Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of Round 9 matches of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 where teams battle to book a place in the quarterfinals.
Stumps Day One
Punjab – 93/3 vs Bengal
Odisha – 205/4 vs Jharkhand
Gujarat – 2/0 vs Andhra Pradesh
Haryana – 2/1 vs Jammu and Kashmir
Mizoram – 15/1 vs Goa
Tripura – 387/7 vs Assam
Chandigarh – 352/5 vs Manipur
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Vidarbha takes second new ball with Hyderabad scoring 215 for seven , debutant Prateek Reddy batting in 63, Mehdi Hassan on 17.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Our correspondent Nandakumar Marar with an update: Mumbai opener Aakarshit Gomel helped himself to a century on debut, 101 off 201 balls. Sarfaraz Khan at the other end is going strong on 153. Mumbai 316-3
Debutant Prateek Reddy scores unbeaten half century as Hyderabad posts 193 for 7 vs Vidarhba on first day
Uttar Pradesh vs Himachal Pradesh: Aaqib Khan picks a five-wicket haul as Uttar Pradesh bowls out Himachal for 220
Karnataka vs Baroda: Karnataka has taken the first innings lead but has lost three wickets. Captain Karun Nair, batting on 42, holds the key. Karnataka 96/3
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Our correspondent Nandakumar Marar with an update: Sarfaraz Khan helped himself to another ton (100 off 137 balls) as Mumbai ease to 250 for 3 wickets in 60.5 overs
Jammu and Kashmir vs Haryana: A mini collapse sees J&K lose control and slip to be seven down. J&K 284/7
Odisha vs Jharkhand: Experienced middle-order batsman Govind Poddar departs and so has Anurag Sarangi for 65. Skipper Subranshu Senapati joins Debasish Samantray who is approaching his fifty. Odisha 163/3
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Our correspondent Nandakumar Marar with an update: Sarfaraz Khan’s patient 86 not out off 115 balls, Aakarshit Gomel’s watchful 70 not out off 156 balls takes Mumbai score to 217/ 3 at Tea on day one against MP.
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam with an update: Hyderabad 154 for 7 at Tea with debutant Prateek Reddy on 23 and Mehdi Hasan on 2 vs Vidarbha on first day.
Bengal vs Punjab: Our correspondent Ayan Acharya reports: Punjab 25/0 at Tea. Bengal use two spinners and a pacer. Nothing alarming in the pitch.
Karnataka 53/2 at Tea. 32 runs behind vs Baroda.
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam with an update: Hyderabad loses hesitant debutant Aniketh Reddy to pacer Yash Thakur. Hyderabad 151 for 7
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Hyderabad suffers another setback ,Chama Milind cleaned up by pacer Yash Thakur. Hyderabad 139 for 6
Gujarat vs Andhra: Karan Shinde and B. Sumanth have managed to keep Gujarat at bay by forging a partnership. Andhra 133/5
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda with an update: Karnataka lose their second wicket. Samarth out caught behind pushing at a full, swinging delivery. Karnataka 27/2
Bengal vs Punjab: Left-arm spinner Vinay Choudhary takes 6/54 as Bengal fold out for 138. Manoj Tiwary made a fighting half-century but the rest of the batsmen failed to apply themselves.
Bengal vs Punjab: Our correspondent Ayan Acharya reports: Tiwary has brought up his fifty and seems to be batting on a different surface at the moment. Hasn’t looked hurried at all while his teammates have been all over the place. Bengal 138 all out.
Maharashtra vs Uttarakhand: Agrim Tiwari and Pradeep Chamoli share six wickets among themselves as Uttarakhand bowl out Maharashtra for 207. A palkar with 77-ball 60, V More with a 64-ball 59 and N Shaikh with a 67-ball 47 came to Maharashtra’s rescue after they were 18/5 at one stage. Maharashtra 207 all out
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Sarfaraz Khan with an unbeaten fifty has kept Mumbai afloat and he has Aakarshit Gomes for company who has scored an unbeaten fifty. Mumbai 174/3
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam with an update: Rahul Buddi (52) plays a loose stroke on the leg stump, ends up deflecting pacer Gurbani to wicket-keeper who dives to right snap it up. In form wicketkeeper-batsman K Sumanth cleaned up by pacer Gurbani for just one run. Hyderabad 136/5
Jammu and Kashmir vs Haryana: Shubham Singh Pundir reaches his half-century but skipper Parvez Rasoon missed out on his fifty. Shubham Khajuria made a 71-ball 62. J&K 215/5
Tamil Nadu vs Saurashtra: Jaydev Unadkat traps Abhinav Mukund as the Tamil Nadu opener misses his century. Skipper Baba Aparajith and wicket-keeper N. Jagadeesan have a job in their hands. Tamil Nadu 140/4
Bengal vs Punjab: Our correspondent Ayan Acharya reports: Vinay Choudhary running through Bengal’s middle order after lunch. From 90/4 they have slipped to 119/8.
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam with an update: Debutant Buddi Rahul scores a fine fifty. Hyderabad 129/3
Uttar Pradesh vs Himachal Pradesh: Ankit Rajpoot strikes and he removes Kalsi to leave Himachal five down. Poor shot from Kalsi as he ended up chasing a wide delivery and got an outside edge. Himachal Pradesh 105/5
Karnataka vs Baroda: R Samarth and Devdutt Padikkal begin Karnataka’s reply after Baroda was bowled out for 85. Karnataka 10/0
Uttar Pradesh vs Himachal Pradesh: Avesh Khan strikes and removes the well-set Akash Vasisht for 44 as Himachal loses its fourth wicket. Himachal Pradesh 105/4
Bengal vs Punjab: Our correspondent Ayan Acharya reports: Punjab begin with pace and spin after lunch. Save the odd false shot, Tiwary and Goswami have looked solid in defence, leaving the ball well. Scratch that. Goswami is adjudged lbw off the first ball of the next over. Bengal 104/5
Uttar Pradesh vs Himachal Pradesh: The 100 comes up for Himachal with Vasisth and Kalsi taking minimal risks and focusing on strike rotation. Himachal Pradesh 101/3
Odisha vs Jharkhand: Anurag Sarangi and Debasish Samantray are batting with composure and have got their eye in. Odisha 96/1
Gujarat vs Andhra: Gujarat has caught Andhra napping as Axar Patel and S Desai run through the top-order. Andhra 79/5
Chhattisgarh vs Services: Chhattisgarh have lost five wickets for just 99 runs on board with skipper Harpreet Singh Bhatia out for a duck. Services still have a chance to qualify, provided it wins with a bonus point. Chhattisgarh 99/5
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda with an update: The session is extended and SI Sopariya is duly bowled by Shreyas Gopal. Baroda 85 all out in 33.5 overs. 161 minutes.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Our correspondent Nandakumar Marar with an update: Madhya Pradesh keeps Mumbai in check as players walk off for Lunch. Kuldeep Sen bagged three wickets to fall, unlucky not to get Sarfaraz Khan. The home team is well served by debutant Aakarshit Gomel (27 no) holding his end up, partner Sarfaraz relatively quiet (33 no off 35 balls). Mumbai 121-3
Delhi vs Rajasthan: Hiten Dalal scores a sublime ton but Anuj Rawat misses out on his half-century. Deepak Chahar strikes to remove the centurion. Rajasthan finally have got the big wicket. Delhi 158/3
Bengal vs Punjab: Our correspondent Ayan Acharya reports: Manoj Tiwary and Shreevats Goswami take Bengal to Lunch. The duo walk back to a round of applause from the Bengal support staff and words of appreciation from the head coach. Bengal 90/4
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam with an update: Hyderabad 113 for three at Lunch with debutants Buddi Rahul on 43 and Prateek Reddy on 5.
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda with an update: A mix up and Bhargav Bhatt is run out. Opener Ahmad Noor Pathan is going on the attack. But, he has fallen to a superb catch on the deep mid wicket boundary by Pavan Deshpande. Pathan out for 45. Baroda 73/9
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam with an update: Ravi Teja slashes pacer Thakur only to edge to wicketkeeper. Hyderabad 97/3
Maharashtra vs Uttarakhand: V More scored a fighting fifty but failed to get a big one as Maharashtra loses its eighth wicket. Maharashtra 139/8
Bengal vs Punjab: Our correspondent Ayan Acharya reports: Kaul and Tiwary at it again. Kaul bowls a bouncer, Tiwary ducks and shadow practises an upper cut even as the bowler stares and says a few words.. Next ball, Tiwary drives Kaul through covers for four. Hard fought cricket, Punjab realise Tiwary could well be Bengal’s last line of defence. Bengal 65/4
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam with an update: Debutant Buddi Rahul survives on 33, caught in the slip of a no-ball from pacer Thakur. Hyderabad 86/2
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda with an update: Viraj bhosale’s off stump is pegged back by K. Gowtham. Baroda 51/7
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha: Buddhi Rahul and T. Ravi Teja resist Vidarbha’s charge after Gurbani and Thakur struck early. The duo have put up a partnership and will look to build on further. Hyderabad 85/2
Delhi vs Rajasthan: Excellent start by Delhi after being put in to bat as Anuj Rawat and Hiten Dalal have put on an unbroken 142-run stand with the latter five short of his century. Anuj is approaching his fifty. Delhi 142/0
Uttar Pradesh vs Himachal Pradesh: Aaqib Khan gets the breakthrough as he removes the well-set Raghav Dhawan. Himachal loses second wicket at a very crucial juncture. Himachal Pradesh 74/2
Odisha vs Jharkhand: Anurag Sarangi scores an unbeaten fifty as Odisha is on the path of recovery after losing an early wicket. Odisha 67/1
Bengal vs Punjab: Our correspondent Ayan Acharya reports: Siddarth Kaul and Manoj Tiwary sharing a few words now. Tiwary successfully keeps out the last ball of what was a testing over from Kaul. Tiwary defends, the ball rolls back to Kaul who has a shy at the stumps only for Tiwary to boot it back.
Manoj Tiwary has been Bengal’s lynchpin with the bat during the campaign. – PTI
Tamil Nadu vs Saurashtra: Our correspondent Dipak Raghav with an update: Abhinav Mukund has made another rapid start. 51 off 68 with 6 boundaries. Tamil Nadu 74/1
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda with an update: Baroda has lost 4/5 in the space of 8 balls! Baroda 43/6
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda with an update: But Mithun gets one a ball later! 3 wickets in 4 balls. Scenes! Abhimanyu Singh Rajput is caught behind throwing his bat at a wide one. Baroda 38/5
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda with an update: Baroda have lost two in two. Mithun the bowler. Deepak Hooda pushed at a full delivery and was caught at first slip. Then captain Krunal Pandya fell first ball, pulling a short ball straight to square leg. Soft dismissal. Mithun on a hat-trick now. He has hat tricks in the Vijay HaZare trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this season. Can he take one in the Ranji trophy here? No he doesn’t. Baroda 38/4
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Our correspondent Nandakumar Marar with an update: Madhya Pradesh hits back as Kuldeep Sen deals a double blow to dismiss danger man Suryakumar Yadav and Siddhesh Lad. Mumbai 72 for 3
Pondicherry vs Nagaland: Birthday boy R. Vinay Kumar has picked up a wicket as Pondicherry are on top having reduced Nagaland for 36/4. Good chance for Pondicherry to top Group D and qualify for the quarters, provided Goa doesn’t beat Mizoram.
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Our correspondent Nandakumar Marar with an update: Suryakumar Yadav displays contempt for MP attack, stroking nine boundaries in 43 off 38 balls. Mumbai 68/1
Bengal vs Punjab: Baltej Singh picks up is second wicket as Bengal are in a spot of bother having lost three wickets. Both openers depart. Bengal 35/3
Maharashtra vs Uttarakhand: Maharashtra is reeling at 71 for the loss of five wickets and their chances of qualifying for the quarters has taken a massive hit. Agrim Tiwari picks three for 24. Maharashtra 71/5
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda with an update: A second wicket for Prasidh Krishna. Vishnu Solanki hangs his bat out to a short ball and is held at third slip. Prasidh has figures of 6-1-7-2 at the end of his first spell. Been a great comeback so far. Baroda 11/2
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam with an update: Hyderabad loses opener Akshath Reddy as the batsman departs for just six runs. A tentative jab ends in a catch to wicketkeeper off Gurbani in the 9th the over. Double blow as Hyderabad captain Tanmay Agarwal edges pacer Thakur to slip fielder. Allrounder T Ravi Teja promoted in the order. Hyderabad 17/2
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Our correspondent Nandakumar Marar with an update: Early setback for Mumbai as it loses its opener Hardik Tamore as Kuldeep Sen strikes. Suryakumar Yadav walks in to bat in fifth over. Hardik Tamore nibbles at an outswinger and is caught behind. Mumbai 21/1
Uttar Pradesh vs Himachal Pradesh: Himachal on the backfoot after losing an early wicket as Ankit Rajpoot strikes early. Himachal Pradesh 16/1
Bengal vs Punjab: Our correspondent Ayan Acharya reports: Bengal have lost the early wicket of Abhimanyu Easwaran. An inswinger from Baltej Singh goes straight through the gate, Easwaran’s poor form continues. He’s out for a 11-ball duck. Bengal 8/1
Tamil Nadu vs Saurashtra: Steady start by the Tamil Nadu openers after opting to bat first. Abhinav Mukund and L. Suryaprakash will hope to see off the new ball. Tamil Nadu 16/0
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda with an update: And a wicket for Prasidh here. The ball leapt off a good length and surprised Kedar Devdhar. He fended at it and the catch was taken by R. Samarth at third slip. So Prasidh gets a wicket 11 balls into his comeback. Baroda 9/1
Karnataka vs Baroda: Our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda with an update: Karnataka has won the toss and opted to field first against Baroda. Prasidh Krishna is back after a three-month injury-forced absence. He is sharing the new ball with Mithun. Looked sharp in his very first over.
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad: Our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam with an update: Vidarbha won the toss and put Hyderabad in to bat and the home team expects a good start from Akshath Reddy and Tanmay Agarwal. Hyderabad 17/0
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh: Our correspondent Nandakumar Marar with an update: Mumbai opt to bat after winning toss against Madhya Pradesh at the Wankhede stadium. Greg Davidson from Australia is one of two umpires. Nandan is second umpire. Aakarshit Gomel gets a look in as opener, in place of Jay Bista. Bhupen Lalwani also makes way for Hardik Tamore
Bengal vs Punjab: Our correspondent Ayan Acharya reports: Bengal coach Arun Lal had a good look at the Patiala pitch yesterday and he didn’t look too convinced by the state of it. The last match here got over in under four days. This being a crucial game for both sides, a two day finish on a dust bowl is the last thing they want.
Punjab vs Bengal: Bengal won the toss and elected to bat.
Gujarat vs Andhra: Andhra won the toss and elected to bat.
Uttar Pradesh vs Himachal: Uttar Pradesh won the toss and elected to field.
Mizoram vs Goa: Mizoram won the toss and elected to field.
Odisha vs Jharkhand: Jharkhand won the toss and elected to field.
Chhattisgarh vs Services: Services won the toss and elected to field.
Tamil Nadu vs Saurashtra: Tamil Nadu won the toss and elected to bat first.
The Preview | Ayan Acharya in Patiala
The Ranji trophy is approaching its business end and the race for the quarterfinal berths is heating up. The ninth and final round begins on Wednesday, with Punjab taking on Bengal at the Dhruve Pandove Stadium in Patiala.
Currently, Bengal (26 points) is fourth on the combined Elite A and B table with Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Karnataka trying to sneak past it. Saurashtra and Gujarat have already qualified for the quarterfinals.
Manoj Tiwary (503 runs from 9 innings) has been the fulcrum around which Bengal’s batting has revolved. Against Hyderabad, Tiwary became only the second Bengal batsman, after Devang Gandhi’s 323 in 1998-99, to make a first class triple hundred. His innings allowed Bengal to romp to a bonus point victory, and kept its knockout hopes alive. However, he has struggled for batting form since and will hope to dig deep here.
Bengal has momentum on its side after Shahbaz Ahmed’s stunning unbeaten 61 steered it to an improbable two-wicket win against Rajasthan in the last match.
Mumbai has won the Ranji Trophy 41 times. To make it 42, it will have to wait until next year at least.
Although there is still a round of matches to go, it is safe to say Mumbai will not make it to the quarterfinals this season. That is because Mumbai failed in its desperate bid to force a win against Saurashtra on Friday in Rajkot. Only on February 15, when the matches in the last round conclude, would we know the final list of the quarterfinalists.
Saurashtra and Gujarat have already done booked their places in the last eight, with another game in hand.
The top five teams, out of the 18 from the top tier, combining Groups A and B, will reach the quarterfinals. Going into the final round, Gujarat is leading the table with 29 points, followed by Saurashtra on 28. The race for the remaining three spots is wide open, though. Andhra, which is placed third currently with 27 points, looks the best-placed to claim one of those berths. Even if it loses its away game to Gujarat, it will still have chances to go through.
Maharashtra vs Uttarakhand, Round 9, Elite Group C
Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Stadium, Baramati
Odisha vs Jharkhand, Round 9, Elite Group C
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Assam vs Tripura, Round 9, Elite Group C
Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
Mizoram vs Goa, Round 9, Plate
Calcutta Cricket and Football Ground, Kolkata
Puducherry vs Nagaland, Round 9, Plate
Cricket Association Puducherry Siechem Ground, Puducherry
Manipur vs Chandigarh, Round 9, Plate
Videocon Academy Ground, Saltair, Kolkata
Arunachal Pradesh vs Meghalaya, Round 9, Plate
Jalan Outdoor Stadium, Dibrugarh
Sikkim vs Bihar, Round 9, Plate
DRIEMS Ground, Cuttack
Jammu and Kashmir vs Haryana, Round 9, Elite Group C
Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground, Jammu
Chhattisgarh vs Services, Round 9, Elite Group C
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur
Delhi vs Rajasthan, Round 9, Elite Group A and B
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Gujarat vs Andhra, Round 9, Elite Group A and B
GS Patel Stadium, Nadiad
Hyderabad vs Vidarbha, Round 9, Elite Group A and B
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Punjab vs Bengal, Round 9, Elite Group A and B
Dhruve Pandove Stadium, Patiala
Karnataka vs Baroda, Round 9, Elite Group A and B
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh, Round 9, Elite Group A and B
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Saurashtra vs Tamil Nadu, Round 9, Elite Group A and B
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
Uttar Pradesh vs Himachal Pradesh, Round 9, Elite Group A and B
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow