Sanju Samson’s efforts were not enough for Kerala. – SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
Hello and welcome to Sportstar‘s live coverage of the third day of Round 3 of Ranji Trophy 2019-20 being played across different venues in the country.
N. Sudarshan pings from Mysuru: Karnataka cruising. 150 up. Padikkal brings up a fighting half-century while Karun too is nearing his second half-century of the game. Lead has now swelled to 40
S. Dipak Ragav updates from Indore: Kaushik Gandhi gets to his 50. Well compiled knock. He is making a comeback after not being part of the team in the first 2 matches. But needs to get a big one.
S. Dipak Ragav updates from Indore: Avesh Khan strikes. the short ball ploy worked. Jagadeesan goes for a pull and is caught at square leg. TN 125/2
N. Sudarshan pings from Mysuru: Padikkal and Karun have steadied things for Karnataka. They have wiped out the 114-run deficit and are 12 runs in the green. Final session of the day to start now. Padikkal on 40 and Karun on 33
ANOTHER UPSET! Railways has defeated Mumbai by 10 wickets.
Update from G. Viswanath, who is covering the game at the Wankhede Stadium: Railways bowls out Mumbai for 198 in the second innings and proceeds to win the match by ten wickets and win seven points, including a bonus.
At tea, Andhra is reeling at 96-7 against Bengal at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
More update from Amitabha Das Sharma in Kolkata: Andhra 87-7. B. Amit gets KV Sasikanth lbw. B Ayyappa new batsman, he comes in as substitute for G. Manish, who suffered a shoulder dislocation on the opening day.
Update from Amitabha Das Sharma in Kolkata: Andhra batsmen finding it difficult to handle the Bengal pacers. Andhra 84/6. Akash Deep gets Karan Shinde and Mukesh gets his second in the form of Shoaib Mohammad Khan. 56 runs still needed to avoid follow-on…
End of Innings: Vidarbha – 338/10 in 118.2 overs (Yash Thakur 8 off 40, Rajneesh Gurbani 27 off 38)
S. Dipak Ragav updates from Indore: A good backfoot punch from Jagadeesan, his fourth boundary brings the 50-run stand with Kaushik Gandhi. TN batsmen have looked good so far. Have left well and have played some nice drives down the ground. TN 70/1. 114 behind.
N. Sudarshan pings from Mysuru: Rishi Dhawan strikes again. Traps Samarth in front. Loud vociferous appeal and in the end umpire relents. Samarth wasn’t happy at all. Didn’t walk back for quite a long time. As he entered the dressing room one could hear him let out a huge cry in frustration. The press box and dressing room are at right angles to each other. Karnataka 55/3
GUJARAT HAS DEFEATED KERALA! A four-wicket haul by Axar Patel has helped Gujarat bag a 90-run win over Kerala. Despite Sanju Samson’s show, the side folded up for 177. Chintan Gaja scalped three wickets. Here’s an update from P.K. Ajith Kumar: It’s all over in Surat. Gujarat has won by 90 runs, well inside the first hour after lunch on day three. Once Sanju Samson went, Kerala was doomed. And so it proved. Four wickets for Roosh Kalaria and three for Axar Patel.
N. Sudarshan pings from Mysuru: Big wicket for Himachal. Mayank Agarwal caught at first slip off Rishi Dhawan. Agarwal had looked very good during his 34-run knock off 57 balls. Karnataka 53-1
At the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai has lost its ninth wicket in Tushar Deshpande. The side is now at 185-9, with a slender lead.
Kerala seems to have lost the plot after Sanju Samson’s dismissal. He played a knock of 78 but after his exit, the side lost quick wickets and is now staring at defeat. Nine wickets down for 168.
Update from Amitabha Das Sharma in Kolkata: Andhra 46-3… Match started aproximately 1 hr 50 minutes late… Bengal pacers strike early… Andhra 51/4.. Ishan Porel takes three including the Andhra captain and Hanuma Vihari… In the 17th over Porel removed Vihari and Ricky Bhui in successive deliveries… His last victim was KS Bharat… The other wicket went to his new-ball partner Mukesh Kumar.
It’s lunch. Haryana is all out for 371 against Jharkhand. In Kolkata, Andhra is at 25-1 against Bengal.
P.K. Ajith Kumar updates from Surat: Kerala has taken lunch at 159 for five. It needs another 109 to win. Sanju Samson, with 75 not out off 79 balls, is leading what promises to be a fascinating chase. He has played his natural game and unleashed some lovely strokes. He has to be there for some more time if Kerala wants to pull off what would be a remarkable victory, as there’s not much batting left now.
N Sudarshan updates: Karnataka loses its first wicket. D. Nischal bowled by Rishi Dhawan and with that lunch has been called. Karnataka 34-1.
G. Viswanath updates from the Wankhede Stadium: Mumbai three runs short of wiping out the deficit of 152, but it has only three wickets in hand. Railways in control of the match.
MUMBAI STARING AT DEFEAT: Railways’ bowler Himanshu Sangwan scalps four wickets to put Mumbai on the mat. A strong Mumbai side is now staring at a defeat and has lost its seventh wicket for 135.
As Tamil Nadu starts its second innings, S. Dipak Ragav updates from Indore: Jagadeesan opening for Tamil Nadu. Mukunth has a finger injury. Was off the field as well today
S. Dipak Ragav updates from Indore: Finally fifth wicket for Natarajan. Third fifer for Nattu. MP all out for 333. Leads by 184 runs. Tamil Nadu has to make a score it hasn’t managed in its last three innings to make MP bat again.
N. Sudarshan updates from Mysuru: Himachal Pradesh has been bowled out for 280. Rishi Dhawan, the last man out for 92, is caught behind off V. Koushik. Himachal leads by 114 runs.
Meanwhile, after a long delay, third day’s play between Bengal and Andhra has resumed in Kolkata.
Updates from Muysuru: K D Singh is trapped leg before by Prateek Jain for one. Himachal Pradesh loses its ninth wicket for 278.
CK Bishnoi’s innings of 107 ends as he is caught by Kumar Deobrat off Ashish Kumar. Haryana is now at 344-8.
As Kerala struggles, P.K. Ajith Kumar updates from Surat: The ploy to promote S. Monish, from No. 8 to No.3, didn’t work for Kerala. He made only seven before edging Chintan Gaja to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps. Then the visitors lost two more wickets, of Jalaj Saxena (29) and Robin Uthappa (seven), both lbw. Uthappa seemed to have been taken aback by the umpire’s decision. Now a lot depends on how Kerala’s most accomplished batsman, Sanju Samson, fares over the next hour or two. He has begun in sensational fashion though, smashing the first ball he faced over deep mid-on for a six; the bowler was Gaja, who has two wickets already.
N. Sudarshan updates from Mysuru: Himachal has scored at a brisk pace. Lead has crossed 100 but Mithun has struck. Removes Vashisht by having him caught behind off a short delivery. Rishi Dhawan still at the crease.
Goa loses third wicket for 128. He is caught by Ashutosh Aman off Shivam S Kumar off 73. In the other Plate group match, Manipur loses its fifth wicket for 156.
S. Dipak Ragav pings from Indore: “300 up for MP. Lead by 151 runs. TN bowlers have been extremely poor. Natarajan has tried everything, outswinger, inswinger over and around the wicket and only littered everywhere.”
More trouble for Kerala. Monish Kareparambil, who played a knock of 7 in 20 balls, has been caught behind by Parthiv Patel off Chintan Gaja. Kerala 57-2. Still a long way to go.
Another wicket falls for Hyderabad. B Sandeep has been cleaned up by Ishant Sharma. Hyerabad is struggling at 43-4.
Our correspondent P.K. Ajith Kumar updates from Surat: Good morning from a sunny, but cool Surat. On what could well be the final day of the match at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium, Kerala has lost its first wicket in its quest of 268. Vishnu Vinod, the promoted opener who had played aggressively in fading light last evening, was picked up at short leg by Manprit Juneja off Roosh Kalaria in the second over of the day.”
News coming in from Delhi. Hyderabad’s Himalay Agarwal has been trapped leg before by Ishant Sharma for 11 runs. The team is reeling at 29-3.
Our reporter S. Dipak Ragav pings from Indore: “New ball available for Tamil Nadu. The visitors want to quickly remove the last three wickets. But the batting has looked out of depth so far this season…” He also adds that the second session will be for two and a half hours. The revised timings: First session — 9.30 am- 12pm, Second session: 12.40 pm-3.10 pm, Third session: 3.30pm-5pm. Total 98 overs to be bowled today.
That’s a big wicket! Ajinkya Rahane departs for eight runs. Mumbai struggling at 69-4 against Railways at the Wankhede Stadium. It’s definitely a big loss for the home team.
Kerala loses its first wicket. Kalaria dismisses Vishnu Vinod for 23 in 26 deliveries. He has been caught by M C Juneja. The visiting side is at 36-1.
The third day’s play has been delayed in Kolkata due to wet outfield. It’s been raining since last night and as a result, the fixture between Bengal and Andhra Pradesh at the Eden Gardens has been hit.
STUMPS, DAY 2
Mizoram vs Puducherry: Mizoram trails by 355 runs
Bengal vs Andhra: Bengal 289 all-out
Odisha vs Uttarakhand: Odisha leads by 28 runs
Sikkim vs Nagaland: Nagaland trails by 224 runs
Arunachal Pradesh vs Manipur: Manipur leads by 133 runs
Karnataka vs Himachal Pradesh: Himachal Pradesh leads by 69 runs
Bihar vs Goa: Goa trails by 261 runs
Services vs Tripura: Tripura trails by 31 runs
Delhi vs Hyderabad: Hyderabad trails by 195 runs
Maharashtra vs Chhattisgarh: Chhattisgarh trails by 158 runs
Jharkhand vs Haryana: Haryana 285/6
Gujarat vs Kerala: Kerala needs 242 runs to win
Vidarbha vs Punjab: Vidarbha 196/6
Madhya Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu: Madhya Pradesh leads by 132 runs
Mumbai vs Railways: Mumbai trails by 88 runs
Saurashtra vs Uttar Pradesh: Uttar Pradesh trails by 109 runs
Jammu and Kashmir vs Assam: Jammu and Kashmir 210/2