Maharashtra restricts TN to 261 for 8

Published: Friday, December 31, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Maharashtra held the advantage, restricting last year finalist, Tamil Nadu, to 261 for 8 at close on the first day of their Ranji Trophy Elite-B last league match here today.

Put in to bat, Tamil Nadu were in dire straits losing openers, Indian wicketkeeper batsman, Dinesh Karthik (2) and S.Vidyuth (20) with the score at 35.

Captain Sridharan Sriram and S.Badrinath resisted the rival bowlers for sometime adding 63 runs for the third wicket in 22.3 overs before the latter made his exit being adjudged leg before wicket to debutant Ajay Chauvan. Badrinath made 22.

Left handed S.Sharath, a consistent batsman for the hosts, was also back in the pavilion before opening his account. He was out leg before in the second ball that he faced from Ajay Chauvan. Sriram also did not last long. He shuffled across to medium pacer Iqbal Siddique and was rapped on the pads. His individual 46 contained seven boundaries.

Srivasudeva Das and Hemanth Kumar then added 78 runs for the sixth wicket in 28.1 overs. Hemanth Kumar(38) was caught at covers by captain Hrisihikesh Kanitkar off Kashinath Khadkikar, while Das, who was clean bowled by Anupam Sanklesha, made 68 (9x4s).

At close, R.Ramkumar (36) and C.Ganapathy (4) were at the crease.

Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu (first innings) 261 for 8 in 90 overs (S.Sriram 46, Hemanth Kumar 38, K.Srivasu Deva Das 68, Iqbal Siddique 3/45, Ajay Chauvan 2/28).

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