Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 4 of the Group C game of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy between Services and Kerala, live from Palam A Ground, Delhi. Yet another day of attrition followed as Services batted 83 overs in the day, scoring 215 and losing 7 wickets. At stumps they are 281 for 7, requiring 42 more to go past Kerala’s 322. Services’ run rate of 2.50, though better than Kerala’s 2.13, was not exactly indicative of bright cricket. The first three days of cricket have produced a mere 603 runs for the loss of 17 wickets: the numbers tell a lot. READ: Ranji Trophy 2015-16, full coverage here

Live cricket scores Services 43/4, 322 | Kerala 179 | Overs 18 | Batting: Soumik Chatterjee 5(27), Rajat Paliwal 3(7): Match Drawn took first innings lead, Services: 1 Point, Kerala: 3 Point(s)

OUT! Aanshul Gupta b Sachin Baby 15(29)

Live cricket scores Services 36/3, 322 | Kerala 179 | Overs 14 | Batting: Aanshul Gupta 12(17), Soumik Chatterjee 0(7):  Services give away three early wickets.

Shashaank Sharma ct Akshay Chandran b Sachin Baby 17(36)

OUT! Shashaank Sharma ct Akshay Chandran b Sachin Baby 1(5)

OUT! Vikas Hathwala b Monish Kareparambil 2(4)

Services second innings starts

Live cricket scores Kerala 176/2, 322 | Services 319 | Overs 56 | Batting: Rohan Prem 18(59), Sachin Baby 34(51): And it’s tea. Kerala lead by 179 runs with 8 wickets in hand. Losing two crucial wickets after lunch, Kerala falls short of what was expected to be a better total. Still they seem to be at the gaining side as they have so many wickets in their hand. Jagadeesh missed on his half century.

OUT! Akshay Kodoth c Paliwal b Gupta 72 (117)

OUT! Arundhadi Jagadeesh c Ravi Chauhan b Gupta 43(122)

Live cricket scores Kerala 35/0, 322 | Services 319 | Overs 11 | Batting: Arundhadi Jagadeesh 12(42), Akshay Kodoth 15(27): At lunch, Kerala who bowled out the Services side taking a three-run lead in the first innings are off to a good start, posting 35 runs without a loss of a wicket. The first innings lead will earn the visitors three points as the match most likely will end in a draw with today being the final day.

Live cricket scores Services 319/9 | Kerala 322 | Overs 129.4 | Batting: P S Poonia 0(20): Services got bowled out for 319 on the final day after they ended Day 3 with three wickets to spare. And now Kerala will begin their second innings with a lead of mere three runs. Kerala’s bowling attack has been led by Monish Kareparambil in this match who has four wickets to his name. Hwoever, the last scalp was picked by  Rohan Prem, who also finished with four wickets with an economy of 3.22. Khalid Ahmad was the last dismissal, he scored a fighting 55 from 108 balls before giving a catch to Kerala’s Sachin Baby.

OUT! Raushan Raj c Sanju Samson b Rohan Prem 8(46) OUT! Diwesh Gurdev Pathania c & b Monish Kareparambil 5(6) OUT! Khalid Ahmad c Sachin Baby b Rohan Prem 55(108)

Services lost captain Soumik Chatterjee (42 in 135 balls, 3 fours) early, but Anshul Gupta (68 in 203 balls, 7 fours) and Ravi Chauhan (56 in 171 balls, 6 fours) took the score to 160 for 1. KS Monish took two in two (including Yashpal Singh first ball), as did Rohan Prem (including Shashank Sharma first ball). The score read 221 for 6 with Services still requiring 102, but Vikas Hathwala (45 in 75 balls, 5 fours) played some strokes, bringing a refreshing change to the Services approach. Monish (3 for 90) and Prem (2 for 35) have been the pick of the bowlers.

Squads:

Services: Soumik Chatterjee (c), Shashank Sharma (wk), Rajat Paliwal, Poonam Poonia, Diwesh Pathania, Vikas Hathwala, Yashpal Singh, Anshul Gupta, Raushan Raj, Muzzaffaruddin Khalid, Ravi Chauhan.

Kerala: Sanju Samson (c & wk), VA Jagadeesh, Akshay Kodoth, Rohan Prem, Sachin Baby, Raiphi Gomez, Sandeep Warrier, Akshay Chandran, KS Monish, Robert Fernandez, Unnikrishnan Manukrishnan.

Shashaank Sharma ct Akshay Chandran b Sachin Baby