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  • 5:53 PM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 411. Gujarat 328 and 47/0 (Priyank Kirit Panchal 34, Samit Gohil 8; Shardul Thakur 0 for 17) need 265 runs: It’s Stumps! The umpires checked for light and this has to be the end of day’s play. Gujarat batsmen did a very good job to not lose a single wicket before stumps on Day Four. There aim on Day Five, the final day, will be to bat on as long as they can.

  • 5:39 PM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 411. Gujarat 328 and 46/0 (Priyank Kirit
    Panchal 33, Samit Gohil 8; Shardul Thakur 0 for 16) need 266 runs:
    Panchal has had a very fruitful season while Gohil has a triple-century in this season. The pressure will be on the bowlers actually to get these two big names. But similar to the Mumbai batting, Gujarat also have a long batting and at times the bowlers have stepped up to contribute.

  • 5:22 PM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 411. Gujarat 328 and 27/0 (Priyank Kirit Panchal 23, Samit Gohil 4; Shardul Thakur 0 for 12) need 285 runs: Gujarat have started batting and there is hardly any pressure on the batsmen. They will have to spend time at the crease and will have to survive the day. That will be the primary goal. Priyank Panchal went past Vijay Bharadwaj’s record of highest runs in one season of the tournament.

  • 4:40 PM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 411 (Vijay Gohil 0; Chintan Gaja 6 for 109) lead Gujarat by 311 runs: Finally, the Mumbai innings comes to an end and Gujarat need 312 runs to win the match but just a draw to win the trophy. All Gujarat will have to do is not lose a wicket tonight and spend time at the crease tomorrow.
    However, that was one brilliant knock from Abhishek Nayar. Adding 91 runs helped Mumbai a lot and he has been consistent with wickets as well.
    OUT! Abhishek Nayar lbw RP Singh 91

  • 4:13 PM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 391/8 (Abhishek Nayar 72, Vijay Gohil 0; Chintan Gaja 6 for 109) lead Gujarat by 261 runs: Nayar scores yet another half-century but there not much he can do if the team keeps losing wickets at the other end. He has anyway helped his team achieve a healthy lead and Mumbai will look to take it to 300. The key will be to rotate the strike intelligently.
    OUT! Vishal Dabholkar c Samit Gohil b Chintan Gaja 12

  • 3:26 PM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 361/8 (Abhishek Nayar 45, Vishal Dabholkar 9; Chintan Gaja 5 for 92) lead Gujarat by 261 runs: It’s tea! Nayar is showing some terrific batting and is carrying his team all by himself with the bat now. One fact to be noted is, there is always someone in the Mumbai team who steps up when needed.

  • 3:04 PM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 357/8 (Abhishek Nayar 41, Vishal Dabholkar 9; Chintan Gaja 5 for 92) lead Gujarat by 257 runs: Abishek Nayar is playing yet another superb knock. After two wickets in quick succession, it could have been the end of the Mumbai innings soon but Nayar has pushed the lead beyond 250 and is taking it close to 300. He is not among the conventional batsmen but runs are what Mumbai will be interested in.

  • 2:33 PM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 343/8 (Abhishek Nayar 27, Vishal Dabholkar 8; Chintan Gaja 5 for 92) lead Gujarat by 243 runs: Yet another partnership building between the tail-enders. Watching the reigning champions lose wickets, my prediction was a lead around 250 while Chinmay Jawalekar predicted around 300. “A good wicket to bat on,” he says.

  • 2:10 PM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 335/8 (Abhishek Nayar 20, Vishal Dabholkar 4; Chintan Gaja 5 for 92) lead Gujarat by 235 runs: There goes another wicket. Gujarat need two more wickets to start their quest for a victory and the trophy. But would it have been easier if Mumbai had batted longer and Gujarat had to bat on Day Five only. All they need is a draw. Abhishek Mukherjee thinks on these lines.
    OUT! Shardul Thakur c KP Patel b Chintan Gaja 1

  • 1:51 PM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 324/7 (Abhishek Nayar 18, Shardul Thakur 0; Chintan Gaja 4 for 84) lead Gujarat by 224 runs:Mumbai lose another. Gaja does it once again with the ball and dismisses Sandhu. But the problem does not end here as both Nayar and Thakur are potential hard-hitters. Can they push the lead beyond 250?
    OUT! Balwinder Singh Sandhu c Manprit Juneja b Chintan Gaja 20

  • 1:32 PM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 317/6 (Abhishek Nayar 15, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 16; Chintan Gaja 3 for 83) lead Gujarat by 217 runs: Talking to colleague Chinmay Jawalekar who is at the venue:
    Should they have sent Shardul Thakur instead?
    CJ: Preferably but they are probably trying to keep him fresh for bowling.
    Well, decelerating the runrate is the last thing Mumbai would want here. They need to win the match. They will have to hit.

  • 1:05 PM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 301/6 (Abhishek Nayar 12, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 4; Chintan Gaja 3 for 83) lead Gujarat by 201 runs: WICKET! Gujarat get success right after lunch as they send back Tare. Tare was well set and it will again take time for Mumbai to build another partnership. Balwinder Sandhu is at the crease. Can Nayar hit out freely? They need at least 250-run lead for the bowlers to defend something. Needs to spend some time at the crease first.
    OUT! Aditya Tare lbw Hardik Patel 69

  • 12:10 PM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 294/5 (Aditya Tare 68, Abhishek Nayar 10; Chintan Gaja 3 for 69) lead Gujarat by 194 runs: It’s lunch! Aditya Tare is set at the crease and what Mumbai can look for is to go all guns blazing. They have 5 wickets in hand. Nayar and Shardul Thakur, who is to follow, can hit big and they can be unleashed while Tare should hold the innings together. This will make the lead bigger and create the pressure of a bigger target. For Gujarat, WICKETS are the only way to victory.

  • 11:37 AM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 276/5 (Aditya Tare 56, Abhishek Nayar 4; Chintan Gaja 3 for 69) trail Gujarat by 176 runs: Another wicket! Mumbai lose Lad for 15 and now the responsibilities come down upon Tare and Abhishek Nayar. This season has been exceptional for Nayar with ball and even bat. Tare is set scoring his half-century and Nayar in a good form. This will be the last partnership on which the majority of Mumbai’s runs will depend. Gujarat did a good job with back to back strikes as well. WITH THE WICKET, RP SINGH COMPLETES HIS 300 FIRST-CLASS SCALPS!
    OUT! Siddhesh Lad c Chirag Gandhi b RP Singh 15

  • 11:08 AM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 252/4 (Siddhesh Lad 5, Aditya Tare 46; Chintan Gaja 3 for 69) lead Gujarat by 152 runs: The lead is building big and problems increasing for Gujarat. Though they have scored big runs, the top-order has collapsed earlier in the final. They need wickets. What Mumbai’s tactics should probably be is to get to a 180-190 run lead and then accelerate the scoring rate to get to 250-lead. That will leave the bowlers with more time to get the 10 wickets.

  • 10:44 AM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 243/4 (Aditya Tare 38, Siddhesh Lad 4; Chintan Gaja 3 for 69) lead Gujarat by 143 runs: First success for Gujarat this morning as Rush Kalaria removes a set Yadav. The ball was going down the leg and the batsman attempted it, only to edge it to the ‘keeper. Though he misses on his half-century, he has done his bit in the crucial final, saving Mumbai from a prospect landslide of wickets. His knock was exceptional as he spent time at the crease and added good runs to the board, adapting to the situations well.
    OUT! Surya Kumar Yadav c Parthiv Patel (c&wk) b Rush Kalaria 49

  • 10:25 AM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 225/3 (Surya Kumar Yadav 47, Aditya Tare 27; Chintan Gaja 3 for 69) lead Gujarat by 125 runs: Even if not Suryakumar Tare is racing with the runs and has scored quickfire 26 off 54 deliveries. Suryakumar is slowly and steadily reaching towards his fifty. Mumbai is looking to build strong lead against Gujarat after being bowled out early on.

  • 10:02 AM IST

    At Indore: Mumbai 228 and 215/3 (Surya Kumar Yadav 46, Aditya Tare 18; Chintan Gaja 3 for 61) lead Gujarat by 115 runs: Suryakumar is also racing towards his fifty while Tare is complimenting Suryakumar well. Chintan Gaja who has been excellent with the ball for Gujarat struck first and had the chance to pick Tare, however a no-ball from him and Tare was safe. Mumbai have built lead of 114 and a good lead of 250 would be competitive against Gujarat.

Shreyas Iyer played a commendable knock of 82 runs on Day Three © PTI
Shreyas Iyer played a commendable knock of 82 runs on Day Three © PTI

Hello, good morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of Day Four of the final match of Ranji Trophy 2016-17. Mumbai and Gujarat are fighting at the Holkar Stadium, Indore to claim the title. I am Paulami Chakraborty and I will bring to you all the live cricket updates and scores of the match. The reigning champions Mumbai, after a not so impressive show in the first innings, have successfully bounced back in the game batting exceptionally well on Day Three. Gujarat, who had the first-innings lead in hand, gave away too many runs on the third day and will look to bowl with a lot more discipline on Friday.

Gujarat, who were cruising towards a big total with 291 for 6 on the board at stumps of Day Two, went on losing wickets in quick succession on Day Three morning. Gujarat’s innings came to an end with 328 runs on the board with exactly 100-run lead in hand. Balwinder Singh Sandhu was exceptional with the ball, being able to move it exactly as much as it was needed to trap the batsmen. Mumbai, from the very beginning, started hitting aggressively as young Prithvi Shaw looked extremely confident. The cricketer went all guns blazing, with picturesque drives. His partner Akhil Herwadkar departed early scoring 16 but provided Shaw the support he needed to score a 35-ball 44 with the help of 8 fours.

After Shaw’s departure, the runrate went down significantly but Mumbai remained successful not to lose wickets in the second session. Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav batted with a lot of patience and let those deliveries go which they were unsure of. Coming back from tea, the batsmen opened up. Iyer got to his half-century and eventually departed for a commendable 82, which helped Mumbai gain a healthy lead. At stumps, Mumbai were 208 for 3, with a 108-run lead at hand and Suryakumar and skipper Aditya Tare well-set at the crease. Bowling for Gujarat, the only successful bowler was Chintan Gaja who picked up all the wickets in the innings.

Squads:

Mumbai: Aditya Tare (c & wk), Praful Waghela, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Abhishek Nayar, Shardul Thakur, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Tushar Deshpande, Royston Dias, Sufiyan Shaikh (wk), Vijay Gohil, Akshay Girap, Eknath Kerkar, Prithvi Shaw, Akhil Herwadkar and Vishal Dabholkar.

Gujarat: Parthiv Patel (c & wk), Samit Gohel, Priyank Panchal, Bharghav Merai, Manprit Juneja, Rujul Bhatt, Chirag Gandhi, Rush Kalaria, RP Singh, Mehul Patel, Chintan Gaja, Hardik Patel, Dhruv Raval, Karan Patel.