Ranji Trophy Super League, 4th Quarter-Final: Tamil Nadu v Bengal at Bangalore, Dec 26-29, 2008
Ranji Trophy Super League - 4th quarter final
Tamil Nadu won by 8 wickets
26,27,28,29 December 2008 (4-day match)
  Bengal 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal RB Banerjee run out (Amarnath) 24 114 86 1 0 27.90
24.5 Amarnath to Saha, the only way Banerjee could have got out! Full, bludgeoning straight drive from Saha, Amarnath gets a finger to it, the ball deviates to hit the stumps at the non-striker's end, and Banerjee is found backing up. The replays show a clear deviation when the ball passed Amarnath's out-stretched hand 45/2
View dismissal Arindam Das lbw b Ganapathy 7 71 38 1 0 18.42
15.2 finally Ganapathy is accurate enough, and the late inward movement from just outside off beats the bat, and hits him straight in front. But the ball was rising, hit him just over the knee roll of the back leg, and height could have been the only issue. Umpire Hariharan was fairly convinced, though. First wicket for TN 20/1
View dismissal WP Saha lbw b Ganapathy 53 121 86 9 1 61.62
43.4 the slower one finally strikes, he probably saw it coming, and went down to sweep it, the ball dipped, and landed full on his foot, in front of the leg stump. Over-confidence, perhaps, from the batsman's side, but a big breakthrough for Tamil Nadu 124/3
View dismissal MK Tiwary b Balaji 144 306 201 21 0 71.64
96.3 Bala produces that special delivery.... slower ball, landing on a length, no footwork from Tiwary who knows he is beaten, he tries to defend it limply but inside-edges it onto his off and middle stumps. What a big wicket. Replays show Manoj played for a slower legbreak, but this one turned out to be a googly. What shrewd deception 302/6
View dismissal LR Shukla* c †Karthik b Ashwin 1 11 7 0 0 14.28
46.1 another freak dismissal, full-blooded sweep from Shukla, hits the boot of Mukund at forward shortleg, whereupon the bal lobs back for the simplest of catches for Karthik. The umpires go to the third umpire who confirms what Shukla would have dreaded. Foot of God, Mukund will insist 131/4
View dismissal D Chakrabarty c Suresh b Ashwin 57 148 122 10 0 46.72
80.6 another lucky wicket for TN, this one was a long hop asking to be hit, but Chakra doesn't get the meat of it, and hits it towards square leg, where C Suresh dives full length to catch it just in front of the suqareleg umpire Hariharan, who had spread his legs to let the ball through 258/5
AS Chowdhury not out 26 155 89 2 0 29.21
View dismissal R Kundu lbw b Ganapathy 7 41 34 1 0 20.58
105.4 and Gana gets his man, Kundu can consider himself a bit unfortunate, late inswing here, the ball starts outside off, and moves in late, rapping him in front of middle and leg, but this could have gon down the leg. Umpire Hariharan doesn't think so 320/7
View dismissal SS Sarkar c †Karthik b Ganapathy 0 11 6 0 0 0.00
107.4 Gana gets his man though. Bowls the slower leg-cutter, Sarkar goes for the big drive. As it is Sarkar is standing outside leg, and this is a wide delivery. Does well to reach it and edge it, and Karthik dives to his right to complete the catch 320/8
View dismissal AB Dinda b Balaji 9 27 19 1 0 47.36
113.5 that's sharp, at 127ks, close to the fatsest deliveries we have seen in the match, and Dinda plays in his own special manner, not getting into the line, and just throwing his bat at it, and the ball goes straight through onto the middle stump. Entertaining but short, Dinda's stay was 344/9
View dismissal RR Bose c Ashwin b Ganapathy 0 6 6 0 0 0.00
114.6 First five-for in first-class cricket... pitched up, moving in, and Rono looks elegant in guiding it straight to Vidyut at midwicket. Gana is elated, what an effort for somebody whose average pace is less than 120ks 345/10
Extras (b 9, lb 4, nb 4) 17
  Total (all out; 115 overs; 511 mins) 345 (3.00 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
View wickets L Balaji 27 7 59 2 2.18 (3nb)
96.3 to Tiwary, Bala produces that special delivery.... slower ball, landing on a length, no footwork from Tiwary who knows he is beaten, he tries to defend it limply but inside-edges it onto his off and middle stumps. What a big wicket. Replays show Manoj played for a slower legbreak, but this one turned out to be a googly. What shrewd deception 302/6
113.5 to Dinda, that's sharp, at 127ks, close to the fatsest deliveries we have seen in the match, and Dinda plays in his own special manner, not getting into the line, and just throwing his bat at it, and the ball goes straight through onto the middle stump. Entertaining but short, Dinda's stay was 344/9
  P Amarnath 25 6 65 0 2.60 (1nb)
View wickets C Ganapathy 26 4 59 5 2.26
15.2 to Arindam Das, finally Ganapathy is accurate enough, and the late inward movement from just outside off beats the bat, and hits him straight in front. But the ball was rising, hit him just over the knee roll of the back leg, and height could have been the only issue. Umpire Hariharan was fairly convinced, though. First wicket for TN 20/1
43.4 to Saha, the slower one finally strikes, he probably saw it coming, and went down to sweep it, the ball dipped, and landed full on his foot, in front of the leg stump. Over-confidence, perhaps, from the batsman's side, but a big breakthrough for Tamil Nadu 124/3
105.4 to Kundu, and Gana gets his man, Kundu can consider himself a bit unfortunate, late inswing here, the ball starts outside off, and moves in late, rapping him in front of middle and leg, but this could have gon down the leg. Umpire Hariharan doesn't think so 320/7
107.4 to Sarkar, Gana gets his man though. Bowls the slower leg-cutter, Sarkar goes for the big drive. As it is Sarkar is standing outside leg, and this is a wide delivery. Does well to reach it and edge it, and Karthik dives to his right to complete the catch 320/8
114.6 to Bose, First five-for in first-class cricket... pitched up, moving in, and Rono looks elegant in guiding it straight to Vidyut at midwicket. Gana is elated, what an effort for somebody whose average pace is less than 120ks 345/10
View wickets R Ashwin 21 0 88 2 4.19
46.1 to Shukla, another freak dismissal, full-blooded sweep from Shukla, hits the boot of Mukund at forward shortleg, whereupon the bal lobs back for the simplest of catches for Karthik. The umpires go to the third umpire who confirms what Shukla would have dreaded. Foot of God, Mukund will insist 131/4
80.6 to Chakrabarty, another lucky wicket for TN, this one was a long hop asking to be hit, but Chakra doesn't get the meat of it, and hits it towards square leg, where C Suresh dives full length to catch it just in front of the suqareleg umpire Hariharan, who had spread his legs to let the ball through 258/5
  C Suresh 13 2 46 0 3.53
  SS Kumar 2 0 10 0 5.00
  S Vidyut 1 0 5 0 5.00
  Tamil Nadu 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal A Mukund run out (Shukla) 47 140 93 9 0 50.53
28.6 Shukla to Karthik, they get Abhinav on the last ball before tea. It was a hard drive to cover, where it is not cleanly collected, but the ball lobs back towards Lokhi. The batsmen look to go for a single, DK sends Abhinav back, and Lokhi runs towards the stumps, and flicks it underarm to catch Abhinav short. WV Raman, TN coach, is flabbergasted at the sidelines, and rightly so 82/2
View dismissal M Vijay c Tiwary b Bose 1 28 19 0 0 5.26
6.1 that's a lame dismissal, shortish and wide, Vijay plays a losse shot, without foot movement, and limply lobs it straight to Manoj Tiwary at point. And Rono has struck early again 11/1
View dismissal S Badrinath lbw b Bose 18 52 38 4 0 47.36
16.5 Sharp movement, Rono gets his man, this is a length delivery, Badri is caught on the crease, the movement beats his bat, and it's a pretty straightforward decision. This is Rono's ninth over unchanged, and he has got his second wicket 48/2
View dismissal KD Karthik*† c Tiwary b Kundu 46 131 66 10 0 69.69
44.2 Mannu you beauty! DK goes for the orthodox sweep this time, is way early into the shot, this takes the back of his bat and lobs towards short fine, where Manoj Tiwary almost flies to his right to take it inches off the ground. DK can't believe the catch is taken. He wants third-umpire to confirm it, but the on-field umpires are satisfied

Oops Oops, the replays suggest the ball went off the elbow guard, and that's why he wasn't pleased with the decision 147/5
View dismissal S Vidyut c †Saha b Sarkar 4 18 14 1 0 28.57
33.2 lovely bowling, this one nipped away after pitching within the stumps, making Vidyut play, who tentatively pokes at it, the edge is taken this time, and Saha - like Bob Willis would say - makes no mistake. This wasn't just the angle, there was some movement upon pitching 87/4
View dismissal SS Kumar c Banerjee b Tiwary 75 197 130 11 1 57.69
77.6 utter confusion there, googly bowled on middle and leg, pitches full, tries to turn it away on the on-side, gets a thin inside edge onto the pads, the ball lobs up to be taken by Banerjee at slip. The umpire Asnani shakes his head initially to a vociferous appeal by the Bengal players, but then suddenly decides to raise his finger. Replays suggest his change of heart was correct. 258/7
View dismissal R Ashwin run out (Kundu/Dinda) 29 50 43 5 0 67.44
57.3 from Dinda, run out, what a mess, plays another beautiful shot wide of mid-on but Kundu , standing at midwicket, runs back and rockets an accurate throw to the non-strikers end. Dinda collects cleanly to take down the stumps with Ashwin well short of his ground while coming back for the third 194/6
View dismissal C Ganapathy st †Saha b Kundu 24 94 69 3 0 34.78
78.3 gone!! Ganapathy goes, straight ball outside off, he comes down a couple of steps to defend, misses it completely and Wriddhiman Saha effects an easy stumping. TN eight down now, and the threat of overhauling the Bengal score has receded significantly 258/8
View dismissal L Balaji c Shukla b Dinda 47 86 79 5 2 59.49
98.5 gone! and it's all over for TN! Balaji chased a wide delivery, trying to slog it over mid-on, but mistimed it to Laxmi Shukla at mid-off who took a god catch running backwards. 306/10
View dismissal C Suresh run out (Dinda) 0 4 3 0 0 0.00
79.4 Tiwary to Balaji, run out, short on middle and off, pushed off the back foot to mid-on and the batsmen decide to scamper down for a quick single, Dinda runs forward, picks up the ball cleanly, and throws down the stumps at the strikers end to find C Suresh short of his ground. 258/9
P Amarnath not out 1 78 40 0 0 2.50
Extras (b 5, lb 7, w 1, nb 1) 14
  Total (all out; 98.5 overs; 443 mins) 306 (3.09 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
View wickets RR Bose 25 9 65 2 2.60 (1w)
6.1 to Vijay, that's a lame dismissal, shortish and wide, Vijay plays a losse shot, without foot movement, and limply lobs it straight to Manoj Tiwary at point. And Rono has struck early again 11/1
16.5 to Badrinath, Sharp movement, Rono gets his man, this is a length delivery, Badri is caught on the crease, the movement beats his bat, and it's a pretty straightforward decision. This is Rono's ninth over unchanged, and he has got his second wicket 48/2
View wicket AB Dinda 24.5 4 76 1 3.06
98.5 to Balaji, gone! and it's all over for TN! Balaji chased a wide delivery, trying to slog it over mid-on, but mistimed it to Laxmi Shukla at mid-off who took a god catch running backwards. 306/10
View wicket SS Sarkar 20 6 60 1 3.00
33.2 to Vidyut, lovely bowling, this one nipped away after pitching within the stumps, making Vidyut play, who tentatively pokes at it, the edge is taken this time, and Saha - like Bob Willis would say - makes no mistake. This wasn't just the angle, there was some movement upon pitching 87/4
  LR Shukla 6 2 11 0 1.83 (1nb)
View wickets R Kundu 14 1 54 2 3.85
44.2 to Karthik, Mannu you beauty! DK goes for the orthodox sweep this time, is way early into the shot, this takes the back of his bat and lobs towards short fine, where Manoj Tiwary almost flies to his right to take it inches off the ground. DK can't believe the catch is taken. He wants third-umpire to confirm it, but the on-field umpires are satisfied

Oops Oops, the replays suggest the ball went off the elbow guard, and that's why he wasn't pleased with the decision 147/5
78.3 to Ganapathy, gone!! Ganapathy goes, straight ball outside off, he comes down a couple of steps to defend, misses it completely and Wriddhiman Saha effects an easy stumping. TN eight down now, and the threat of overhauling the Bengal score has receded significantly 258/8
  AS Chowdhury 2 1 1 0 0.50
View wicket MK Tiwary 7 1 27 1 3.85
77.6 to Kumar, utter confusion there, googly bowled on middle and leg, pitches full, tries to turn it away on the on-side, gets a thin inside edge onto the pads, the ball lobs up to be taken by Banerjee at slip. The umpire Asnani shakes his head initially to a vociferous appeal by the Bengal players, but then suddenly decides to raise his finger. Replays suggest his change of heart was correct. 258/7
  Bengal 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal WP Saha c Vijay b Balaji 26 84 72 2 1 36.11
18.6 gone! full outside off inducing Saha into the drive, he obliges but gets a thick outside edge, thanks to some late away movement, straight to M Vijay at first slip 48/2
View dismissal AS Chowdhury c Badrinath b Ganapathy 0 14 10 0 0 0.00
3.4 gone! one down! lethal ball on the off stump, pitched short, not giving enough time to Chowdhury to duck or back away from it, he has to play at it. The ball thuds into his gloves as he tries to defend off the back foot and lobs up to gully, where Badrinath takes a sitter 0/1
View dismissal MK Tiwary c Kumar b Ashwin 42 111 64 6 1 65.62
29.5 gone! The sweep brings about his downfall, quicker through the air, pitched on middle and leg, tried to paddle-sweep it down towards fine leg, got the top edge and Suresh Kumar at short fine completed an easy catch. Bengal three down, and they lose their premier batsman 87/3
View dismissal LR Shukla* c †Karthik b Balaji 47 0 96 6 1 48.95
48.5 Gone!! Short outside off, Shukla initially thinks of playing at it but withdraws his bat at the last moment. However, the ball deflects off his gloves on the way to the keeper and the fielders go up immediately. The umpire raises his finger, and gives the right decision. 147/5
View dismissal D Chakrabarty lbw b Ashwin 0 20 8 0 0 0.00
33.5 gone! flighted outside off, plants his front foot outside the line to sweep it wide of square leg, is struck on the pads. The fielders go up and the umpire Hariharan raises his finger. Turns out that's a poor decision, was clearly struck outside the line. However, the pressure has worked and TN are back in this 95/4
View dismissal R Kundu b Balaji 21 0 56 4 0 37.50
52.3 bowled 'im! Balaji strikes again, bowled from wide of the crease and angling into the batsman, a full ball targeting off stump, Kundu gets on the front foot to defend but the ball leaves him at just the last moment to send the off stump cartwheeling towards the keeper. 152/6
View dismissal Arindam Das b Balaji 3 0 14 0 0 21.42
54.1 gone!! The inswinger does him in, Balaji bowling a dream spell here. Wide of the crease again and angling into Das, pitches on off and then moves in towards middle, Das pushes at it lazily with minimum foot movement, misses, and his stumps are splayed 153/7
RB Banerjee not out 9 0 39 1 0 23.07
View dismissal SS Sarkar b Balaji 7 0 27 1 0 25.92
62.1 bowled from wide of the crease, pitching short of a good length on the off stump and swinging in after pitching, Sarkar is clearly done in by the movement there, gets on the front foot and tries to defend on the off side expecting the ball to hold its line, but is beaten and is bowled through the gate. Balaji picks a five-for 163/8
View dismissal AB Dinda c Vidyut b Balaji 0 0 3 0 0 0.00
62.4 Bengal throwing it away here! What a stupid shot by Dinda! short on the off stump and he goes for an ambitious pull, gets a top-edge and S Vidyut at mid-on takes a dolly. Balaji gets his sixth. 167/9
View dismissal RR Bose run out (Badrinath) 10 0 7 1 1 142.85
65.5 Ashwin to Banerjee, run out, turned away to short fine and calls for a quick single, Bose at the non-strikers end hesitates but eventually runs down the wicket, but he's too late to react and is short of his ground by a mile 187/10
Extras (b 16, lb 5, nb 1) 22
  Total (all out; 65.5 overs) 187 (2.84 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
View wickets L Balaji 20 10 24 6 1.20
18.6 to Saha, gone! full outside off inducing Saha into the drive, he obliges but gets a thick outside edge, thanks to some late away movement, straight to M Vijay at first slip 48/2
48.5 to Shukla, Gone!! Short outside off, Shukla initially thinks of playing at it but withdraws his bat at the last moment. However, the ball deflects off his gloves on the way to the keeper and the fielders go up immediately. The umpire raises his finger, and gives the right decision. 147/5
52.3 to Kundu, bowled 'im! Balaji strikes again, bowled from wide of the crease and angling into the batsman, a full ball targeting off stump, Kundu gets on the front foot to defend but the ball leaves him at just the last moment to send the off stump cartwheeling towards the keeper. 152/6
54.1 to Arindam Das, gone!! The inswinger does him in, Balaji bowling a dream spell here. Wide of the crease again and angling into Das, pitches on off and then moves in towards middle, Das pushes at it lazily with minimum foot movement, misses, and his stumps are splayed 153/7
62.1 to Sarkar, bowled from wide of the crease, pitching short of a good length on the off stump and swinging in after pitching, Sarkar is clearly done in by the movement there, gets on the front foot and tries to defend on the off side expecting the ball to hold its line, but is beaten and is bowled through the gate. Balaji picks a five-for 163/8
62.4 to Dinda, Bengal throwing it away here! What a stupid shot by Dinda! short on the off stump and he goes for an ambitious pull, gets a top-edge and S Vidyut at mid-on takes a dolly. Balaji gets his sixth. 167/9
View wicket C Ganapathy 8 2 16 1 2.00
3.4 to Chowdhury, gone! one down! lethal ball on the off stump, pitched short, not giving enough time to Chowdhury to duck or back away from it, he has to play at it. The ball thuds into his gloves as he tries to defend off the back foot and lobs up to gully, where Badrinath takes a sitter 0/1
  P Amarnath 7 0 22 0 3.14
View wickets R Ashwin 26.5 1 93 2 3.46 (1nb)
29.5 to Tiwary, gone! The sweep brings about his downfall, quicker through the air, pitched on middle and leg, tried to paddle-sweep it down towards fine leg, got the top edge and Suresh Kumar at short fine completed an easy catch. Bengal three down, and they lose their premier batsman 87/3
33.5 to Chakrabarty, gone! flighted outside off, plants his front foot outside the line to sweep it wide of square leg, is struck on the pads. The fielders go up and the umpire Hariharan raises his finger. Turns out that's a poor decision, was clearly struck outside the line. However, the pressure has worked and TN are back in this 95/4
  C Suresh 4 2 11 0 2.75
  Tamil Nadu 2nd innings (target: 227 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal A Mukund b Sarkar 31 0 51 6 0 60.78
18.5 gone! bowled neck and crop! short of a good length on the middle stump and moving a hint towards off, Mukund is stuck on the crease as he tries to push that towards mid-off on the back foot, flicks his pads on the way to dismantling the off stump. 84/1
View dismissal M Vijay c Tiwary b Bose 73 0 87 12 1 83.90
25.5 gone! Vijay goes! full outside off with a hint of away movement, Vijay is tempted to play an expansive drive, gets a thick outside edge and Tiwary, standing at a widish first slip, makes no mistake holding on to a sharp chance. Can Bengal trigger a collapse here? 122/2
S Badrinath not out 92 0 116 12 2 79.31
KD Karthik*† not out 16 0 59 1 0 27.11
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 8, nb 1) 15
  Total (2 wickets; 52 overs) 227 (4.36 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
View wicket RR Bose 11 2 50 1 4.54
25.5 to Vijay, gone! Vijay goes! full outside off with a hint of away movement, Vijay is tempted to play an expansive drive, gets a thick outside edge and Tiwary, standing at a widish first slip, makes no mistake holding on to a sharp chance. Can Bengal trigger a collapse here? 122/2
  AB Dinda 10 0 51 0 5.10 (1w)
  R Kundu 11 1 41 0 3.72 (1w)
View wicket SS Sarkar 9 0 36 1 4.00
18.5 to Mukund, gone! bowled neck and crop! short of a good length on the middle stump and moving a hint towards off, Mukund is stuck on the crease as he tries to push that towards mid-off on the back foot, flicks his pads on the way to dismantling the off stump. 84/1
  AS Chowdhury 8 2 24 0 3.00 (1nb)
  MK Tiwary 3 0 19 0 6.33 (2w)

Match details


Toss - Bengal, who chose to bat
Series - Tamil Nadu advanced
Umpires - S Asnani and K Hariharan
Match referee - SS Patil
Close of play
  • Fri, 26 Dec - day 1 - Bengal 1st innings 292/5 (MK Tiwary 134*, AS Chowdhury 7*, 90 ov)
  • Sat, 27 Dec - day 2 - Tamil Nadu 1st innings 188/5 (SS Kumar 40*, R Ashwin 23*, 57 ov)
  • Sun, 28 Dec - day 3 - Bengal 2nd innings 134/4 (LR Shukla 43*, R Kundu 13*, 46 ov)
  • Mon, 29 Dec - day 4 - Tamil Nadu 2nd innings 227/2 (52 ov) - end of match
 
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