Badri fighting it out for TN after Rajasthan score 552/7 dec
Jaipur: Subramanium Badrinath brought on all his years of experience at domestic level as Tamil Nadu reached 190 for three at stumps on penultimate day of the
Ranji Trophy semifinal being played at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium.
The hosts have scored a mammoth 552 for seven before declaring their innings.
As of now the game hangs in balance with Tamil Nadu having a slight edge over the hosts. Rajasthan have scored their 552 runs in 190 overs with a run-rate of 2.90.
Tamil Nadu have till now maintained an run-rate of 2.75 in the 69 overs they have batted. If full 90 overs of play is possible on Thursday and Rajasthan fail to bowl out the visitors, then Dinesh Karthik’s boys will need to score another 273 runs on Thursday.
That will take total to 463 in 159 overs and their run-rate will be 2.91 which is better than Rajasthan.
If Tamil Nadu want to win straightway with a first-innings lead, they would require another 363 runs which is difficult if not impossible as it’s still a good batting
The highlight of the Rajasthan innings was young Ashok Menaria’s second ton (106, 189 balls, 11x4, 2x6) in as many matches while skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar scored his 30th ton in first-class cricket. The moment former India player reached three-figure mark, the hosts decided to declare their innings.
For Tamil Nadu, Badrinath who is batting on 78 (184 balls, 10x4) was involved in two useful partnerships. First one was 75 runs for the second wicket with Abhinav Mukund (47, 99 balls, 8x4) and then another 51 runs for the unbeaten fourth wicket stand with K Vasudevdas (22 batting).
The Rajasthan bowlers toiled hard for wickets. Find of the season, Deepak Chahar angled one into opener KB Arun Kartik (7) who was played on with his leg stump going for a walk.
Mukund and Badrinath then played with lot of composure.
They ran well between the wickets and punished the loose deliveries. Finally, it was Pankaj Singh who dismissed Mukund who was adjudged leg before.
Mukund became Pankaj’s 40th victim of the season and he now jointly leads the wicket-takers’ list along with Baroda left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt.
Skipper Dinesh Karthik (28, 60 balls, 5x4) was scratchy to begin with. He never looked in his element before he was trapped in front by leggie Vivek Yadav.
It will all depend on how Badrinath plays on Thursday and gets support from batsmen like Vasudevdas, Rajagopal Sathish and C Ganapathy.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan 552/7 in 190 ovs (A Chopra 139, A Menaria 106, H Kanitkar 100 not out, V Saxena 72, C Ganapathy 2/73, S Sam 2/96)
Tamil Nadu 190/3 in 69 ovs (S Badrinath 78 batting, A Mukund 47, D Karthik 28, V Yadav 1/37, P Singh 1/45, D Chahar 1/51).