Brilliant Patel scalps 7/43 but Baroda struggle

Published: Thursday, December 23, 2004, 1:10 [IST]
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Vadodara:A total of 19 wickets fell on the opening day of the four-day Ranji Trophy Elite Division Group 'B' tie between Baroda and Tamil Nadu here today.

At stumps hosts Baroda were in deep trouble at 64 for nine, still 88 adrift of Tamil Nadu's meagre first innings total of 152, at the Moti Baug ground which is hosting a firstclass fixture for the first time in seven years.

Choosing to bat first the visitors struggled against medium pacer Rakesh Patel who bowled in devastating fashion on a helpful pitch, taking a hat-trick on way to returning superbfigures of 7 for 43.

Tamil Nadu rallied from a sorry-reading 93 for eight mainly through the efforts of C Hemant Kumar, who remained unbeaten with 52. Number nine C Ganapathy gave him goodsupport by making a defiant 24.

However, Baroda's reply was equally pathetic.

The hosts were tottering at 30 for 7 before rallying to 58 through a 28-run eighth wicket stand between Pawar and Rakesh Patel and then lost two more wickets before stumps.

Tamil Nadu new ball bowler R Jesuraj picked up five scalps and was given good support by his medium pace colleague M R Shrinivas (3 for 38).

Baroda captain Jacob Martin was the lone top order batsman to reach double figures. He made 17 before being stumped by Dinesh Kartik off left arm spinner R Ramkumar.

Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 152 (C Hemant Kumar not out 52, S Sharath 25; Rakesh Patel 7 for 43). Baroda 64 for nine (R Jesuraj 5 for 12, M R Shrinivas 3 for 38).

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