Lovely shot from Jaffer! Gaurav Yadav bowls it outside off and the Mumbai batter pierces the infield through covers with ease. Four runs! That would keep the scoreboard ticking!
The ploy has worked! Shaw has handed it straight to Yash Dubey at cover point. Suved Parkar joins Armaan Jaffer in the middle… Mumbai still trail by 76 runs.
This is exactly what Madhya Pradesh wanted! Shaw perishes in an attempt to hit a wide delivery from Gaurav Yadav. He departs for 44!
Jaffer breaks shackles! Kartikeya bowls a tossed-up delivery and Jaffer sweeps it comfortably in the mid-wicket region. First boundary for Jaffer.
Just two off Kartikeya’s over and Gaurav Yadav continues from the other end. Madhya Pradesh bowlers trying to slow down the game after Tamore and Shaw’s rapid start.
Dropped! Armaan hits it back to bowler Gaurav Yadav, who is unable to hold on to the catch. Yadav is off the field with a bleeding finger.
Tamore went for the stumps but got an inside edge. He walks back on 25. Armaan Jaffer joins Prithvi in the middle.
Cleaned up! Kartikeya removes Tamore (25). First strike for Madhya Pradesh
Mumbai reach 61/0 off 10 overs! Both Shaw and Tamore haven’t shied away from taking risks. Both have produced boundaries at regular intervals.
Gaurav Yadav drags it short and Prithvi whacks it over deep mid-wicket! He has got the license to go in the second innings! Effortless from the Mumbai skipper.
Consecutive boundaries! Shaw making it look easy! A six over cow corner and four past backward point. 50 comes up for Mumbai in the ninth over! It ain’t over yet!
12 runs off Anubhav Agarwal’s over! Prithvi hit a four between gully and backward point. Tamore also joined the fun, hitting it straight down the ground. Two boundaries in three deliveries.
Stand and deliver!!! Tamore is shifting gears! Agarwal pitched it up and Tamore hit one straight over long-on. Six runs!
Dropped!!! Gaurav Yadav was never in control to grab the catch after Shaw top-edged it in the fine leg region. Yadav is currently off the field.
Cracking shot! Shaw finds the gap between cover and mid-off. Didn’t try to hit it hard but let the ball come onto his bat.
Tamore flicks Agarwal’s overpitched behind square… first runs for Mumbai! Just two off the second over.
Kartikeya starts with a maiden over. Anubhav Agarwal set to bowl from the other end. Yashasvi was off the field and he can’t open for the next two hours!
Shaw walks out with Hardik Tamore and not Yashavi Jaiswal! Kumar Kartikeya opens the bowling attack for Madhya Pradesh.
Can Mumbai pull off a miraculous victory? Won’t be a surprise if Prithvi Shaw comes out in T20 mode in the second innings… stay tuned for live updates!
Shams Mulani picks up his fifth wicket! Saransh departs for 57 as Madhya Pradesh innings finally comes to an end.
Madhya Pradesh finish on 536 against Mumbai (374), lead by 162 runs on Day 4.
Driven through the off side and a boundary to Saransh Jain! He times it well and finds the gap between extra cover and long-off. Four runs!
Deshpande starts off proceedings after the rain break! Saransh is on strike.
Play to start in five minutes! 33 overs are scheduled to be bowled until 17:30 pm IST. The lost overs will be made up tomorrow on the final day.
Saransh Jain is unbeaten on 51 and he will look to extend the innings as much as possible. Mumbai, on the other hand, look to wrap up things quickly and stage something spectacular on the final day. At present, MP are in complete control of the game.
It has stopped raining and the resumption won’t be far away considering the sub-air drainage system. Stay tuned for live updates…
While Patidar hit his 8th first-class hundred, Mumbai clawed back with quick wickets before the rain interruption, which forced early Tea. Saransh Jain also chipped in with a fifty to help Madhya Pradesh breach the 500-run mark.
The Mumbai camp will be plotting its fifth day strategy. MP, on the other hand, remain in driver’s seat to claim the title. Mumbai had scored 374 in the first innings.
Due to the rain interruption, umpires have called for early Tea… stay tuned for live updates!
Slight drizzle and the covers are on again. Rain returns to interrupt the play but Madhya Pradesh are in driver’s seat at the moment.
Madhya Pradesh 529/9, lead by 155 runs
Saransh Jain reaches his maiden first-class fifty! Top knock from the MP tweaker who has stepped up in the all-important Ranji tie.
Another one! Saransh brings out the reverse sweep against Mulani. He knew the point region was vacant. Four runs!!! Madhya Pradesh lead by 152 runs.
Deshpande drags it short but Saransh has no problems in hitting that to mid-wicket for a boundary. He takes a single on the next delivery to move to 44. These runs will really frustrate Mumbai.
Success for Mulani again! Kartikeya goes for an uppish drive at short extra cover but it falls straight to Sarfaraz. MP lose their ninth wicket.
Excellent shot from Kartikeya! Mulani bowls a tossed up delivery and the MP batter plays the sweep shot to perfection.
It’s gotten clear and the play has resumed! 14 minutes of play was lost, which will be recovered at the end. There will be an extension. Kumar Kartikeya is the new batter to join Saransh Jain.
Mulani toiled away all day but got just one wicket yesterday. The left-arm tweaker has managed to snare two wickets today as Mumbai are looking to wrap up MP’s first innings as soon as possible.
Madhya Pradesh have reached 505 for eight with a healthy 131-run lead.
Groundsmen have brought in the covers. We expect the game to resume as soon as the rain stops – given the fact that the stadium has got a state-of-the-art drainage system. At the moment, it’s quite dark with signs of heavy pouring… stay tuned for live updates!
Big appeal and Mulani traps Agarwal plumb in front. Third wicket for Mulani, who has bowled over 60 overs in the innings. Eighth wicket for Mumbai at the stroke of heavy showers!
Mumbai did remove the dangerous Rajat Patidar but Saransh Jain is currently doing the job for Madhya Pradesh. He has added 22 off 46 deliveries with Anubhav Agarwal. Drinks are on the field now!
Edged and it races away to the boundary at third man. Runs keep on coming… Madhya Pradesh have gone past the 500 mark! They lead by 127 runs.
Cracking four! Saransh Jain taking up the responsibility after Patidar’s exit. He flicks Avasthi’s delivery to mid-wicket and keeps the scoreboard ticking.
What a delivery! Deshpande breathing fire with his extra pace. He concedes five from the over that featured four byes. Hardik Tamore only managed a fingertip to Deshpande’s delivery which was going down the leg.
Gone!!! Deshpande gets the prized wicket of Patidar. He dislodges the centurion and Mumbai can now think of wrapping up MP innings quickly.
Just one off Kulkarni’s over and Tushar Deshpande follows it up with a maiden. Patidar and his batting partner Saransh Jain in no hurry to score runs at the moment. Blocks and leaves keep repeating…
Dhawal Kulkarni is back into the attack. Hasn’t bowled a single over in the day so far. He will bowl with the new ball that’s taken by Mumbai immediately.
Welcome back!!! Shams Mulani bowls the first over after lunch against Patidar. Mulani is bowling from over the wicket
While Mumbai managed to pick up three wickets in the morning, Patidar headlined the session with his ton. He can still add more runs in the second session as MP inch closer to maiden Ranji title. Mumbai can make a strong comeback, provided Shaw and Sarfaraz add brisk runs to set a target for MP on the final day.
Madhya Pradesh are staring at a 500-run total at the moment.
Another partnership is building for Madhya Pradesh. Mumbai need the remaining four wickets to think about their second innings approach. Umpire Virender Sharma signals lunch.
The lead for Madhya Pradesh has crossed the 100 mark, with Rajat Patidar still batting on 120.
Maiden over from Mohit Avasthi. Saransh Jain is happy to leave the delivery that was pitched just outside off.
Seems like Hrdik Tamore has been hit on his taped little finger. He is getting treatment and there’s a bit of delay.
Shams Mulani bowls it short and wide… Patidar had enough time to hit it to deep extra cover. He goes on the backfoot and pierces the gap between short cover and extra cover. Four runs!
Outside the off stump from Kotian and Patidar cuts that past slips. No short third man for protection and it races away to the boundary fence. Mumbai are in hunt for more wickets while runs keep coming for Madhya Pradesh.
Patidar reaches his century in 163 deliveries and acknowledges the applause. He has made batting look easy since his arrival on the third day.
He hit a brisk fifty before getting a no-ball reprieve. He tightened down his batting approach after surviving the dismissal.
Hundred for Rajat Patidar! Chants of ‘RCB, RCB’ at Chinnaswamy as Patidar reaches his eighth first-class hundred. Top knock! A month ago, he had produced an IPL hundred in RCB colours.
Pulled away and Patidar gets a boundary in the fine region. Bowler Deshpande is disappointed with the fielding effort. Patidar moves to 99…
Gone!!! Consistency pays off for Mulani, who traps Parth Sahani. Huge appeal and the finger goes up. Madhya Pradesh lead by 56 runs.
Tushar Deshpande bowls a half volley on Parth Sahani’s pads and the batter flicks it away for a boundary. The lead is 50 now despite Madhya Pradesh losing couple of wickets in quick succession. It’s time for drinks break… Patidar still going strong!
Four runs! Oustide edge and it goes past the keeper and slip cordon. Bowler Shams Mulani doesn’t seem happy with that.
Another one! Raghuwanshi (9) undone by Deshpande’s pace as MP lose second wicket in the opening session. Madhya Pradesh lead by 37 runs at the moment.
Four!!! Overpitched delivery from Avasthi and new batter Akshat Raghuwanshi hits it wide of mid-on. Mulani will be key for Mumbai if the pitch aids spinners in the last two days.
Gone!!! Avasthi removes Shrivastava, who is caught by Sarfaraz. First wicket of the day. Extra bounce caught Shrivastava by surprise but Sarfaraz was ready for the catch.
Just a single off Avasthi’s over. Shrivastava punches it to sweeper cover to end the over with a single. Madhya Pradesh’s first innings lead is 22 now.
Lucky!!! But runs keep coming for Madhya Pradesh. Patidar hit a six in the last over and Shrivastava now finds a boundary through an edge. The ball goes past the slip cordon. Four runs!
Madhya Pradesh have taken the first-innings lead! Patidar hits it past covers and runs two.
Prithvi Shaw having a word with the umpires over LBW decision. Virender Sharma was unmoved after Avasthi’s delivery hit Shrivastava on the pad. The impact was outside off.
Loosener from Avasthi and Patidar hits the first boundary of the day. Overpitched outside off and Patidar flicks it in the mid-wicket region.
Good start from Mulani. Shrivastava lunges forward and blocks the last delivery and it’s a maiden over. Mohit Avasthi starts from the other end against Patidar.
Shams Mulani starts off proceedings with the ball against Aditya Shrivastava. The conditions at Chinnaswamy are overcast at the moment.
Madhya would want to stretch their innings as much as possible so that 41-time winners Mumbai have no chance to make a comeback in the game. An eventful Day 4 to get underway within minutes!
Dubey (613 runs) and Sharma (578 runs) have been standout performers for MP this season. The pair has laid the foundation and the stage is set for Patidar to dazzle on the fourth day. Live action to get underway soon… stay tuned for live updates!
Shams Mulani, who returned 1/117 in 40 overs, proved ineffective as the Mumbai bowling attack struggled for wickets throughout the day. Seasoned Dhawal Kulkarni and Tushar Deshpande were also unable to make an impact.
While Dubey and Sharma shone on the third day, the spotlight on Day 4 will be on Patidar, who was one of the heroes of RCB’s campaign in the recently-concluded IPL season. He hit an unbeaten 67 with 13 boundaries on the previous day.
Madhya Pradesh had lost to Karnataka when the last time they competed in a Ranji Trophy final in the 1998-99 season. They seem unwavering so far, and the title is within touching distance unless MP commit harakiri in the second innings.
Mumbai took a sigh of relief as Mohit Avasthi removed Shubham Sharma, who perished after adding 116 off 215 deliveries.
Madhya Pradesh now need only seven more runs to take a decisive first-innings lead, which will help them inch closer to the trophy.
Both Dubey and Shubham looked at ease against the Mumbai bowlers, who toiled throughout the third day as Madhya Pradesh were at 301/2 in 98 overs at the time of the tea break.
Madhya Pradesh resumed their first innings on day three at 123/1 with Yash Dubey unbeaten on 44 and Shubham Sharma playing at 41.
Both batters hit centuries, putting their team within touching distance of first-innings lead and maiden Ranji title. Dubey and Shubham kept their form intact scoring 133 and 116 runs respectively.
Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage of the Ranji Trophy finals between Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh. Twin centuries from Yash Dubey and Shubham Sharma headlined the third day at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Dubey and Sharma smacked tons while Rajat Patidar hit a brisk fifty, putting MP in a comfortable position to claim maiden Ranji title. Mumbai, on the other hand, struggle for wickets and toiled hard the entire day.
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