Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day one of the Group B game of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy between Baroda and Punjab, live from Motibaug Cricket Ground, Vadodara. Punjab certainly have an edge in the match both by considering present form and also by taking a cursory glance at their standings in the points table compared to Baroda. Punjab is currently at third spot with 17 points in Group B in the tournament. In the five matches they have played so far, they won two, drew two and lost only one. Baroda, on the other hand are stranded on eighth position in the group just above the lowest ranked team Baroda. They lost three, drew two and won only one match. They have just nine points from these six games and will be looking forward to improving their record. Yuvraj Singh did not play in the last match; Punjab will be boosted by his presence if he plays in this game.  READ: Ranji Trophy 2015-16, full coverage here

Live cricket scores Baroda 344/3 | Overs 90| Batting: Hardik Himanshu Pandya 42(102): Kedar Devdhar gets out after an amazing display of attacking cricket. He made 186 off just 249 balls at a strike rate of 74.70. He was unfortunate to miss out an a double century. Baroda end their first day on 344 for the loss of only three wickets. At stumps on day one, Hardik Pandya was at the crease batting on 42 with the help of four boundaries. Baroda will be looking forward to go beyond 500 tomorrow, which is a very good total. If they get to 600, it shall be even better for them. They can think about declaration from then onwards. Punjab bowlers didn’t bowl well at all today. They had good bowlers in the form of Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Siddharth Kaul but none of them posed any threat to Baroda. Tomorrow’s day will be interesting, we might witness Yuvraj and Gurkeerat’s batting later on in the day. So do tune to CricketCountry’s live coverage on Monday too. Adios! OUT! Kedar Devdhar c Gitansh Khera b Deepak Bansal 186(249)

Live cricket scores Baroda 301/2 | Overs 75.2| Batting: Kedar Devdhar 161(217), Hardik Himanshu Pandya 25(53): Kedar Devdhar is looking set to crack a double hundred. In his 161-run knock so far he has struck  25 fours and a six. He is batting quick too, at a strike rate of 74.66.  Baroda will be aiming to beyond 500 as of now and if they are not able to do so it will be a setback for them as they have been given such an amazing start by their top-order batsmen. Hence, it is imperative for the middle-order, lower-order batsmen and the tail to ensure that they reach a hefty total which will put Punjab under pressure. They need to put a big total on board also because Punjab have a very good batting line up. Add to it, their batting has been bolstered further with the coming back of Yuvraj Singh and Gurkeerat Singh.

Live cricket scores Baroda 246/2 | Overs 60| Batting: Kedar Devdhar 131(175), Hardik Himanshu Pandya 0(1): Kedar Devdhar has cracked century and is still going strong. However, Punjab bowlers have shown resilience and they are back in the match with two quick wickets. of set batsman Aditya Waghmode who was unfortunate to miss out on a century. Ambati Rayudu who came next did not trouble the scorers and got out n the bowling of Yuvraj Singh. Punjab need to take one or two more quick wickets to tilt the match in balance. OUT! Aditya Waghmode c Jiwanjot Singh b Gurkeerat Mann 96(184), OUT! Amabati Rayudu lbw Yuvraj Singh  1(4)

Live cricket scores Baroda 190/0 | Overs 44.4| Batting: Kedar Devdhar 97(132), Aditya Waghmode 74(142): Kedar Devdhar changes gear, slams his first six. He is now just three short of his hundred. Brilliant batting by the Baroda batsman. If the duo continues to bat this way, it shall get very difficult for Punjab. But Punjab fans will be sad that both their fast and spin bowlers have been ineffective till now. It’s not that Punjab bowlers bowled very poorly, but it’s more about Baroda batsmen playing really very good cricket. The defence of the batters was solid, they were able to pick the line of the bowlers quickly. They executed right shots on specific deliveries, sometimes even making the good balls look easy. Harbhajan Singh being a senior bowler and also the captain should figure out some way to curtail the batsmen and also provide Punjab with their first breakthrough.

Live cricket scores Baroda 176/0 | Overs 42.2| Batting: Kedar Devdhar 88(122), Aditya Waghmode 70(138): Baroda’s openers are batting like anything. First they took some time to settle down but now runs are coming freely. Both the batsmen deserve to reach their respective centuries. It has been a brilliant batting performance by the duo. Kedar in particular has batted like as if he is playing a 50-over game. Just 12 runs short of his century, he has struck 16 shots to the fence so far. Punjab bowlers have looked down and out today. They have tried six bowlers till now including an over bowled by Yuvraj Singh.

Live cricket scores Baroda 130/0 | Overs 33 | Batting: Kedar Devdhar 67(99), Aditya Waghmode 48(103): Dream start by Baroda, they are 130 for no loss. Both their openers are looking solid after taking their time to settle down. Punjab bowlers are finding it hard to break the partnership. Kedar Jadhav, who is batting on 67 has slammed 12 four so far while his partner Aditya Waghmode has struck eight boundaries and one shot for the maximum.

Live cricket scores Baroda 101/0 | Overs 26 | Batting: Kedar Devdhar 57(85), Aditya Waghmode 29(75): Kedar Jadhav has went past his half century. Currently, batting on 57 he has struck  11 beautifully timed fours. He is batting quick while Aditya Waghmode who is batting at the other end is giving him good support.  Baroda are batting fast at a run rate of 3.87.

Live cricket scores Baroda 43/0 | Overs 11 | Batting: Kedar Devdhar 31(40), Aditya Waghmode 4(29): Baroda  have started their innings pretty well. Kedar Jadhav and Aditya Waghmode have given them a thrilling start. They are batting on 31 and four respectively. Kedar in particular is batting quick at a strike rate of 77.50 having struck seven boundaries till now.

Toss: Punjab, who chose to field

Playing XI:

Baroda: Yusuf Pathan, Aditya Waghmode, Deepak Jagbir Hooda, Gagandeep, HH Pandya, Kedar Devdhar, Swapnil K Singh, Munaf Patel, P R Shah (wk), AT Rayudu (C), IK Pathan

Punjab: Harbhajan Singh (C), Jiwanjot Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Mann, Manan Vohra, Deepak Bansal, Gitansh Khera (wk), Siddharth Kaul, Uday Kaul, Barinder Singh Sran

Baroda lost their last match against Gujarat by an innings and 46 runs while Punjab are coming after a seven wicket victory against Andhra. Hence, Punjab will be high on confidence. Still, Baroda cannot be taken lightly. They have some good players in the form of Aditya Waghmode and Yusuf Pathan. Punjab will be happy that Gurkeerat Singh is bank in their ranks. Gurkeerat slammed a brilliant double hundred in the first round of this tournament. Owing to his scintillating performance he was selected in India’s squad for India vs South Africa 2015 series.

Squads:

Punjab: Yuvraj Singh (c), Gitansh Khera (wk), Manan Vohra, Gurkeerat Singh, Jiwanjot Singh, Uday Kaul, Mandeep Singh, Sarabjit Ladda, Varun Khanna, Deepak Bansal, Brainder Sran, Himanshu Chawla, Siddarth Kaul, Maninder Singh, Pargat Singh, Mayank Sidhana.

Baroda: Aditya Waghmode (c), Pinal Shah (wk), Bhargav Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Bhargav Bhatt, Kedar Devdhar, Gagandeep Singh, Sagar Mangalorkar, Monil Patel, Babashafi Pathan, Hitesh Solanki, Swapnil Singh, Murtuja Vahore.