Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 1 of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Group B match between Punjab and Railways. Punjab are one of the strongest sides in the tournament. Led by Harbhajan Singh and backed up by Yuvraj Singh, the side also contains a number of talented youngsters in Jiwanjot Singh, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, and Gurkeerat Singh. Their bowling attack is perhaps not as strong though, and that is where Railways would try to capitalise. However, with only a couple of well-known names in Mahesh Rawat, Anureet Singh, and Karn Sharma, Railways will certainly not start the match as favourites. Read all Ranji Trophy 2015-16 team previews here

Live cricket score Punjab 235/2 | Overs 90| BATTING: Uday Kaul 92(245), Mandeep Singh 100 (196):
Day ends and Yuvraj Singh has yet to come to the middle. Mandeep Singh completed his century moments before the announcement of the day’s closure. He is batting on 100 well supported by Kaul who has scored 92 runs so far. This partnership is looking dangerous and if it can take them past 300 the next day then the job of flamboyant batsmen like Yuvraj Singh will get easier. Punjab have batted brilliantly on day one of this match, they would like to keep the momentum going.

Live cricket score Punjab 169/2 | Overs 73| BATTING: Uday Kaul 61(118), Mandeep Singh 67 (153):
Uday Kaul and Mandeep Singh’s partnership has taken Punjab to 169. Both the batters have shown good temperament and have played shots all round the park. Mandeep has hit nine fours in his knock so far.

Live cricket score Punjab 129/2 | Overs 54| BATTING: Uday Kaul 59(116), Mandeep Singh 66 (136): Both Kaul and Singh are batting well and have scored their fifties. Their strike rate is also decent. Railways need to show resilience and come back in this match and for that they need to break this partnership which is looking dangerous.

Live cricket score Punjab 129/2 | Overs 54| BATTING: Uday Kaul 44(121), Mandeep Singh 47 (99):
Punjab are batting beautifully on 129 having lost just two wickets. Both Uday Kaul and Mandeep Singh are looking good. Both are batting patiently and that needs to be done, no need to hurry. Punjab should bat out today and get a score between 250 and 300.

Live cricket score Punjab 80/2 | Overs 37| BATTING: Uday Kaul 33(79), Mandeep Singh 10 (42):
Kaul and Madeep Singh are looking good but they need to keep the tempo going. They are batting on 39 and 10 respectively.

Live cricket score Punjab 66/2 | Overs 33| BATTING: Uday Kaul 27 (70), Mandeep Singh 3 (28):
Punjab have lost the wickets of Vohra and Jiwanjot Sing in the last 25 overs. Vohra was unlucky and got run-out on five runs. Kaul and Mandeep Singh should take Punjab to a respectable total before destructive batsman Yuvraj Singh and a few other batsmen take control.

OUT! Manan Vohra run out Saurabh, Jiwanjot Singh c Rohan Bhosale

Live cricket score Punjab 8/0 | Overs 8| BATTING: Manan Vohra 5 (27), Jiwanjot Singh 3 (21): Punjab have made a cautious start after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Playing XI:

Punjab: Yuvraj Singh (c), Jiwanjot Singh,  Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Mann, Manan Vohra, Gitansh Khera (wk), Maninder, Siddharth Kaul, Uday Kaul, Barinder Singh Sran, Varun Khanna.

Railways: Mahesh Rawat (c, wk), Saurabh,  Arindam Ghosh, Ranjeet Mali, Karn Sharma, Prashant Awasthi, K K Upadhyay, Arnab Arun Nandi, Rohan Bhosale, A R B Singh, H Kadam

TOSS: Punjab win toss, elect to bat first

Squads:

Punjab: Harbhajan Singh (c), Yuvraj Singh, Jiwanjot Singh, Manan Vohra, Uday Kaul, Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Singh, Gitansh Khera (wk), Himanshu Chawla, Sidharth Kaul, Brainder Sran, Sarabjit Singh Ladda and Varun Khanna.

Railways: Mahest Rawat (c&wk), Rohan Bhosale, Ranjit Mali, Anureet Singh, Ashish Singh, Prashant Awasthi, V Chevularaj, Faiz Ahmed, Arindam Ghosh, Hitesh Kadam, Anustup Majumdar, Amit Mishra, Arnab Nandi, Karn Sharma, Krishnakant Upadhyay, Saurabh Wakaskar.