Good Morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 final, Day 2 between Mumbai and Saurashtra at Pune on Thursday. Mumbai are by far the most successful First-Class team in cricket history, and are chasing their 42nd Ranji Trophy title, while Saurashtra have never yet won the Ranji Trophy as Saurashtra (they had previously won when the team was called Nawanagar). After Day One it looked like Mumbai indeed had the edge to win yet another trophy to their illustrious cabinet. Saurashtra were left struggling at 192 for 8 at stumps. Mumbai will look to clean them up as soon as possible. READ: Dhawal Kulkarni’s 4-for put Mumbai on top on Day 1 of Ranji Trophy Final vs Saurashtra

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 262/8 | Overs 66 | LEAD BY: 27| BATTING: Siddesh Lad 22 (57), Iqbal Abdullah 9 (13): STUMPS! Mumbai stutter just ahead of stumps as they have lost a couple of wickets. Hardik Rathod picked up two in two and Mumbai were on the back foot, but they have taken a slender lead, which could prove pivotal. OUT! Dhawal Kulkarni b Rathod 1 (8), Shardul Thakur c Pujara b Rathod 0 (1)

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 248/6 | Overs 62 | LEAD BY: 13| BATTING: Siddesh Lad 20 (51), Dhawal Kulkarni 0 (2): Mumbai have taken a first innings lead and despite losing three wickets after tea, they have done well. Abhishek Nayar was given a life as Vasavada dropped a catch again at slips, but he was trapped in front by Hardik Rathod Saurashtra have performed much better in the final session of the day. OUT! Abhishek Nayar LBW b Rathod 19 (36)

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 218/5 | Overs 53 | TRAIL BY: 17| BATTING: Siddesh Lad 2 (21), Abhishek Nayar 11 (14): Mumbai have lost a couple of wickets after tea, but they are well on course to wiping out the deficit and taking a first innings lead, which could prove out to be crucial as the match progresses. Saurashtra have bpwled very well after the tea break. OUT! Aditya Tare c Vasavada b Jani 19 (17), Suryakumar Yadav c Pujara b Punia 48 (112)

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 184/3 | Overs 43 | TRAIL BY: 51| BATTING: Suryakumar Yadav 40 (98), Aditya Tare 8 (5): Shreyas Iyer has been dismissed just ahead of the tea break after playing an excellent knock. Suryakumar Yadav is playing well and looks set to get a big score and he will look to take Mumbai to a huge lead along with skipper Aditya Tare. OUT! Shreyas Iyer c Shah b Jani 117 (142)

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 170/2 | Overs 39 | TRAIL BY: 65| BATTING:  Shreyas Iyer 116 (136), Suryakumar Yadav 35 (85): Shreyas Iyer Scores his fourth ton of the season and his sixth in First-Class cricket to take Mumbai to a commanding position after thay had lost a couple of early wickets. Suryakumar Yadav has supported Shreyas well at the other end.

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 132/2 | Overs 31 | TRAIL BY: 103| BATTING:  Shreyas Iyer 88 (107), Suryakumar Yadav 28 (66): Shreyas Iyer is nearing yet another ton and the partnership between him and Suryakumar Yadav has gone past the 100-run mark. Saurashtra are finding it tough to get a breakthrough here.

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 85/2 | Overs 24 | TRAIL BY: 150| BATTING:  Shreyas Iyer 67 (88), Suryakumar Yadav 3 (42): Back after lunch and the partnership between Shreyas and Yadav has gone past the 50-run mark. Saurashtra desperately need to strike here else the pair can run away with the game.

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 66/2 | Overs 19 | TRAIL BY: 169| BATTING:  Shreyas Iyer 51 (66), Suryakumar Yadav 3 (31): LUNCH! Shreyas Iyer has batted beautifully and remains unbeaten on 51 at the break. Suryakumar Yadav has been on a defending spree and has not scored a run in some time. he may break free after lunch. Mumbai have done well, especially after losing their openers early.

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 47/2 | Overs 13 | TRAIL BY: 188| BATTING:  Shreyas Iyer 36 (42), Suryakumar Yadav 3 (15): Undakat has struck again and this time he has gotten rid of Thakker cheaply. Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav will look to ensure that they do not lose any more wickets at this stage. OUT! Bhavin Thakker b Unadkat 6 (20)

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 20/1 | Overs 4| TRAIL BY: 215| Bhavin Thakker 6 (15), Shreyas Iyer 14 (12): Saurashtra have managed to pick up an early wicket, that of Herwadkar for a duck. they have come close to picking up a wicket or two after that as well, but Mumbai have managed to survive. The day so far has belonged to Saurashtra. OUT! Akhil Herwadkar c Jackson b Unadkat 0 (2)

Live Cricket Score: Saurashtra 235 | Overs 93.2| Hardik Rathod 0 (3): It’s all over for Saurashtra as they have been bowled out for 235 in their first innings. Arpit Vasavada top-scored with 77 and debutant Prerak Mankad scored 66 batting at No. 9. Dhawal Kulkarni finished with yet another five-wicket haul and Dhardul finished with three. Saurashtra have recovered well after being in deep trouble at one stage. OUT! Prerak Mankad c Yadav b Kulkarni 66 (142), Jaydev Unadkat c Herwadkar b Thakur 31 (26)

Live Cricket Score: Saurashtra 217/8 | Overs 88| Prerak Mankad 58 (125), Jaydev Unadkat 21 (14): Saurashtra are still struggling as they inch past the 200-run mark. Unadkat even smashed Shardul Thakur over the mid-wicket fence for a huge fence. He followed it up with a cut to the backward point fence. Unadkat was luck to find a top edge, which went over the third man fence for yet another six off the same over. Saurashtra will look for a score in excess of 250, which will be a good recovery after making a disastrous start on Day One.

Saurashtra do have some quality bowlers to capitalise on the swing-friendly conditions which Mumbai exploited so well. At one stage Saurashtra were reeling at 42 for four with Dhawal Kulkarni having made an impact upfront. Even India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara managed to score just four runs before becoming Kulkarni’s victim. Ranji Trophy 2015-16: Full Coverage

A solid score of 77 from Arpit Vasavada helped Saurashtra past hundred. Later on it was the resilience of tail-ender Prerak Mankad with an unbeaten 55 to his name which inched Saurashtra closer to the 200-run mark. Mankad will look to make an addition to his total in a bid to get Saurashtra out from the trouble. But the onus will lie on the Saurashtra bowlers to repay Mumbai in kind. However, Mumbai do have a solid batting line up capable of countering the tough conditions that they are presented with.