TN stand a good chance of making semi-final cut

Updated: Dec 26, 2010, 20:12 PM IST

Rohtak: Foggy weather again played the spoilsport during third day’s play in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal between Haryana and Tamil Nadu being played at the Bansi Lal Stadium in Rohtak.

Only 24 overs of play was possible on the penultimate day as visitors scored 72 for two after Haryana decided to declare at their overnight score of 379 for six.

With chances of having a decision on basis of first lead looking remote, Tamil Nadu now have a better chance of qualifying for the last four phase.

In case of the entire day’s play being ruled out, Tamil Nadu with a better quotient (1.594) than Haryana (0.979) straightaway makes the cut.

In case another six overs of play in the second innings is possible, then the run-rate of the current match will be taken into account.

In a match interrupted by weather, the if team batting second plays a minimum of 30 overs and has a better run-rate than team batting first, it goes through.

For example, Tamil Nadu are maintaining a run-rate of 3 per over. If they can score another 26 runs in the next six overs, their score at the end of 30 overs will be 98 which will be good enough to take them to the last four stage as their run-rate will be 3.27 better than Haryana’s innings run-rate of 3.26.

Tamil Nadu started the innings on a positive note with both KB Arun Karthik (24) and Abhinav Mukund (30 batting) adding 39 runs before seamer Sanjay Budhwar got Arun Karthik to edge one to Sunny Singh in the slips.

Subramanium Badrinath – the highest run-getter in the tournament so far hit a couple of boundaries to reach 13 before Joginder Sharma got him out in an identical fashion as Arun Karthik. Sunny Singh took his second catch.

The winner of this particular match in all likelihood will meet Rajasthan in the semi-final.

PTI