Live Updates

  • 5:09 PM IST

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    Stumps!

    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 261/6 (Vijay Shankar 41, Ashwin Christ 9; Shardul Thakur 2 for 64, Abhishek Nayar 2 for 56) vs Mumbai.
    At Nagpur: Gujarat 283/3 (Priyank Panchal 144, Manpreet Juneja 12; Vikash 2 for 48, Kaushal Singh 1 for 52) vs Jharkhand.

  • 4:43 PM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 249/6 (Vijay Shankar 36, Ashwin Christ 2; Shardul Thakur 2 for 57, Abhishek Nayar 2 for 51) vs Mumbai. OUT! Baba Aparajith c Surya Kumar Yadav b Vijay Gohil 9
    At Nagpur: Gujarat 213/3 (Priyank Panchal 140, Manpreet Juneja 3; Vikash 2 for 48) vs Jharkhand. OUT! Parthiv Patel lbw Kaushal Singh 62

  • 3:36 PM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu
    202/5 (Vijay Shankar 0, Baba Aparajith 0; Shardul Thakur 2 for 55, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 37, Abhishek Nayar 2 for 42) vs Mumbai. OUT! Dinesh Karthik lbw Shardul Thakur 16. A controversial decision. Full-length delivery going down leg, missing the stumps. Was that bat pad as well? unlucky.
    At Nagpur: Gujarat 213/2
    (Priyank Panchal 113, Parthiv Patel 35; Vikash 2 for 48) vs Jharkhand.

  • 3:23 PM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 194/4 (Dinesh Karthik 13, Vijay Shankar 0; Shardul Thakur 1 for 53, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 37, Abhishek Nayar 2 for 34) vs Mumbai. OUT! Kaushik Gandhi c Praful Waghela b Abhishek Nayar 50. Tamil Nadu are losing wickets in regular intervals but have got decent runs on the board.
    At Nagpur: Gujarat 212/2 (Priyank Panchal 113, Parthiv Patel 34; Vikash 2 for 48) vs Jharkhand. Panchal looks to build yet another massive innings, scoring in excess of 100 already.

  • 2:49 PM IST

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    *TEA*

    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 182/3 (Kaushik Gandhi 47, Dinesh Karthik 4; Shardul Thakur 1 for 47, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 37, Abhishek Nayar 1 for 30) vs Mumbai. OUT! Baba Indrajith c Aditya Tare b Shardul Thakur 64
    At Nagpur: Gujarat 192/2 (Priyank Panchal 105, Parthiv Patel 22; Vikash 2 for 48) vs Jharkhand.

  • 2:02 PM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 148/2 (Kaushik Gandhi 39, Baba Aparajith 42; Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 31, Abhishek Nayar 1 for 29) vs Mumbai.
    At Nagpur: Gujarat 154/2 (Priyank Panchal 81, Parthiv Patel 10; Vikash 2 for 48) vs Jharkhand. OUT! Bhargav Merai c Ishan Kishan b Vikash 39

  • 1:17 PM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 119/2 (Kaushik Gandhi 29, Baba Aparajith 27; Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 15, Abhishek Nayar 1 for 29) vs Mumbai. Chance dropped to dismiss Gandhi. Aparajith playing some glorious shots. This is the partnership the team will look forward to.
    At Nagpur: Gujarat 119/1 (Priyank Panchal 65, Bhargav Merai 31; Vikash 1 for 33) vs Jharkhand. Jharkhand finding it tough to break the partnership between Panchal and Merai. Both look set and aiming to take Gujarat to yet another huge total.

  • 12:14 PM IST

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    *LUNCH*
    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 96/2 (Kaushik Gandhi 21, Baba Aparajith 12; Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 15, Abhishek Nayar 1 for 15) vs Mumbai. Losing two wickets, TN are slightly at the backfoot and will seek a good partnership after lunch.
    At Nagpur: Gujarat 92/1 (Priyank Panchal 56, Bhargav Merai 13; Vikash 1 for 29) vs Jharkhand Though Gujarat lost their big man, Panchal looks set at 56 and have a lot of batting left. Jharkhand need to be consistent with wickets.

  • 11:31 AM IST

    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 68/2 (Ganga Sridhar Raju 6, Abhinav Mukund 6; Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 10, Abhishek Nayar 1 for 15) vs Mumbai OUT! Abhinav Mukund c Aditya Tare b Balwinder Sandhu 38 Balwinder bowls in the middle and skipper Mukund misses the swing completely, edging it to the skipper-‘keeper.
    At Nagpur: Gujarat 70/1 (Priyank Panchal 44, Bhargav Merai 4; Vikash 1 for 29) vs Jharkhand OUT! Sumit Gohil c Virat Singh b Vikash 18 Gujarat lose their first since morning, triple-centurion Gohil departs, a big wicket for Jharkhand

  • 11:12 AM IST

    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 63/1 (Abhinav Mukund 33, Kaushik Gandhi 5; Abhishek Nayar 1 for 15) vs Mumbai
    At Nagpur: Gujarat 62/0 (Sumit Gohil 18, Priyank Panchal 40; Ajay 0 for 15) vs Jharkhand

  • 10:48 AM IST

    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 45/1 (Abhinav Mukund 21; Abhishek Nayar 1 for 11) vs Mumbai
    OUT! Ganga Sridhar Raju c Aditya Tare b Abhishek Nayar 19: Good length pitched at middle, goes away from the batsman kissing the bat. Prominent nick, Tare takes a clean catch.

    At Nagpur: Gujarat 37/0 (Sumit Gohil 13, Priyank Panchal 20; Ajay 0 for 11) vs Jharkhand

  • 10:36 AM IST

    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 36/0 (Ganga Sridhar Raju 13, Abhinav Mukund 20; Shardul Thakur 0 for 16) vs Mumbai
    At Nagpur: Gujarat 36/0 (Sumit Gohil 12, Priyank Panchal 20; Ajay 0 for 11) vs Jharkhand

  • 10:01 AM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 13/0 (Ganga Sridhar Raju 6, Abhinav Mukund 6; Shardul Thakur 0 for 9) vs Mumbai
    At Nagpur: Gujarat 16/0 (Sumit Gohil 8, Priyank Panchal 9; Ajay 0 for 8) vs Jharkhand

Current champions Mumbai will take on Tamil Nadu while Gujarat will face Jharkhand in the semi-finals.
Current champions Mumbai will take on Tamil Nadu while Gujarat will face Jharkhand in the semi-finals.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates from the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 semi-finals. After almost three months of intense action, we have finally reached to the final-four stage, with defending champions Mumbai, team-to-beat Tamil Nadu, dark horses Jharkhand and batting powerhouse Gujarat the only remaining teams in the fray. These four teams will resume their bid to make it to the final as the two semi-finals go underway from Sunday. While Mumbai will meet Tamil Nadu at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium in Rajkot, Gujarat and Jharkhand will lock horns at the Virdarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur. Both the games will be played at neutral venues in order to negate the undue home advantages that host teams tend to take.

There cannot be a better start to the New Year as four top sides of Ranji Trophy season 2016-17 battle it out to get a hand on the coveted title. The clash which is likely to grab more eyeballs of the two is the Mumbai – Tamil Nadu clash. Mumbai, the current title holders, have not played their A game as yet. They have looked scratchy and been extremely lucky to reach to the semis without quite peaking. Injuries to key players Dhawal Kulkarni and Akhil Herwadkar have not helped them either. They somehow managed to beat Hyderabad by a small margin of 30 runs in the quarter-final to get to the semis.

Tamil Nadu on the other hand have been the team to beat. They have played some exceptional cricket so far and will look to get the momentum going in the semis against domestic heavyweights Mumbai. Both the teams would have hoped to get the services of Team India stars Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay (Tamil Nadu) and Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane (Mumbai), who are not busy right now. However for different reasons, the stars decided to opt out of the clash. Their absence notwithstanding, both the sides have some big names and they will hope to get vital contributions from them.

On the other hand, this season’s batting powerhouse Gujarat will take on dark-horses Jharkhand, who have made it to this stage for the first time. Gujarat’s batsmen have dominated this season, with Priyank Panchal topping the run charts. Besides, Panchal and his opening partner Samit Gohel have cracked triple tons this season. Their skipper Parthiv Patel’s return from the national duty has only bolstered the squad. It will thus be a tough ask for Jharkhand bowlers to stop Gujarat’s juggernaut. A lot will depend on how their veteran bowler Shabaz Nadeem fares. Besides, Jharkhand batsmen have also fared well so far, which makes it an even contest.

The two winners from these contests will then head to Indore, where the final of Ranji Trophy 2016-17 will be played at the Holkar Stadium from January 10 to January 14. But for now, all the four teams will focus on the semi-finals that go underway on Monday.