Tamil Nadu win three points against Saurashtra

Rajkot: Chandrasekar Ganapathy led the way with three wickets to help Tamil Nadu earn three points as their Super League Group A Ranji Trophy match against Saurashtra ended in a tame draw here on Saturday.

Ganapathy took three wickets, including the important one of Shitanshu Kotak, who, at one stage, gave the hosts hope of overhauling Tamil Nadu’s total.

Resuming at an overnight score of 246 for the loss of four wickets in reply to Tamil Nadu’s mammoth 582 for four declared, Kotak and Sagar Jogiyani started in ernest putting on 85 runs for the fifth wicket. Kotak was unlucky to have missed, what would have been a well-deserved century, by just one run.

Kotak’s knock, which came off 224 deliveries, was laced with 14 boundaries.

After Kotak’s dismissal, Pratik Mehta joined Jogiyani and the two added 85 valuable runs for the sixth wicket to keep the hosts in the hunt for a first-innings lead.

Saurashtra’s hopes were, however, dashed when Yo Mahesh removed Jogiyani and Mehta in quick succession. Useful contributions from the lower-order batsmen then helped Saurashtra to 492, but their efforts were not enough to give the hosts the first-innings lead.

Jogiyani hit 13 boundaries during his 175-ball 93 while Mehta collected five fours during his 81-ball 38.

While Ganapathy finished with three, Mahesh, Murthy Prabhu and Ravichandran Ashwin accounted for two wickets each.

In their second essay, Tamil Nadu were 30 for the loss of R Satish’s wicket.