|Hello and welcome to Sportstar‘s live coverage of the fifth day of the three remaining Ranji Trophy 2019-20 quarterfinal contests.|
Bengal v Odisha: Bengal loses its eighth wicket, early in the day. Debabrata Pradhan has trapped Mukesh Kumar plumb in front to send him back for six. Bengal 361/8.
Bengal, Karnataka and Saurashtra will hope to clinch the remaining semifinal spots available today, after having securing the advantage in their respective quarterfinals.
Goa became the first team to enter the semifinals by securing a 464-run win over Goa late on Day Four in Valsad.
It seemed J&K would brush Karnataka aside for a first-innings lead and possibly a semifinal berth at the Govt. Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground in Jammu. But that wasn’t to be, as Prasidh Krishna precipitated a collapse before lunch to prevent J&K from taking the lead. And Karnataka batted well for most for the rest of Day Four to secure a mightier grip.
Shreevats Goswami, Abhishek Raman and Shahbaz (52 n.o.) scored half-centuries for Bengal in the second innings as the team extended its lead to 443 by the end of the fourth day’s play against Odisha in Cuttack. It will hope to get the win today, but even a draw would be enough to propel it into the semis.
Saurashtra, too, is likely to get there, after batting Andhra out of the contest.
In Cuttack: Bengal 332 and 361 for 7 (Goswami 78, Raman 67, Shahbaz 52 n.o.) leads Odisha 250 by 443 runs.
In Ongole: Saurashtra 419 and 375 for 9 (Mankad 85, D. Jadeja 60, Sai Krishna 4 for 47) leads Andhra 136 by 658 runs.
In Jammu: Karnataka 206 and 245 for 4 (Siddharth K. V. 75 n.o., Samarth 74) leads J&K 192 by 259 runs.
In Valsad: Gujarat 602 for 8 dec. and 199 for 6 dec. beat Goa 173 and 164 (S. Prabhudessai 66, Desai 5 for 81, Nagwaswalla 4 for 18) by 464 runs.