Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day Four of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Group B match between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh posted huge score riding on three massive scores from Almas Shaukat, Mohammad Saif and Sarfaraz Khan. Sarfaraz Khan slammed his first First-Class century on his Ranji Trophy debut for Uttar Pradesh. The 17-year-old smashed 15 fours and four sixes in his 164-ball innings. However, Mohammad Saif was the star batsman for Uttar Pradesh. He fell two short of his double hundred. Even Almas Shaukat, the 19-year-old, playing his first First-Class match, smashed century on debut. Also read: Ranji Trophy 2015-16 team previews here

Uttar Pradesh declared their innings with a massive score of 686 for 7. Madhya Pradesh began shakily and were reduced to 77 for 2 but the opener Aditya Shrivastava batted well with Naman Ojha to keep them on track. Naman missed out on his ton as he was out for a score of 88, caught by Akshdeep Nath off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav. His wicket was the last one to fall on a slow day and the umpires then called for stumps. Aditya is not out on a score of 99 and will look to get to his ton first and try and get as close as possible to the total posted by Uttar Pradesh. Ankit Rajpoot was the best bowler for Uttar Pradesh taking up two wickets for 43 runs in his spell. Getting a result here looks difficult and Madhya Pradesh will be eying to get away from this game with a draw.

Live cricket scores Madhya Pradesh 531/7 | Overs 172 | Batting: Harpreet Singh Bhatia 88(142), Puneet Datey 0(33):
Match gets drawn in the first innings itself. Batters from both the teams batted brilliantly. Mohammad Saif was the highest scorer of the match who narrowly missed out on his double hundred.

Live cricket scores Madhya Pradesh 514/7 | Overs 169 | Batting: Harpreet Singh Bhatia 71(131), Puneet Datey 0(26): Harpreet Singh is fighting hard for Madhya Pradesh but he is not getting support from fellow batters. Puneet Datey who has come to the crease is yet to open his account after having faced 26 deliveries.

OUT! Ankit Sharma c Mohammad Saif b Kuldeep Yadav 41(50)

Live cricket scores Madhya Pradesh 494/6 | Overs 158 | Batting: Harpreet Singh Bhatia 36(65), Ankit Sharma 21(28): MP need three more runs to avoid a follow-on. They have an uphill task as of now since they are six down. Good thing for them is that Bhatia and Sharma have struck a cord and are batting with responsibility.

Live cricket scores Madhya Pradesh 446/6 | Overs 149 | Batting: Harpreet Singh Bhatia 36(65), Ankit Sharma 21(28):
MP need 29 more runs to avoid follow-on. Bhatia and Sharma are batting well at the moment. Sharma has upped his scoring rate.

Live cricket scores Madhya Pradesh 410/6 | Overs 140 | Batting: Harpreet Singh Bhatia 11(37), Ankit Sharma 0(8):
MP need 76 more runs to avoid a follow-on. Ankit Rajpoot took the key wicket of Aditya Shrivastava. The new batters should take their time before playing their natural game, they have to strive hard to avoid the follow-on.

OUT! Aditya Shrivastava c Dwivedi b Rajpoot 169(401), Devendra Bundela c Dwivedi b Rajpoot 80(155)

Live cricket scores Madhya Pradesh 344/3 | Overs 121 | Batting: Aditya Shrivastava 150(377), Devendra Bundela 55(104): Aditya Shrivastava has completed his 150 but MP needs him to score a big hundred. He should not waste this golden opportunity. Second innings of any of the teams has not started hence the match will mostly end in a draw.

Live cricket scores Madhya Pradesh 293/3 | Overs 102 | Batting: Aditya Shrivastava 123(313), Devendra Bundela 35(62): Aditya Shrivastava has got to his century now and will be looking to continue batting and get a big one under his belt.