Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the third day of the first quarter-final of the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2015-16 at Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex in Vizianagaram on Friday. Saurashtra are well on their way towards a well-deserved victory as well as a place in the last four of India’s premier First-Class tournament after gaining a massive 224-run first-innings lead by finishing on a score of 375 at the end of their first innings. Vidarbha were 17 for no loss in reply, but will have to produce a lot over the next couple of days if they are to post a turnaround and somehow win the game from this point onwards.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Vidarbha 139; BATTING: SB Wagh 8 (30): SAURASHTRA WIN!!!! That’s it, they win by an innings and 85 runs, as Vidrabha have been bowled iut for a paltry 139, courtesy of four-wicket haul from Jaydev Unadkat, and a three-wicket haul from Deepak Punia.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Vidarbha 135/7 in 66 overs; BATTING: SB Wagh 6 (23), AA Wakhare 2 (15): Three more wickets in the form of RL Jangid, Wasim Jaffer and AA Sarvate for 10, 48 and five, respectively, while SB Wagh and AA Wakhare are out to bat, as they trail by 89 runs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Vidarbha 83/4 in 45 overs; BATTING: Wasim Jaffer 17 (46), RL Jangid 3 (13): GONE!!!! Another wicket goes down, the firs in the post-lunch session, as S Badrinath gies for mere 12 to Jaydev Unadkat, while RL Jangid makes is way in as they trail by 141.

OUT! Subramaniam Badrinath c Sagar Jogiyani b Jaydev Unadkat 12 (35)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Vidarbha 70/3 in 38 overs; BATTING: Subramaniam Badrinath 8 (24), Wasim Jaffer 11 (25): LUNCH!!!! Just a one loss prior to the break as Ganesh Satish falls for mere six to Deepak Punia, while Wasim Jaffer makes his way in, while they trail by 154 runs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Vidarbha 51/2 in 30 overs; BATTING: Ganesh Satish 6(50), Subramaniam Badrinath 0(4): OUT! Faiz Fazal’s watchful stay comes to an end after he is caught behind off the bowling of Chirag Jani to depart for 36 off 84 deliveries. Meanwhile, Ganesh Satish is batting watchfully at the moment, having accumulated only six runs in the 50 deliveries that he has faced so far at the end of the 30th over. Meanwhile, Badrinath arrives at the crease following the dismissal of Fazal. OUT! Faiz Fazal c Sagar Jogiyani b Chirag Jani 36(84)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Vidarbha 39/1 in 19 overs; BATTING: Faiz Fazal 25(52), Ganesh Satish 5(19): Vidarbha resume from their overnight score of 17 for no loss, and lose the wicket of Jitesh Sharma early on Day Three. Faiz Fazal however has moved into the 20s already. OUT! Jitesh Sharma c Sagar Jogiyani b Jaydev Unadkat 8(43)

After bowling them out for a lowly 151 in their first innings thanks to Jaydev Unadkat’s impressive 5 for 70, Saurashtra started their innings off on a shaky note after losing the wicket of Avi Barot (5) early in their innings with just 10 runs on board. Cheteshwar Pujara and Sagar Jogiyani however, managed to tackle the bowlers till the end of the opening day to guide their side to 70 for 1. The second day witnessed both Jogiyani (130) and Sheldon Jackson (122) post centuries and share a 206-run stand for the fourth wicket between them to put Saurashtra in the driver’s seat.

Teams:

Vidarbha: Jitesh Sharma (wk), Faiz Fazal, Ganesh Satish, Subramaniam Badrinath (c), Wasim Jaffer, Ravi Jangid, Aditya Sarwate, Shrikanth Wagh, Umesh Yadav, Akshay Wakhare, Ravikumar Thakur.

Saurashtra: Avi Barot, Sagar Jogiyani (wk), Cheteshwar Pujara, Chirag Jani, Jaydev Shah (c), Kamlesh Makvana, Arpit Vasavada, Sheldon Jackson, Deepak Punia, Jaydev Unadkat, Hardik Rathod.