicherry captain D. Rohit has won the toss and chosen to field first. Mizoram is yet to open its account with Vinay Kumar and Ashith starting with maiden overs.

Arunachal Pradesh vs Manipur in Dibrugarh: Arunachal captain Song Tacho has won the toss and chosen to field first. Manipur is 12 without loss in the fifth over.

Odisha vs Uttarakhand in Cuttack: Odisha captain Subhransu Senapati has won the toss and chosen to field. Play yet to begin.

Sikkim vs Nagaland in Bhubaneswar: Nagaland captain Zhimomi won the toss and chose to field first. That decision has paid dividends with Stuart Binny striking in the first over. Bibek is the batsman dismissed for 0, Sikkim 0 for one.