Ranji Trophy 2011-12, 6th round December 13, 2011

Badrinath and Abhinav tons power TN

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S Badrinath scored a century on his second game back from injury and Abhinav Mukund continued his prolific scoring with an unbeaten 150, as Tamil Nadu reached 288 for 2 against Gujarat at Motera. Badrinath, the top run-getter in last year's Ranji Trophy, missed the first three matches of Tamil Nadu's Ranji campaign this season with a shoulder injury he sustained during the Challenger Trophy. He took his time constructing his first century of the season, taking 214 balls to score 102. He was at the wicket early; Tamil Nadu lost a wicket in the first over after choosing to bat. M Vijay was caught in front by an Ishwar Chaudhary that nipped in from outside off. That dismissal was a false dawn for Gujarat; the next wicket came in the 72nd over of the day after Badrinath and Abhinav had put on 223 runs for the second wicket.

Abhinav got a reprieve early in his innings when what looked like a clear lbw was given not out. He cashed in and scored 150 not out off 264 balls. It was Abhinav's fifth first-class century of 2011. He already has one double-century in this year's Ranji Trophy and has the opportunity to get another as Tamil Nadu go into the second day in a strong position. Gujarat's bowlers did not get help from the Motera pitch, though Faisal Dudhat did get some reverse-swing late in the day.

Ashok Dinda's impressive season continued with another four-wicket haul, which helped Bengal reduce Delhi to 252 for 8 at Eden Gardens. It was a day on which Delhi lost wickets in clusters. Dinda struck twice in the 11th over, after Bengal had chosen to field, to leave Delhi 30 for 2. Shikhar Dhawan scored his first half-century in seven innings and shared a 69-run partnership with Yogesh Nagar to get Delhi back on track. Dinda returned to remove Nagar and Dhawan was dismissed by Laxmi Ratan Shukla 6.2 overs later. That double-strike left Delhi in trouble again but Rajat Bhatia scored 59 not out and Puneet Bisht scored 40 to take the score to 228 for 5. Three wickets fell in the 12 overs before stumps to make it Bengal's day, and leave Dinda with figures of 4 for 55. That puts him second on the list of wicket-takers this season with 25.

Naman Ojha hit his second hundred in as many innings, and third of the season, to take Madhya Pradesh to 260 for 3 against Haryana at the Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Rohtak. Ojha hit five sixes and 22 fours on the way to 160 off 226 balls. He dominated stands of 102, with opening partner Zafar Ali, and 101, with Devendra Bundela. When he was dismissed for 160 in the 75th over MP's score was still 239. Bundela remained not out on 25 at stumps, along with Udit Birla, who had scored 29.

Shivakant Shukla's 96 was the highlight of the day at the Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi as Railways made slow progress against Orissa to end on 204 for 5. Shukla batted till the penultimate over, facing 264 balls, hitting 12 fours and a six. Railways lost Shreyas Khanolkar early but the partnership that stood out was the 107-run stand for the third wicket between Shukla and Sanjay Bangar. Bangar made 46 before he was trapped lbw by Biplab Samantray, who struck again the following ball to remove Prashant Awasthi. Shukla was unlucky to fall four short of his ton, lbw to Govind Podder. Mahesh Rawat remained unbeaten on 38.

The runs flowed in Jaipur as Vineet Saxena and Puneet Yadav scored centuries to lift Rajasthan to 369 for 7 against Saurashtra. The pair added 215 for the fifth wicket after the seam trio of Jaidev Unadkat, Sandip Maniar and Siddarth Trivedi left the hosts in trouble at 103 for 4. The pair were together for close to 50 overs before Yadav fell for 108, caught behind off Trivedi. Saxena departed four overs later in similar manner off the same bowler. Both centurions hit 15 fours each. Trivedi managed to sneak in another wicket, that of Dishanth Yagnik to end the day with 4 for 69.

A century by Sushant Marathe and a fifty by Kaustubh Pawar took Mumbai to a reasonable 203 for 3 against Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow, though only 63 overs were bowled. The pair resisted for 56 overs to add 189 for the first wicket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar dislodged the stand when he removed Marathe for 102, an innings which included 15 fours. Kumar struck soon after, sending back Abhishek Nayar. Mumbai suffered another jolt when Pawar departed for a patient 76 off 191 balls, off what turned out to be the last ball of the day.

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  • Sriram on December 14, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Why was MUKUND dropped, coz Rahane played better in ODIs..that is ridiculous. Mukund made a decent 50 and couple of 40s against the swing in England, dont knwo what was bad about it. Nevertheless he is making merry in Ranji while unfortunately Rahane had to warm the bench and miss Ranji..that is where the policy of selecting 17 for home series is so stupid. Id rather have let both play in Ranji and pick the in form for Aus, while Mukund might continue to get Big daddy 100s in Ranji, RAhane might get to play a warm up and warm the bench..that is harsh on another youngster.

  • Senthil on December 14, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Hope the selectors give Mukund and Dinesh Karthick another chance. Dinesh Karthick should be allowed to play at number 6 instead of opening in ODIs. He is a better keeper than the rest of guys in contention.

  • Satish on December 14, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Vijay in very bad form across all formats.. But what a form Mukund is in now.. Wish he is included again in the national team as it is a waste to ignore such a form of any player.. Even if he didn't score much in England(None scored there is another story) he looked promising.. Hope he justifies the promise if given another chance..

  • Senthil on December 13, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Time for M Vijay to evaluate his game and start scoring. Few cameo knocks in IPL is not going to get him a place in TN XI for long.

  • sajith on December 13, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    It was a potentially career deciding series for the opening pair of Vijay and Mukund! Mukund has managed scores of 204,7,99,83,25*,150*(still going) while Vijay has managed scores of 33,42,14,10,13,9*,0.

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