TN sets Maharastra 362 for victory

Published: Sunday, January 2, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Chasing a victory target of 362, Maharashtra were 24 without loss in the second innings against Tamil Nadu at close on the penultimate day of the Ranji Trophy Elite-B cricket match here today.

Resuming at 15 without loss, Tamil Nadu who had a first innings lead of 102 runs, declared their second innings at 259 for eight made in 82 overs.

At close, Maharashtra's Dhiraj Jadav (14) and K B Shinde (9) were at the crease.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu openers were heading towards providing a solid foundation but Dinesh Kaarthick was dismissed in the 27th over.

Kaarthick was caught at point by Dhruv Mohan of Hrishikesh Kanitkar for 58 (6x4, 2x6). He had put on 105 runs for the first wicket with Vidyuth, who also did not last long when he snicked to Ranjit Khirid at slip off Kanitkar.

Vidyuth contributed 48 (4x4, 1x6) from 93 balls. Maharashtra bowlers then dominated. Captain Sriram (23) was caught behind by Satyajit Satbhai off Khirid. Badrinath(16) was run out and first innings hero, K.Srivasudeva Das (one) was caught by Ajay Chauvan off his own bowling.

Among the other batsmen, only Hemanth Kumar and Ganapathy, who remained unbeaten, resisted the rival attack. Kumar who made 59 (5x4) and Ganapathy (35) put on 80 runs in27.5 overs for the unfinished ninth wicket.

Kanitkar (2/32) and Ranjit Khirid (2/33) were the successful bowlers.

Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 277 and 259 for 8 decl (Vidyuth 48, D Kaarthick 58, Hemanth Kumar not out 58, Kanitkar 2/32 and Ranjit Khirid 2/33).

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