Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 3 of the Group A match in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2015-16, between Haryana and Bengal, live from Rohtak.Starting the day Bengal batsmen Pragyan Ohja and Ashok Dinda shared a partnership of 78 runs to help Bengal get past 300.Sachin Rana was the pick of the bowlers for Haryana taking 5 for 46 in his 16 overs. Haryana in reply kept on losing wickets at regular intervals to be placed at 186 / 8 at stumps with Bengal leading by 143 runs.Rohit Sharma was the only batsman to get to a half century for Haryana, playing in his first ever Ranji Trophy match.  Complete Coverage: Ranji Trophy 2015-16

Earlier in the day Dinda(45) and Ohja(51) hit some blistering boundaries and a couple of sixes to get across the 300 mark. Haryana on the other hand could not capitalise on a good wicket and lost wickets in a bundle. Captain Virender Sehwag managing only 28 runs before getting bowled by Mukesh Kumar. Mukesh Kumar has been the best bowler by far for Bengal who also is making his first class debut. Yuzvendra Chahal batting on 33  is providing good support to Rohit Sharma.

Live cricket scores Bengal | 146/7 | Overs 71 | Batting: Pankaj Kumar Shaw 19(71), Pragyan Ojha 1(11): Bengal end Day 3 on 7 for 146. They are leading by 250 runs at the moment. Tomorrow being the last day of the match, Bengal would look to stretch the lead as much as possible. They would not want to throw away the advantage they had when they took the first-innings lead. However, some inspired bowling performances by Haryana bowlers, especially AH Hooda who took four wickets, got them back into the match. They would now hope to wrap up the Bengal innings early tomorrow morning and then a special knock from their skipper Virender Sehwag.

OUT! Veerpratap Singh ct R R Dalal b A H Hooda 9(35)

Live cricket scores Bengal | 136/6 | Overs 65 | Batting: Pankaj Kumar Shaw 12(54), Veerpratap Singh 9(27): Bengal’s lead is now 240 runs, as they’ve reached six for 136. Both the set batsmen Pramod Chandila and Sudip Chatterjee have been dismissed. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal first removed Chandila and then Hooda got Chatterjee, who was starting to look dangerous. He was cleaned up by Hooda, who got his third wicket.

OUT! Sudip Chatterjee b A H Hooda 49(138)

OUT! Pramod Chandila b Yuzvendra Chahal 24(52)

Live cricket scores Bengal | 100/4 | Overs 46 | Batting: Sudip Chatterjee 39(109), Pramod Chandila 20(47): Sudip Chatterjee and Pramod Chandila are leading Bengal’s recovery. Both have added 50 runs for the fifth wicket. At tea, Bengal have reached 4 for 100. Bengal now lead by 204 runs and are consolidating their position. The match is slowly getting out of Haryana’s reach. Their bowlers will have to come out with a definite plan post-tea.

Live cricket scores Bengal | 55/4 | Overs 29 | Batting: Sudip Chatterjee 14(48), Pramod Chandila 4(4): Bengal have struggled so far in their second innings. All four of their top-order batsmen have fell, including their skipper Manoj Tiwary. Hooda has taken two wickets so far. Sudip Chatterjee and first innings hero Pramod Chandila are now at the crease.

OUT! Manoj Tiwary ct Yuzvendra Chahal b S R Rana 11(43)

OUT! Shrivats Goswami lbw A H Hooda 9(17)

Live cricket scores Bengal | 24/2 | Overs 14 | Batting: Shrivats Goswami 9(16), Sudip Chatterjee 0(6): Bengal have lost both their openers in their second innings. Mondal fell to Harshal Patel while Naved Ahmad became AH Hooda’s victim. Shrivats Goswami and Sudip Chatterjee are now playing. Their lead has stretched to 128 runs.

OUT! Naved Ahmad lbw A H Hooda 4(34)

OUT! SS Mondal ct R R Dalal b H V Patel 9(28)

Live cricket scores Bengal | 9/0 | Overs 5 | Batting: Naved Ahmad (), SS Mondal 0(1): Haryana have been bowled out for 225 runs. The last wicket to fall was that of Yuzvendra Chahal, who fought hard with his 42 runs. Bengal have taken the all important lead of 104 runs and have started their second innings. Their openers Naved Ahmad and Sayan Shekhar Mondal are out in the middle and would look to capitalise on the first innings lead and set a good platform for the second innings.

OUT! Yuzvendra Chahal ct Naved Ahmad b Ashoke Dinda 42(106)

Live cricket scores Haryana 225/9 | Overs 83 | Batting: Yuzvendra Chahal 42(102), A Hooda 0(1): Haryana are on the verge of conceding first innings lead to Bengal. Resuming from their overnight score of 8 for 163, the two batsmen RP Sharma and Y Chahal 62 more runs in the day before Sharma was removed by Veerpratap Singh. He scored a fine 78 and added 105 crucial runs for the ninth wicket. Chahal is still out there but it seems unlikely that the last wicket partnership will last long.

OUT! RP Sharma ct Pramod Chandila b Veerpratap Singh 78(153)

Playing XI :

Bengal: Naved Ahmed, Sayan Mondal, Shreevats Goswami(WK), Sudip Chatterjee, Manoj Tiwary(C), Pramod Chandila, Pankaj Shaw, Veer Pratap Singh,Pragyan Ojha, Ashok Dinda, Mukesh Kumar

Haryana:  Virender Sehwag(C), Nitin Saini, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, A Hooda, Priyank Tehlan, Rahul Dalal(WK), Sachin Rana, Rahul Dewan, Rohit Sharma, Mohit Sharma