Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day two of the Group B game of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy between Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, live from Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.Yesterday, on day one, Tamil Nadu won the toss and decided to bowl first. Uttar Pradesh batted very well and by the end of day’s play were 277 for the loss of four wickets. Suresh Raina and Saurabh Kumar were at the crease batting on 52 and nine respectively. In his 52 -run knock Raina slammed eight beautifully time fours. The left-hander took just 56 balls and blasted those many runs at an amazing strike rate of 92.86. Uttar Pradesh fans will be hoping that Raina cracks a century today and with it help the team to go beyond 450. Tamil Nadu will have to come out fresh and with all guns blazing today or else they are in danger of Uttar Pradesh taking this game away from them. The match will get interesting if  Tamil Nadu too bat well in their first innings.  Complete coverage of Ranji Trophy 2015-16

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Tamil Nadu 174/6 | Overs 68 | BATTING: R Prasanna 25(68), Aswin Crist 1(6): Shankar and Vijay complete the 100-run stand between them, before Rajpoot gets the breakthrough for his side by removing Indrajith. Shankar adds another 56 for the fifth wicket with Prasanna, before falling eight short of a ton. Kaushik is the latest to depart, falling for 2. OUT! Baba Indrajith c Akshdeep Nath b Ankit Rajpoot 44(120), Vijay Shankar c Himanshu Asnora b Praveen Kumar 92(188), Kaushik J lbw Piyush Chawla 2(14)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Tamil Nadu 69/3 | Overs 33 | BATTING: Vijay Shankar 36(101), Baba Indrajit 26(85): Shankar and Indrajith have steered their side out of trouble for now, having added 63 runs so far for the fourth wicket without letting the UP bowlers get the better of them. Shankar has struck five boundaries to move to 36, while Indrajith is providing valuable support from the other end by adding 26 runs to the total.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Tamil Nadu 13/3 | Overs 10 | BATTING: Vijay Shankar 11(35), Baba Indrajit 0(13): TN are off to the worst possible start in their quest to surpass their opponents’ first innings score of 348, losing their first three wickets with just six runs on board, with the Kumars — Praveen and Bhuvneshwar — breathing fire at the moment. UP have an vice-like grip over the match at the moment, and look set to gain a first innings lead. OUT! Baba Aparajith b Praveen Kumar 0(3), Dinesh Karthick lbw Praveen Kumar  0(3), Abhinav Mukund c Suresh Raina b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2(6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Uttar Pradesh 348 | Overs 107.1 | BATTING: Ankit Rajpoot 0(2): UP’s innings has been brought to an abrupt end, with the hosts losing their last five wickets for just 16 runs. The collapse begins right after Raina’s dismissal, following which the UP lower-order could provide little resistance against the Tamil Nadu bowlers. Both Rangarajan (3 for 51) and Crist (3 for 86) finish with three wicket hauls to lead the bowling figures. OUT! Eklavya Dwivedi c Kaushik J b Aswin Crist 17(31), Piyush Chawla b Aswin Crist 2(19), Bhuvneshwar Kumar run out (Abhinav Mukund) 1(9), Praveen Kumar c M Mohammed b Malolan Rangarajan 6(9)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Uttar Pradesh 338/6 | Overs 101  | BATTING: Eklavya Dwivedi 17(29), Piyush Chawla 1(7): UP resumed play on Day 2 with six wickets in hand. And inside one hour into play, they have lost two more, leaving the hosts at 332 for six in 99.5 overs. Saurabh Kumar who was on way to an excellent half-century is the first dismissal of the day. He scored 41 from 27 before giving a catch to Kaushik off Malolan Rangarajan’s bowling. OUT! Saurabh Kumar c Kaushik J b Malolan Rangarajan 41(27) OUT! Eklavya Dwivedi c Kaushik J b Aswin Crist 17(31)  OUT! Suresh Raina b Malolan Rangarajan 61(92)

Uttar Pradesh are currently at fifth position (one place down to Tamil Nadu) in Group B. Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have 16 and 14 points respectively. Both teams have played five matches and won two of those. Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu also drew one, lost one and one game fetched no result due to bad weather. It shall be interesting to see if Dinesh Karthik succeeds in scoring a big one today if he gets batting opportunity.

Playing XI:

Uttar Pradesh: Piyush Chawla, Eklavya Dwivedi (wk), Akshdeep Nath, Ankit Rajpoot, Praveen Kumar, Umang Sharma, Suresh Raina (C), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Almas Shaukat, Himanshu Asnora, Saurabh Kumar

Tamil Nadu: Abhinav Mukund (C), B Aparajith, Dinesh Karthik (wk), R Prasanna, Malolan Rangarajan, Aswin Crist, B Indrajith, DT Chandrasekar, Kaushik J, M Mohammed, Vijay Shankar