Ranji Trophy 2013-14, Group B, 2nd round, 2nd day November 8, 2013

Badrinath 248 powers Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu 532 for 8 (Badrinath 248, Aparajith 118) v Madhya Pradesh

S Badrinath scored a double-hundred after nearly four years which powered Tamil Nadu to a mammoth 532 for 8 on the second day against Madhya Pradesh in Indore.

Badrinath and Dinesh Karthik resumed at 294 for 3 and the latter added only 12 to his name before he was caught and bowled by Anand Rajan. The partnership between R Prasanna added 57 but Prasanna scored only 13 of those as he was caught behind off Salman Baig. Vijay Shankar lasted a little longer, scoring 24, putting up 66 for the sixth wicket. Captain L Balaji fell soon after and the next stand between Badrinath and No. 9 Aswin Crist wasn't a big one either as Badrinath was dismissed for 248 by left-arm spinner Rameez Khan.

Crist stayed unbeaten on a patient 44 as TN continued to add to MP's agony. Amarjeet Singh, Salman Baig and Khan picked two wickets each.

Railways 61 for 4 (Rawat 20*, Unadkat 2-9) trail Saurashtra 165 (Shah 45, Anureet 5-52) by 104 runs

Anureet Singh took his fifth first-class five-wicket haul to help bundle Saurashtra out for 165, but Railways failed to capitalise on the low score, as most of their top order departed for cheap scores. They finished the day at 61 for 4, still 104 runs behind.

A flurry of wickets on day one had left Saurashtra precariously placed at 88 for 4, but Aarpit Vasavada and the captain Jaydev Shah led the recovery with a 66-run stand for the fifth wicket. The pair made 44 and 45 respectively, but barring a 32 from Chirag Jani, none of the other batsmen managed more than 9, as Anureet and Hardik Rathod cleaned up Saurashtra's tail-enders to bowl them out in 75.4 overs.

However, Railways began their innings poorly, as the openers Shivakant Shukla and Amit Paunikar were dismissed early. Jaydev Unadkat finished the day with 2 for 9, but Mahesh Rawat and Nitin Bhille batted out the remaining 6.4 overs, with the game still finely balanced.

Bengal 172 for 3 (Banerjee 77) trail Rajasthan 244 (Saxena 119, Dinda 4-58) by 72 runs

Bengal were strongly placed to take the first-innings lead against Rajasthan after the second day in Jaipur. Quick bowler Ashok Dinda helped Bengal polish off the tail within the first hour, finishing with 4 for 58 as Rajasthan ended on a moderate 244.

Bengal began well, openers Rohan Banerjee and Arindam Das putting on 96 for the first wicket before Das was bowled by Pankaj Singh for 32. Banerjee persevered, going on to make 77 and push Bengal to 171 for 2 before being dismissed off the penultimate over of the day. Wriddhiman Saha, who is pushing for a recall to the India squad, remained unbeaten on 34.

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  • joe on November 9, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    @night.angel, I can add to that list. Rishi Dhawan is better prospect than England's ben stokes, at par with chris woakes. Better than NZ's Correy Anderson, SL's Thissara Perrera, Angelo Mathews (only in bowling), SA's Ryan Mclaren, Pak's adul Razzzaq.

    This is only applied when the FC averages of these are applied with that of Rishi Dhawan.

    But the truth is nobody in India realises how significantly effective he can be to the prospects of Indian team

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    his time is over now. now India have lots of young talent like Baba Aparajit rahane Zol simson manpreet . MY TEST TEAM IN SOUTHAFRICA 1 rahane 2dhavan 3 pujara 4 rohit 5 kohil 6 dhoni 7 jadeja 8 ashni 9 bhuvi 10 zahir 11 sami.

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    yes badri is unlucky like amul they have not get chance due to senior player like sachin dravid ganguly and laxman blocked indian middle order.

  • murali on November 9, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    @ Night.angel yes, most importantly i like the way he is taking responsibility of himachal pradesh at very early age both in batting and bowling and most importantly he is shining in low scoring games i think he should be given chance SAF odi's and drafted in to d team in place of jadeja

  • john on November 9, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    You need experience in the middle order to settle the nerves of young batsmen of this team. In this match, 5 wickets gone down too easily, with Sachin not in a great form for some years now. Moreover, young kohli is vulnerable still in the tests. This is where the service of Badrinath is required, a guy who averages 60+ in FC, which is significantly higher than that of Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly

    My team would be: Dhawan, Pujara, Rahane, Badrinath, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, ashwin, Bhuvi, shami, yadav ( except Dhawan& kohli, top six have a FC avg of 60 which is really incredible

  • john on November 9, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan is the real allrounder in India. Infact, better than Irfan Pathan. He should be inducted to the Indian team as clearly he is good prospect. A batting avg of 42+ in the lower order and the bowling avg of 25 he is clearly a good asset to any team.

    His bowling avg is better than Zaheer khan, Umesh yadhav, Javagal Srinath, I pathan, Bhuvi, Praveen kumar, kapil dev. This is serious talent.

    Even Australian allrounders like Moises henriques, Shane watson donot have such avg but they have played in test team for Australia. Every other Test teams are in search for good allrounders. In india nobody bothers when they do have the talent. #dont waste this talent

  • Steve on November 9, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Badri should have been given chances, instead of Raina, on Eng & Aus tours in 2011. Before this knock, he has done precious little to warrant a glance in a little while including last IPL. Doubt if any IPL team bid for him next season. I am afraid international career is done and dusted. He can play the elder statesman role and mentor fellow state players from now on.

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    @al_bundy - why blame sachin. Yes he overstayed, but what were the selectors doing. Secondly home tests against NZ, why was Raina brought back in the first place, Badri should have been selected. Even against England at home Yuvraj should never have been brought back. Badri should have been picked. Now I come to think of it he should never have been dropped in the first place. In three innings of this first series consisted of a debut 50. Instead of giving a debut to Raina against Sri Lanka, he should have been persisted with. Point is it was the incompetence of selectors that blocked his test career, not Sachin.

  • Al on November 8, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    Hey Selectors - give Badri a chance, will you? He has been performing so well in domestic circuit for last 10 years. In an ideal world, Tendulkar would have retired after World Cup 2011, and Badri would have gotten his chance. By deciding to stay for 2 more years past his use by date, Tendulkar effectively blocked Badri's entry into Indian team.

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