December 14, 2001

Tamil Nadu ensures first-innings points

Staff Reporter

Tamil Nadu played analytical cricket on the fourth day of their Ranji Trophy league match against Hyderabad at Chennai, picking up five points by virtue of a first-innings lead.

With the match destined for a draw, Tamil Nadu batsmen TR Arasu (78 off 268) and MR Shrinivas (28 off 154) made the required runs with a display of grit and resolution. Arasu fell with the score on 290, but Shrinivas and R Ramkumar (37 off 60) took Tamil Nadu past Hyderabad's first-innings total of 336.

Bowled out for 351, Tamil Nadu then reduced Hyderabad to 150/2 by the close of play, with Ramkumar picking up both wickets. Daniel Manohar was unbeaten on 65, while Arjun Shivlal Yadav was unbeaten on 38.