Mukund, Badri put TN in strong position against Saurashtra

Rajkot: Abhinav Mukund smashed a double century while Subramaniam Badrinath scored a ton to help Tamil Nadu finish the second day of their elite Group A Ranji Trophy match against Saurashtra in a commanding position.

At stumps on the second day, Tamil Nadu were 483 for the loss of two wickets. Mukund was unbeaten on 217 while Badrinath was giving him company on 142.

Resuming at their overnight score of 242 for two, Tamil Nadu continued from where they had left it tomorrow, and finished the day without losing a wicket at the Khandheri Cricket Stadium.

After the dismissal of centurion Arun Karthik yesterday evening, Badrinath joined forces with Mukund to stitch together a huge partnership, which stood unbroken on 280 at close.

Mukund was unbeaten on 102 while Badrinath was batting on 18, when stumps were drawn 17 overs earlier on the first day.

Both complemented each other well during their stay at the wicket and made the Saurashtra bowlers look ordinary.

Neither the pacers nor the seamers could pose questions to the two Tamil Nadu batsmen.

Mukund`s knock was laced with 25 boundaries and a six while Badrinath hit 14 fours and two sixes during his stay at the wicket.

Rakesh Dhurv went for 130 runs in 31 overs, Hardik Rathod was knocked for 65 in 19, Kamlesh Makvana conceded 80 in his 21, while Sandip Maniar gave away 69 in his 18 overs to cap off a bad day for the Saurashtra bowlers.

The left-handed Mukund had, on the first day, shared a 194-run partnership for the second wicket with Arun Karthik before Ravindra Jadeja ran the 24-year-old right-hander out for 107.


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