Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day Four of the Group C game of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy between Tripura and Jharkhand at Tripura Institute of Technology Ground, Agartala. Tripura are most certainly on the verge of defeat and unless weather washes out the day’s play entirely, Jharkhand is secure in the knowledge that they are close to winning this game by an innings, thus taking the bonus point. Tripura went to stumps at 132 for nine still trailing Jharkhand’s first innings score by 96 runs. Shahbaz Nadeem was instrumental in plotting their downfall taking six wickets for 35 runs.

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

Live Cricket Score: Tripura 166 | Overs 52.5 | Jharkand 394/4 decl | BATSMEN: Tushar Saha 12(18): Himachal thrashed Tripura by an innings and 67 runs in Round 7. They bowled out the hosts for 161 after the former took a first innings lead of 228 runs. Himachal’s Shahbaz Nadeem led the bowling attack with a superb six-wicket haul and the other dismissals were shared between Jaskaran, Ajay and Rahul Shukla. With this victory, Jharkand earned seven points and now they stand fifth inGroup C with ten points after five matches.

Manisankar Murasingh was the only batsman that showed any fight for Tripura with the bat scoring a valiant fifty as the remainder of his teammates collapsed meekly. Earlier in the day Ishank Jaggi scored a unbeaten hundred for Jharkhand and Kumar Deobrat scored an unbeaten 63 as they piled on the runs against a non-penetrative Tripura attack. Jharkhand reached 394 for four before declaring the innings and immediately an innings win was on cards. Their bowlers did a fine job to ensure that they had the wood on the frail Tripura attack right from the onset.

Realistically there is little Tripura can do in this match now. With nine wickets down and still trailing by close to 96 runs an innings defeat looks imminent but if the tailenders can show some spine and surpass that deficit things will look a bit interesting. That remains a highly unlikely possibility however.

Teams:

Tripura (Playing XI): Virag Awate, Arindam Das, Udiyan Bose, Parvinder Singh, Kaushal Acharjee(c), Rana Dutta, Abhijit Sarkar, Nirupam Sen Chowdhary(wk), Swapan Das, Manisankar Murasingh, Tushar Saha

Jharkhand (Playing XI): Saurabh Tiwary, Ishank Jaggi, Ajay Yadav, Shiv Gautam, Jaskaran Singh, Kumar Deobrat, Sumit Kumar(wk), Shahbaz Nadeem(c), Kaushal Singh, Rahul Shukla, Anand Singh