Tamil Nadu tightens grip on second day

Published: Monday, November 8, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Opener Vidyuth Sivaramakrishnan's unbeaten and chanceless 97 helped Tamil Nadu to end the day with 183 for one in reply to Hyderabad's first innings total of 163 at close on the second day of their four day Ranji Trophy cricket Elite group B league encounter here today.

Earlier, Hyderabad, overnight 83 for 5, were bundled out for 163 with left-arm spinner, Ram Kumar becoming the wrecker by claiming six wickets in a single spell of 31 overs.

Wicketkeeper batsman, Ibrahim Khaleel fell prey to M R Srinivas adding just one run to his overnight score of four.

Anirudh Singh was also out leg before to Ramkumar for 24. Shivaji Yadav (20), Venkatapathy Raju (25 not out) and Inder Sekar Reddy (12) could add 50 runs before the team ended their first innings. Srinivas claimed 3 for 33.

In reply, Tamil Nadu openers Vidyuth and Sadagopan Ramesh laid a solid foundation making 77 runs between them before the latter was declared leg before to skipper Venkatapathy Raju. Ramesh made 29 and had hit four fours.

Vidyuth in the company of S.Badrinath held the Hyderabad bowlers at bay pulling and driving the spinners, Shivaji Yadav Inder Sekar Reddy and Venkatapathy Raju, who operated in tandem for big runs.

Vidyuth (97) and Badrinath (56) were at the crease when stumps were drawn.

Brief Scores: Hyderabad (1st innings) 163 (Arjun Yadav 20, Venkapatapathy Raju not out 25, Ram Kumar 6 for 57 and Srinivas 3 for 33).

Tamil Nadu (1st innings) 183 for one S Ramesh 29, Vidyuth batting 97 and Badrinath batting 56).

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