Naman Ojha will remain the key batsman for MP © Getty Images (File photo)
Naman Ojha will remain the key batsman for MP © Getty Images (File photo)

Good Morning! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 5 of semi-final of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy between Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh at the DRIEMS Ground, Tangi in Cuttack on Tuesday. We will be bringing to you the live updates from this game. Mumbai are on the cusp of winning this match and qualifying for the final as Madhya Pradesh need a further 472 runs to win the match after they were set a 571-run target. Naman Ojha and Aditya Shrivastava are currently at the crease and will look to bat out the remaining overs to secure a draw for their team. READ: Ranji Trophy 2015-16: Madhya Pradesh set 571-run target by Mumbai in semi-final

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 227 & 361/5 | 109 overs | Target 571 | BATTING: Ankit Dane 23 (37), Jagdeep Baweja 8 (26): It’s over! The match has ended in a draw and Mumbai — the 40 times champion — have sailed through to the final of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16. Madhya Pradesh batted bravely today but they had a herculean task ahead of them. Mumbai will face Saurashtra in the final of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16.

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 227 & 349/5 | 106 overs | Target 571 | BATTING: Ankit Dane 17 (32), Jagdeep Baweja 2 (13): WICKET! Bhavin Thakkar has provided Mumbai a major breakthrough as the on-song Harpreet Singh Bhatia has been dismissed right after he completed his century. Madhya Pradesh have lost both their set batsman and it is up to the rest to continue the resistance. Devendra Bundela, meanwhile, is yet to bat.

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 227 & 328/4 | 98 overs | Target 571 | BATTING: Ankit Dane 6 (16), Harpreet Singh Bhatia 98 (176): Naman Ojha fell after scoring a fine century in this semi-final match. Ojha was dismissed for 113 off 185 balls, with the help of 13 boundaries and a six. Ankit Dane has walked out to bat with Harpreet Singh Bhatia, and Madhya Pradesh need to bat the same way they have been batting.

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 227 & 281/3 | 91 overs | Target 571 | BATTING: Naman Ojha 106(178), Harpreet Singh Bhatia 70(151): A brilliant effort by Naman Ojha as he has completed his century! A fine knock by the right-handed batsman who stood for his team at the right time. If Madhya Pradesh increase their scoring rate, they may push for a win. But they need far too many runs to push for it as a collapse here might undo all the good work.

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 227 & 265/3 | 84 overs | Target 571 | BATTING: Naman Ojha 94(157), Harpreet Singh Bhatia 60(133): Naman Ojha and Harpreet Singh Bhatia have added more than 100 runs for the fourth wicket, and Mumbai are struggling with the ball here. Naman is closing in on a century, whereas Harpreet Singh Bhatia has also completed his half-century. This is some solid batting performance by Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai are looking clueless to take a wicket here. Madhya Pradesh still need more than 300 runs to win though.

 

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 227 & 199/3 | 64 overs | Target 571 | BATTING: Naman Ojha 60(106), Harpreet Singh Bhatia 28(51): Naman Ojha and Harpreet Singh Bhatia have done extremely well to keep Mumbai at bay. Madhya Pradesh have lost only one wicket so far in the day, and by the look of things they will continue to bat in the same passion for the remainder of the day. It’s time for lunch, with Madhya Pradesh requiring another 372 to win.

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 227 & 184/3 | 59 overs | Target 571 | BATTING: Naman Ojha 54(100), Harpreet Singh Bhatia 19(37): A very good effort from the dependable right-handed batsman Naman Ojha, who has batted responsibly so far in this innings and has completed his half-century. He has been joined by Harpreet Singh Bhatia after Aditya Shrivastava was dismissed for 68. MP still need 387 runs to win, which certainly looks improbable.

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 227 & 151/3 | 49.5 overs | Target 571 | BATTING: Naman Ojha 42(79), Harpreet Singh Bhatia 0(1): Mumbai finally succeed in breaking the partnership. Aditya Shrivastava is caught by Tare off Badrey Alam’s bowling. His 68 included 10 boundaries. Harpreet Singh Bhatia has come to the middle after the fall of Aditya. MP now requires 420 more runs from here on with seven wickets in hand. It’s an uphill task for them especially after the wicket of Aditya, who was batting pretty well. OUT! Aditya Shrivastava c Aditya Tare b Badrey Alam 68(148)

Live Cricket Score, Madhya Pradesh 227 & 117/2 | 39 overs | Target 571 | BATTING: Aditya Shrivastava 60(125), Naman Ojha 23(38): Madhya Pradesh have resumed their innings on the fifth and final day of the Test. The third-wicket partnership between Aditya Shrivastava and Naman Ojha has fetched MP 42 runs so far. They are chasing a hefty total and it will be very difficult for them to get nearer to it. It will be prudent that they dissect the final day in some over slots and play accordingly as per the situation. At present, it will be beneficial for them if the current partnership continues to grow; another wicket here and things will get difficult for them.

Centuries from Aditya Tare and Suryakumar Yadav in the second innings put Mumbai in command. Madhya Pradesh were bundled put for 227 in their first innings in reply to 371, which Mumbai had scored in the first innings. Shreyas Iyer top-scored in the first innings for Mumbai with Tare and Siddesh Lad too scoring vital half-centuries. Chandrakant Sakure picked up five wickets for Madhya Pradesh, which was their saving grace for Madhya Pradesh.

For Mumbai, Balwinder Sandhu picked up a five-wicket haul as well, finishing with 5 for 43. Mumbai have already won the Ranji Trophy a record 40 times and will look to add to their tally. If they make it through to the final they will take on Saurashtra, who thrashed Assam by 10 wickets in the sem-final.

Mumbai will look to put in another good performance on the final day and go into the final with an outright win. Like Saurashtra, they too have been unbeaten this season and deserve a place in the final.

Teams:

Mumbai: Aditya 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.