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Ranji Trophy: Tamil Nadu take solid first-innings lead, sail into semis

Vidarbha were left with a target of 411 runs and were staring at outright defeat when they lost four wickets.

By: Press Trust of India | Jaipur |
February 20, 2015 7:23:20 pm
Tamil Nadu vs Vidarbha, Vidarbha vs Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu vs Vidarbha, Ranji Trophy, Ranji Trophy News, Cricket News, Cricket Tamil Nadu on Friday sailed into the semifinals of Ranji Trophy cricket tournament by virtue of their 144-run first innings lead over Vidarbha. (Source: PTI)

Tamil Nadu on Friday sailed into the semifinals of Ranji Trophy cricket tournament by virtue of their 144-run first innings lead over Vidarbha in the quarterfinal match which ended in a draw at Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.

Vidarbha, who were totally outplayed by Tamil Nadu, were left with a nearly impossible victory target of 411 runs on the final day of the match. They were reeling at 142 for 8 in their second essay when umpires called off the match after taking consent of both the captains.

It was a mere formality for Tamil Nadu to seal their berth in the semifinals as they were already assured of a place in the last four after they made a solid 403 in first innings and then bundled out Vidarbha for 259 to snatch a 144-run first innings lead which proved to be decisive in the end.

Tamil Nadu resumed at their overnight score of 193 for six but Swapnil Bandiwar (3/42), Ravikumar Thakur (2/62) and Rakesh Dhurv (2/88) restricted them to 266 all out.

Vidarbha were left with a nearly impossible target of 411 runs and were staring at outright defeat when they lost four wickets, including that of skipper S Badrinath (0), for 68.

But, unbeaten half century by Ganesh Satish (59 not out; 131 balls, 6×4) and useful knocks by Shalabh Shrivastava (33) and Dhurv (22) saved them the blushes. They averted an outright defeat by reaching 142 for 8 when the match was called off.

For Tamil Nadu, Baba Aparajith (3/41) was the most successful bowler while Prasanth Parmeshwaran (2/26), L Balaji (1/21) and Malolan Rangarajan (1/25) were the other wicket takers.

Brief Scores:

Tamil Nadu: 403 & 266 all out in 98.2 overs (Vijay Shankar 82, Dinesh Karthik 64; Swapnil Bandiwar 3/42)

Vidarbha: 259 & 142/8 in 49 overs (Ganesh Satish 59 not out; Baba Aparajith 3/41).

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