Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 2 of the Group A game of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy between Karnataka and Haryana, live from Mysore. Day Two will start with Haryana on 319 for 8, but that will hardly reflect the spectacular drama that unfolded on Day One as play proceeded after Virender Sehwag opted to bat. Sehwag, a day after his 37th birthday, was playing his first match after retirement, slammed a hundred, as did Jayant Yadav; and just when it seemed Haryana would run away with the match, HS Sharath took the first hat-trick of Ranji Trophy 2015-16 to bring the title holders back into the match.

Live cricket scores Haryana 12/0, 331 | Overs 3 | Batting: Rahul Dewan 4(12), R Saini 4(6): Virender Sehwag’s boys succesfully bowled out hosts for a mere total of 221, taking a 118-run first innings lead. Haryana’s Mukul Dagar bagged three wickets, meanwhile the other wickets were shared between Jayant Yadav, Ashish Hooda and Sanjay Budhwar. KL Rahul top scored for Karntaka with 103-ball 63 before getting dismissed in the 31st over. Wicketkeeper-batsman CM Gautam remained unbeaten on 41 from 103 deliveries.

Live cricket scores Karnataka 96/2 | Overs 28 | Batting: K L Rahul 58(94), Shreyas Gopal 2(5): Jayant Yadav delivers with the ball as well for Haryana, removes one-down batsman Samarth R on the fifth delivery of the 24th over for 65-ball 30, leaving the hosts on 87 for 2. Shreyas Gopal who has had a decnet campaign so far in the 2015-16 Ranji season has jined KL Rahul out in the middle. OUT! Samarth Rc S R Rana b J J Yadav 30(65)

Live cricket scores Karnataka 9/1 | Overs 3 | Batting: K L Rahul 4(9), Samarth R 0(5): Karnataka bowled out Haryana for a total of 331 after the latter ended Day 1 on 319 for 8. Harshal Patel and Sanjay Budhwar were the two batsmen dismissed in the early hours of Day 2 before the defending champions took over their innings. The hosts did not have a great start as Haryana’s Ashish Hooda struck on the first delivery of the second over to remove Karnataka’s opener Robin Uthappa cheaply for a four-ball five, leaving them at 7 for 1.

OUT! Harshal Patel Run Out Vinay Kumar 6(13)

OUT! Sanjay Budhwar c K L Rahul b Sharath H S 0(1)

OUT! Robin Uthappa c N R Saini b Ashish Hooda 5(4)

Vinay Kumar’s first spell went wicketless, but Sharath and David Mathias reduced Haryana to 53 for 2 when Yadav joined Sehwag. The pair added 206 at a whopping run rate of 4.26, and there was nothing Vinay Kumar could do to put a halt on Sehwag (136 in 170 balls, 16 fours, 3 sixes). The great man eventually holed out to Manish Pandey off Mathias, his 136 coming out of 231 during his stay at the crease. Yadav followed soon off the left-arm spin of Jagadeesh Suchith, and from 259 for 2 Haryana collapsed to 313 for 8, Sharath causing the damage with 4 for 47.

Sharath also took the first hat-trick of the season, having Sachin Rana LBW, Rahul Dagar caught-behind and Nitin Saini LBW off consecutive deliveries. Himanshu Rana (33 in 55 balls, 4 fours) was the only one to put up a fight before he was eighth out.

Squads:

Karnataka: Vinay Kumar (c), CM Gautam (wk), Robin Uthappa, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey, HS Sharath, Shreyas Gopal, Jagadeesha Suchith, Ravikumar Samarth, David Mathias.

Haryana: Virender Sehwag (c), Nitin Saini (wk), Rahul Dewan, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Jayant Yadav, Himanshu Rana, Sachin Rana, Rahul Dagar, Harshal Patel, Ashish Hooda, Sanjay Pahal.