Ranji Trophy, Karnataka vs Rajasthan highlights: Despite a poor start to their chase, Karnataka managed to reach 45/3 at the close of play on Day 3. Karun Nair along with Ronit More will resume the chase on Friday with the hosts requiring another 139 to win with seven wickets in hand.
Earlier in the day, Karnataka wrapped the Rajasthan innings for 222. Spinners K Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal caused the main damage as the pair shared seven wickets between them. Gowtham took four wickets while giving away 54 runs and he was well supported by Gopal who scalped three wickets.
Ranji Trophy, Karnataka vs Rajasthan highlights:
The umpire remove the bails and Karnataka reach 45/3 at the close of play. Karun Nair and Ronit More will resume the chase on Day 4 as they require 139 to win with 7 wickets in hand.
M Lomror breaks the 26-run stand between R Samarth and Karun Nair. It was a quick delivery which kept low and R Samarth fails to make any contact with the bat. The ball goes and hits the pads and umpire without any hesitation raises his finger. The batsman departs after scoring 16 in 32 deliveries. Karnataka require 139 more to win with seven wickets in hand.
A V Choudhary picks up his second wicket of the innings. Siddharth K V nicks an incoming delivery and it goes straight to the keeper. The batsman departs after scoring 5 in 18 deliveries. Karun Nair is the new man at the crease. KAR: 14/2
GONE! A V Choudhary right on target as Dega Nischal fails to read an outgoing delivery and misses it completely. The ball goes and knocks the off stump. The bowler is all pumped up. KAR: 7/1
Karnataka begin their chase
R Samarth and Dega Nischal are out in the middle to start the chase for Karnataka. Deepak Chahar will start the proceedings for Rajasthan. Karnataka open their account with a boundary as the ball takes an outside edge of Samarth's bat and runs towards the fence.
Rajasthan are bowled out for 222 as Bishnoi Sr departs after scoring 12 in 38 deliveries. Abhimanyu Mithun's delivery was going down the leg and the batsman could have allowed the ball to go the keeper. But he tries to play a shot and the ball touches his gloves and goes straight to the wicketkeeper who makes no mistake.
Karnataka need 184 to win.
2 wickets in 2 balls
K Gowtham scalps Rahul Chahar as he tries to guide the ball behind but ends up handing a catch to Samarth at the first slip, who takes a brilliant diving catch. Second ball of the over and its the same result. Outside edge coming off A V Choudhary's bat and Samrath takes another beauty. RAJ: 221/9 (lead by 182 runs)
Action resumes after the break as Shreyas Gopal gets ready to deliver the first over after Tea. The first ball after the break, Bishnoi taps it down the leg side for a quick single. The fielder picks the ball and throws at the non-striker end. The ball misses the stumps and the absence of any fielder sees the ball race towards the boundary rope. Excellent start for Rajasthan, as they add another 5 runs to their tally.
After losing three quick wickets, R Chahar and Bishnoi SR carefully guide the Rajasthan innings as they go into the break on 209/7. Bishnoi is batting on 7 while his partner Chahar is on 14.
WICKET! Easy pickings for Shreyas Gopal as Deepak Chahar walks back to the pavilion without adding a single run on the scoreboard. It was a poor shot selection as he tried to play a lofted shot against the spin. The ball hits the toe-end of the bat and slices up in the air and goes towards substitue fielder Pavan Deshpande, who collects it comfortably. RAJ: 187/7
WICKET! Quick blows for Rajasthan as Shreyas Gopal picks up another wicket. Salman Khan fails to make any contact and the ball goes and hits his pads. He departs after scoring 25 in 62 deliveries. Deepak Chahar is the new man at the crease. RAJ 187/6
WICKET! Shreyas Gopal finally breaks the partnership and Robin Bist fails to reach his fifty. Good work behind the stumps by the keeper to take the bails off when the batsman was way out of the crease. RAJ 186/5
This has been a good partnership for the fifth wicket between Salman Khan and Robin Bist. The duo have added 55 runs together and rebuilt a staggering Rajasthan. Karnataka are back searching for wickets.
WASIM JAFFER DOUBLE HUNDRED
Meanwhile, in the Vidarbha vs Uttarakhand match, Wasim Jaffer has scored 200 runs yet again! Is there any way to get him out!
Lead by 100 runs
Rajasthan have extended their lead to 100 runs with still 6 wickets in hand. Still the jon not yet done for the batsmen. On comes Shreyas Gopal.
Back after Lunch
Robin Bist and Salman Khan are in the middle to face the heat in the second session. Ronit More continues the attack.
WICKET! CLEANED HIM UP. Yorker delivery Ronit More and Ashok Menaria has been dismissed for 4 at the stroke of Lunch. Rajasthan 123/4
WICKET! Mahipal Lomror has been dismissed by K Gowtham. He departs for 42. And now Rajasthan have two new batsmen in the middle. RAJ 118/3
WICKET! Finally, K Gowtham gets the much-needed breakthrough, Chetan Bist has nudged a full-pitched delivery to the wicketkeeper behind the stumps. Rajasthan are 107/2
100 up for Rajasthan
Targets, after targets, are being achieved by Rajasthan batsmen. But so far, Karnataka are still struggling to reach their targets of getting quick wickets. 100 up for Rajasthan.
50 runs lead
The partnership between Chetan Bist and M Lomror has now crossed the 50-run mark. The duo have also extended Rajasthan's lead over 50. Karnataka continue to hunt for wickets.
Karnataka searching for wickets
This is a good partnership building at the moment between M Lomror and Chetan Bist. Karnataka are going back to their wicket-taker Shreyas Gopal. Can he provide the lucky breakthrough?
DRINKS! Chetan Bist and MK Lomror have taken their side to 58/1 in the first hour of the day's play. It has been a hot morning and the players are getting tired. The batsmen are doing the job for Rajasthan at the moment.
50 up for Rajasthan
Cheten Bist is grinding out in the middle along with M K Lomror and the duo have taken Rajasthan over the 50-run mark. Rajasthan are on the move. One big partnership can really turn the tide here.
Rajasthan take lead
Rajasthan have taken the lead in the match. Now the real test of Karnataka bowlers will begin. How much can they limit Rajasthan in the second innings to set themselves up for an easy chase.
WICKET! Abhimanyu Mithun finally finds the breakthrough. Pitched it short and wide and Amitkumar Gautam decided to have a swing at it. Gets a massive leading edge and the ball flew to the fielder in the deep. RAJ 35/1
Quick start from Rajasthan
FOUR! Full pitched delivery, and Gautam opened the faced of the bat to glide it past the midwicket. Rajasthan are off to a quick start and they are eager to cover the trail. The trail has reduced to 16 runs now.
Play is ON
Amitkumar Gautam comes out to the middle along with Chetan Bist. Abhimanyu Mithun starts off the attack with the ball. PLAY IS ON!
Other scores so far:
* Vidarbha are on the verge of taking a hefty lead over Uttarakhand with Ramaswamy and Wasim Jaffer scoring tons each to take their total to 260/1 in the conquest of Uttarakhand's 366 in the first innings.
* Saurashtra are in trouble after going 7 wickets down for 170 in reply to Uttar Pradesh's 385 in the first innings. Pujara dismissed for 11.
* Gujarat need 195 runs to win after Kerala were bowled out for 171 in the second innings. This match can end pretty quickly on Day 3.
Karnataka vs Rajasthan Live Score
Hello and welcome to our live blog on Day 3 of the Ranji Trophy Quarterfinal match between Karnataka and Rajasthan. After a splendid bowling performance from Rajasthan, Vinay Kumar led a fantastic fightback to put Karnataka in the hunt. Kumar scored an unbeaten 83 and took his side to a 39-run lead. Rajasthan will look to take a heavy lead and set up a challenging total to chase.