Good morning ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to CricketCountry‘s live coverage of Day One of the Irani Trophy 2015-16 between Mumbai and Rest of India. This is the customary First-Class game that features the winning Ranji Trophy team in battle against a consolidated team featuring top performers from the domestic circuit from the remainder of the country. This concept makes it a very interesting match up, thus pitting the best team against a make shift team of equal aptitude to test their skills to the highest possible extent. RELATED: Irani Trophy 2015-16: Mumbai vs Rest of India at Mumbai: Preview

STUMPS!!!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 386/3 in 83 overs: Suryakumar Yadav 88(125), Aditya Tare 38(86): Suryakumar Yadav hits three back-to-back fours off Jayant. Suryakumar advances down and hits a boundary over mid-off. He did not get to the pitch of the ball but still went ahead with the shot. Next, he got below the ball and swept it hard over deep backward point. He repeats the same shot and it fetches him the same result. He attempts an attacking stroke off the final ball of the day; he advanced but the bowler cleverly changed his length. Suryakumar defends it. It’s stumps on the first day here at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. If the final ball would had been in Suryakumar’s slot, it would had been an ideal end to the day and his fourth consecutive boundary or maybe it could had gone all the way for a six.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 370/3 in 80 overs: Suryakumar Yadav 74(111), Aditya Tare 36(82): Krishna Das bowls a good length ball outside the off stump. Tare cleverly guides it to the third man region for a boundary. It was a beautiful shot, a treat for a cricket lover’s eyes. Jayant Yadav bowls a good 79th over of the innings, just one run off it. A nice  80th over of the innings by Ankit Rajpoot, three runs off it— a couple and a wide. Mumbai’s rate of scoring has come down. Mumbai fans are itching for the second hundred of the innings; this time through Suryakumar Yadav’s bat.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 352/3 in 74.3 overs: Suryakumar Yadav 72(104), Aditya Tare 21(56): Two of Mumbai’s top-order batsmen— Akhil Herwadkar and Shreyas Iyer scored fifties. Herwadkar narrowly missed out on a century whereas Jay Gokul Bista got to three digits. Suryakumar Yadav and Aditya Tare are also on their way to make healthy contributions for their team. Krishna Das and Jayant Yadav are bowling currently. Stuart Binny has been the best bowler for Rest of India. He took the key wicket of Shreyas Iyer and with his economy of 3.14, he has been the most economical as well.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 324/3 in 69 overs: Suryakumar Yadav 52(83), Aditya Tare 13(44): Suryakumar Yadav has got to his half century and is going pretty well. Aditya Tare is batting very defencively. Mumbai have batted at a very brisk pace overall due to quick contributions by the top-order and this will help them with time to bowl out the opposition twice but for this to materialise, Mumbai should ensure that they reach the 500-run mark. It will then give ample time to their bowlers. It is also a fall back option, just in case their batting does not clicks in the second innings.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 285/3 in 60.1 overs: Suryakumar Yadav 28(58), Aditya Tare 6(16): Mumbai’s scoring rate has decreased after the fall of Shreyas. We will have to say that Rest of India have fought back well but they need a couple of more wickets now to put added pressure on Mumbai. Their aim should be to stop Mumbai go beyond 400. Anything over 400 is always difficult in Tests.

TEA

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 274/3 in 55 overs: Suryakumar Yadav 22(42), Aditya Tare 1(1): Shreyas gets to his fifty by hitting a Krishna Das’s ball for a boundary over mid-off region. He slows down a bit after getting to his half century. He was not looking very comfortable batting on Binny. Shreyas got out off a lose ball. It was a short ball outside the off stump and Shreyas attempts to cut it fiercely towards point; Srikar Bharat takes a good low catch. OUT! Shreyas Iyer c Srikar Bharat b Stuart Binny 55(49)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 249/2 in 48 overs: Shreyas Iyer 42(34), Suryakumar Yadav 12(16): Shreyas plays a beautiful cover drive off a fuller delivery by Unadkat. He is batting at a quick rate and is now closing in on his fifty. Suryakumar is giving him a helping hand at the other end. He has hit two fours. Mumbai will be hoping to go past 400 and the manner in which they are batting and taking into consideration the ease with which Shreyas is batting, they can certainly reach it today itself.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 222/2 in 43.2 overs: Shreyas Iyer 18(14), Suryakumar Yadav 9(8): Herwadkar is unfortunate to get out for just 10 runs short of what could had been a fighting hundred. Ankit Rajpoot bowled from round the wicket. It was a short good length ball near the off. Herwadkar was late in his shot and ended up giving a sitter at the slips. Shreyas Iyer has not slowed down even after the dismissal of Herwadkar. Suryakumar Yadav is the new batsman at the crease. OUT! Akhil Herwadkar c Faiz Fazal b Ankit Rajpoot 90(148)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 197/1 in 38.4 overs: Akhil Herwadkar 88(140), Shreyas Iyer 4(2): Rest of India draw first blood. Bista tries to play across a ball bowled by Krishna Das. The ball came in sharply. He failed to make contact with the ball and it hits his pads. Hawk eye revealed that the ball would had gone to hit the middle stump, the impact was in line as well. Bista played a classy kock, one of his finest. His departure brings the dangerous Shreyas Iyer at the crease and he hits a four straight away. Krishna bowled a fuller ball drifting towards the on side. Iyer latches on it and hits it towards mid wicket. There is no respite for Rest of India. OUT! Jay Gokul Bista lbw Krishna Das 104(90)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 177/0 in 35 overs: Akhil Herwadkar 75(128), Jay Gokul Bista 100(82): Jayant Yadav and Krishna Das are bowling at the moment. Their bowling lacks penetration though their line and length is good. They are not able to get the right purchase from the wicket either. Bista reaches his century and in style off just 82 balls. His innings included 15 shots to the fence and one over the ropes. Herwadkar is also batting brilliantly and Mumbai fans are hoping that he gets to his hundred as well. Batting on 75, Herwadkar has struck 13 fours. Mumbai are batting at a run rate of approximately five.

LUNCH

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 159/0 in 31 overs: Akhil Herwadkar 69(110), Jay Gokul Bista 89(76): Unadkat bowls a quite 28th over of the innings, just two runs off it. Herwadkar then hits a four off Rajpoot at backward square leg. A poor ball moving towards the on side and the batsman capitalises on it by helping it towards the boundary. It has not been all slam bang for Mumbai. They have also played proper cricketing shots. Rest of India will have to come in with a better strategy after lunch.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 146/0 in 27 overs: Akhil Herwadkar 61(97), Jay Gokul Bista 84(65): Mumbai are cruising along very nicely. Both the openers have struck a rapport and are batting well in tandem. Herwadkar has went past his fifty whereas Bista needs only a few more runs to get to his century. Herwadkar and Bista are rotating the strike with ease and also hitting lose deliveries for fours. Rest of India are looking down and out at the moment. They have tried five bowlers without any success. Mumbai have a very strong batting line up. In-form batsman Shreyas Iyer, who is considered one of the finest prodigies banging on the door of the Indian national team is next in the batting order.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 109/0 in 21 overs: Akhil Herwadkar 44(73), Jay Gokul Bista 61(53): Bista has cracked a good half century. Batting on 61, he has faced just 53 balls. He has hit 12 fours in his innings so far. Herwadkar is only six runs short of his fifty. Rest of India brought Yadav into the attack but he was not able to slow down the scoring rate. In his three overs, he went for 16 but that was more owing to Bista’s counter attack on him off the 20th over of the innings. He hit three back-to-back boundaries off him as the over went for 14 runs. He is playing the sweep, cut and is placing the ball in gaps to good effect. It has forced Rest of India captain Naman Ojha to bring Krishna Das and Binny back into the attack.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 77/0 in 15 overs: Akhil Herwadkar 36(50), Jay Gokul Bista 40(40): 14 runs come off Rajpoot’s over as Bista smashes three boundaries. He is now batting at a run-a-ball 40 and has taken his tally for fours to seven. Are we witnessing a one day match? The pace at which Mumbai is batting, it does appear so and the good thing for them is that they haven’t lost a wicket till now. Rest of India would want to make a second change now. Maybe bringing a spinner, someone like Jayant Yadav will be a good idea or else Mumbai may soon reach a good first innings score in no time.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 63/0 in 14 overs: Akhil Herwadkar 35(48), Jay Gokul Bista 27(36): Rest of India have introduced Ankit Rajpoot and Stuart Binny into the attack. Binny has been economical so far, having given just four runs in his two overs. Rajpoot, on the other hand has given 11 runs in the same number of overs. Binny is mostly dealing in length deliveries but is playing with his line a bit and keeping the batsmen guessing.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 47/0 in 10 overs: Akhil Herwadkar 25(32), Jay Gokul Bista 22(28): Akhil has accelerated his scoring rate in the last few overs. He is batting at a strike rate of 78.13 now. He has struck six shots to the fence in his innings. His body language exudes confidence. Gokul Bista is giving him good support at the other end. Mumbai are 47 for no loss after the end of 10 overs; an amazing brisk start considering its a five-day game. Rest of India may bring in the first change soon since they are not getting wickets. As of now, Krishna Das and Unadkat are bowling a decent line and length; it’s just that the batsmen are playing some really good brand of cricket.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, Mumbai 14/0 in 5 overs: Akhil Herwadkar 1(16), Jay Gokul Bista 12(13): Mumbai are off to a steady start. Akhil Herwadkar and Joy Gokul Bista have opened for Mumbai. Bista has already struck two boundaries whereas Herwadkar is taking his time to settle down. He is playing very defencively and wishes to see the new ball off before he starts scoring more freely. Jaydev Undakat and Krishna Das are sharing the new ball for Rest of India.

Toss: Mumbai win the toss and elect to bat first

Teams:

Mumbai: Aditya Tare (c)  (wk), Akhil Herwadkar, Jay Gokul Bista, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Abhishek Nayar, Siddhesh Lad, Iqbal Abdulla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur, Balwinder Sandhu

Rest of India: Naman Ojha (c) (wk), Faiz Fazal, Srikar Bharat, Sudip Chatterjee, Karun Nair, Sheldon Jackson,  Stuart Binny, Jayant Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Krishna Das, Ankit Rajpoot

In the previous edition of this prestigious cup, Karnataka beat a very strong opposition quite convincingly. Mumbai will look to do something similar and surely have the advantage of home conditions and momentum to fall back on. For Rest of India the biggest challenge will be to gel as a team in a very short span of time. If that is achieved, the team will be enabled to make the best claim for the title.

Mumbai will continue to be captained by Aditya Tare, who did a very good job in the nurturing of youngsters in the team, enabling them to perform uninhibited. He will look to inspire similar confidence in his side for this tough match. Rest of India will be captained by Madhya Pradesh wicket-keeper Naman Ojha. For him doing well personally will serve two causes. The first obviously being giving his team something to look up to. The other being keeping himself in the eye of the team India selectors.

Squads:

Mumbai: Aditya Tare (c)  (wk), Akhil Herwadkar, Jay Gokul Bista, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Abhishek Nayar, Siddhesh Lad, Iqbal Abdulla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur, Balwinder Sandhu, Bhavin Thakkar, Nikhil Patil, Badre Alam, Vishal Dabholkar

Rest of India: Naman Ojha (c) (wk), Faiz Fazal, Srikar Bharat, Sudip Chatterjee, Karun Nair, Sheldon Jackson,  Stuart Binny, Jayant Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Krishna Das, Ankit Rajpoot, Akshay Wakhare, Nathu Singh, Ian Dev Singh, Barinder Sran, Shahbaz Nadeem