Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of second semi-final of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 between Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh at Cuttack. Mumbai are in command going into the second day of the match. Most of the batsmen got off to good starts with Shreyas Iyer top-scoring with 90. Aditya Tare and Siddesh Lad too chipped in with fifties but none of them managed to score a century. Abhishek Nayar was looking in good touch before he too was dismissed for 43. Chandrakant Sakure has been the pick of the bowlers for Madhya Pradesh with four wickets to his name. Madhya Pradesh surprised everyone when they decided to hand out a First-Class debut to medium-pacer Jagdeep Baweja in this match. FULL COVERAGE: Ranji Trophy 2015-16

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 197/5 in 75 overs | Mumbai 371 | BATTING: Naman Ojha 79(182), Ankit Dane 27(46): It’s stumps at Cuttack. Madhya Pradesh end the day on 197 for the loss of five wickets. Naman Ojha and Ankit Dane remained unbeaten on 79 and 27 respectively. Madhya Pradesh are still trailing by 174 runs. MP’s sixth wicket partnership is worth 60 runs. MP fans would want this partnership to grow and blossom tomorrow and help them get nearer to Mumbai’s total.

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 149/5 in 63 overs | Mumbai 371 | BATTING: Naman Ojha 57(149), Ankit Dane 1(7): Balwinder Singh Sandhu packs Harpreet Singh Bhatia back to the hut for 36. Bhatia hit five boundaries in his knock. Naman Ojha has went past his half century. Naman is playing a smart innings as per the requirement of the match situation and also tailoring his shots according to the bowler and the balls pitched to him. OUT! Harpreet Singh Bhatia c Akhil Herwadkar b Balwinder Sandhu 36(57)

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 119/4 in 52.2 overs | Mumbai 371 | BATTING: Naman Ojha 41(124), Harpreet Singh Bhatia 23(25): Naman Ojha and Harpreet Singh Bhatia are trying their utmost to get Madhya Pradesh out of trouble. Ojha is batting on 41 with the help of six boundaries while Bhatia has also struck four shots to the fence so far. The partnership is now worth 41 runs.

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 78/4 in 43.5 overs | Mumbai 371 | BATTING: Naman Ojha 28(98), Harpreet Singh Bhatia 0(0): Just when it appeared that Patidar and Ojha’s partnership will bail Madhya Pradesh out of trouble to some extent, it gets broken. Iqbal Abdullah shatters the stumps and Patidar has to go back to the hut for 33. It was a fighting knock. Devendra Bundela, who came next did not trouble the scorers much and got out for only two runs. Harpreet Singh Bhatia has come to bat after the fall of Bundela. OUT! Rajat Patidar b Iqbal Abdullah 33(115), OUT! Devendra Bundela c Shardul Thakur b Abhishek Nayar 2(5)

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 57/2 in 36.1 overs | Mumbai 371 | BATTING: Rajat Patidar 27(98), Naman Ojha 15(74): The third-wicket partnership between Rajat Patidar and Naman Ojha is now worth 37 runs. Madhya Pradesh would want this partnership to go on at least till the 150-run mark to enable them get closer to Mumbai’s hefty first innings total of 371. Ishwar Pandey and Harpreet Singh Bhatia are next in the batting order if a wicket falls.

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 41/2 in 27 overs | Mumbai 371 | BATTING: Rajat Patidar 20(73), Naman Ojha 6(44): Both the batsmen are playing very patiently. Rajat is batting at a strike rate of 27.40 while Naman Ojha is batting at approximately 13 runs per 100 balls faced. Badrey Alam and Abhishek Nayar have been brought into the attack.

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 28/2 in 15.3 overs | Mumbai 371 | BATTING: Rajat Patidar 9(34), Naman Ojha 4(14): Badrey Alam dislodge’s the furniture; Aditya Shrivastava is bowled for 10. Naman Ojha has arrived at the crease after the dismissal of Aditya. Madhya Pradesh needs a partnership or things might get worse for them in no time. At this moment, they are trailing by 343 runs. Mumbai bowlers are getting too difficult for MP’s batters to handle. They have to bat sensibly and with disciple and patience. The least that they want is another wicket falling at this critical juncture. OUT! Aditya Shrivastava b Badrey Alam 10(32)

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 15/1 in 7.1 overs | Mumbai 371 | BATTING: Aditya Shrivastava 10(22), Rajat Patidar 0(8): Madhya Pradesh lose a wicket early on in their innings. Jalaj Saxena departs for only five runs. Rajat Patidar has come to the middle; having faced eight deliveries he is yet to get off the mark. Assam need 356 more runs to finish off the trail. They have a long way to go and need a good partnership from Aditya and Rajat. Balwinder Sandhu and Shardul Thakur are bowling at the moment. OUT! Jalaj Saxena c Bhavin Thakkar b Balwinder Sandhu 5(13)

INNINGS BREAK

Live Cricket Score, Mumbai 371 in 102.5 overs | BATTING: Balwinder Sandhu 21 (31): Sound of timber! Chandrakant Sakure cleans up Badrey Alam. Mumbai are bowled out for 371 in the first innings, which is a good score. Shreyas Iyer with his 90-run knock was their top-scorer while Sakure took a five-wicket-haul for Madhya Pradesh. OUT! Badrey Alam b Chandrakant Sakure 1(11)

Live Cricket Score, Mumbai 364/9 in 100.4 overs | BATTING: Balwinder Sandhu 15 (27), Badrey Alam 1(3): Shardul Tahkur is caught by Naman Ojha off Puneet Datey’s bowling for 27 runs. Mumbai have gone past the 350-run mark and now require 32 more runs from this moment on to reach 400, which will be a pretty good score. The task is tough since they have just one wicket remaining. OUT! Shardul Thakur c Naman Ojha b Puneet Datey 27(38)

Live Cricket Score, Mumbai 348/8 in 97 overs | BATTING: Shardul 25 (28), BS Sandhu 1 (17): Mumbai completed their Day 1 innings on stumps at 327/7 in 89 overs. Mumbai have got another wicket down and Siddesh Lad goes for 60. Chandrakant Sakure shines out for his team picking 4 wickets and Ishwar Pandey takes two wickets. Mumbai need to play their best with more runs on board with Tare and Shreyas Iyer who have given the perfect lead for the innings already.

OUT’! Siddesh Lad ct Harpreet Singh Bhatia b Puneet Datey 60 (125)

Mumbai will now look to add as many runs as possible on Day Two of the match. With three more days remaining after today, Madhya Pradesh can make a strong comeback in this match, but with runs on the board, Mumbai will be the more confident of the two sides at the beginning of the day.

Madhya Pradesh cannot be ruled out of the game so early. They have a good batting line-up with the likes of Rajat Patidar, Jalaj Saxena and Naman Ojha on their side. They will however have to bowl Mumbai out soon and give themselves a chance to win this game and proceed to the final. Madhya Pradesh’s reply with the bat will be crucial to determine which way the match will swing.

Teams:

Mumbai: Tare (c & wk), Akhil Herwadkar, Bhavin Thakkar, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya, Siddesh Lad, Abhishek Nayar, Iqbal Abdulla, Shardul Thakur.

Madhya Pradesh: Devendra Bundela (c), Jalaj Saxena, Ishwar Pandey, Naman Ojha (wk), Harpreet Singh, Jagdeep Baweja, Rajat Patidar, Ankit Dane, Aditya Shrivastava, Chandrakant Sakure