Ranji: Rain upsets Tamil Nadu applecart

Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Chennai: Heavy rains for the second successive day today under the influence of a low pressure dashed Tamil Nadu's hopes of forcing a crucial outright win against Rajasthan as a mere 8.2 overs were possible on the penultimate day of their four-day Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A tie at the Chidambaram Stadium here on Wednesday.

The home team, who had secured their first outright win of the season against Saurashtra last week, needed to win this match to entertain any chances of entering the last four stage.

But the fickle weather conditions ruined Tamil Nadu's party as the home team progressed to 324 for four in 90 overs, resuming from the first day's score of 302 for three in 81.4 overs.

The second day's play yesterday was abandoned without a ball being bowled. With only a day remaining and more rains predicted, the home team was likely to end up with a solitary point from this encounter.

In the 8.2 overs of possible play today, Tamil Nadu lost centurion M Vijay (123, 255 balls, 7x4, 2x4) after he was caught and bowled by Rajasthan left-arm spinner Gajendra Singh Rao.

Vijay, resuming at 112 not out, added 11 runs today, while his partner R Srinivasan (25 not out overnight) added five runs to finish on unbeaten 30 (80 balls, 4x4) when rains forced the players off the field.

Play was called off for the day at 1455 hrs.

Brief Scores (D-3):

Tamil Nadu Ist innings 324/4 (M Vijay 123, Badri 138, Srinivasan 30*;  S Mathur 2 for 79, Nishan Singh 1 for 45) Vs Rajasthan

Rain ruins third days play of K'taka-Delhi tie: Incessent rain forced the abandonment of the third day's play of the Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A encounter between Karnataka and Delhi being played here at the Chinnaswami Stadium on Wednesday.

Delhi, riding on the centuries from Shikar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Mithun Manhas, posted a mammoth 538 in their first essay while the hosts were 0/0 before rain played spoilsport.

Brief Scores (D-3):

Delhi Ist innings 538 all out (Kohli 169, Dhawan 148, Manhas 124, Tehlan 41; Vinay Kumar 5 for 141, Joshi 3 for 124) Vs Karnataka 0/0.

At HPCA Stadium, Dharamasala: Mumbai Ist innings 370 all out Vs Himachal 214 and 236/5 (Manish Gupta 53, P Dogra 50*, H Dogra 47, A Mannu 42*; Ismail Abdullah 2 for 32, Rajesh Powar 2 for 67).



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