TN v Rajasthan, Ranji Trophy final, Chennai, 5th day January 23, 2012

All-round Rajasthan cruise to title

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Rajasthan 621 (Saxena 257, Chopra 94, Srinivas 4-192,) & 204 for 5 dec (Bist 92, Prasanna 3-31) drew with Tamil Nadu 295 (Karthik 150, Rituraj 4-76) & 8 for 2 (Gajendra 2-5). Rajasthan won on the first-innings lead
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Rajasthan became only the fifth team to win the Ranji Trophy in successive seasons, as they beat Tamil Nadu on the first-innings lead in Chennai. The defending champions had effectively won the match on the penultimate day, when they had bowled out Tamil Nadu to gain a 326-run lead. Having opted to bat again, the visitors extended the lead to 530 runs. Then to rub further salt on Tamil Nadu's wounds, Gajendra Singh trapped Yo Mahesh and Abhinav Mukund leg before in successive overs, before both teams decided to call off the match before the mandatory overs started with no outright result possible.

On Sunday, the main reason Rajasthan had not enforced the follow-on was to provide the pair of Vineet Saxena and Robin Bist the chance to get to 1000 runs in the season. Aakash Chopra did not show any inclination to stay out in the middle, at least on the evidence of his exit: he went for a pull shot from outside off, without getting behind the line of the delivery from J Kaushik. The bowler finished an easy catch after Chopra's top edge ballooned over his head.

Saxena, whose first-innings' marathon 907-minute 257 was the third-highest score this season, could add only three more runs to his total of 10 though. He was the second wicket to fall in the morning, after Chopra. He had started the innings 116 runs adrift of the landmark but was bowled trying to tap the ball away without moving his feet against a straight delivery from R Prasanna.

But Bist did not miss out - he became the 12th man in Ranji Trophy history to log 1000 runs in a calendar year. He reached the milestone by pushing a single to fine leg off Kaushik. He had already notched his second fifty of the match by hitting a nicely-timed cover drive of part-time slow bowler M Vijay. What Bist missed was his fifth century of the season, by eight runs, when he played a tired slog against Prasanna that was easily pouched by Mukund at midwicket. Still Bist, with four tons under his belt, finished the tournament with the most number of centuries.

In addition to having the top two run-makers this season, Rajasthan added one more feather to their cap when Pankaj Singh, who had taken two wickets in the Tamil Nadu innings, finished as the third-highest wicket-taker with 34 victims. Only TP Sudhindra (Madhya Pradesh, 40) and Ashok Dinda (Bengal, 37), were ahead of him.

As for the hosts, Tamil Nadu had to finish second to Rajasthan for the second straight year. Last year Rajasthan had denied the visitors a first-innings lead in the semi-final in Jaipur. This time it was much worse, as Tamil Nadu remained mute spectators all through the five days. Their biggest problem was the failure of their formidable top order, which showed no character or resilience barring the battling century from Dinesh Karthik.

The only plus point for the hosts from the final was the bowling of Aushik Srinivas, the 18-year-old left-arm spinner, who bowled a record number of overs comprising long, attacking spells that did not allow the batsmen to play their shots with freedom.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 26, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    i happy that TN lost the final. chika's all tactic failed. he kept all the TN team for domestic games and dint send them to australia. And if there wouldn't had been ranji match na than he would have certainly selected mukund, vijay, karthik for australia... Thank god this dint happend.. Chika stop being bias and select players according to they ability...

  • enigma77543 on January 24, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    I agree with the commenters saying that the rules of the domestic competitions need to be changed to bring about a positive attitude, the rules as they are right now only elicit negative batting & bowling & cricket in general. And the cup should only be given to the teams WINNING the final, may be they should consider a "timeless" final to enforce a result but things need to changed to groom positiivity & intent in the Indian domestic structure & forthcoming players.

  • Chenn_Krishna on January 24, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    hello ravo11 , we are not supporting TN, we want all teams should play for win, and when match drawn team must get points equally, in this way all teams play for win, it will helps for cricket.

  • gunasekaranKrishnamoorthy on January 24, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Absolutely negative cricket from Rajasthan. They never showed any intent to win this game. They don't deserve this Win. This is high time to think about timeless test.

  • venbas on January 24, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    I dont know why cricinfo hates my honest comments. But I thought this match is precisely reflects the reason why our cricket is in shambles outside the subcon. The first innings lead should not be deciding basis for knock out games. Teams with maximum wins in league should go through in case of a draw. Also the pitches should not be made for highway driving but should have something in it for both batsmen and bowler from day 1.

  • anshu.s on January 24, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Well done Rajasthan team,however it was a success brought by players from other states,even Pankaj Singh is from U.P n Robin Bisht from Delhi ....true talent they have produced Is Ashok Menaria n Rituraj Singh .....i will judge there success by how there u-19 n u-22 teams are doing.Saxena well done to him but poor guy is not the faishonable cricketer either in terms of age or strokes to merit national selection.....with teams like Punjab,Delhi,Karnatka not there and players like Manish Pandey n A.Menaria injured it was anti-climactic for me...

  • ravo11 on January 24, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    TN registered only 1 win in whole tournament where as Rajasthan registered 3. this clearly tells who deserve what .

  • sajwan on January 24, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Congrats to Rajasthan for winning the Ranji trophy again. Instead of whining about Rajasthan's attitude we should criticize the nature of the pitch and the rules to decide the winner. The winner should be decided by a outright win only in the finals. Tamilnadu batting lineup was so strong that Rajasthan has to put on a big score on the flat pitch.

  • Chenn_Krishna on January 24, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    No one feell that Rajasthan won the trophy, winner can not be decided based on first innings lead, it is just match drawn, both teams honour trophy, Rajastan always kills the cricket, by palying laxy cricket.

  • venbas on January 24, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    contd...even with the archaic rules of Ranji Trophy. The moment TN folded up for 295, Rthan had WON barring a massive upset in 2nd innings - an impossible task as TN was 350 runs behind with only 1 day left. Rthan should have gone for the Jugular and a outright win over TN. I am from TN but I dont care TN losing as long as the game is good and brings out the best in the players as well as the system. Instead all we got a a ridiculous bore of match which spooked me by just reading the news on paper. You can imagine the poor guys who would have made it to the ground to watch this ultimate torture. To clean up this mess in future, the autorities should stipulate that first innings lead should only give 1 point to the team finishing ahead whilst 5 points for the team that wins outright. For the semis and finals in case of a draw, the team with maximum league wins should go through. This will force teams to go for outright wins. Ofcourse we should do away with toll-highway type pitches.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    i happy that TN lost the final. chika's all tactic failed. he kept all the TN team for domestic games and dint send them to australia. And if there wouldn't had been ranji match na than he would have certainly selected mukund, vijay, karthik for australia... Thank god this dint happend.. Chika stop being bias and select players according to they ability...

  • enigma77543 on January 24, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    I agree with the commenters saying that the rules of the domestic competitions need to be changed to bring about a positive attitude, the rules as they are right now only elicit negative batting & bowling & cricket in general. And the cup should only be given to the teams WINNING the final, may be they should consider a "timeless" final to enforce a result but things need to changed to groom positiivity & intent in the Indian domestic structure & forthcoming players.

  • Chenn_Krishna on January 24, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    hello ravo11 , we are not supporting TN, we want all teams should play for win, and when match drawn team must get points equally, in this way all teams play for win, it will helps for cricket.

  • gunasekaranKrishnamoorthy on January 24, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Absolutely negative cricket from Rajasthan. They never showed any intent to win this game. They don't deserve this Win. This is high time to think about timeless test.

  • venbas on January 24, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    I dont know why cricinfo hates my honest comments. But I thought this match is precisely reflects the reason why our cricket is in shambles outside the subcon. The first innings lead should not be deciding basis for knock out games. Teams with maximum wins in league should go through in case of a draw. Also the pitches should not be made for highway driving but should have something in it for both batsmen and bowler from day 1.

  • anshu.s on January 24, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Well done Rajasthan team,however it was a success brought by players from other states,even Pankaj Singh is from U.P n Robin Bisht from Delhi ....true talent they have produced Is Ashok Menaria n Rituraj Singh .....i will judge there success by how there u-19 n u-22 teams are doing.Saxena well done to him but poor guy is not the faishonable cricketer either in terms of age or strokes to merit national selection.....with teams like Punjab,Delhi,Karnatka not there and players like Manish Pandey n A.Menaria injured it was anti-climactic for me...

  • ravo11 on January 24, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    TN registered only 1 win in whole tournament where as Rajasthan registered 3. this clearly tells who deserve what .

  • sajwan on January 24, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Congrats to Rajasthan for winning the Ranji trophy again. Instead of whining about Rajasthan's attitude we should criticize the nature of the pitch and the rules to decide the winner. The winner should be decided by a outright win only in the finals. Tamilnadu batting lineup was so strong that Rajasthan has to put on a big score on the flat pitch.

  • Chenn_Krishna on January 24, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    No one feell that Rajasthan won the trophy, winner can not be decided based on first innings lead, it is just match drawn, both teams honour trophy, Rajastan always kills the cricket, by palying laxy cricket.

  • venbas on January 24, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    contd...even with the archaic rules of Ranji Trophy. The moment TN folded up for 295, Rthan had WON barring a massive upset in 2nd innings - an impossible task as TN was 350 runs behind with only 1 day left. Rthan should have gone for the Jugular and a outright win over TN. I am from TN but I dont care TN losing as long as the game is good and brings out the best in the players as well as the system. Instead all we got a a ridiculous bore of match which spooked me by just reading the news on paper. You can imagine the poor guys who would have made it to the ground to watch this ultimate torture. To clean up this mess in future, the autorities should stipulate that first innings lead should only give 1 point to the team finishing ahead whilst 5 points for the team that wins outright. For the semis and finals in case of a draw, the team with maximum league wins should go through. This will force teams to go for outright wins. Ofcourse we should do away with toll-highway type pitches.

  • venbas on January 24, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Anyone watching this game between Rthan and TN will feel that Test Cricket is a monster to be avoided. Rthan trundled to 621 runs taking a cool 3 days and flogging the dodo pitch to death. At the end of the ordeal, the TN players were understandbly shell-shocked and folded up in a heap before Karthik restored some decorum by taking them to 295 on Day 4. With the title in the bag courtesy massive first innings lead and only 1 day remaining, Rthan still chose to bat making a arduous 220 runs in 77 overs giving TN a princely figure of 8 OVERS TO MAKE 550 odd runs @ the small run rate of 10runs per ball to win the Match. If watching all this nonsense is not torture then I dont know what is. TN has been no saint either nor most other teams. For a supposedly elite Ranji trophy tournament 9 out of 10 matches ended in similar sham. No wonder that for all of Indias trouble outside the subcontinent, we need not look beyond these type of sham matches abetted by players and officials in India

  • croak on January 23, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    The whole game is a farce! Right from the day 1, Rajasthan didn't play to win, but played the rules, to secure a win. Unless the domestic scenario changes, we will probably see more whitewashes overseas, like the one that is going to begin in a few hours. Now that the Ranji season has ended, and a 'Champion' has been crowned, what did Indian cricket gain? Can someone enlighten me?

  • on January 23, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    One cann't fault Rajasthan for playing safe since they were the underdogs and considering that the TN had the best batting lineup in the domestic circuit, it was only natural.If there is anyone to be blamed then it is TN Cricket Association which made a dead flat comatose pitch which ironically boomeranged on themselves.

  • iluvcricinfo on January 23, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    What a shame..First the pitch itself is a disgrace and then domestic matches itself players are looking for personal milestones rather than a win..If you have that kind of attitude how can you succeed at international level. If you push these guys to international level, none of them going to succeed because nobody knows how to win. BCCI lets states do all the stuff and expects Indian team to perform well in abroad.No way it is going to happen unless we see quality pitches that helps both bowlers and batsmen.

  • Deadly_Dude on January 23, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    This is what separates Australia from teams like India who are always so obsessed with personal milestones and records ... a captain not enforcing follow on in the final of National domestic competition so that 2 batsmen can score 1000+ runs for the season ... on the other hand we have captains like Mark Taylor and Michael Clarke who declared their innings when they were on 334 and 329 respectively to allow their sides maximum time to bowl out opposition ....

  • on January 23, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Good run by both teams till the finals. After sneaking through to play offs by .051 NRR, Rajasthan have done well. Kudos to their bowlers and 2 batters. TN was amazing throughout and they exceeded my personal expectations till the final. The only fault I would find in them is at the toss on day one of the final. The moment they realized they lost the toss, they gave up the fight. They could have been a bit more creative. But no complaints. As a TN fan, I enjoyed all their matches and good luck to Robin Bist, Vineet Saxena, Abhinav M, Vijay, D Karthik and Aushik in the future. Pankaj Singh should play for India soon, he is an amazing talent. RR Singh might break down very soon with his odd shoulder based action.

  • on January 23, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    6 out of the 11 players are acquisitions. We should praise Rajasthan's purchasing choices, and Rajasthan cricket is as bad as it always was.

  • Sudeeksh on January 23, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Negative cricket by Rajasthan. Nothing to be proud of. They did not deserve this win. Neither did they deserve to win the last edition of Ranji trophy. They did not show any intent to win the match and were hell bent on drawing the match. This shows the attitude of youngsters in the country!! Pathetic!!

  • on January 23, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Out of 11, 3 players were from Other States or team

    Aakash Chopra - Delhi Hrushikesh Kanitkar - Maharashtra RR Parida - Orissa

  • on January 23, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Rajasthan rocked again..The Ranji Champions

  • on January 23, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Thank you for the information

  • on January 23, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Great show Rajasthan. Grit & determination matters for success, They exhibited both to a great degree. Watch them in Ranji champions vs Rest of India. Srikanth and company should go around seeing all matches and select according to current performance.

  • Haleos on January 23, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Rubbish Match. Negative attitude showed by Rajathan. They should have played positively and gone for outright win. This nonsense of winning on first innings lead is pathetic. No wonder we struggle outside. Best eg. Dhoni declaring against a second string WI team.

  • binojpeter on January 23, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Overall, I think on batting front, Manoj Tiwary and Abhishek Nayar impressed most and on bowling front, T P Sudhindra, Rituraj Singh and Ashok Dinda impressed.

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Defending Champions Retain their Title #RanjiTrophy #cricket

  • binojpeter on January 23, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Even though I understand that it may have been difficult to take 10 TN wickets, I expected them to enforce follow on to show an intent to win especially when they had 326 runs lead. It is pathetic to hear the excuse that two of their batsmen wanted to complete 1000 runs in the season.

  • on January 23, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    If there is a line of changes prescribed for the Cricket in India. Then one must look at the ways to come out with the deserving winners in domestic games. Tamilnadu did not bow, instead it was a case of ridiculous law of first innings lead. This might seem like a odd comment, but Rajasthan played like a mean opportunist. I ma happy for Tamilnadu , very rarely they reflect such defensiveness in any of their Ranji Match. They were deserving finalist. Indian Domestic Cricket must get off with this law. I am sure Saleem Durrani won't be very happy. Its better to loose seven consecutive finals to Bombay than opting for such conservatism.

  • mano.mcse on January 23, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    yeah its amazing tournament, i am really enjoy the games. Indian selector pick some boys in the teams.

  • mano.mcse on January 23, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    yeah its amazing tournament, i am really enjoy the games. Indian selector pick some boys in the teams.

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  • mano.mcse on January 23, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    yeah its amazing tournament, i am really enjoy the games. Indian selector pick some boys in the teams.

  • mano.mcse on January 23, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    yeah its amazing tournament, i am really enjoy the games. Indian selector pick some boys in the teams.

  • on January 23, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    If there is a line of changes prescribed for the Cricket in India. Then one must look at the ways to come out with the deserving winners in domestic games. Tamilnadu did not bow, instead it was a case of ridiculous law of first innings lead. This might seem like a odd comment, but Rajasthan played like a mean opportunist. I ma happy for Tamilnadu , very rarely they reflect such defensiveness in any of their Ranji Match. They were deserving finalist. Indian Domestic Cricket must get off with this law. I am sure Saleem Durrani won't be very happy. Its better to loose seven consecutive finals to Bombay than opting for such conservatism.

  • binojpeter on January 23, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Even though I understand that it may have been difficult to take 10 TN wickets, I expected them to enforce follow on to show an intent to win especially when they had 326 runs lead. It is pathetic to hear the excuse that two of their batsmen wanted to complete 1000 runs in the season.

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Defending Champions Retain their Title #RanjiTrophy #cricket

  • binojpeter on January 23, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Overall, I think on batting front, Manoj Tiwary and Abhishek Nayar impressed most and on bowling front, T P Sudhindra, Rituraj Singh and Ashok Dinda impressed.

  • Haleos on January 23, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Rubbish Match. Negative attitude showed by Rajathan. They should have played positively and gone for outright win. This nonsense of winning on first innings lead is pathetic. No wonder we struggle outside. Best eg. Dhoni declaring against a second string WI team.

  • on January 23, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Great show Rajasthan. Grit & determination matters for success, They exhibited both to a great degree. Watch them in Ranji champions vs Rest of India. Srikanth and company should go around seeing all matches and select according to current performance.

  • on January 23, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Thank you for the information

  • on January 23, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Rajasthan rocked again..The Ranji Champions