Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 3 of the Group B game of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy between Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, live from Patiala. Punjab are in control at Patiala, having reduced the deficit to 188 with 8 wickets in hand. Uday Kaul and Mandeep Singh look set at the crease, and with the likes of Yuvraj Singh, backed by Gitansh Khera and Himanshu Chawla, to follow, Punjab look firm favourites after an excellent performance from Sarabjit Ladda and debutant Pargat Singh. The pitch has assisted spinners, which meant that Madhya Pradesh spearhead Ishwar Pandey was restricted to 4 overs. Complete coverage of Ranji Trophy 2015-16

Live cricket scores Madhya Pradesh 81/3 | Overs 32 | Batting: Jalaj Saxena 31(84), Puneet Datey 5(18): At stumps of Day 3, MP led Punjab by 93 runs with seven wickets to spare and final day being tomorrow. Sarbjeet Ladda once again delivered for Punjab, all the three wickets were picked by him. MP’s Udit Birla was the last batsman to get dimissed. He was trapped in leg before wicket in the 28th over. OUT! Aditya Shrivastava c Jiwanjot Singh b Sarbjeet Ladda 27(61) OUT! Harpreet Singh Bhatia b Sarbjeet Ladda 8(21) OUT! Udit Birla LBW Sarbjeet Ladda 1(15)

Live cricket scores Punjab 230/5 | Overs 76 | Batting: Uday Kaul 71(143), Himanshu Chawla 9(13): Punjab ended Day 2 with eight wickets in hand with Mandeep Singh still on crease. However, MP ensured the former doesn’t end up doing ruining their chnaces in the ongoing match when Ishwar Pandey dismissed him for just 22 runs in the 57th over. Yuvraj Singh who had smashed 150-plus in the previous game did not repeat that innings as he was out for a 23-ball 6. From here, Punjab trail by 140 runs with five wickets in hand.

OUT! Mandeep Singh c Ankit Sharma b Ishwar Pandey 22(45)
OUT! Yuvraj Singh c Naman Ojha b Ishwar Pandey 6(23)
OUT! Gitansh Khera c Harpreet Singh Bhatia b Ankit Sharma 7(36)

Resuming at 251 for 5, Aditya Shrivastava (131 in 315 balls, 10 fours, 1 six) and Rameez Khan (66 in 130 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) took the score to 309, adding a crucial 106 for the sixth wicket. There was some support from Ankit Sharma, Pandey hit 2 sixes off the 13 balls he faced, and Madhya Pradesh reached 370, with Ladda (5 for 110) and Pargat (3 for 108) getting the wickets.

Manan Vohra (32 in 59 balls, 5 fours) and Jiwanjot Singh (64 in 138 balls, 10 fours) set off in hot pursuit, adding 58 for the opening stand. Jiwanjot then added another 94 with Kaul (55 not out in 100 balls, 5 fours). Jalaj Saxena and Ankit Sharma bowled 38 of the 56 overs between them, and took the only wickets to fall. They will hope the match goes till the fourth innings.

Squads:

Punjab: Yuvraj Singh (c), Gitansh Khera (wk), Manan Vohra, Jiwanjot Singh, Uday Kaul, Mandeep Singh, Sarabjit Ladda, Varun Khanna, Brainder Sran, Himanshu Chawla, Pargat Singh, Mayank Sidhana.

Madhya Pradesh: Devendra Bundela (c), Naman Ojha (wk), Ishwar Pandey, Jalaj Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Udit Birla, Puneet Datey, Harpreet Singh, Mihir Hirwani, Rameez Khan, Yogesh Rawat, Aditya Shrivastava.