Ranji Trophy, As it happened: Mumbai knocked out, Saurashtra into quarters

Mumbai came close to securing a win but eventually settled for a draw in a gripping contest against Saurashtra.

Mumbai captain Suryakumar Yadav scored 134 at more than a run-a-ball to put his team in the driver's seat ahead of day four.   -  FILE PHOTO/ VIVEK BENDRE

Hello, and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the fourth day's play in the eighth round of Ranji Trophy 2019-20.

Results

1. Bengal beats Rajasthan by 2 wickets; Points: Bengal 6, Rajasthan 0

2. Bihar beats Arunachal Pradesh by 6 wickets; Points: Bihar 6, Arunachal Pradesh 0

3. Karnataka draws with Madhya Pradesh; Points: MP 3, Karnataka 1

4. Railways draws with Himachal Pradesh; Points: Railways 3, Himachal 1

5. Delhi draws with Gujarat; Points: Gujarat 3, Delhi 1

6. Jharkhand draws with Chhattisgarh; Points: Chhattisgarh 3, Jharkhand 1

7. Kerala has been relegated to Group C; Points - Vidarbha 1, Kerala 1

8. Maharashtra beats Odisha by 10 wickets; Points - Maharashtra 7, Odisha 0

9. Mumbai draws with Saurashtra; Points - Saurashtra 3, Mumbai 1.

 

A spirited fightback from Mumbai in the contest, but it couldn't ensure the win, and will have to be content with a solitary point.

Saurashtra vs Mumbai in Rajkot | Here's Amol Karhadkar: Jadeja and Makwana have done it. Shams Mulani is the Man of the Match but the real stars were Saurashtra's duo who batted for 40 overs. That's a wrap. Not just from here but also for Mumbai's hopes of winning the Ranji Trophy.

Saurashtra vs Mumbai in Rajkot | Here's Amol Karhadkar, once again: Two overs remaining. Bista, Lad, Sarfaraz. Mumbai has turned to virtually everyone who turns his arm around in the nets. Shams Mulani to bowl his last over, hoping against hope to turn the tide around. Jadeja in no mood to budge.

Saurashtra vs Mumbai in Rajkot | Just five overs to go now. Mumbai needs three wickets.

Saurashtra vs Mumbai in Rajkot | Here's Amol Karhadkar, once again: With nine overs remaining, a Saurashtra reserve with a pair of gloves in his hands was rushing in with a message. Jadeja waves at him to return. He just wants to get done with it, it seems. 136 for 7. Mumbai has turned to Jay Bista.

Saurashtra vs Mumbai in Rajkot | Here's Amol Karhadkar with the latest from Rajkot: Desperation turning into frustration for Mumbai, with umpire Abhijeet Bengeri turning down two lbw shouts against Makwana in a Bhoir over. Twelve overs remaining. 126 for 7. The Saurashtra dressing room has started making noise after a really long time.

Saurashtra vs Mumbai in Rajkot | Here's Amol Karhadkar once again, from Rajkot: At the last drinks break, Mumbai is desperate while Saurashtra has a glimmer of hope of sealing a quarterfinal spot. Jadeja and Makwana have batted 149 balls for 39 runs. 122 for 7. The countdown begins now. 15 overs remaining.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot | An update from Amol Karhadkar, our reporter at the SCA Stadium: Mumbai's Bhupen Lalwani has his "has he dropped the cup moment!". They don't come easier at this level. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja's drive off Mulani results in the ball scooping to Lalwani at mid-on. To utter dismay of everyone in the Mumbai camp, Lalwani grasses it. 111 for 7 off 55 overs.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot | An update from Amol Karhadkar, our reporter at the SCA Stadium: Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Kamlesh Makwana have been as khadoos as Sitanshu Kotak if not the past greats for Mumbai. They have continued to block the Mumbai spin trio for seven overs since tea. Six more overs remaining for the last hour to begin. Saurashtra 106 for seven.

Delhi v Gujarat at Arun Jaitley Stadium: Match drawn! Didn't take long after the tea break for the teams to shake hands and accept the draw. Gujarat will be the happier of the two teams after securing three points on the basis of its first-innings lead.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: At tea on day four, Saurashtra is 103 for seven needing to bat out a minimum of 28 overs to walk away with three points.

 

Arunachal Pradesh v Bihar in Patna: Bihar has successfully chased down 227, winning the match by six wickets. It earns itself six points. Rahmat Ullah made an unbeaten 148-ball 113 in the second innings with Vikash Ranjan finishing unbeaten on 55.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: Saurashtra goes past 100, it's now 102 for seven. The eighth-wicket partnership between Kamlesh Makwana and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja has added 19 runs. A minimum of 29 overs left in the day's play.

Delhi v Gujarat at Arun Jaitley Stadium: After a nervy spell in the first session, Gujarat has stabilised itself and looks set to walk away with three points. It is 123 for two, needing a further 169 runs to win. Bhargav Merai (batting on 37) and Manpreet Juneja (batting on 51) are the batsmen in the middle, having put together 82 runs for the third wicket.

Karnataka v Madhya Pradesh in Shimoga: The players shake hands, which means the match ends in a draw with MP securing three points on the basis of first-innings lead. Karnataka was 62 for one when the two teams agreed to discontinue the match.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: Mumbai is just three wickets away from pulling off a famous win. Our reporter at the SCA Stadium, Amol Karhadkar says, "Mumbai should not return without 6 points now. Royston Dias traps Mankad lbw and in the next over, Shams Mulani shatters Arpit Vasavada with a peach. At 83/7, Saurashtra has nowhere to hide."

Rajasthan v Bengal in Jaipur: Job done! Shahbaz finishes it off with a six! Bengal successfully chases down 320 at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, and bags six points. Shahbaz finishes unbeaten on 61, a match-winning innings.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: Our reporter at the SCA Stadium, Amol Karhadkar with an update: Chirag Jani nicks Attarde for a duck. And the Mumbai camp is at its vocal best. "Upar neeche hone waala hai idhar" is the welcome message for Prerak Mankad from Aditya Tare behind the stumps. Saurashtra 80/5.

Rajasthan v Bengal in Jaipur: Shahbaz is anchoring the run-chase for Bengal! He's batting on 54 with Bengal, 306 for eight, requiring a further 14 runs for victory. Mukesh Kumar, Shahbaz's partner, is showing he can hang in there, but Rajasthan needs two good balls to secure the win.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: The excitement refuses to die down! Saurashtra has lost its fifth wicket, it's Shashank Attarde who's dismissed Chirag Jani for a duck. Mumbai five wickets away, with Saurashtra needing 216 more runs to win.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: Four down, six left! Saurashtra loses its fourth wicket just when Harvik Desai and Arpit Vasavada were settling down. Our reporter at the SCA Stadium, Amol Karhadkar adds: Desai and Vasavada have batted sensibly since lunch, avoiding playing on the backfoot the spinners. If Saurashtra saves this match, it will be through to the knockouts. Still a long way to go 62 for three, minimum 50 overs to go. Just when I type this, Shams Mulani's skidder finds the edge and he's caught at short leg. Saurashtra 62 for four!

Rajasthan v Bengal in Jaipur: The target's getting ever closer for Bengal with Rajasthan still needing three wickets for a victory. Chasing 320, Bengal is 282 for seven, with Shahbaz batting on 38 and Akash Deep on 19.

Karnataka v Madhya Pradesh in Shimoga: After conceding a first-innings lead, Karnataka has gotten off to a solid start in its second innings, moving to 18 for no loss in the fourth over after lunch.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: The post-lunch session is underway. The equation is simple: Saurashtra needs 253 more runs to win, while Mumbai needs seven wickets. A minimum of 57 overs to be bowled.

Delhi v Gujarat at Arun Jaitley Stadium: At lunch on day four, Gujarat is 24 for one, requiring a further 268 runs for victory. Batting out the rest of the day is likely to be the priority as Delhi pushes for six points from the fixture.

Karnataka v Madhya Pradesh in Shimoga: Aditya Shrivastava is the last Madhya Pradesh batsman to be dismissed, out for 192, after having dragged his team past Karnataka 426. MP takes a five-run lead!

Karnataka v Madhya Pradesh in Shimoga: MP's done it! Its last wicket-partnership between Kuldeep Sen and Aditya Shrivastava has taken it past Karnataka's 426, assuring it of three points. The pair has added 50 runs for the 10th wicket and the battle was neck-and-neck all the way: with the two teams tied on 426, and MP nine down, Karnataka strung together 10 dot balls before the 427th run was scored to go ahead in the match.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: An update from Amol Karhadkar, our reporter at the SCA Stadium: Harvik Desai (6 not out, 40b) and Arpit Vasavada (11 not out, 20b) see the session off. Saurashtra 35 for 3 at lunch. Mumbai is the happier lot, needing 7 more wickets in a minimum of 58 more overs

Rajasthan v Bengal in Jaipur: At lunch on day four, Bengal is 267 for seven, 53 runs short of victory. Akash Deep and Shahbaz have added 30 runs for the eighth wicket, though the break halts Bengal's momentum.

Karnataka v Madhya Pradesh in Shimoga: MP's last-wicket partnership between Kuldeep Sen and Aditya Shrivastava has added 34 runs to take MP to 415 for nine, trailing Karnataka by 10 runs! Can this get any more interesting?

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: An update from Amol Karhadkar, our reporter at the SCA Stadium: Shams Mulani gets one to skid and Sheldon Jackson is plumb in front. 21/3 in the 11th over. Mumbai on a roll. Can stand-in captain Arpit Vasavada rescue Saurashtra along with Harvik Desai?

Rajasthan v Bengal in Jaipur: Just when Bengal was exerting control over the run-chase, Rajasthan has broken the partnership between Arnab Nandi and Shahbaz. Nandi is out for 20, bowled by left-arm seamer Tanveer ul Haq, Bengal now 253 for seven, needs 67 runs more to win.

Karnataka v Madhya Pradesh in Shimoga: A couple of wickets in relatively quick succession has reduced MP to 376 for eight, still trailing Karnataka's first-innings total of 426 by 50 runs. The battle for the vital first-innings lead heats up even more now. Karnataka will fancy its chances of taking the final two wickets and assure itself of three points.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: An update from Amol Karhadkar, our reporter at the SCA Stadium: Wish Tushar Deshpande having injured his knee, left-arm pacer Royston Dias and offie Shashank Attarde have opened bowling. After bowling three maidens, Attarde draws Snell Patel into an attempted drive and accepts the return catch. Two balls later, Divyaraj Chauhan's uppish flick is caught at short midwicket by Shams Mulani. At 0 for 2, Saurashtra in trouble. Over to Sheldon Jackson to bail them out, yet again!

Rajasthan v Bengal in Jaipur: Bengal scoring runs in a trickle at the moment, with Shahbaz and Arnab Nandi having added 28 runs for the seventh wicket since the dismissal of Anustup Majumdar. Bengal, now 236 for six, needs a further 84 runs to win.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: Mumbai declares! Saurashtra needs 290 runs to win from a minimum of 74 overs. An update from Amol Karhadkar, our reporter at the SCA Stadium: They have finally declared. Batting for 14 overs, adding 77/4. This leaves Saurashtra a target of 290 off 74 overs. Game on? Your call.

Karnataka v Madhya Pradesh in Shimoga: Karnataka's Ronit More has broken the 200-run partnership between Aditya Shrivastava and Venkatesh Iyer. MP is 338 for five, still trailing by 88 runs in the first innings.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: Mumbai's Shams Mulani falls for 92! Our reporter at the venue, Amol Karhadkar, updates: Mulani paddle-sweeps Jadeja to enter 90s for the first time in first-class cricket but on 92, his uppish cut off Prerak Mankad is caught at point. Mumbai 322 for six, leads by 249. No declaration yet.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: An update from Amol Karhadkar, our reporter at the SCA Stadium: Shams Mulani (85* batting) tonks Dharmendrasinh Jadeja over midwicket for a six to close in on a hundred but one from the left-arm spinner keeps low and turns slightly to uproot Siddhesh Lad's off stump. Mumbai leads by 239, seven overs into the day.

Rajasthan v Bengal in Jaipur: Anustup Majumdar falls! Rajasthan has managed to dislodge Bengal's two overnight batsmen without conceding many runs, reducing Bengal to 209 for six! It needs a further 111 runs to win.

Rajasthan v Bengal in Jaipur: Ideal start to the fourth morning for Rajasthan, which has removed the well-set Shreevats Goswami to reduce Bengal to 203 for five, requiring a further 117 runs for victory. Anustup Majumdar is batting on 30, with Shahbaz joining him in the middle.

Vidarbha v Kerala in Nagpur: Start of the fourth day's play has been delayed due to a wet outfield.

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: An early breakthrough for Saurashtra on day four! Amol Karhadkar updates: Saurashtra couldn't have asked for a better start to peg Mumbai back early on. Sarfaraz caught behind off Prerak Mankad off the second ball morning.

 

Saurashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot: The players make their way out to the middle, and Amol Karhadkar, our reporter at the SCA Stadium, tells us what might be the ploy for the two teams going into day four: While we wish for a gripping last day's play, the Saurashtra huddle could well be discussing how to make it boring, pocket 3 points and ensure a QF spot.