Thatscricket - News - Tamil Nadu ensures place in quarters

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai: Dismissing Delhi for 365 in the first innings and hitting up 278 for four at stumps on the fourth day, Tamil Nadu made sure of entering the quarter finals with an overall lead of 505 runs in the Ranji trophy pre-quarter final match at the IIT Chemplast ground on Tuesday.Tamil Nadu's stupendous batting performance for a second time in this match was capped by a fine unbeaten 144 by left-hander S Sharath who hit up his 14th century in Ranji career during his 291 minute stay at the wicket hitting two sixes and 18 fours.With first innings centurion, another left-hander C Hemant Kumar, Sharath added a record 207 runs for the third wicket in 58.1 overs before Hemant, approaching what would have been second successive ton in this match, was stumped by off spinner Virender Shewag for 87 of 147 balls in 245 minutes with one six and six fours. Opener S Sriram, also a left-hander fell cheaply for 16 run out off his own indiscretion while the other opener S Badrinath also followed suit attempting a third run, for 21 with four fours when Tamil Nadu began their second knock without enforcing a follow on after dismissing Delhi to force a 227 first innings lead, 35 minutes after the fourth day's play on Tuesday. Debutant medium pacer for Tamil Nadu M R Srinivas had the best figures of 4-111. Resuming at the overnight score of 354 for 7, Delhi failed to avert a follow on, although not enforced by Tamil Nadu, with overnight batsman Harender Choudhary falling at the same score of 60, run out in the fourth over of the day's play to a direct throw from short square leg. He was at the crease for 157 minutes and hit seven fours.With his overnight partner, Amit Bhandari, who fell to M R Srinivas for 20 with one four in 93 minutes, Harender added 77 rpt seven runs for the eighth wicket in 22 rpt two overs.The Delhi innings ended with last man Robin Singh (Junior) falling to medium pacer S Mahesh edging a catch to Reuben Paul, for three.Tamil Nadu is drawn to meet Baroda in the quarters. UNI

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