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|TN gain vital first innings lead|
Thursday, March 18 2004 13:12 Hrs (IST)
Mumbai have won their match over Hyderabad on the third day at their home turf while the other semi-final between Tamil Nadu and Railways is heading to a tame draw, but the hosts would still qualify for the summit clash by virtue of the first innings lead.
Tamil Nadu, who lost to Mumbai in the final last year, took a 139-run lead, bowling out Railways for 342 in reply to their first innings score of 481.
At close, the hosts in their second essay were 128 for two with Sadagopan Ramesh (57) and Badrinath (7) at the crease. Resuming at 251 for five, Railways innings derailed at the fall of Raja Ali's wicket and his other overnight partner and captain J P Yadav scored a century but ran out of partners before being the ninth man out.
For the hosts, spinner, Vidyuth Sivaramakrishnan caught the limelight with his guiles dismissing Ali, S Wankhade and Yadav in nine overs of which five were maidens and conceding just nine runs.
However, Yadav, who was 73 overnight, duly reached his three-figure mark, making 116 and added 135 runs in 169 minutes with Ali for the sixth-wicket, which remained the only bright patch of their innings. Ali scored a valuable 61 and Parida (4) and Wankhade (5) were out cheaply, while Harvinder failed to score.
J P Yadav keeps Railways in the hunt