Hello and welcome to CricketCountry s live coverage of Day 1 of the Group B game of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy between Railways and Gujarat, live from Karnail Singh Stadium, Delhi. Railways have had a tournament full of ups and downs, winning one and losing two matches outright. They will go into the match with 6 points from 3 matches, and will play at home for the first time this season. Gujarat, on the other hand, have secured a mere 2 from 2 matches, though they have a strong team, consisting of Parthiv Patel, Manpreet Juneja, Jasprit Bumrah, Smit Patel, RP Singh, Ramesh Powar, Venugopal Rao, and Niraj Patel. Railways, on the other hand, boast of Karn Sharma and Anureet Singh. Complete coverage of Ranji Trophy 2015-16

Live cricket scores Gujarat 286/6| Overs 90| Batting: MC Juneja 17(58), RB Kalaria 10(15): Railways are finally able to take the key wicket of PK Panchal. Panchal got out at the end of the first day, he made 141. Gujarat have reached 286 for six, they will be hoping to stretch their score to 400 tomorrow. Let’s see if their tailenders are able to add 100-150 runs more. OUT! PK Panchal c ARB Singh b Arun Nandi 141(233)

Live cricket scores Gujarat 244/5| Overs 76| Batting: PK Panchal 126(213), MC Juneja 0(9): Gujarat lose BH Merai on Anureet Singh’s delivery. Centurion PK Panchal is batting pretty well but he is running out of partners. MC Juneja is batting at the other end, he has faced nine balls but is yet to get off the mark. OUT! BH Merai c Mahesh Rawat b Anureet Singh 9(38)

Live cricket scores Gujarat 225/4| Overs 65| Batting: PK Panchal 116(186), BH Merai 0(8): Gujarat lose their fourth wicket Venugopal Rao for 35 runs. BH Merai has come to the middle, he has faced eight balls but is yet to get off the mark. Gujarat is in commanding position at this moment. Railways need a couple of more quick wickets. OUT! Venugopal Rao c Arun Nandi b Karn Sharma 35(58)

Live cricket scores Gujarat 195/3| Overs 55.3| Batting: PK Panchal 107(162), Venugopal Rao 18(34): Arun Nandi breaks the third wicket partnership between Parthiv Patel and PK Panchal. It was a big 120 runs partnership.Parthiv Patel got out after scoring a quick fifty. He struck nine fours in his knock. PK Panchal is still at the crease batting on 107 having hit 16 fours and one six. Venugopal Rao is at the other end batting on 18. OUT! Parthiv Patel b Arnab Arun Nandi 58(80)

Live cricket scores Gujarat 101/2| Overs 38| Batting: Parthiv Patel 31(54), PK Panchal 64(115): PK Panchal hits a four, he is now batting on 64. Gujarat are looking strong to post a hefty total but for that, this partnership should keep going. Batsmen are mostly dealing in singles right now. Parthiv Patel is looking solid on 31. Gujarat have tried scoring on lose deliveries only and that is the reason that they haven’t lost many wickets today.

Live cricket scores Gujarat 89/2| Overs 35| Batting: Parthiv Patel 30(51), PK Panchal 53(100): Rajasthan lost two wickets in quick succession when they had registered only 25 and 26 runs on board. SB Gohil took his time to get settled but could score only four runs before getting out. RH Bhatt who came next got out leg-before-wicket. Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel is at the crease now. He is batting on 30 with the help of four shots towards the fence. PK Panchal has reached his half century. Gujarat will be expecting more from him and also from Patel seeing the brilliant form that he has been in this Ranji Trophy. OUT! SB Gohil c Mahesh Rawat b Ranjeet Mali 4(54), RH Bhatt lbw KK Upadhyay 1(6)

Live cricket scores Gujarat 14/0| Overs 6| Batting: SB Gohil 2(14), PK Panchal 12(22): Gujarat have started batting after Railways elected to field first having won the toss. PK Panchal has already struck two boundaries in his knock so far. Gujarat who batted well in their last match against Punjab will be looking to repeat their performance in this match too. Their opening batsmen need to give them a good start without any hiccups. Anureet Singh and KK Upadhyay are bowling at the moment.

Toss: Railways, who chose to field

Playing XI:

Railways: Saurabh, Mahesh Rawat (C) (W), Arindam Ghosh, Anureet Singh, Ranjeet Mali, Karn Sharma, Prashant Awasthi, K K Upadhyay, Arnab Arun Nandi, Faiz Ahmad, A R B Singh

Gujarat: Parthiv Patel (C) (W), J J Bumrah, R P Singh, M C Juneja, Mehul B Patel, P K Panchal, B H Merai, R H Bhatt, R B Kalaria, Y Venugopal Rao, S B Gohil

Railways started their tournament with a humiliating innings defeat at Mohali: Punjab piled up 604 for 5 before bowling them out for 196 and 282. Another innings defeat followed at Vadodara when Baroda scored 500 and bowled them out for 166 and 221. But just when it seemed Railways would sink without a trace, they turned things around in spectacular fashion at Ghaziabad. Ashish Singh slammed a hundred and three others crossed 40 as Railways put up 375. A five-for from Ranjit Mali secured a 74-run lead before Railways set Uttar Pradesh 341, Ashish adding 60 more to his tally. Then came the shock of the season, when Anureet and Krishnakant Upadhyay skittled out Uttar Pradesh for a mere 58.

Gujarat, on the other hand, conceded a first-innings lead to Andhra at Vizianagram despite Parthiv s 122 and 50*, and Rush Kalaria s 5 for 55. Parthiv scored 113 at Mohali as well (Rao and Priyank Panchal also came off with the bat), but Gujarat s 467 was overhauled by Punjab s 608. They will be keen on getting at least 3 points from the bout.

Squads:

Andhra: Parthiv Patel (c & wk), Manpreet Juneja, Jasprit Bumrah, Smit Patel, RP Singh, Ramesh Powar, Venugopal Rao, Niraj Patel, Mehul Patel, Rohit Dahiya, Priyank Panchal, Rujul Bhatt, Samit Gohel, Rush Kalaria, Bhargav Merai, Hardik Patel.

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