R Vinay Kumar strikes again and this time he bags the big wicket of Kedar Jadhav. The right-handed batsman hits a full toss outside the off stump very hard, but finds Robin Uthappa at cover region.
OUT! K Jadhav 112(135)
Maharashtra’s lead in the second essay is of 50 runs now. It’s been a positive effort from them as they were put under tremendous pressure by Karnataka bowlers. Kedar Jadhav has lead his side’s reply, and despite quick wickets in the middle, Chirag Khurana played well till R Vinay Kumar had him caught by Robin Uthappa for 37 off 70 balls.
OUT! C Khurana 37(70)
Take a bow, Kedar Jadhav! Yet another century for the Maharashtra batsman as they are now extending their lead against Karnataka in the summit clash. Jadhav also brought up 1,200 runs in this Ranji Trophy season during this innings.
Maharashtra have taken lead against Karnataka in the second innings, but they are four wickets down. Kedar Jadhav is nearing a century and Chirag Khurana is scoring freely as well.
Shreyas Gopal strikes once again! The Karnataka leg-spinner has bagged two big wickets in as many overs to put his side well on top against Maharashtra. Poor shot from Sangram Atitkar as he was one of the key batsmen for Maharashtra at this moment.
OUT! Atitkar 0(5)
Lapse in concentration? Ankit Bawne, who dances down the track to hit Shreyas Gopal, bowling from around the wicket, gets stumped. Karnataka get the much-needed breakthrough after the tea break.
OUT! A Bawne 61(115)
Excellent session for Maharashtra as they have not only reduced the deficit, but have also defied Karnataka’s bowling firepower who were fancying their chances on this placid track. Maharashtra trail by 46 runs.
After Ankit Bawne, it is Kedar Jadhav who completes his half-century. The two Maharashtra batsmen have not only denied Karnataka to make further more damage, but have also reduced the deficit to 52 runs.
Ankit Bawne continues his good form with the bat as he brings up his second consecutive half-century in the final. This is his 16th fifty in First-Class cricket, which has come off 91 balls and four boundaries. The partnership between Jadhav and Bawne is of runs now. Nine runs come off Shreyas Gopal’s first over.
Kedar Jadhav and Ankit Bawne have done well so far to keep Karnataka bowlers at bay. They have put up a crucial unbeaten 46-run stand for the fourth wicket. However, Maharashtra needs more from these two batsmen as they are still 110 runs behind.
Maharashtra have steadied after the early jolt in the second session. Ankit Bawne was lucky as two edges flew past the wicketkeeper for boundaries, off Sreenath Aravind. Maharashtra trail by 133 runs.
Big wicket! Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar has struck on the very first ball of the second session to remove the dangerous Vijay Zol for 31. The ball was pitched outside the off-stump and Zol tried to cut but got an edge.
OUT! V Zol 31(51)
Maharashtra will be pleased with their effort, having knocked off 54 runs from the huge lead and having lost only one wicket. Karnataka, on the other hand, will aim to attack more when the second session resumes after lunch. Maharashtra trail by 156 runs.
Vijay Zol and Ankit Bawne have steadied Maharashtra after the early blow in form of Harshad Khadiwale. Maharashtra now trail by 172 runs and need a strong partnership in the middle to lead recovery.
Karnataka draw the first blood! Maharashtra openers Harshad Khadiwale and Vijay Zol were looking to score quick runs but R Vinay Kumar has broken the partnership. After being hit for couple of boundaries, Khadiwale is caught by Ganesh Satish at midwicket.
OUT! H Khadiwale 9(11)
Karnataka have been bowled out for 515 in the first innings, and they have a huge lead of 210 runs. Samad Fallah and Shrikant Mundhe claimed three wickets each while Chirag Khurana claimed two, but they could not prevent Karnataka to gain a strong hold of the match.
OUT! R Vinay Kumar 28(60)
Karnataka lead has gone past the 200-run mark now and Maharashtra would be feeling the pressure on the fourth day morning. They have managed only one wicket so far in this innings.
Karnataka’s lead is now close to the 200-mark. R Vinay Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun have so far done well to keep Maharashtra on bay and not allow them to make any more damage.
Anupam Sanklecha has struck early on the fourth day morning. The right-arm seamer bowls a delivery outside the off-stump, forcing the Karnataka batsman Shreyas Gopal to come forward. Gopal goes for a drive but gets and edge and is caught behind.
OUT! S Gopal 10(45)
Hello and welcome to the Live Blog of the fourth day’s play of the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 final between Karnataka and Maharashtra at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Karnataka have a lead of 169 runs in the first innings and they are in complete command of the match. Karnataka are well on course to win the Ranji Trophy title after extending their overall lead to 169. Beginning the third day at 230 for no loss, Karnataka were successful in their plan to bat Maharashtra out of the contest, as they finished the day at 474 for seven in reply to Maharashtra’s first innings score of 305, PTI reported. While No.3 batsman Ganesh Satish (117) was out on his overnight score, opener KL Rahul (131) completed a well-deserved century while veteran Robin Uthappa (72) also hit a stroke-filled half-century to consolidate Karnataka’s grip on the proceedings.