Ranji Trophy Quarterfinals, Day Three: Gujarat piles on the runs after Goa collapse

Gujarat has an overall lead of 587 runs in a one-sided contest in Valsad.

Bengal's Mukesh Kumar celebrates after getting Biplab Samantray out lbw. Odisha was bowled out for 250 in the first innings. - BISWARANJAN ROUT

Welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the third day of the four quarterfinal contests.

STUMPS

In Cuttack: Bengal 332 and 79 for 2 leads Odisha 250 by 161 runs.

In Valsad: Gujarat 602 for 8 and 158 for 1 (Gohil 70 n.o., Bhargav 49 n.o.) leads Goa 173 (Verma 56, Gaja 5 for 19) by 587 runs.

In Ongole: Saurashtra 419 and 93 for 2 leads Andhra 136 by 376 runs.

In Jammu: J&K 88 for 2 trails Karnataka 206 by 118 runs.

 

UPDATES

So that wraps up the day's action. The first-innings lead will be crucial at the Govt. Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground in Jammu, and J&K has given itself a good chance of obtaining that lead. Karnataka was bowled out for 206, and in reply, J&K is on 88 for 2. Yet, one never knows what will happen; Karnataka will be back in the contest if it gets early wickets on the morrow. The good thing from its point of view is that there is play, finally, after two days of sitting around.

A reminder: a first-innings lead will hand J&K a semifinal spot.

In Ongole and in Valsad, the contests are turning out to be one sided. Bengal has the advantage in Cuttack.

We'll, of course, bring you all the action from Day Four. Join us, at 9.30am. Until then, it's goodbye.

J&K vs Karnataka | And it's the end of the day's play, at the Govt. Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground in Jammu. J&K is on 88 for 2, it trails Karnataka by 118 runs. Shubham Khajuria is batting on 39 (12b, 6x4) and Shubham Singh Pundir (16 n.o., 34b, 2x4) are batting.

Gujarat vs Goa | In Valsad, Gujarat's lead has ballooned to 587. It's the end of the day's play. Gujarat is on 158 for 1 in the second innings. Will it declare and have a crack at Goa on Day Four?

Andhra vs Saurashtra | Saurashtra is closing in on a 100, at the CSR Sharma Ground. The lead is 375 now, and the partnership between Barot and Jadeja is 60.

Odisha vs Bengal | It's the end of the day's play at the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack. Bengal is on 79 for 2 after 45 overs. Abhishek Raman (4 n.o., 37b) and Manoj Tiwary (3 n.o., 14b) are batting.

Bengal's Koushik Ghosh is out bowled. - BISWARANJAN ROUT

 

Andhra vs Saurashtra | Meanwhile, in Ongole, two bulls have entered the field, informs Wriddhaayan. A local official is driving them away. Saurashtra 79 for 2.

J&K vs Karnataka | 50 up for Jammu & Kashmir, in the 17th over of the innings. Shubham Khajuria (27 n.o., 61b, 5x4) and Henan Nazir (6 n.o., 18b, 1x4) have added 20 runs together. It's 50 for 1. J&K trails by 156 runs.

Odisha vs Bengal | Koushik Ghosh has been dismissed, and Bengal is two down in the second innings. He falls to Anurag Sarangi. Bengal 77 for 2, leads by 159 runs.

Bengal's Abhishek Raman drives. - BISWARANJAN ROUT

Andhra vs Saurashtra | Avi Barot and Vishwarajsinh Jadeja have extended Saurashtra's lead to 353. Out of the 70 runs on board, 48 have come in boundaries.

J&K vs Karnataka | Suryansh Raina has been dismissed for 12 (23b, 2x4) by off-spinner K. Gowtham. Henan Nazir has come out to bat. He will bat alongside Shubham Khajuria (22 n.o., 46b, 4x4). J&K 43 for 1. It trails Karnataka by 163 runs.

Gujarat vs Goa | It's smooth sailing for Gujarat in this one-sided encounter in Valsad. Here's Amol Karhadkar: At the last drinks break, with eight overs still to go, Samit Gohel (61 n.o.) has notched up a fifty while Bhargav Merai (24 n.o.) has got a start. Gujarat seems to be in no mood to declare and opts for an additional day's rest by winding up Goa a second time. The score: 124 for 1. The lead: 553.

Govinda Poddar (right) celebrates with a team-mate after the dismissal of Abhimanyu Easwaran. - BISWARANJAN ROUT

 

Andhra vs Saurashtra | 50 up for Saurashtra, in the second innings. It reaches there in the 18th over of the innings. A. A. Barot and Vishwarajsinh Jadeja have added 31 runs so far, for the third wicket.

Gujarat vs Goa | It's a half-century for Samit Gohil, his second of the match. He is batting on 58 (104b, 9x4). The lead is 547.

Odisha vs Bengal | Abhimanyu Easwaran departs for 30 (89b, 4x4). He is caught by a substitute fielder - Ranjit Singh - off the bowling of Govinda Poddar. It hasn't been a very fruitful season for the opener; in the 14 innings he's played in the Ranji Trophy, he has just one score of 50-plus under his belt.

Abhimanyu Easwaran and Koushik Ghosh run between the wickets. - BISWARANJAN ROUT

 

Gujarat vs Goa | One more run needed for Gujarat to get to 100, in the second innings. Samit Gohil (43 n.o., 88b, 7x4) and Bhargav Merai (17, 33b, 2x4) have added 37 runs for the second wicket. The lead: 528.

Odisha vs Bengal | Bengal is running away with the game after bowling out Odisha for 250. It has a healthy lead of 139 runs. Bengal 57 for 0.

Andhra vs Saurashtra | Stephen gets Kishan Parmar. Saurashtra 32 for 2.

J&K vs Karnataka | It's tea, in Jammu. Karnataka has been bowled out for 206. Rasool traps Ronit More lbw. Rasool registers figures of 3 for 36. Auqib Nabi and Mujtaba Yousuf also took three wickets each.

A handful of spectators at the CSR Sharma Ground in Ongole. - WRIDDHAAYAN BHATTACHARYYA

 

Gujarat vs Goa | At the stroke of tea, Priyank Panchal lets one from Suyash Prabhudesai go and the off-stump goes cartwheeling. Panchal's woeful season continues. At tea, Gujarat is on 72 for 1, with a lead of 501.

J&K vs Karnataka | And one more wicket falls. Abhimanyu Mithun is gone. Caught behind off Nabi. Tried a pull shot. Got a faint edge. Karnataka 198 for 9.

J&K vs Karnataka | Karnataka is eight down. Here's Shreedutta Chidananda: Disaster for Karnataka. Siddharth is out seven minutes from lunch. Caught and bowled Rasool for 76. Stepped out, but checked his shot. Simple catch for Rasool.

Biplab Samantray drops a catch at slip. The batsman is Koushik Ghosh. - BISWARANJAN ROUT

 

Andhra vs Saurashtra | Saurashtra hasn't enforced the follow on. Things are happening quickly, as its second innings has begun, and Andhra has a wicket already. Smd. Rafi strikes. He dismisses Harvik Desai bowled off the first delivery of the innings.

It's a pair for Desai; he was dismissed for a duck in the first innings, too.

J&K vs Karnataka | Meanwhile, in Jammu, one more wicket falls. J. Suchith is dismissed caught and bowled by off-spinner Parvez Rasool.

Here's Shreedutta Chidananda, our correspondent, who is at the venue: Suchith caught and bowled by Parvez Rasool off a leading edge. He appeared unhappy with the catch. But the umpires had no issue. Out for 17.

Andhra vs Saurashtra | Andhra loses its ninth, and that will be the end of the innings and Prithvi Raj, the No. 11, is injured and cannot come out to bat. Saurashtra has a first-innings lead of 283 runs.

Gujarat vs Goa | 50 up for Gujarat, in the second innings, after Priyank Panchal paddles one to fine leg for a boundary off Darshan Misal, the left-arm spinner. Nine fours have been struck by the openers already.

Here's Amol Karhadkar: Priyank Panchal and Samit Gohel aren't in the greatest of touch this season. With literally nothing to lose — a semifinal berth assured and a mediocre bowling attack to face — the Gujarat openers are getting some valuable runs on the board. 52 for no loss in 14. Lead of 481.

Bengal's Koushik Ghosh leaves a delivery alone. - BISWARANJAN ROUT

 

Andhra vs Saurashtra | Andhra eight down now. Unadkat was right yesterday, says Wriddhaayan, when he said Andhra may have missed a trick by not including a frontline spinner in the playing XI; left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja picks up his third, M. Rafi goes for a duck.

Andhra 132 for 8 (75).

Andhra vs Saurashtra | Andhra is unravelling quickly, too. Here's Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya: Sasikanth (6, 12b, 4x1) caught by Sheldon Jackson off Unadkat; Andhra 128 for 7. Unadkat picks up his third to top the bowling charts of Ranji Trophy 2019-20 with 56 wickets.

J&K vs Karnataka | Left-arm spinner Abid Mushtaq gets his first wicket. He gets K. Gowtham out lbw. Gowtham scored four runs (10b). J. Suchith is the new batsman. Karnataka 162 for 6 in the 55th over.

Gowtham pushed forward to a flighted delivery from Mushtaq and promptly edged behind.

Andhra vs Saurashtra | The wicket-taking spree continues post-lunch in Ongole. Here's Wriddhaayan: Wickets are tumbling here for Andhra. Two wickets post lunch. Karan Shinde (9, 16b, 4x2) is caught by Harvik Desai at slip off Jani, followed by B. Sumanth (1, 16b) out lbw to Jadeja; Andhra 120 for 6.

A view of the action from Ongole. - WRIDDHAAYAN BHATTACHARYYA

 

J&K vs Karnataka | S. Sharath falls to Mujtaba Yousuf for 26. The partnership was worth 69 runs. K. Gowtham is the new batsman; he joins forces with Siddharth K. V., who is batting on 59 (145b, 8x4). J&K 150 for 5 in the first innings.

Odisha vs Bengal | Odisha has been bowled out for 250. The last three wickets fell within four overs after lunch. Ishan Porel dismissed the set Subhransu Senapati (46, 103b, 5x4) and the No. 11, Basant Mohanty. Suryakant Pradhan (13, 11b, 3x4) was dismissed bowled by Mukesh Kumar.

Porel, Mukesh and Nilkantha Das finished with three wickets each.

Chintan Gaja, greeted with claps from team-mates for his five-wicket haul, leads the team back to the dressing room at lunch. Goa was bowled out for 173. - AMOL KARHADKAR

 

Gujarat vs Goa | Parthiv pouches one more, and Goa is bowled out for 173. Vijesh Prabhudesai was the last batsman to be dismissed, falling to Chintan Gaja for 8.

This was the fifth wicket of the innings for Gaja.

Here's Amol: Three minutes before the break, Gaja finally gets an edge and picks a deserving fifer. Goa wrapped up for 173, with a deficit of 429. With the semifinal berth assured, just before letting Gaja lead the back into the dressing room, captain Parthiv Patel signals to the Goa camp that he will bat after lunch.

Gujarat vs Goa | The first session will be extended, as Goa has lost its ninth wicket. Here's Amol: And we have an extension. Two balls before what should have been the last over of the session, Nagwaswalla-Parthiv combine strikes again as Felix Alemao gives catching practice. Parthiv thus becomes the fifth wicketkeeper to record 300 dismissals in Ranji Trophy. Goa 145 for 9.

The others in the 300-club: Naman Ojha (351), Vinayak Samant (335), Mahesh Rawat (313) and Pinal Shah (311).

Andhra vs Saurashtra | And one more wicket falls. Here's Wriddhaayan: At the stroke of lunch, Jani removes Ricky Bhui; caught behind. One more time, a wicket in the last ball of a session. Andhra in rough waters, 95 for 4.

Odisha's Suryakant Behera is out bowled. - BISWARANJAN ROUT

 

J&K vs Karnataka | It's lunch, at the Govt. Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground in Jammu. Karnataka's fifth-wicket pair — Siddharth K. V. (56 n.o., 117b, 8x4) and S. Sharath (20 n.o., 58b, 3x4) — has added 60 runs so far.

The score: 135 for 4.

Here's more from our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda, who is at the venue: J&K will be happy with this session, having taken the two big wickets of Pandey and Nair. Karnataka has Siddharth to thank. The right hander has been patient and watchful. Batting has not been easy, with the bounce uneven at times.

Andhra vs Saurashtra | Andhra is three down, as C. R. Gnaneswar has been dismissed for 43. Here's our correspondent Wriddhaayan with the update: Gnaneswar gone, stumped by Barot off Jadeja. Skipper K. S. Bharat is the new man. He needs to use all his India A experience, gathered over the last two years, to turn this game.

Subhransu Senapati (far right) was dismissed by Ishan Porel soon after lunch. - BISWARANJAN ROUT

Gujarat vs Goa | Goa's innings is unravelling quickly. It's eight down now. More from Amol Karhadkar: Hometown boy Arzan Nagwaswalla gets his first, as Lakshay Garg is caught down the leg by Parthiv Patel. That's the 299th victim in Ranji Trophy for Parthiv. One more wicket in the next two overs and the session will be extended.

Andhra vs Saurashtra | Here's Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya updating us on what's going on in Ongole: Andhra is doing what it needs to do; put everyone to sleep. The handful of spectators here don't mind that at all as long as they bat for the day. Saurashtra is bowling Jani from one end, and slow left-arm Jadeja from the other. The ball is turning a little bit which is charging up the Saurashtra boys.

Andhra 87 for 2 (53 overs).

Gujarat vs Goa | Goa has lost two more. Here's Amol: Snehal Kauthankar (30, 71b, 6x4) was driving well but Chintan Gaja gets one to shape in, gets a thick edge on to the pad and to the batsman's dismay, umpire Nandan raises his finger. Terrible decision. Goa 137 for 6 and Gujarat openers may well start shadow-practising for a second dig. Three balls later, Darshan Misal gets an edge and Samit Gohel lunges in front of the first slip and pouches it brilliantly. 137 for 7.

Chintan Gaja, the medium-pacer, has four wickets.

Odisha vs Bengal | It's lunch, in Cuttack. Odisha is on 230 for 7, after 99 overs bowled in the innings. Subhransu Senapati (39 n.o., 96b) is batting alongside Suryakant Pradhan (9, 7b).

Gujarat vs Goa | First wicket for Siddharth Desai, the left-arm spinner. He gets rid of Amulya Pandrekar (19, 32b) and Goa is five down now, for 132. The deficit: 465. Here's Amol: Pandrekar top-edges a sweep off left-arm spinner Siddharth Desai which lobs to square leg.

Odisha vs Bengal | Mukesh Kumar also removes Rajesh Dhuper, the Odisha wicketkeeper and the No. 8 batsman. Odisha is seven down now, and the tail has to wag for it to get close to Bengal's first-innings total of 332.

Odisha's score: 222 for 7 after 98 overs.

Mukesh Kumar is cock-a-hoop after getting rid of Rajesh Dhuper. - BISWARANJAN ROUT

 

J&K vs Karnataka | The 100 is up for Karnataka. It got there in the 23rd over of the innings. Siddharth K. V. (41 n.o., 80b, 7x4) and S. Sharath (10, 25b, 2x4) have added 35 runs for the fifth wicket, in 5.2 overs, so far. The score: 110 for 4.

Andhra vs Saurashtra | Here's Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya: Gnaneshwar was dropped by Harvik Desai at slip off Sakariya. So, two catches have already been dropped by Saurashtra.

Gujarat vs Goa | Goa loses one more. Here's Amol Karhadkar, once again: Amit Verma has had a charmed life, having survived two lbw shouts — off Kalaria on the second evening and off Gaja this morning — when he looked plumb in front of the wickets. He eventually runs out of luck as as he whips Kalaria but Axar Patel pouches it inches inside the long-leg boundary. Verma dismissed for 56 (87b, 9x4, 2x6), Goa 104 for 4.

How's that: Bengal seamer Ishan Porel appeals for lbw. - BISWARANJAN ROUT

 

Gujarat vs Goa | Here's Amol Karhadkar with more: Amit Verma welcomes Axar Patel into the attack with back-to-back sixes, the second of which helps him cross yet another fifty. He is closing in on 850 runs for the season (791 in Plate Group, against mediocre teams). Goa 99 for 3.

Odisha vs Bengal | At the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack, Odisha is six down after Biplab Samantray's dismissal. Samantray was dismissed leg-before-wicket by Mukesh Kumar, a 26-year-old medium pacer. Odisha 198 for 6, and needs another 135 runs to take the first-innings lead.

Earlier, Debabrata Pradhan was dismissed in first over after Bengal took the new ball. He fell to Nilkantha Das, who has three wickets now.

J&K vs Karnataka | Karnataka is four down now, as Manish Pandey has been dismissed caught behind. He scored 37 off 26 deliveries before falling to Mujtaba Yousuf. Pandey struck seven fours in his quickfire knock. After 16 overs in the innings, Karnataka is on 75 for 4.

Aquib Nabi and Mujtaba Yousuf have two wickets each.

The third-wicket partnership was worth 61 off 58 deliveries.

Andhra vs Saurashtra | It's a windy morning in Ongole, says Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya, our correspondent, who is at the CSR Sharma Ground. Avi Barot just dropped Ricky Bhui on 10 off Prerak Mankad. Andhra 64 for 2.

Odisha's Biplab Samantray (left) walks back after being dismissed. - BISWARANJAN ROUT

 

Goa vs Gujarat | Amol Karhadkar with an update: Been a relatively quiet morning so far, with Gujarat pacers tying the two Goa professionals down. It took 24 balls for Goa to add a run to its overnight tally of 46 for 2, when a tentative Amit Verma prod off Kalaria raced to mid-on for a four. Since then, the scoreboard has been moving. And as as I type this, Gujarat has got the breakthrough, with Smit Patel, who was Parthiv's understudy in Gujarat not too long ago, missing a straight one from Gaja to be lbw. He gets a send-off by his erstwhile team-mates. Goa 72 for 3.

Bengal vs Odisha | Early setback for Odisha as Nilkantha Das removes Debabrata Pradhan to leave the hosts five down. Odisha 196 for 5.

Andhra vs Saurashtra | Ricky Bhui holds the key along with opener C.R. Gnaneshwar as Andhra aims to bat the day out and reach closer to Saurashtra's total of 419. Andhra 55 for 2.

Karnataka vs J&K | Shreedutta Chidananda with an update: And Karnataka loses a wicket off the second ball of the day. Karun Nair edges Aquib Nabi behind. It was just a gentle defensive push. Karnataka 56 for 3.

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There was bright sunshine at the Govt. Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground in Jammu in the evening on Day Two, and Karnataka will hope it stays that way for the entire day today to get some cricket in. It's been a frustrating couple of days for the side as only six overs could be bowled in the match - on Day One, due to bad light, and on Day Two, due to wet patches caused by overnight rain.

Who will take the first-innings lead in Cuttack? The contest is nicely poised; Odisha is 181 runs behind and has six wickets in hand. Bengal would have been buoyed by the wicket of Govinda Poddar; he was dismissed off what turned out to be the final delivery of Day Two. Opener Shantanu Mishra and No. 3 Debasish Samantray have been the chief architects of the innings so far for the home team.

In contrast, the quarterfinal contest at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Valsad is turning out to be quite one sided. After Parthiv Patel's century on the first day, Roosh Kalaria pitched in with his own century as Gujarat registered a total of 602 for 8 before declaring. Goa, in reply, is struggling, having lost its openers early.

In Ongole, Saurashtra has gained control after Chirag Jani and Prerak Mankad batted for much of Day Two. Andhra trails by 379 runs in the first innings, with eight wickets in hand.

STUMPS

In Cuttack: Odisha 151 for 4 (D. Samantray 68, Mishra 62) trails Bengal 332 by 181 runs.

In Valsad: Goa 46 for 2 trails Gujarat 602 for 8 dec. (Parthiv 124, Kalaria 118 n.o., Bhargav 84, Axar 80, Gaja 56, Gohil 52) by 556 runs.

In Jammu: Karnataka 14 for 2 vs J&K.

In Ongole: Andhra 40 for 2 trails Saurashtra 419 (Jani 121, Mankad 80, V. Jadeja 73, Jackson 50) by 379 runs.