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SAU 115 | Live Cricket Score, Mumbai vs Saurashtra, Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Final, Day 3 at Pune: Mumbai win title for 41st time

Catch the live cricket scores and updates of Mumbai vs Saurashtra, Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Final at Pune.

Good Morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 final, Day 3 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). Mumbai find themselves with a slender lead of 27 runs with only two wickets in hand as they head into Day 3. They will look to get that up to 50-60 runs on what has been an electric surface. READ: Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Final: Shreyas Iyer scores ton as Mumbai lead Saurashtra

Live Cricket Score: Saurashtra 115 | Overs 48.2| TRAIL BY: 21|  BATTING: Deepak Punia 0 (2), Jaydev Unadkat 5 (3): That’s it, Mumbai are Ranji champions for the 41st time and this is the 10th time they are winning a final by an innings. Saurashtra could not put up much of a fight and their batting has been poor throughout the match. Shardul Thakur finishes with five wickets in the second innings. OUT! Deepak Punia c Tare b Thakur 3 (10), Hardik Rathod b Thakur 2 (6)

Live Cricket Score: Saurashtra 97/8 | Overs 43| TRAIL BY: 39|  BATTING: Deepak Punia 0 (2), Jaydev Unadkat 5 (3): TEA! Saurashtra have lost too many wickets in a hurry and Mumbai are on the verge of winning the match by an innings. The Mumbai bowlers have bowled exceptionally well ad the batsmen have had no answers to them. OUT! Cheteshwar  Pujara c Herwadkar b Thakur 27 (98), Jaydev Shah c Tare b Thakur 17 (39), Prerak Mankad c Abdullah b Kulkarni 1 (12), Chirag Jani c tare b Thakur 11 (21)

Live Cricket Score: Saurashtra 50/4 | Overs 28| TRAIL BY: 86|  BATTING: Cheteshwar Pujara 7 (45), Sheldon Jackson 3 (9): Saurashtra have ow lost the wicket of Sheldon Jackson. Pujara is fighting a lone battle as of now, but the Mumbai bowlers look extremely dangerous and will not be surprising if they a wicket or two more before tea. OUT! Sheldon Jackson c Tare b Nayar 13 (30)

Live Cricket Score: Saurashtra 31/3 | Overs 18| TRAIL BY: 105|  BATTING: Cheteshwar Pujara 7 (45), Sheldon Jackson 3 (9): Mumbai have struck again immediately after lunch as Saurashtra’s top-scorer from the first innings Vasavada has been dismissed by Sandhu. Sheldon Jackson is the new batsman and he will have to build a good partnership along with Pujara, if Saurashtra are to make a comeback in this match. OUT! Arpit Vasavada c Herwadkar b Sandhu 3 (21)

Live Cricket Score: Saurashtra 23/2 | Overs 11| TRAIL BY: 113|  BATTING: Cheteshwar Pujara 7 (19), Arpit Vasavada 2 (5):And that’s lunch and Saurashtra are in trouble, having lost a couple of quick wickets. Mumbai will hope to cause further destruction once play resumes after lunch.

Live Cricket Score: Saurashtra 21/2 | Overs 7| TRAIL BY: 115|  BATTING: Cheteshwar Pujara 1 (6), Arpit Vasavada 2 (4): Saurashtra are struggling at the moment, losing both their openers cheaply. It is up to Pujara and Vasavada to rescue their side from here. OUT! Avi Bharot LBW b Sandhu 4 (11), Sanjay Jogiyani c Thakkar b Kulkarni 9 (21)

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 371 | Overs 82.2| LEAD: 136|  BATTING: Balwinder Sandhu 34 (49):That’s it Mumbai have been bowled out, but not before taking a huge first innings lead. Saurashtra will have to bat very well from here to win the match. they will have to bat much better than they did in the first match. Lad misses out on a century, but his 103-run partnership with Sandhu could eventually be the difference. OUT! Siddesh Lad c Jackson b Unadkat 88 (101)

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 371/9 | Overs 82| LEAD: 136|  BATTING: Siddesh Lad 88 (99), Balwinder Sandhu 34 (49): Mumbai are piling on the misery on Saurashtra and have now taken a huge lead now. Saurashtra will be ruing their missed chances and will look to put that behind them and get the final pair, who have put on over 100 runs now.

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 329/9 | Overs 74| LEAD: 94|  BATTING: Siddesh Lad 66 (80), Balwinder Sandhu 16 (19): The Last wicket partnership is really hurting Saurashtra as the partnership has gone beyond the 50-run mark. Siddesh Lad too has played exceptionally well, hitting the bowlers out of the ground with ease. He too has reached his fifty. Saurashtra have been sloppy n the field again, giving Lad a life early.

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai 271/9 | Overs 68| LEAD: 36|  BATTING: Siddesh Lad 24 (60), Balwinder Sandhu 1 (3):  Undakat strikes early in the day and Mumbai are just one wicket away from getting bowled out. Mumbai have taken a slender lead and will hope to restrict Saurashtra to a low score when they come out to bowl. OUT! Iqbal Abdullah b Unadkat 15 (19)

Once again, Shreyas Iyer proved his class with a 142-ball 117 when all other batsmen struggled. In fact, the two openers Akhil Herwadkar and Bhavin Thakkar got ducks. In that situation, it makes Iyer’s knock that much more telling of his abounding talent. Suryakumar Yadav played a good hand of 48.

The Saurashtra bowlers were very good and made use of the juicy pitch and were it not for Iyer’s effort, their team would have been comfortably on top. Hardik Rathod was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for 44 runs, Jaydev Unadkat and Chirag Jani managed two a piece. All is not lost for Saurashtra though. Even if Mumbai do take a lead of over fifty, it is key to not that they will be batting last on a very difficult surface. Hence Saurashtra are well in this contest at the moment. They will want to take the remaining two wickets in quick time.

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