Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16, Group C match between Saurashtra and Himachal Pradesh on Day Four at Rajkot. Saurashtra look in trouble with only four wickets remaining and they still trail Himachal Pradesh by 290 runs. Saurashtra were in a fix after losing four wickets for jus 107 runs before Chirag Jani and Jaydev Shah came to the rescue. Starting the day with no loss Saurashtra’s middle order were quickly sent back to the pavilion. Himachal Pradesh on Day 2 batted the home team quite literally out making 551 runs in their first innings. Saurashtra at stumps on Day 3 are 261 for the loss of six wickets trailing HP by 290 runs. Complete coverage of Ranji Trophy 2015-16

Ranji Trophy 2015-16: Points Table and Team Standings after Round 7

Live Cricket Score: Saurashtra 437 | Overs 170 | Himachal 551 | BATSMEN: K R Makwana 38(88): Himachal take three points, while Saurashtra settle just for one after their match ended ina draw with the former taking a first innings lead of 114 runs in Round 7 of the ongoing Ranji Trophy. In reply to Himachal’s 551, the hosts were bowled out for 437 in 172 overs, with Jaydev Shah top scoring for them with a brilliant century. OUT! D A Jadeja c A K Rana (Sub) b P S Chopra 7(12)

Live Cricket Score: Saurashtra 437/9 | Overs 170 | Himachal 551 | BATSMEN: K R Makwana 37(87), D A Jadeja 1(7): While Saurashtra still trail by 114 runs, Himachal are just one wicket away from a superb first innings lead which will fetch them three points. Jaydev Unadkat was the last batsman to get out. He scored a fighting 54 from 143 balls before giving a catch to Robin Bist in the 169th over. OUT! Jaydev Unadkat c Robin Bist b A P Vashisht 54(143)

Live Cricket Score: Saurashtra 321/7 | Overs 132 | Himachal 551 | BATSMEN: Jaydev Shah 127(318), Jaydev Unadkat 2(38): The final day of the ongoing Round 7 of Ranji Trophy has begun. While Himachal cannot win this game, they definitely will try to bowl out the opponents before 230 runs today to ensure a first innings lead that will earn them crucial three points. The last Saurashtra batsman to get dimissed was Shaurya M Sanandia. He scored 30 from 90 ablls before giving a catch to Rishi Dhawan. OUT! Shaurya M Sanandia c Rishi Dhawan b Akshay Chauhan 30(90)

Saurashtra opener Mohsin Ahmedbhai Dodia held one side of the pitch up making a defensive 43 before getting out to Bipul Sharma. Jaydev who looked good in the partnership and carried on to make unbeaten 96 till the end of days play. Sheldon Jackson was bowled by Akshay Chauhan for just 1 run, as he had failed to do justice to his batting abilities. Saurashtra would have surely been placed better if only Pujara and Jadeja would have been in the playing XI. Jaydev was equally well supported by Jani who himself made 56 before getting out few over before stumps to Akash Vasisht. Hosts also lost Saurya Sanandiya before stumps were called, meaning HP were well-placed to collect first-innings points. Jaydev and Jani had a 104-runs partnership for 4th wicket. Rishi Dhawan and Vasist were the pick of the bowlers for HP picking 2 wicket apiece.

Teams:

Himachal Pradesh (Playing XI): Ankush Bains(wk), Rishi Dhawan, Robin Bist, Akash Vasisht, Akshay Chauhan, Ankit Kalsi, Bipul Sharma(c), Nikhil Gangta, Paras Dogra, Prashant Chopra, Ankush Bedi

Saurashtra (Playing XI): Avi Barot, Chirag Jani, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Jaydev Shah(c), Kamlesh Makvana, Sagar Jogiyani(wk), Saurya Sanandiya, Sheldon Jackson, Deepak Punia, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohsin Dodia