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Jan 21, 2014 at 05:16pm IST

As it happened: Ranji Trophy Semi-finals, Day 4

Catch the updates across the two Ranji Trophy semi-finals being played from January 18 to 22.

Day 3 round-up: Young batsman Karun Nair completed a hat-trick of first-class centuries in his debut season as Karnataka seized control on the third day of their Ranji Trophy semi-final against hosts Punjab, taking a 81-run first innings lead.

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As it happened: Ranji Trophy Semi-finals, Day 4

Catch the updates across the two Ranji Trophy semi-finals being played from January 18 to 22.

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12:32 pm: The match has been drawn. Karnataka progress to the final.

12:42 pm: That's all from my side. Join us for the updates of Ranji Final.

12:33 pm: Karnataka will face Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy final.

12:25 pm: @ Datta Hold your horses, have seen any matches K'taka played this year? keep your wits for the finals. Do not waste now.

12:25 pm: @ Datta K'taka team not only better, it is the best team in the circuit. The Bowling, i would call India B team. Batting anyway it is there.

11:34 am: Samad Fallah of Maharashtra will go through the batting of Karnataka. And Khadiwale, Zol and Jadhav will tear apart the bowling of Vinay Kumar & co.

11:31 am: all commentators are from metro cities and didn't like Maharashtra beating Mumbai. They are very biased

11:30 am: @Srinivas That was not my comment. Someone who was following our blog gave his opinion.

11:28 am: I thought commentators would be unbiased. Your wish will not come true as karnataka will thrash Maharashtra

11:20 am: no.

11:20 am: is it started?

11:12 am: Match has not started yet.

11:12 am: what's the latest position???????????

10:32 am: It seems that Karnataka Vs Maharashtra. Maharashtra winning the Trophy. People may disagree saying karnataka better side.

9:54 am: A slight drizzle delays the start on the final. Stay tuned.

9:32 am: Hello, and welcome to the live updates from day five of the Ranji semifinal between Karnataka and Punjab.

4:52 pm: So friends, this is it from me today. See you tomorrow with some more action from the Karnataka vs Punjab, semis, Day 5 tomorrow. Till then... take care.. good bye.. :)

4:50 pm: Karnataka vs Punjab: STUMPS, Day 4: Karnataka 447/5 with a lead of 177 runs.

4:06 pm: Ranji Trophy SF Day 4: Play delayed due to bad light. Karnataka 447 for 5 (Nair 151*, Verma 114*) lead Punjab (270) by 177 runs.

4:00 pm: Karnataka were 447 for 5 with a lead of 177 runs when bad light stopped the play.

3:59 pm: What is the score?

3:15 pm: Its 15:15 and the match has still not re-started

2:20 pm: Another delay -- once again bad light stops play

2:12 pm: Karun Nair brings up his 150

2:12 pm: The game is back on and Karnataka are 447 for 5 now.

2:12 pm: The umpires have just checked the light meter and have given the signal to the players that play will be interrupted due to bad light

1:21 pm: Karnataka are 438 for 5 now with Nair on 144.

1:21 pm: Karnataka will have the edge in Finals. Karnataka bowling attack is very good & make any team to sweat. batting is anyway has depth.

1:21 pm: The record for most consecutive wins is held by Punjab and Delhi with 7, Karnataka on 6. If they win this encounter then they will join the other two at the top,

1:01 pm: Amit Verma is on 104 and Karun Nair is on 135 as Karnataka extend their lead to 150 runs

12:54 pm: Good news The light has improved, and we are set to resume play.

12:44 pm: Kar vs Maha...it will be a great finals..both the teams have promising young guns.. Maharastra being the dark horses.. Finals will be the interesting match.. still 1 and half days to go, hope Karnataka enters the final...

12:23 pm: Karnataka because they have scored more in the first innings than Punjab

12:23 pm: what happens if the match ends in a draw!! who will go to finals??

12:08 pm: Players are going for lunch now.

11:55 am: As soon as we get information we will let you know

11:55 am: when match is starting

11:30 am: Karnataka 417 for 5, lead Punjab by 147 runs. Karnataka dressing room will surely be happy at the moment.

11:29 am: Bad news: Bad light stops play

11:17 am: The umpires bring the light meter out, they are satisfied with the light for now.

11:13 am: Nair and Verma duo have now added 175 runs between them. Karnataka 416 for 5

11:12 am: Arun Nair completes his ton. He has played a superb knock here and have surely made Karnataka favourites to go to the finals.

10:52 am: Nair picks up a single and 400-up for Karnataka in 129th over.

10:50 am: Karnataka are 398 for 5 with drinks being called for. Amit Verma 9 short of his 100

10:50 am: It's a five day match

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