Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog of Day 3 of Group B match in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2015-16, between Punjab and Gujarat at Mohali. At stumps of Day 2, Punjab trailed Gujarat by 336 runs with opening batsman Manan Vohra and Uday Kaul on strike. While Vohra looked settled having reached a superb half-century from 112 balls, Kaul was on 24 from 42 deliveries. Gujarat’s R H Bhatt drew first blood by dismissing Jiwanjot Singh on the third delivery of the 27th over for 75-ball 51. With two days remaining, Punjab will definitely want to earn a huge first innings lead to at least ensure the first innings lead for the crucial three points. READ: Full coverage, Ranji Trophy 2015-16 here

Earlier, Priyank Kirit Panchal top scored for Punjab with his 105 from 202 deliveries and the other centurion for the hosts was wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel who scored 190-ball 113 before getting dismissed by Sarbjeet Ladda in the 128th over. Meanwhile, Venugopal Rao missed a brilliant hundred by five runs as he got out for 95 from 187 balls by Jiwanjot Singh.

Live cricket scores Punjab 434/5  | Gujarat 467 | Overs 127| Batting: Yuvraj Singh 85(122), Siddharth Kaul 2(6): Yuvraj Singh has finally regained his touch, he is looking solid to make his first hundred in this tournament. Yuvraj’s lack of form was a big worry for Punjab, add to it Gurkeerat Singh who cracked a brillinat double hundred in Punjab’s first match of this series left midway as he got selected in India’s ODI squad. At this moment Punjab are batting very well and if Yuvraj continues to play the way he is at the moment they will cross 500 in no time since he is batting very fast too at a strike rate of 69.67. OUT! Himanshu Chawla c Ramesh Powar b RH Bhatt 31(43)

Live cricket scores Punjab 397/4  | Gujarat 467 | Overs 118| Batting: Yuvraj Singh 72(102), Himanshu Chawla 15(18): Punjab are just three short of 400 and they have lost four wickets so far. Yuvraj Singh is playing brilliantly on 72, he has struck two sixes and six boundaries in his knock as of now. Mandeep Singh was unlucky and got run out on 63, he was looking so good. Punjab batters have replied exceedingly well to Gujarat’s mammoth first innings score of 467. Punjab will be thinking to take their first innings score beyond 600 and they can do that because Gitansh Khera and Maninder are yet to come. OUT! Mandeep Singh run out RP Singh 63(94)

Live cricket scores Punjab 311/3  | Gujarat 467 | Overs 101| Batting: Yuvraj Singh 29(40), Mandeep Singh 38(66): Yuvraj has reached 29, he has slowed down his scoring rate in the last few overs. Mandeep Singh on the other end is batting on 38. Gitansh Khera and Himanshu Chawla are yet to bat. Punjab have lost just two wickets since morning. They need 166 more runs to equal Gujarat’s first innings score.

Live cricket scores Punjab 300/3  | Gujarat 467 | Overs 97| Batting: Yuvraj Singh 25(29), Mandeep Singh 34(63): Punjab are trailing by 167 runs. They lost the wicket of Uday Kaul for 78 runs. Yuvraj Singh has come to bat. He has struck two boundaries and one gigantic six so far. He is playing very quickly. Mandeep Singh is at the other end batting on 34. OUT! Uday Kaul c Venugopal Rao b RH Bhatt 78(199)

Live cricket scores Punjab 227/2  | Gujarat 467 | Overs 80| Batting:  Uday Kaul 62(177), Mandeep Singh 4(6): Manan Vohra perished just after scoring his century. He hit 13 boundaries in his knock; most of his boundaries were scored through grounded shots. Uday Kaul is batting on 62 with the help of five shots towards the fence. Punjab skipper Yuvraj Singh may come next when Punjab loses another wicket. Punjab are still trailing by 240 runs. This is turning out to be a high scoring match and it may well end in a draw. OUT! Manan Vohra c Gohil b Ramesh Powar 104(229)

Live cricket scores Punjab 190/1  | Gujarat 467 | Overs 65| Batting: Manan Vohra 86(194), Uday Kaul 47(123): Punjab have added 59 runs since morning without any loss. Manan Vohra is reaching his hundred while Uday Kaul is just three short of his half century. Punjab skipper and swashbuckling batsman Yuvraj Singh is yet to come to the middle. Punjab batters have given a good reply so far to Goa’s first innings score of 467.

Squads:

Punjab: Yuvraj Singh(c), Manan Vohra, Jiwanjot Singh, Uday Kaul, Maninder Singh, Gitansh Khera(wk), Himanshu Chawla, Sarabjit Ladda, Siddarth Kaul, Brainder Sran, Varun Khanna

Gujarat: Parthiv Patel (c & wk), JJ Bumrah, RP Singh, PK Panchal, BH Merai, RH Bhatt, RB Kalaria, Y Venugopal Rao, Ramesh Powar, SB Gohil, Niraj Patel