Early wickets galore Madhya Pradesh v Punjab: Madhya Pradesh have got an important opening here. Ishwar Pandey strikes in the third over to dismisses Manan Vohra for two. He was out caught in the slips by Harpreet Singh Bhatia, the same fielder who dropped a catch off the previous delivery and allowed the batsman to steal a couple. #MPvPUN
Hyderabad v Haryana: In group C, Harshal Patel, that pacer from Royal Challengers Bangalore with a Zlatan-esque man-bun, has struck early for Haryana, getting rid of Akshath Reddy for 13. Another knock face, Mohit Sharma, too, has gotten into the act, and effected the run-out of Tanmay Agarwal for 13. Hyderabad in early trouble at 26/2. #HYDvHAR
Andhra v Chhattisgarh: There’s also a wicket at Bengal Cricket Academy Ground, West Bengal where newbies Chhattisgarh are taking on Andhra. Chhattisgarh’s Rishabh Tiwari is out after making one. #APvCHA
Goa v Jammu & Kashmir: Also, S S Bandekar has struck early for Goa, dismissing J&K’s Shubham Khajuria for five. #GoavJK
MP v Punjab: Mandeep Singh out
Vinay Choudhary and Mandeep Singh replaced by Taruwar Kohli and Shubek Singh Gill, MP go in unchanged. Mandeep is part of the Indian squad for the ODI series so that’s a forced change.
Toss: Hyderabad won the toss & elected to bat v Haryana
Madhya Pradesh won the toss & elected to field v Punjab
Andhra won the toss & elected to field v Chhattisgarh
Karnataka won the toss & elected to bat v Jharkhand
J & K won the toss & elected to bat v Goa
Team Rajasthan won the toss & elected to field v Assam
Railways won the toss & elected to field v Tamil Nadu
Baroda won the toss & elected to bat v Mumbai
Maharashtra won the toss & elected to bat v Delhi
Bengal won the toss & elected to bat v Uttar Pradesh
Saurashtra won the toss & elected to field v Odisha
Services won the toss & elected to field v Tripura
Here’s what’s going on in Round two.
Mumbai vs Baroda, Group A
Palam A Stadium, Delhi
Madhya Pradesh vs Punjab, Group A
Ch Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium, Rohtak
Uttar Pradesh vs Bengal, Group A
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Railways vs Tamil Nadu, Group A
Lohnu Cricket Ground, Bilaspur
Odisha vs Saurashtra, Group B
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Maharashtra vs Delhi, Group B
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Jharkhand vs Karnataka, Group B
Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida
Rajasthan vs Assam, Group B
Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Hyderabad vs Haryana, Group C
Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur
Kerala vs Himachal Pradesh, Group C
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Goa vs Jammu and Kashmir, Group C
Lalabhai Contractor Stadium , Surat
Andhra vs Chhattisgarh, Group C
Bengal Cricket Academy Ground, West Bengal
Tripura vs Services, Group C
Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
Fair to say, the Board of Control for Cricket in India only saw a cold response to their experience of having teams play at neutral venues.
Despite some great games during the first week of the Ranji Trophy, attendences plumetted to a new low. But let’s overlook that for now. Let’s hope the quality of cricket brings the fans back to the stadium, regardless of whether the stars from their state are partaking in the game, or not.
Tamil Nadu and Mumbai doled out another game for the ages. Chhattisgarh had a historic winning start in their first ever Ranji game, and there was plenty of other great shows on display.
Round two of Ranji Trophy now kicks off. Stay tuned as we bring you all the updates.