Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 3 of the Group A game of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy between Rajasthan and Maharashtra, live from Jaipur. Maharashtra hold the advantage over Rajasthan as play resumes on Day Three, trailing by 74 runs with 5 wickets in hand. Rahul Tripathi and Chirag Khurana, the overnight unbeaten batsmen, played brilliantly and added 113 to bring Maharashtra back in the match after they were 131 for 5. Rajasthan, looking set for 400 at stumps on Day One, were bowled out for 318 earlier on Day Two following a collapse. They would be desperate to make amends. READ: Ranji Trophy 2015-16, full coverage here

Live cricket scores Rajasthan 318 & 115/3 | Maharashtra 409 |  Overs 41| Batting: Ashok Menaria 37(82), Rajat Bhatia 27(58): At stumps on day three, Rajasthan were batting on 115 for the loss of three wickets. They are now leading by 24 runs. At present it can be said that Maharashtra have a slight edge in the match at the moment, still any result is possible. Ashok Menaria and Rajat Bhatia’s partnership is now worth 64 runs.

Live cricket scores Rajasthan 318 & 51/3 | Maharashtra 409 |  Overs 20.3| Batting: Ashok Menaria 0(17), Rajat Bhatia 0(0): Rajasthan lose two quick wickets. Both Vineet Saxena and VA Deshpande get out leg-before-wicket on the bowling of Shrikant Mundhe. Two new batters— Ashok Menaria and Rajat Bhatia are at the crease, they are yet to get off the mark. OUT! Vineet Saxena lbw Shrikant Mundhe 18(47), VA Deshpande lbw Shrikant Mundhe 27(58)

Live cricket scores Rajasthan 318 & 40/1 | Maharashtra 409 |  Overs 14.2| Batting: Vineet Saxena 17(45), VA Deshpande 17(40): Vineet Saxena and VA Deshpande have struck a rapport. Both are taking their time to get their eye in. Both the batters have hit two boundaries each. Rajasthan are trailing by 51 runs.

Live cricket scores Rajasthan 318 & 13/1 | Maharashtra 409 |  Overs 7| Batting: Vineet Saxena 5(19), VA Deshpande 8(22): ST Suwalka got out on the first ball he faced. He was caught by Motwani on the bowling of Fallah. Vineet Saxena and VA Deshpande are at the crease now batting on five and eight respectively. OUT! ST Suwalka c Motwani b Fallah 0(1)

Live cricket scores Maharashtra 409 | Rajasthan 318|  Overs 120.5| Batting: DJ Muthuswamy 12(17): Mumbai close their innings on 409, their last two wickets fell for just seven runs. They take a first innings lead of 91 runs. Let’s see Rajasthan’s reply now. Rajasthan’s tail is not strong, hence their openers and middle order batters will have to wield the maximum responsibility to set a competitive target on board for Maharashtra to achieve in the last and final innings of the match. OUT! RA Tripathi c Deshpande b Chahar 119(250), SM Fallah c Chahar b AV Choudhary 6(8)

Live cricket scores Maharashtra 385/8 | Rajasthan 318|  Overs 112.4| Batting: RA Tripathi 113(224), DJ Muthuswamy 1(2): AA Sanklecha is caught by Vineet Saxena on the bowling of AB Singh. He gets out on 14 runs. RA Tripathi gets to his century and is currently batting on 113.  Maharashtra now lead by 67 runs. OUT! AA Sanklecha c Vineet Saxena b AB Singh 14(43)

Live cricket scores Maharashtra 351/7 | Rajasthan 318|  Overs 105| Batting: RA Tripathi 91(199), AA Sanklecha 4(23): AB Singh picks his third scalp in the form of Shrikant Mundhe. RA Tripathi is batting in his 90s and if he succeeds in reaching his century, he will become the first batsman in this match to score a century. Maharashtra are leading by 33 runs. OUT! Shrikant Mundhe c Ashok Menaria b AB Singh 37(77)

Live cricket scores Maharashtra 331/6 | Rajasthan 318|  Overs 97| Batting: RA Tripathi 77(181), Shrikant Mundhe 35(70): RA Tripathi and Shrikant Mundhe are going strong and have struck a rapport. Their partnership is now worth 91 runs and it has bailed them out of trouble. Things are looking good for Maharasthra and they are now calling the shots, they now lead by 13 runs.

Live cricket scores Maharashtra 273/6 | Rajasthan 318|  Overs 81| Batting: RA Tripathi 54(138), Shrikant Mundhe 10(13): Maharashtra have lost their sixth wicket in the form of CG Khurana. Khurana was looking so good and just when it appeared that he will take the attack back to the opposition he got out on well paced 77. He struck eight sweetly timed boundaries in his knock. Maharashtra are still trailing by 45 runs as of now. Let’s see if their lower order batters help them get past it.  OUT! CG Khurana c&b Chahar 77(117)

Rajasthan resumed Day Two on 258 for 5, and were soon reduced to 274 for 7. The Rajasthan tail collapsed inexplicably, with only Deepak Chahar (41 not out in 40 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes) giving it back to the bowlers. Puneet Yadav, resuming his innings on 18, fell for 22; and none of the others reached double-figures. Rajasthan lost their last 7 wickets for 94 and were bowled out for 322. Their bowlers, however, hit back, with two double-blows after getting an early wicket: from 73 for 1 Maharashtra became 83 for 3, and 122 for 3, once again, 131 for 5.

Tripathi (47 not out in 107 balls, 6 fours, 1 six) and Khurana (64 in 99 balls, 6 fours) rescued Maharashtra, who were 244 for 5 at stumps.

Squads:

Rajasthan: Ashok Menaria (c), Dishant Yagnik (wk), Suryaprakash Suwalka, Vineet Saxena, Vaibhav Deshpande, Rajat Bhatia, Puneet Yadav, Aniket Choudhary, Deepak Chahar, Nathu Singh, Ankush Singh.

Maharashtra: Rohit Motwani (c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Shrikant Mundhe, Harshad Khadiwale, Ankit Bawne, Anupam Sanklecha, Chirag Khurana, Dominic Muthuswami, Rahul Tripathi, Samad Fallah, Nikit Dhumal.