Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 1 of the Group C game of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy between Himachal Pradesh and Tripura, live from Dharamsala. Himachal are by far the superior team in this match. They have 13 points from three matches. They won one and drew two matches. On the other hand, Tripura is hanging at the last spot in Group C in the points table. They have just one point from three matches. They have lost two matches and drew one. Their performance has been miserable in this series. It’s not that they lost two matches but the manner in which they lost, never able to fight their way back. Complete coverage of Ranji Trophy 2015-16

Live cricket scores Tripura 223/7 | Overs 90 | Batting: UU Bose 95(239): Sen Choudhury gets out for 15, he was caught by AK Bains on the bowling of NR Gangta. By the end of first day play Tripura were 223 for the loss of seven wickets. UU Bose was just five short of his century at stumps.  OUT! Sen Choudhury c AK Bains b NR Gangta 15(55)

Live cricket scores Tripura 207/6 | Overs 81 | Batting: UU Bose 81(209), Sen Choudhury 13(29): Tripura lost two more wickets in the last 11 overs. Mura Singh was unlucky to miss out on a fifty, he was bowled by AN Chauhan. KK Acharjee who came next got out on a duck. UU Bose is nearing his century, he has hit 11 boundaries till now. OUT! Mura Singh b AN Chauhan 44(65), KK Acharjee lbw BB Sharma 0(8)

Live cricket scores Tripura 158/4 | Overs 60.2 | Batting: UU Bose 58(142), Mura Singh 32(38): RK Solanki gets out leg-before-wicket on the bowling of AS Bedi, he scored 13. UU Bose has went past his fifty, he has struck nine shots to the fence so far. He is looking good and Tripura would like him to score a big hundred and help them get to 300 which will be a challenging score. OUT! RK Solanki lbw AS Bedi 13(41)

Live cricket scores Tripura 93/3 | Overs 42 | Batting: UU Bose 32(96), RK Solanki 9(23): Tripura lose their third wicket— Parvinder Singh for 23 runs. RK Solanki has come to the cease, he is batting on nine having faced 23 deliveries. UU Bose is batting on 32 the other end with the help of three boundaries. Tripura should score in excess of 250 to put pressure on Himachal Pradesh batters when they come to bat in their first innings. OUT! Parvinder Singh lbw RR Dhawan 23(64)

Live cricket scores Tripura 51/2 | Overs 25.2 | Batting: UU Bose 12(46), Parvinder Singh 15(38): Tripura lose their first wicket— Arindam Das for two runs. Das was unlucky and was run out by AN Chauhan. RAJIB H Saha soon followed suit, he made 15. Tripura are batting on 51 for two at the moment. UU Bose and Parvinder Singh are at the crease batting on 12 and 15 respectively. OUT! RAJIB H Saha c PS Chopra b AN Chauhan 15(43), Arindam Das run out AN Chauhan 2(25)

Toss: Himachal, who chose to field

Playing XI:

Himachal Pradesh: AK Bains (W), R R Dhawan, Robin Bist, AP Vashisht, AN Chauhan, BB Sharma (C), NR Gangta, PK Dogra, PS Chopra, VA Sharma, AS Bedi

Tripura: Rana Datta, TR Mandal, AK Sarkar, KK Acharjee (C), MB Mura Singh, NN Sen Choudhury (W), RAJIB H Saha, Parvinder Singh, RK Solanki, UU Bose, Arindam Das

Mura Singh, Bipul Sharma, Robin Bist and Rana Datta will be the key players to watch out for in this match. Himachal do appear as a clear favourite for this match but one may never know if Tripura can come back stronger in this round of Ranji Trophy; after all cricket is a game of glorious uncertainities.

Squads:

Himachal Pradesh: Bipul Sharma (c), Ankush Bains (wk), Robin Bist, Paras Dogra, Rishi Dhawan, Prashant Chopra, Nikhil Gangta, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ankit Kalsi, Ronit More, Shresth Nirmohi, Abhimanyu Rana,  PS Chopra, Varun Sharma, Akash Vasisht

Tripura: Abhijit Dey (c), Nirupam Sen Chowdhary (wk), Rana Dutta, AK Sarkar, Mura Singh, Kaushal Acharjee, Swapan Das, Arindam Das, Udiyan Bose, Subash Chakraborty, Manisankar Mansingh, Parvinder Singh, Tushar Saha, Abhijit Sarkar, Nirupam Sen, Rakesh Solanki, Subhrajit Roy, U U Bose, Arindam Das