Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day Three of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Group B match between Tamil Nadu and Baroda at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai on Saturday. Baroda face an easy path ahead of them when the opening duo of Kedar Devdhar and Hitesh Solanki walk out to bat on the third day of the ongoing game, needing another 118 runs to get off to a winning start in this year’s edition of India’s premier domestic league with 10 wickets in hand. Baroda managed to set themselves the easy target after bowling Tamil Nadu out for a a score of 155, 30 runs more than their paltry first innings score of 125. Bhargav Bhatt was the star of the Baroda bowling attack in the second innings as he tore through the hosts’ batting lineup to record a haul of 6 for 58, taking his match figures of 10 for 90. Baroda had earlier bowled Tamil Nadu out for 125, with Bhatt and Yusuf Pathan taking four wickets each for 32 and 29 runs respectively. Read all Ranji Trophy 2015-16 team previews here

A brilliant win for Tamil Nadu, they always hung in the game and despite the brilliant knock from Hooda, TN kept taking wickets at regular intervals and eventually won the game by 7 runs. Rahil Shah was awarded the Man of the Match.

Live cricket score Baroda 114 | Overs 35.4 | Batting: Swapnil Singh 13(49): Tamil Nadu win by 7 runs!  Swapnil Shah was been the lone fighter for Baroda. Vahora was given out leg before to Rahil Shah, but there was an inside edge. That is unlucky. Baroda are nine down. Rahil Shah picked up the fifth wicket when he had Mangalorkar caught by Baba Aparajith and Tamil Nadu take off to celebrate the win.  OUT! M Vahora lbw Shah 2(4) OUT! S Mangalorkar c Baba Aparajith b Shah 0(2)

Live cricket score Baroda 111/8 | Overs 34 | Batting: Swapnil Singh 8(19) M Vahora 0(0): The bowling change has worked wonders for Tamil Nadu as Rahil Shah gets rid of Pinal Shah. Bhargav Butt has been promoted after playing well in the first innings but he holes out to deep mid-wicket for a duck. Two wickets in an over. OUT! Pinal Shah c Shankar b Shah 8(22) OUT! Bhargav Bhatt c Prasanna b Shah 0(2)

Live cricket score Baroda 99/6 | Overs 26 | Batting: Swapnil Singh 8(19) Pinal Shah 0(2): A superb wicket for Tamil Nadu as Deepak Hooda is stumped by a long margin. Baroda still need more 23 runs to win. Pinal Shah joins Swapnil Shah at the crease. OUT! Deepak Hooda st Karthik b Chandrasekar 32(19)

Live cricket score Baroda 83/5| Overs 21 | Batting: Swapnil Singh 0(1) Deepak Hooda 24(9):Clean hitting from Deepak Hooda! He first hits two back-to-back fours and then Hooda gets under one and lofts it over the extra cover fence for a maximum. Hooda then reverse sweeps one for a maximum. The target is below 50 runs now. Chandrasekar has come on to bowl and Pandya hits him over the fence for a maximum. The bowler has the last laugh as he gets him caught behind prodding at one outside off. More 39runs to win! OUT! Hardik Pandya c Karthik b Chandrasekar 17(17)

Live cricket score Baroda 50/4| Overs 17.2 | Batting: Hardik Pandya 8(5) Deepak Hooda 0(0): The big man for Baroda, Yusuf Pathan departs as he holes out to Rangarajan. Baroda need more 72 runs to win and this is getting rather too close for their comfort. OUT! Yusuf Pathan c Kousik b Rangarajan 5(7)

Live cricket score Baroda 42/3| Overs 16 | Batting: Hardik Pandya 2(2) Yusuf Pathan 3(2): Tamil Nadu roar back in the game with two quick wickets. Rangarajan took two in an over. First he had Aditya caught at slip. Then Kedar slog swept one straight to Rahil Shah at deep fine leg.  OUT! Aditya c B Aparajith b Rangarajan 6(45) OUT! Kedar c Shah b Rangarajan 23(34)

Live cricket score Baroda 32/1| Overs 12 | Batting: Kedar Devdhar 21(30) Aditya Waghmode 3(29): The rain stops but also a wicket falls to put Baroda in pressure. Aditya is yet to get off the mark. Kedar has batted well and Baroda need 90 more runs to win the game from here.

Live cricket score Baroda 14/1 | Overs 2 | BATTING: Kedar Devdhar 7(11): A great relief for Baroda as rain finally stops at Chennai and Day three of the match between Tamil Nadu and Baroda gets underway. Rahil Shah struck early in the day as he removed the opener HK Solanki for a 14-ball 7 in the 5th over. From here, Baroda need another 108 runs to win with nine wickets in hand. Can Yusuf Pathan help his side to win it? OUT! HK Solanki c Baba Indrajith b Rahil Shah 7(14)

Early lunch taken here, next inception at 12.30 IST. 

RAIN DELAY: At stumps of Day two, Baroda had just begun their second innings after bowling out Tamil Nadu for 155 and from there teh away side needed 122 runs to win. With the likes of Yusuf Pathan and local talents like Aditya Waghmode and Kedar Devdhar, target of 122 doesn’t not seem impossible. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu will hope their debutant Chandrasekar who had bagged four wickets in the first innings to replicate his good bowling.

Brief scores:

Tamil Nadu 125 (Baba Aparajith 44; Yusuf Pathan 4 for 29, Bhargav Bhatt 4 for 32) and 155 (Baba Aparajith 39, Baba Indrajith 35; Bhargav Bhatt 6 for 58) lead Baroda 159 (Kedar Devdhar 40, Yusuf Pathan 41; Rahil Shah 4 for 38, DT Chandrasekhar 4 for 50) and 4 for 0 by 118 runs.


Tamil Nadu: Abhinav Mukund (c), Baba Aparajith, Dinesh Karthik (wk), R Prasanna, Malolan Rangarajan, Baba Indrajith, DT Chandrasekar, L Vignesh, Rahil Shah, Kousik J, K Bharath Shankar.

Baroda: Aditya Waghmode (c), Yusuf Pathan, Bhargav Bhatt, Deepak Jagbir Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Devdhar, Swapnil K Singh, Murtuja Vahora, Pinal Shah (wk), S Mangalorkar, H K Solanki.