Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16 tournament, between Jharkhand and Karnataka at KSCA Stadium in Alur. Karnataka will be on a high after winning their previous game against Gujarat by VJD method. This was Karnataka’s second win of the tournament and have lost just one so far. Jharkhand on the other hand won their third match of the tournament comprehensively against Haryana and now sit pretty at the top of the table. A win against the defending champions will give them a lot of confidence, going into the rest of the tournament. Karnataka will be looking to carrying on their momentum into the gamer against Jharkhand as well. 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Karnataka 169 | Overs 45 | Target 217|  BATTING: Jagadeesha Suchith 27 (56) Sreenath Aravind 18 (16): That’s it! It’s all over and Karnataka have lost the match by 47 runs. The last wicket pair of Aravind and Suchith put on 39, but could not help their team to a win. Karnataka will be disappointed with the performance but yet another early exit looms large for Karnataka. OUT! Jagadeesha Suchith LBW b Shahbaz 34 (64)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Karnataka 158/9 | Overs 43 | Target 217|  BATTING: Jagadeesha Suchith 27 (56) Sreenath Aravind 18 (16): Karnataka are just one wicket away from losing the match. They are however looking to play out the 50 overs, so that theur net run rate does not take a major hit. Suchith and Aravind are playing well at the moment but not sure, if they can continue at the same pace throughout.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Karnataka 123/8 | Overs 35 | Target 217|  BATTING: Jagadeesha Suchith 18 (35)Stuart Binny 4(3): Karnataka have lost another wicket in the form of Karun Nair, who was perhaps Karnataka’s last hope to get them over the line. Suchith and Binny have to put on a good show for Karnataka to win from here.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Karnataka 97/5 | Overs 28 | Target 217|  BATTING: Karun Nair 9 (21), Jagadeesha Suchith 2 (4): The 40-odd-run stand between Rahul and Karun has been brought to an end. Sonu Kumar Singh dismisses Rahul for 84-ball 42. Shreyas Gopal too is dismissed for just one. MS Dhoni is involved in both dismissals. OUT! KL Rahul c Dhoni b Sonu Kumar Singh 42 (84), Shreyas Gopal st Dhoni b Sonu Kumar Singh 0(3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Karnataka 71/3 | Overs 18 | Target 217|  BATTING: K L Rahul 29(53), Karun Nair 9 (21): The skipper for the day Manish Pandey has been dismissed cheaply and Karnataka could be in a spot of bother, if they lose yet another wicket here. Karun Nair is the new batsman and he will look to support KL Rahul, who is batting sensibly at the other end. OUT! Manish Pandey LBW Shahbaz 1 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Karnataka 51/2 | Overs 11 | Target 217|  BATTING: K L Rahul 19(34), Manish Pandey 1 (4): Karnataka have made a steady start but lost the wicket of Abhishek Reddy early on. Mayank Agarwal has also been dismissed, but Karnataka have a strong middle-order and will hope that they can steer Karnataka to a win. OUT! Mayank Agarwal c&b Nadeem

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Karnataka 24/1 | Overs 4 | BATTING: Mayank Agarwal 3(6), K L Rahul 11(10): Jharkand skipper Varun Aaron struck in his very first over to leave Karnataka at 9 for 1. Opening batsman Abhishek Reddy scored 5 runs in 6 deliveries he had faced before giving a catch to Kaushal Singh on the first delivery of the 2nd over. From here, the defending champs need another 193 runs to win their 4th fixture of the ongoing tournament. OUT! Abhishek Reddy c Kaushal Singh b Varun Aaron 5(6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Jharkand216/8 | Overs 50 | BATTING: Kumar Deobrat 47 (55), Rahul Shukla 4 (8): Jharkhand have ended their inings with a decent score on the board. Kumar Deobrat was unbeaten right till the end and managed to get his team past the 200-run mark. This should be a relatively easy chase for Karnataka, But Jharkhand will be hoping that their bowlers can make early inroads.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Jharkand 159/4 | Overs 40 | BATTING: Kumar Deobrat 13 (29), Kaushal Singh 5(3): Jharkhand have lost the wicket of Saurabh Tiwary for 43 off 51 with David Mathias getting his wicket. Jharkhand still have a lot of wickets in hand but will have to bat extremely well to get a total of around 230 from here.  OUT! Saurabh Tiwary c Pravin Dubey b Mathias 43 (51)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Jharkand 128/3 | Overs 33 | BATTING: Saurabh Tiwary 24 (27), Kumar Deobrat 0 (3): Ishank Jaggi has gone past his fifty and looks set to get a big one. Saurabh Tiwary too is looking good at the other end but Jaggi has been dismissed after reaching his fifty by Jagadeesha Suchith. Kumar Debobrat is the new batsman. OUT! Ishank Jaggi st Rahul b Suchith  50 (95)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Jharkand 113/2 | Overs 28 | BATTING: Ishank Jaggi 46(79), Saurabh Tiwary 24 (27): Jharkhand have gone past the 100-run mark, but will have to improve their scoring rate. Ishank Jaggi has played well so far, like he has in the entire tournament, nearing yet another half-century. Tiwary has been in good form this season and will look to get a big score in this match as well.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Jharkand 80/2 | Overs 20 | BATTING: Ishank Jaggi 33(49), Saurabh Tiwary 0 (1): Jharkhand have lost two quick wickets with opener Anand Singh and MS Dhoni, who was promoted to No. 3 dismissed. Saurabh Tiwary and Ishank Jaggi will now have to build a steady partnership to take Jharkhand to a good position. OUT! Anand Singh c Aravind b Karun, MS Dhoni b Karun

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Jharkand 74/0 | Overs 17 | BATTING: Ishank Jaggi 33(49), Anand Singh 37(59): Karun Nair has come into action as well, hoping Karnataka will make a breakthrough here. The duo have been managing to score runs in regular intervals, with going for the big shots when Karnataka bowlers give loose balls. Four boundaries each for both the batsmen.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Jharkand 53/0 | Overs 12 | BATTING: Ishank Jaggi 27(38), Anand Singh 24(34): Still no wicket for Karnataka, Jharkand openers look in control here. Are Karnataka missing Vinay Kumar here? Since they have already been knocked out of Ranji Trophy, they will want to at least retain this title.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Jharkand 16/0 | Overs 6 | BATTING: Ishank Jaggi 10(22), Anand Singh 6(14): Stuart Binny and Aravind Sreenath have opened bowling for the defending champions from both the ends. This fixture has a lot of eyes on it as MS Dhoni is set to play against the like of Binny, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey. Also, Karnataka will miss the services of their regular skipper Vinay Kumar who is not playing this game and in his absence Pandey is leading the side.

TOSS UPDATE: Karnataka won the toss, elect to field.

Rahul Shukla was the pick of the bowlers for Jharkhand as he managed to pick up three wickets, giving away just 33 runs in eight overs. As far as the batting is concerned, it was opener Ishank Jaggi, who top-scored with an unbeaten 62 to guide his team home. MS Dhoni did not have to bat today as Jharkhand won the match by nine wickets with over 20 overs to spare. Karnataka once again struggled with their batting but had a couple of useful contributions. Mayank Agarwal scored 58 opening the innings, while Manish Pandey scored an unbeaten 94 to help his side to a respectable total of 233.

Gujarat kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually reached 189 for 8 losing by 15 runs according to the revised target. Play had to stop temporarily as the light was very low in the stadium. Karnataka are currently placed at third in the table and a win against Jharkhand may take them to the top.

Squads:

Karnataka: Vinay Kumar (c), Mayank Agarwal, Sreenath Aravind, Stuart Binny, Praveen Dubey, CM Gautam (wk)Shreyas Gopal, Aniruddha Joshi, Sadiq Kirmani (wk), David Mathias, Abhimanyu Mithun, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey, KL Rahul, Abhishek Reddy, Ravikumar Samarth, Jagadeesha Suchith.

Jharkhand: Varun Aaron (c), Anand Singh, Ankit Dabas, Kumar Deobrat, MS Dhoni, Shiv Gautam, Ishank Jaggi, Jaskaran Singh, Kaushal Singh, Monu Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Shukla, Sonu Singh, Sumit Kumar (wk), Saurabh Tiwary.