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  • 6:08 PM IST

  • 5:07 PM IST

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    *Stumps*

    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 305 and 356/6 decl. (Kaushik Gandhi 10; Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 38, Akshay Girap 1 for 57). Mumbai 406 and 5/0 (Prithvi Shaw 2, Praful Waghela 3; Aushik Srinivas 0 for 0) need 246 (5 runs given to Mumbai) runs to win. And the pitch has started turning.

    At Nagpur: Gujarat 390 and 252 win against Jharkhand 408 and 111 (Ajay 2; RP Singh 3 for 25, Jasprit Bumrah 6 for 29) by 123 runs. OUT! Kaushal Singh c Parthiv Patel b Jasprit Bumrah 24. OUT! Rahul Shukla b Jasprit Bumrah 1. GUJARAT INTO FINAL! The team has impressed everyone with spectacular batting. Veteran RP Singh has put in all his experience into the game and helped with his all-round performance. Jharkhand’s run has been good, but they disappointed with their batting in the final innings. This is the second time that Gujarat has reached final since 1950-51.

  • 4:13 PM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 305 and 318/3 (Baba Indrajith 124, Vijay Shankar 13; Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 38, Akshay Girap 1 for 57) lead Mumbai 406 by 212 runs. OUT! Abhinav Mukund c Prithvi Shaw b Akshay Girap 122. OUT! Dinesh Karthik c Prithvi Shaw b Balwinder Singh Sandhu 24. A brilliant knock comes to an end as Mukund departs. But Tamil Nadu have a 150 plus lead. If they pace up their scoring rate and declare by today, they will still have a chance to win the match. They have also lost the wicket of Karthik but there is nothing wrong with the strategy.

    At Nagpur: Gujarat 390 and 252. Jharkhand 408 and 83/8 (Kaushal Singh 5; RP Singh 2 for 12, Jasprit Bumrah 5 for 24) need 152 runs. OUT! Shahbaz Nadeem c Priyank Panchal b Jasprit Bumrah 1. OUT! Rahul Shukla b Jasprit Bumrah 1. Gujarat 2 wickets away from their final berth. Jharkhand’s batting in the second innings has been disappointing. Jasprit Bumrah, who doesn’t want to take wickets, has picked up a 5-for. It is just a matter of time now.

  • 3:43 PM IST

  • 3:40 PM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 305 and 252/2 (Baba Indrajith 89, Dinesh Karthik 1; Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 38, Akshay Girap 1 for 57) lead Mumbai 406 by 148 runs. OUT! Abhinav Mukund c Prithvi Shaw b Akshay Girap 122! A brilliant knock comes to an end as Mukund departs. But Tamil Nadu have a 150 plus lead and the pair of Dinesh Karthik and Baba Indrajith at the crease. They have around 25 overs left and if they pace up their scoring rate and declare by today, they will still have a chance to win the match.

    At Nagpur: Gujarat 390 and 252. Jharkhand 408 and 64/5 (Virat Singh 17, Ishan Kishan 17; RP Singh 2 for 12, Jasprit Bumrah 1 for 19) need 172 runs. OUT! Virat Singh c Sumit b Jasprit Bumrah 17. OUT! Ishan Kishan c Parthiv Patel b Jasprit Bumrah 19. 5 wickets down now and the chances of Jharkhand qualifying for the final looks bleak. They lose two big wickets and seems like match will get over by the end of day. Can the tail-enders pull off some heroics?

  • 2:58 PM IST

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    *TEA*

    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 305 and 242/1 (Abhinav Mukund 120, Baba Indrajith 89; Shardul Thakur 0 for 35, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 35) lead Mumbai 406 by 141 runs. A lead of 220 plus will be good to declare and go for the win for them. Mumbai also have a big batting but Tamil Nadu have nothing to lose.

    At Nagpur: Gujarat 390 and 252. Jharkhand 408 and 27/3 (Virat Singh 5; RP Singh 2 for 1, Jasprit Bumrah 1 for 17) need 209 runs. OUT! Sumit Kumar bowled Jasprit Bumrah 0. OUT! Saurabh Tiwary lbw RP Singh 17. Two wickets down, Jharkhand are under a lot of pressure. Experienced Saurabh Tiwary needs to take the charge and as I type it, the captain departs for 17. I hope I did not jinx him. Jharkhand struggling!

  • 2:33 PM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 305 and 214/1 (Abhinav Mukund 105, Baba Indrajith 77; Shardul Thakur 0 for 35, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 35) lead Mumbai 406 by 113 runs. There has been no maiden overs in the last 32 overs. Mukund and Indrajith are going all runs blazing. They are doing the right thing as they need to push for a victory. It will be beneficial for them if they can provide the bowlers with more time and aim at taking 10 wickets.

    At Nagpur: Gujarat 390 and 252. Jharkhand 408 and 26/3 need 209 runs. OUT! Sumit Kumar bowled Jasprit Bumrah 0. OUT! Saurabh Tiwary lbw RP Singh 17. Two wickets down, Jharkhand are under a lot of pressure. Experienced Saurabh Tiwary needs to take the charge and as I type it, the captain departs for 17. I hope I did not jinx him. Jharkhand struggling!

  • 1:52 PM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 305 and 177/1 (Abhinav Mukund 84, Baba Indrajith 61; Shardul Thakur 0 for 35, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 35) lead Mumbai 406 by 76 runs. Mumbai have the first innings lead in hand and even if they draw the match they will be through. It all now depends on if Tamil Nadu manage to win the match from here. Going for draw is not an option for them, and they can take a risk, pacing the innings up to declare it as early as possible.

    At Nagpur: Gujarat 390 and 252 (Jasprit Bumrah 1; Shahbaz Nadeem 5 for 69, Vikash Singh 2 for 44). Jharkhand 408 and 6/1 need 229 runs. OUT! Pratyush Singh b RP Singh 0. Jharkhand have a long way to go and losing their opener for an 8-ball duck is not what they wanted. The batting has been dependent upon the middle-order. But this will create pressure on the batsmen.

  • 1:20 PM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 305 and 157/1 (Abhinav Mukund 68, Baba Indrajith 57; Shardul Thakur 0 for 31, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 35) lead Mumbai 406 by 56 runs. Mumbai bowlers have not been able to taste any success since the first one. There have been chances and close calls though. Mukund has started picking the gaps easily now, Mumbai finding it hard to stop runs. They need to go attacking, trying to take wickets. They need to break the partnership.

    At Nagpur: Gujarat 390 and 252/9 (Chirag Gandhi 51, Jasprit Bumrah 0; Shahbaz Nadeem 4 for 69, Vikash Singh 2 for 44) lead Jharkhand 408 by 234 runs. OUT! Rush Kalaria c Virat Singh b Shahbaz Nadeem. Gujarat have a rich batting and that is reflected from the way they are playing. While top-order failed, important knocks from middle-order batsmen handed them a big lead. Jharkhand just 2 wickets away and they can target Bumrah instead of set Gandhi.

  • 12:22 PM IST

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    *LUNCH*

    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 305 and 124/1 (Abhinav Mukund 42, Baba Indrajith 17; Shardul Thakur 0 for 14, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 35) lead Mumbai 406 by 23 runs. Tamil Nadu finally take the lead and are off to a good second innings total as they have lost only one wicket so far with 100 plus runs on the board.

    At Nagpur: Gujarat 390 and 228 for 8 (Chirag Gandhi 40, Jasprit Bumrah 0; Shahbaz Nadeem 4 for 63, Vikash Singh 2 for 44) lead Jharkhand 408 by 210 runs. OUT! Manpreet Juneja lbw Shahbaz Nadeem 81. OUT! RP Singh bowled Rahul Shukla 1. Nadeem does it for Jharkhand agains as he removes a set Juneja. But the batsman has done his part, playing a magnificent 81-run knock under pressure. Gandhi is approching his half-century. A 200 plus lead looks good.

  • 11:37 AM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 91/1 (Abhinav Mukund 42, Baba Indrajith 17; Shardul Thakur 0 for 14, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 35) and 305 trail Mumbai 406 by 32 runs. Mumbai have not used Shardul Thakur and Abhishek Nayar as much today but a young Vijay Gohil has been given more chance with Sandhu and Akshay Girap. Tamil Nadu have lost one wicket but there’s a lot of batting to come. Mukund is well set and will have to glue the innings together.

    At Nagpur: Gujarat 201 for 6 (Manpreet Juneja 73, Chirag Gandhi 22; Shahbaz Nadeem 3 for 47, Vikash Singh 2 for 44) and 390 lead Jharkhand 408 by 183 runs. Second 50 plus-runs partnership of the innings after the one between Sumit Gohil and Bhargav Merai. Batting on this track will get even tougher later on. This partnership can be dangerous for Jharkhand.

  • 11:19 AM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 69/1 (Abhinav Mukund 36, Baba Indrajith 1; Shardul Thakur 0 for 14, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1 for 26) and 305 trail Mumbai 406 by 32 runs. OUT! Ganga Sridhar Raju lbw Balwinder Singh Sandhu 28. First success for Mumbai. Sandhu follows basics and gets his due. Pitched in the line of leg stump, Raju plays for swing, misses it and the ball hits him below knee. Umpire gives it to the bowler straight away.

    At Nagpur: Gujarat 182 for 6 (Manpreet Juneja 61, Chirag Gandhi 15; Shahbaz Nadeem 3 for 47, Vikash Singh 2 for 44) and 390 lead Jharkhand 408 by 164 runs. Gujarat looking to recover from the early loss of wickets in the innings. Chirag Gandhi has played big knocks in the current season earlier and will be expected to repeat such heroics. Manpreet Juneja looks set, having completed his half-century and played on both the days have seen the pitch change. This will be the most crucial partnership for Gujarat.

  • 10:45 AM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 42/0 (Ganga Sridhar Raju 20, Abhinav Mukund 20; Shardul Thakur 0 for 9) and 305 trail Mumbai 406 by 59 runs. Tamil Nadu are off to a good start and they will look to build on it. Both Mukund and Raju look very comfortable batting on this pitch.

    At Nagpur: Gujarat 137 for 6 (Manpreet Juneja 31, Chirag Gandhi 0; Shahbaz Nadeem 3 for 36) and 390 lead Jharkhand 408 by 112 runs. OUT! Hardik Patel c Saurabh Tiwary b Vikash 6. OUT! Rujul Bhatt c Ishan Kishan (wk) b Vikash 2. What do we have here at Nagpur? Back to back success for Jharkhand and Rujul Bhatt and Hardik Patel are their way back to the pavilion. Both wickets to Vikash and losing another couple of wickets, Gujarat look neck deep in trouble.

  • 10:07 AM IST

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    At Rajkot: Tamil Nadu 16/0 (Ganga Sridhar Raju 7, Abhinav Mukund 7; Shardul Thakur 0 for 9) and 305 trail Mumbai 406 by 85 runs. Welcome back to the all crucial semifinals. Uneven bounce at Rajkot, it was there the previous day as well and had helped Baba Aparajith get a wicket. Shardul, after a great innings, rested well overnight and is back with the ball in hand. His season has not been as impressive as the previous one.

    At Nagpur: Gujarat 130 for 4 (Manpreet Juneja 26, Hardik Patel 6; Shahbaz Nadeem 3 for 36) and 390 lead Jharkhand 408 by 112 runs. 30 runs in the 7 overs since morning and Juneja looks set, having hit 3 boundaries already. They need to build a good partnership today and stop the slide of wickets that had started the previous day.

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Good Morning, शुभ प्रभात! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog session of Day Four of the ongoing semi-final of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17. The matches are being held between Mumbai and Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Jharkhand at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, and Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur respectively. I am Paulami Chakraborty, and I will be bringing to you the live updates from Wednesday’s action. Another interesting day of the semi-final as Mumbai’s Aditya Tare played a captain’s knock and Shardul Thakur helped build the lead with his fifty. Meanwhile, it was Jharkhand’s day out with Ishank Jaggi’s century keeping them ahead. Jaggi built crucial partnerships with Rahul Shukla and Kaushal Singh. Veteran RP Singh ran through the Jharkhand batting line-up with a six-wicket haul. Jharkhand’s innings ended at 408 and built comfortable lead of 182. Gujarat were off to shaky start in their second innings as they lost their ace batsman Priyank Panchal soon and were found stuttering at 100 for 4. As for the Mumbai and Tamil Nadu match, Vijay Shankar was the only one to grab maximum wickets ending the day with figures of 4 for 59. Mumbai with score of 405 built lead of 101, with another two days left on hand.

Mumbai saw some excellent batting display from Abhishek Nayar as well who got to his fifty while Tare ended his innings at 83. Mumbai have task on hand on Day Four as their bowlers Thakur as well as Nayar will have to restrict Tamil Nadu soon to keep them on their toes.

Gujarat and Jharkhand are up for their maiden Ranji Trophy title and with the game in favour of the latter, this could their moment to shine. In hindsight, Mumbai are roaring once again after ruling Ranji in the earlier seasons, although the next two days will be crucial for b