Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the third day of the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Group C match between Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Saurashtra at the Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground in Jammu on Thursday. Saurashtra are currently sitting on a massive lead with their first innings not even over as yet, reaching a score of 491 for the loss of nine wickets after 122 overs, with a 353-run lead over J&K’s first meagre innings score of 138. Jaydev Unadkat and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja were batting on 91 and 38 respectively, having added 113 runs for the final wicket so far in the innings. COMPLETE COVERAGE: Ranji Trophy 2015-16

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: J&K 138 & 296 |Overs 84 | Trail: 63 |  Saurashtra 497 |  BATTING: Sameer Ali 26(15): Mohammed Mudhasir fails to judge the line of Kamlesh Makwana’s delivery and is bowled. With this, J&K are bowled out for 296 and Sauarshtra record a win by an innings and 63 runs. They get seven points and qualify for the quarter finals. OUT! Mohammed Mudhasir b Kamlesh Makwana 23(30)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: J&K 138 & 275/9 |Overs 84 | Trail: 84 |  Saurashtra 497 |  BATTING: Mohammed Mudhasir 8(21), Sameer Ali 20(8): Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Kamlesh Makwana reduce Jammu and Kashmir to 275 for nine. J&K are now on the verge of an innings defeat. They still need 84 runs to avoid an innings defeat and they have only one wicket in hand.  OUT! Ian Chauhan c Chirag Jani b DA Jadeja 127(179), OUT!  Asif Khan st Sagar Jogiyani b DA Jadeja 29(68), OUT! Zahoor Sofi c Solanki (subst.) b Kamlesh Makwana 4(36), OUT! Vijay Kumar Dogra lbw Kamlesh Makwana 2(3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: J&K 138 & 196/5 |Overs 65 | Trail: 163 |  Saurashtra 497 |  BATTING: Ian Chauhan 102(152), Asif Khan 9(50): Amir Sofi is caught by Sagar Jogiyani on the bowling of Kamlesh Makwana. This was Kamlesh’s fourth scalp for this innings and sixth of the match. Ian Chauhan has cracked his century. He changed his batting gear after reaching his fifty. Last 53 runs he has blasted off just 57 balls. Asif Khan is the new man in the middle. J&K are still trailing by 163 runs from the first innings. OUT! Amir Sofi c Sagar Jogiyani b Kamlesh Makwana 20(49)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: J&K 138 & 127/4 |Overs 46 | Trail: 232 |  Saurashtra 497 |  BATTING: Ian Chauhan 49(95), Amir Sofi 20(41): Jammu and Kashmir lose two more wickets— Parvez Rasool and Shubham Khajuria. Parvez was the key wicket since he has been in good touch in the tournament. Both the wickets were claimed by offbreak bowler Kamlesh Makwana. Kamlesh takes his wickets tally to three for this innings and  five for the match. J&K have still not cleared their first innings deficit. Ian Chauhan is just a run short of his fifty. Amir Sofi is batting at the other end on 20 with the help of two boundaries. OUT! Parvez Rasool c AVI Barot b Kamlesh Makwana 0(6), OUT! Shubham Khajuria c Sheldon Jackson b Kamlesh Makwana 8(21)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: J&K 138 & 63/2 |Overs 27.5 | Trail: 296 |  Saurashtra 497 |  BATTING: Ian Chauhan 14(54): J&K have started batting in their second innings. They need to clear off the first innings deficit first. They have lost two quick wickets in the form of Pranav Gupta and Umar Nissar. Pranav scored 39 runs with the help of seven boundaries. J&K are trailing by 296 runs. Saurashtra is in commanding position. OUT! Pranav Gupta c Jaydev Shah b Makwana 39(94), OUT! Umar Nissar c Sheldon Jackson b Jaydev Unadkat 6(19)

INNINGS BREAK

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Saurashtra 497 | Overs 126.2 | J&K 138 | BATTING: Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 43(75): Saurashtra’s final wicket shows some resistance. The 10th wicket partnership adds 46 runs today before it is broken by Mohammed Mudhasir by getting Jaydev Unadkat caught by Ian Chauhan for 92. Jaydev struck nine boundaries and four sixes in his knock. Saurashtra have taken a first innings lead of 359 runs. J&K have to clear off this deficit when they come to bat in their second innings. They should make sure that they do not lose by an innings. OUT! Jaydev Unadkat c Ian Chauhan b Mohammed Mudhasir 92(153)

Resuming at an overnight score of 150 for the loss of two wickets, Saurashtra added another 341 runs, riding on some useful contributions from Samarth Vyas (53) and Chirag Jani (36), besides Jackson and Unadkat. For J&K, Z Sofi (3 for 51) and V K Dogra (3 for 137) were the highest wicket-taker with three wickets each, while Sameer Ali (2 for 111) took two and Parvez Rasool snapped one.

Saurashtra are in tremendous form as they are topping the table with 29 points gathered from the 4 won and 1 drawn matches, while Jammu and Kashmir are third from the bottom with 9 points from 4 wins and 5 draws. Jammu and Kashmir drew their last match with Goa while Saurashtra faced a humiliating defeat in their last encounter and are expected to bounce back. With the performance till date, they will likely qualify from group C.

Teams:

Jammu and Kashmir: Shubham Khajuria, Parvez Rasool (c), Ian Chauhan, Asif Khan (wk), Mohammed Mudhasir, Amir Sofi, Pranav Gupta, Umar Nissar, Sameer Ali, Zahoor Sofi, Vijay Kumar Dogra.

Saurashtra: Avi Barot, AV Vasavada, Chirag Jani, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Jaydev Shah (c), Kamlesh Makwana, Sagar Jogiyani (wk), Shaurya M Sanandia, Sheldon Jackson, Samarth Vyas, Jaydev Unadkat.