Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage on Day One of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 game between Jharkhand and Himachal. The Group C teams have both done quite well, both having taken two outright wins in their six games. However Himachal is above Jharkhand on the points table owing to the fact that their remaining four games have all been draws. Jharkhand have however lost two and drawn other two. At present Himachal have 24 points while Jharkhand have 17. Evidently a win is more crucial for Jharkhand at this stage. A defeat can crush their hopes for a promotion.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: JHR 306/4, BATTING: Ishank Jaggi 43 (66), Kumar Deobrat 5 (21) — STUMPS!!!! Jharkhand finish the day on top as they cross the 300-run mark, however losing four wickets instead. Nevertheless, they won’t mind much as they aim for 200 more runs before giving a declare unless HP bowlers come up with something extra-ordinary.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: JHR 269/3, BATTING: SP Gautam 110 (242), Saurabh Tiwary 24 (43) — No harm done as both the batsmen seem to have held the sudden flow of wickets and continue to bat with ease.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: JHR 233/3, BATTING: SP Gautam 101 (208), Saurabh Tiwary 68 (126) — GONE!!!! Third down for Jharkhand as they lose Saurabh Tiwary for 79. HE seemed to be going good, but just couldn’t live upto the mark. While SP Gautam has scored his ton.

OUT! Saurabh Tiwary b RR Dhawan 79 (143)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: JHR 195/2, BATTING: SP Gautam 79 (187), Saurabh Tiwary 68 (126) — No harm done to the Jharkhand innings as the same story continues, with both the batsmen batting comfortably as Saurabh Tiwary brings up his half-century.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: JHR 168/2, BATTING: SP Gautam 71 (152), Anand Singh 48 (103) — Steady start by the Jharkhand batsmen in the post-lunch session as they have not suffered any further setback and continue to bat with ease.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: JHR 129/2, BATTING: SP Gautam 60 (109), Anand Singh 28 (52) — LUNCH! Jharkhand continue to bat steady with no firther damage as they move ino the lunch break with command.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: JHR 106/2, BATTING: SP Gautam 30 (40), Anand Singh 7 (26) — GONE!!!! Another onbe down in the form of Anand Singh, who departed for 30. However, they have well crossed the 100-run mark.

OUT! Anand Singh ct RR Dhawan b BB Sharma 30 (56)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: JHR 43/1, BATTING: SP Gautam 30 (40), Anand Singh 7 (26) — GONE!!!! Jharkhand lose opening wicket in the form of Sumit Kumar, who falls for 4 to Rishi Dhawan. However, a steady start by the Jharkhand batsmen so far.

OUT! Sumit Kumar b Rishi Dhawan 4 (8)

TOSS: Jharkhand have won the toss and they will be batting first against Himachal Pradesh in this Group C match at Ranchi.

Jharkhand had a fantastic outing in their previous game against the pathetic Tripura team winning by an innings and 67 runs. Himachal were playing arguably the strongest team in their previous game, Saurashtra, and secured a draw against them. However, their task was made easy by the absence of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja in the Saurashtra outfit as they were away on national duty.

Himachal scored 551 in the first innings of the previous game thanks to a 187 by Prashant Chopra and 101 by Robin Bist and bowled out Himachal for 437 in response, which gave them three points. Shahbaz Nadeem and Ishank Jaggi were the star performers for Jharkhand in their big win over Tripura. Nadeem took six wickets while Jaggi scored a hundred. Jharkhand will hope to inflict similar fate on Himachal but the odds of that are slim. Himachal have the better chance in the contest.