Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 2 of the Group A game of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy between Vidarbha and Maharashtra , live from Jamtha, Nagpur. Vidarbha had won the toss and elected to bat first. Vidarbha got off to a bad start losing former India opener  Wasim Jaffer for duck and soon lost Ganesh Satish, Captain Subramaniam Badrinath in quick successions.Opener Faiz Fazal remained not out scoring a wonderful century (110) batting through the day. Fazal constructed a 157 run partnership with Shalabh Shrivastava(63) for fourth wicket. Shrivastava got out just before stumps. Fazal scored his ninth First-Class hundred.Vidarbha at stumps were 227/4. READ: Ranji Trophy 2015-16, full coverage here

Maharashtra will be looking to get Fazal out early in the morning before Vidarbha crosses 300 mark. Shrikant Munde and Anupam Sanklecha picked up 2 wickets each. Maharashtra will want Kedar Jadhav to come back in batting form and help them get a first innings lead. Ankit Bawne and Chirag Khurana scored centuries for Maharashtra in last match.

Live cricket scores: Maharashtra 144/6 | Overs 53 | Batting: AR Bawane 12(41), R Tripathi 0(1): Vidarbha have got the upper hand in this all important encounter against Maharashtra. In pursuit of 332, Maharashtra are six for 144 at the end of Day 2 in Nagpur. All its leading batsmen have gone back to the pavilion and they still trail Vidarbha by 188 runs. Day 3 will determine whether Maharashtra can make a comeback or it will be Vidarbha all the way.

OUT! R Tripathi ct A V Ubarhande b S B Wagh 6(14)

OUT! AR Bawane lbw S B Wagh 12(45)

Live cricket scores: Maharashtra 112/4 | Overs 43 | Batting: AR Bawane 12(41), R Tripathi 0(1): Vidarbha are clawing their way back into the game as Maharashtra skipper Rohit Motwani also departs. The team has now lost its four front-line batsmen and is struggling at four for 112. The deficit is still 219 runs and there is little batting left now. A lot depends on how Bawane performs now. The team would be hoping for a solid knock from him where as Vidarbha would now go for the kill.

OUT! RH Motwani b A A Sarvate 27(85)

Live cricket scores: Maharashtra 96/3 | Overs 33 | Batting: RH Motwani 15(54), AR Bawane 8(17): Maharashtra have lost two wickets during the phase of last 10 overs; one of a set batsman and the other of its best batsman. First to go was Gugale, who was caught by Badrinath and bowled by RD Thakur. The next wicket to fall, a potentially big one, was of  Kedar Jadhav. The diminutive player, who has played for India, again fell to RD Thakur. He scored just eight runs before getting caught by Wasim Jaffer.

OUT! KM Jadhav ct Wasim Jaffer b R D Thakur 8(11)

OUT! SM Gugale ct S Badrinath b R D Thakur 42(80)

Live cricket scores: Maharashtra 64/1 | Overs 22 | Batting: SM Gugale 42(73), RH Motwani 6(22): Maharashtra have lost their first wicket during this phase of play. Their opener Hashad Khadiwale has been dismissed for 16. He put on a decent opening stand of 43 runs with his partner SM Gugale before he was removed by the man with the golden hand Faiz Fazal. The centurion got the better off Khadiwale and struck with the ball in hand as well. Captain and wicket-keeper batsman Rohit  Motwani has come one-down.

OUT! Harshad Khadiwale ct A V Ubarhande b F Y Fazal 16(41)

Live cricket scores: Maharashtra 24/0 | Overs 8| Batting: SM Gugale 16(23),  Harshad Khadiwale 8(25): After getting out for 332 immediately after lunch, Vidarbha gifted away the momentum to Maharashtra. In pursuit of their first innings score, the visitors Maharashtra have started their reply steadily. Openers SM Gugale and Harshad Khadiwale are out their in the middle. Solid middle-order players Ankit Bawane and Kedar Jadhav are yet to come.

Live cricket scores: Vidarbha 332 | Overs 125|  SB Wagh 11(38): Vidarbha have lost the advantage, as they get bowled out for 331 immediately after lunch. From seven for 330 at lunch, the team was looking good to get past 350 easily and post somewhere close to 400. But quick wickets by Sanklecha and Gugale bundled them out. Sanklecha was the pick of the bowlers, with his five-wicket haul. Maharashtra are back into the match.

OUT! RD Thakur ct Shrikant Mundhe b S M Gugale 0(2)

OUT! AA Wakhare lbw A A Sanklecha 0(1)

OUT! RL Jangid b A A Sanklecha 39(100)

Live cricket scores: Vidarbha 330/7 | Overs 123| Batting: RL Jangid 39(96),  SB Wagh 10(33): Vidarbha are frustrating the Maharashtra team now. From 6 down for 250, the side has done well to reach to seven for 330 at lunch. Jangid is still going strong with 96-ball 39 not out. Maharashtra bowling has largely been dependent on Mundhe and Sanklecha, who have bagged three wickets each. Other bowlers have struggled overall. It will be interesting to see how far the Vidarbha innings goes.

Live cricket scores: Vidarbha 317/7 | Overs 115| Batting: RL Jangid 34(73),  SB Wagh 2(14): Vidarbha are scoring at a brisk pace now. They’ve lost Sarvate during this phase of play. He was doing well and was removed by the Akshay Darekar – Harshad Khadiwale combination for 33. Jangid is playing a good hand as he’s unbeaten at 34. The team would look to stretch its score as much as it can before coming out to bowl against a strong Maharashtra team.

OUT! AA Sarvate ct Harshad Khadiwale b Akshay Darekar 33(44)

Live cricket scores: Vidarbha 262/6 | Overs 102| Batting: RL Jangid 7(34), AA Sarvate 12(16): Vidarbha didn’t have the best of the starts as they lost their centurion Faiz Fazal early in the morning. He got out for a fine 120. His dismissal was soon followed by AV Ubarhande’s fall, who got out without scoring.

OUT! AV Ubarhande ct R H Motwani b Shrikant Mundhe 0(9)

OUT! Faiz Fazal b A A Sanklecha 120(273)

Playing XI:

Vidarbha: Subramaniam Badrinath (c), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Faiz Fazal, Wasim Jaffer, Ganesh Satish, Shalabh Shrivastava, Aditya Shanware, Aditya Sarwate, Sumit Ruikar, Umesh Yadav, Akshay Wakhare.

Maharashtra: Rohit Motwani (c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Shrikant Mundhe, Harshad Khadiwale, Ankit Bawne, Anupam Sanklecha, Chirag Khurana, Dominic Muthuswami, Rahul Tripathi, Samad Fallah, Nikit Dhumal.