Gautam Gambhir © PTI
Gautam Gambhir has been in great form for Delhi © PTI

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog for Day One of Round 8 of the Ranji Trophy 2014-15. We will bring you updates from all 12 Ranji Trophy matches of this round. One of the major matches of this round will be the rampaging Karnataka taking on a weakened Uttar Pradesh at Bengaluru.

According to PTI, defending champions Karnataka would like to forget their lacklustre showing against Baroda in the last game, and would want to spring back to supremacy when they take on an under-performing Uttar Pradesh in their Group A Ranji Trophy match at Bengaluru. An equally strong Baroda may have put the breaks on the free-wheeling juggernaut of the hosts this season, but Karnataka are leading the points table, topping the list with 29 points with four outright wins in six matches. Uttar Pradesh are precariously placed at the bottom of the table with just two points out of six matches after a win and three losses.

All Karnataka’s top batsmen – Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair and Chidambaram Gautam – would like to forget their horrendous batting show in the drawn game against Baroda, who bagged 3 points, and seek confidence from their own performances in earlier five matches. The Piyush Chawla-led Uttar Pradesh is missing the services of Suresh Raina, who is busy with India’s battle in the tri-series against Australia and England. The visitors, placed at the bottom of the table, are literally out of the race for qualifying for the knockout stage.

Group A

Bengal 268 vs Railways

Karnataka 326 for 4 vs Uttar Pradesh

Mumbai 218 for 6 vs Baroda

Madhya Pradesh 271 for 4 vs Jammu and Kashmir

Group B

Vidarbha 274 for 6 vs Delhi

Haryana 339 for 7 vs Rajasthan

Gujarat 277 for 7 vs Maharashtra

Punjab 167 vs Odisha 54 for one

Group C

Himachal 314 for 4 vs Tripura

Andhra 137 vs Assam 32 for 1

Jharkhand 229 for 2 vs Goa

Kerala 273 for 4 vs Services