Gujarat, SPIC TNCA XI in winning position

Published: Sunday, August 27, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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overs. Then Kiran Damani chipped in with a useful 39 (58 balls, five fours). For the Districts XI For the Districts team, captain R Satish came with an all round performance bagging five wickets for 70 runs sharing the new ball with G Vighnesh who claimed 3-69.

At the IIT-Chemplast ground, resuming their first innings at the overnight score of 336 for 6 in 8 overs, and ten overs of batting left, SPIC TNCA XI scored 395 for seven. Overnight batsman, left hander S Sharath remained unbeaten on 62(87 balls, five fours, one six). For Andhra, off- spinner Y Venugopala Rao was the most successful bowler claiming three for 39.

However, Andhra batsmen failed to force a lead and were all out for 273 in 75.2 overs to concede a crucial 122 run lead to SPIC TNCA XI. B Sumanth top scored with 81 off 128 balls with the help of 11 fours and a six.

With Venugopala Rao, who made 47(58 balls, seven fours) Sumanth added 89 runs off 22 overs, the only purple patch in the Andhra innings.

SPIC TNCA XI's left arm spinners C Suresh(3-72) and S Vidhyut (3-31), and medium pacer D Tamlkumaran (2-38) contained the Andhra batsmen.

Brief Scores: Combined Districts XI 218 and 165-5 in 28 overs ( E Suresh-batting 71, G Vignesh 32, V Devendran 28, Amit Singh 2-34, Jagdish Patel 2-50) vs Gujarat 374 in 89.3 overs( Akash Christian 116, Bhavik Thakkar 159, R Satish 5-70, G Vignesh 3-69).

SPIC TNCA XI 395 for 7 in 90 overs ( S Sharath 62 not out, Y Venugopala Rao 3-89) and 3 for no loss in 1.1 overs Vs Andhra 273 in 75.2 overs( A S K Varma 42, Y Gyaneswar Rao 35, Y Vengopala Rao 47, B Sumanth 81, C Suresh 3-72, S Vidhyut 3-31).

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