Ranji Trophy Super League - 4th quarter final

Tamil Nadu v Bengal

Tamil Nadu won by 8 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

0.1

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, well pitched, a bit of shape into the left-hand batsman, defended back

0.2

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, pitched up again, but no shape this time, going with the angle, and left alone by Banerjee

0.3

Balaji to Banerjee, 1 run, straighter this time, a bit of swing, Banerjee helps it down the legs to fine leg. Off the mark

0.4

Balaji to Arindam Das, no run, another pitched-up delivery, it's pretty straight, and defended a touch loosely

0.5

Balaji to Arindam Das, no run, thrown up wide, swinging away, but Das has nothing to do with it

0.6

Balaji to Arindam Das, no run, the best ball of the over, fullish, around off, and straightening a bit, defended with an open face by Das

Bengal 1/0   L Balaji 1-0-1-0

2.1

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, good carry there, but this one was angled across again, and Banerjee lets that go through to Karthik, the Tamil Nadu captain and wicketkeeper

2.2

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, length ball, within stumps this time, making Banerjee play, and he defends it towards mid-on

2.3

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, a length ball angling across Banerjee, who plays it with an open face towards slips. Soft hands mean the ball bounces well before reaching the cordon

2.4

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, tries a bouncer then, fairly accurate, off stump line, shoulder high, Banerjee decides to let it go at the last moment

2.5

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, pitches it up, no swing again, and goes across the left-hand batsman. Left alone easily

2.6

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, this is a straight wide delivery, and the batsman has got nothing to do with it

Bengal 2/0   L Balaji 2-1-1-0

4.1

Balaji to Banerjee, 1 run, sharp single, Balaji on the stumps this time, Banerjee plays it down with soft hands towards the covers and runs. Good call, because it went just wide of the fielder

4.2

Balaji to Arindam Das, no run, into the pads this time, played straight towards square leg

4.3

Balaji to Arindam Das, no run, this was straight, no deviation, fullish, played right back with a straight bat to the bowler. Not much pace with Balaji either... early 120ks

4.4

Balaji to Arindam Das, no run, big shout, but the lack of swing means this couldn't have been out, this one was fullish, beat Das's bat with the angle, but it was surely angling down the legside

4.5

Balaji to Arindam Das, no run, a touch shorter, and defended back towards the bowler

4.6

Balaji to Arindam Das, 1 run, better aim this time, on the stumps, but the lack of swing means Das can work it to just wide of mid-on and take an easy single

Bengal 8/0   L Balaji 3-1-3-0

6.1

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, on target, from round the stumps, length ball, on the off stump, and defended easily

6.2

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, pitched up, driving length, no movement, but too wide to interest Banerjee

6.3

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, back over the wickets, another length ball, on the leg stump this time, and played into the leg side with soft hands

6.4

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, pitched upper this time, Banerjee is on the front foot to defend it

6.5

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, the first time a batsman has been beaten, good line, staring off stump, making batsman play, and leaving him ever so slightly. What's more, it kicked up a bit too. Lucky not to get the edge

6.6

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, a wide floater, and left alone. Not a good follow-up delivery

Bengal 8/0   L Balaji 4-2-3-0

21.1

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, good line here, starts middle-stump line, and going away with the angle. Banerjee judges well, and lets it go

21.2

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, straighter, making the batsman play, and he does it towards the leg. No gap there

21.3

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, way down the leg, moving further away, would have been a good delivery for the right-hand batsman

21.4

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, starts wide of off this wide, and is goes further with the angle. Banerjee leaves alone easily

21.5

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, there is a body blow, short but this one doesn't angle away, and hits Banerjee in the the forearm

21.6

Balaji to Banerjee, FOUR, lovely response from Banerjee, this is wide and thrown up, and Banerjee drives it through extra cover for - finally - his first boundary

Bengal 39/1   L Balaji 5-2-7-0

23.1

Balaji to Saha, 1 run, a hint of swing, but this is too straight, and easily worked off his pads

23.2

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, and back to angling it across then, Banerjee gets one stride down, and then shoulders arms

23.3

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, slower ball, 96ks, but over pitched, and Banerjee can play it from close to his body

23.4

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, that's very wide, Banerjee doesn't need bother about covering his off stump

23.5

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, fullish, on the middle stump, making him play, and play he does back to the bowler

23.6

Balaji to Banerjee, no run, another slower one, 97ks, but this is over-pitched too. He needs to get it to pitch it a touch shorter to draw errors

Bengal 41/1   L Balaji 6-2-8-0

25.1

Balaji to Tiwary, 2 runs, Tiwary is off the mark right away. Balaji looks for the swing, but is too full and too straight, Tiwary turns it around for an easy two to square leg

25.2

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, accurate, fullish, straight, Tiwary is on the back foot, and defends it back

25.3

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, no bouncers here, length delivery, on the stumps, and Tiwary plays it back to the bowler

25.4

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, bouncer tried this time, but down the leg side, and Tiwary does the smell-your-armpits leave

25.5

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, another short one, slower bouncer from the back of the hand, Tiwary is into the pull ages before it arrived, ands up playing towards the bowler. Close shave

25.6

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, fuller this time, testing Tiwary's foot work, but Tiwary defends it off the back foot itself

Bengal 47/2   L Balaji 7-2-10-0

27.1

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, length ball, just outside off, Tiwary gets in line, and plays it into covers

27.2

Balaji to Tiwary, 1 run, over-pitched, Tiwary plays it to just wide off mid-off, and runs as he hits. Good calling

27.3

Balaji to Saha, no run, full ball, on the stumps, and defended towards mid-off

27.4

Balaji to Saha, no run, it's full and wide again, and defended it with an open face again

27.5

Balaji to Saha, no run, wide again, and full, and played with an open face, but no intent to pierce the field

27.6

Balaji to Saha, no run, slower ball tried again, and again it is too full, and even though the batsman is early into the shot, it is too close to his body to draw a mistake

Bengal 52/2   L Balaji 8-2-11-0

29.1

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, fullish in the stumps, Tiwary gets on to the front foot, and plays it onto the covers

29.2

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, straighter, fuller, Tiwary defends it straight back to the bowler

29.3

Balaji to Tiwary, 1 run, tries the shorter one this time, tucking Tiwary up, he is on his toes to play it into the leg side for an easy single

29.4

Balaji to Saha, no run, another slower ball gone wrong, Saha picks it up early, and this is too full again, Saha plays it towards mid-off

29.5

Balaji to Saha, no run, angled into the pads, tucked away, but straight to square leg

29.6

Balaji to Saha, no run, shorter, outside off, and Saha defends it off the front foot

Bengal 62/2   L Balaji 9-2-12-0

47.1

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, starts off with a widish delivery, defended off the back foot by Tiwary

47.2

Balaji to Tiwary, FOUR, short and wide, too wide to cut, but Tiwary stretches himself, no foot movement, but still manages to steer it through gully

47.3

Balaji to Tiwary, 2 runs, into the pads, full too, and nicely helped away towards backward square leg, and Tiwary moves on to a quick half-century

47.4

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, shorter, on to the pads, and turned away towards square leg

47.5

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, full, on the stumps, and played it back to the bowler

47.6

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, wide, full, too far to even think of playing at it

Bengal 141/4   L Balaji 10-2-18-0

49.1

Balaji to Chakrabarty, no run, full, a hint of away swing, but it is overpitched, and is defended back without trouble

49.2

Balaji to Chakrabarty, no run, nicely bowled, angled into the stumps, holding its line a touch upon pitching, and sort of squaring the batsman up

49.3

Balaji to Chakrabarty, no run, on to the pads this time, and played into the leg side

49.4

Balaji to Chakrabarty, no run, good delivery again, beats the batsman with reverse swing, starting to angle in, and then held its line upon pitching, Chakrabarty was drawn into the shot by then

49.5

Balaji to Chakrabarty, no run, a wide length ball now, and Chakrabarty plays at this one too

49.6

Balaji to Chakrabarty, no run, short outside off, and Chakrabarty lets it go

Bengal 142/4   L Balaji 11-3-18-0

51.1

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, angled in to the batsman, doesn't hold its line, and Tiwary plays it towards mid-off

51.2

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, poor throw, and at the wrong end, Tiwary wanted a quick single to S Vidyut at cover, but changed his mind, Chakrabarty had come too far down by then, and Vidyut threw it towards the striker's end, and it was too high anyway

51.3

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, angled into the pads, and defended with soft hands

51.4

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, wide this time, and left alone by Tiwary

51.5

Balaji to Tiwary, 1 run, short and wide this time, and played with an open face towards thirdman, the two run the first one hard, Chakrabarty wants the second but is sent back by Tiwary

51.6

Balaji to Chakrabarty, FOUR, and he feeds him a half-volley on the pads, which he flicks toward midwicket boundary for his third boundary

Bengal 152/4   L Balaji 12-3-23-0

62.1

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, half-volley on the off stump, played towards cover

62.2

Balaji to Tiwary, FOUR, another half-volley, and this is pushed through extra-cover delightfully... didn't look to hit too hard, relied on the placement, which was perfect between mid-off and cover... shot of the day

62.3

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, on the pads, and defended into the covers

62.4

Balaji to Tiwary, 1 run, a length delivery, just outside off, and defended into the covers

62.5

Balaji to Chakrabarty, no run, fullish, on the stumps, and defended to the bowler

62.6

Balaji to Chakrabarty, no run, angling into the pads, full, and the batsman plays it towards mid-on

Bengal 179/4   L Balaji 13-3-28-0

64.1

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, missed out on a leg-stump half-volley, a stifled shout too, but missing leg easily

64.2

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, pulls the length back a touch, just outside off, and defended in front of his body by Manoj

64.3

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, short and wide, and square-driven hard towards the point, but can't breach C Suresh

64.4

Balaji to Tiwary, FOUR, lovely square-drive this time, this time Manoj waited for this wide delivery, opened the face at the last moment, and went square of the point

64.5

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, full, drivable length again, Manoj steps forward and drives it straight to mid-off

64.6

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, tries a bouncer, dug it in his own half, but the ball rises only as high as Manoj's chest and gives him enough time to play in under his head

Bengal 190/4   L Balaji 14-3-32-0

66.1

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, and he squeezes in a fuller delivery after setting the short-ball trap. Manoj is alert, though, and defends it towards short leg

66.2

Balaji to Tiwary, 1 run, short, starting within stumps, and angling across, played with an open face towards sweeper cover

66.3

Balaji to Chakrabarty, no run, just short of length, outside off, and punched towards point, where Suresh is alert

66.4

Balaji to Chakrabarty, no run, another wide delivery, and Chakra plays at it, towards covers

66.5

Balaji to Chakrabarty, FOUR, a bouncer here, it's so slow that Chakra left it in his kind, then changed his plan and went for the shot, and then top-edged it for four to very fine fine leg

66.6

Balaji to Chakrabarty, no run, short and wide, and left alone without trouble

Bengal 199/4   L Balaji 15-3-37-0

81.1

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, and a wide loosener to start off with, Manoj lets it go

81.2

Balaji to Tiwary, 2 runs, fuller, Tiwary plays with soft hands and with an open face, and two is the immediate call, and they get two to the cover region

81.3

Balaji to Tiwary, 2 runs, soft hands and open face again, and plays it towards thirdman, and calls for two right away, and gets it... he is hustling them there

81.4

Balaji to Tiwary, 4 byes, posthumous swing there, beating Karthik after it passed the leg stump, four byes

81.5

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, full wide delivery, Manoj chooses to leave this one alone

81.6

Balaji to Tiwary, 1 run, angled into the pads, and Manoj helps it along towards fine leg. Bad delivery to end the over, lets Manoj take strike again

Bengal 267/5   L Balaji 16-3-42-0

83.1

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, fuller, straightening a touch, making the batsman play, Avik plays it to mid-off

83.2

Balaji to Chowdhury, 1 no ball, wide outside off stump, moved in late, but left alone without much trouble

83.2

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, straight delivery again, angling into the stumps, Avik playing it in front of his body

83.3

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, shorer this time, and too wide to make Avik play

83.4

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, wasted that delivery, there was some trouble in his run-up, but didn't stop and continued with the delivery, and the ball goes harmlessly down the leg side

83.5

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, length delivery, just outside off, and defended with an open face

83.6

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, digs it in short, but doesn't get any lift, and is defended into the leg side

Bengal 274/5   L Balaji 17-3-43-0

85.1

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, short and wide, and we are too close to stumps for Manoj to go for those. Then again, stranger things have happened

85.2

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, fuller, but the line is just as wide and Manoj lets Karthik do some work

85.3

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, just outside off, fullish delivery, and defended into the covers

85.4

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, fuller, straight, and played back to the bowlers

85.5

Balaji to Tiwary, no run

85.6

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, another over-pitched delivery on the stumps, and defended into the covers

Bengal 275/5   L Balaji 18-4-43-0

87.1

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, full delivery from Balaji, and defended back to the bowler

87.2

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, short and wide, and easily steered away to point

87.3

Balaji to Tiwary, (no ball) 1 run, short and wide, and allowed to pass by harmlessly

87.3

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, attacking the stumps now, angling it in to the right-hander, but there is no movement on offer, and Avik defends easily

87.4

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, Balaji pitches up on his pads, and he plays it right in between the two shortlegs for his first boundary

87.5

Balaji to Chowdhury, FOUR, short, looking to tuck the batsman up, and defended easily

87.6

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, fuller, on the stumps this time, and defended straight back to the bowler

Bengal 282/5   L Balaji 19-4-49-0

90.1

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, wide outside off, and short, and it's left alone without trouble

90.2

Balaji to Tiwary, 1 run, pitched up this time, and closer to the stumps, Manoj gets his foot down to the pitch, opens the face, and steers it to the thirdman

90.3

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, intended bouncer, but eventual grubber... pitched in his own half, but went up calf high and wide outside off, so it's all safe

90.4

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, down the leg side, kicks off a bit, but harmless it is

90.5

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, length delivery outside off, Avik shapes up to play at it, but decides at the last moment to let it go

90.6

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, pitched up, on the stumps, he has to play at it, he does with a closed face, towards mid-on

Bengal 293/5   L Balaji 20-4-50-0

92.1

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, thrown up, inviting a drive, but it is too far from the stumps to indulge Avik

92.2

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, tries a bouncer again, very short, but it hardly gets chest-high, and it is wide outside off anyway

92.3

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, this bouncer is sharper, but it too wide still, not making Avik think about playing it

92.4

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, a hint of away swing there, it was much fuller, but started wide outside off and went further still, Avik is not a party to the contest in this over so far

92.5

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, he gets closer to the stumps this time, but it's not close enough to make Avik play

92.6

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, this is angled into the pads, and Avik gets his bat down in time to defend it towards mid-on. Anyway the ball was headed down

Bengal 301/5   L Balaji 21-5-50-0

94.1

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, Bala is wide again, shortish too, and Avik has nothing to do with this one

94.2

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, some carry there, but again it's short and wide, and Avik covers his off stump and shoulders arms

94.3

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, finally makes him play, just short of a length, headed for off stump, Avik stays at the back foot and defends it without anxiety

94.4

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, and goes back wide again, this is some fruitless exercise, running in hard and bowling wide and wide again and again

94.5

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, this one was bowled much better, pitched up, shaping away a bit, ending up around off, making Avik defend off the front foot

94.6

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, and another maiden for Bala, this was wide again, and Avik takes the token forward step to cover the off stump, and shoulders arms

Bengal 301/5   L Balaji 22-6-50-0

96.1

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, short and wide, smashed away, but Suresh Kumar moves to his right quickly, at point

96.2

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, a wide length ball, and Manoj looks to steer it towards thirdman, but he is early into the shot, a touch uppish but safely bounces before reaching Suresh Kumar

96.3

Balaji to Tiwary, OUT, 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

MK Tiwary b Balaji 144 (306m 201b 21x4 0x6) SR: 71.64

96.4

Balaji to Kundu, no run, And Bala is sharper now... just outside off, length delivery, and left alone

96.5

Balaji to Kundu, no run, wider now, and left alone

96.6

Balaji to Kundu, 1 no ball, lovely delivery, but a no-ball, it was fullish, around off-stump line, making the batsman play, and then shaping away. Beaten, and it is some achievement on this wicket

96.6

Balaji to Kundu, no run, again finds the right channel, landing around off, and just holding its line. A batsman beaten in back-to-back deliveries, that is rare, and is going to be rare in this match

Bengal 303/6   L Balaji 23-6-51-1

98.1

Balaji to Chowdhury, 1 run, fullish delivery, hit to just wide of Ganapathy at mid-off, they hesitate before running, but Gana fails to collect it cleanly, after three attempts

98.2

Balaji to Kundu, no run, another slower ball tried, and too full, and although Kundu is fooled, he can adjust for this one full and wide

98.3

Balaji to Kundu, no run, short and angled into the ribs, played towards short leg, but there is none

98.4

Balaji to Kundu, no run, good shape again, starts around off, holds its line, Kundu doesn't play at it this time

98.5

Balaji to Kundu, no run, on the stumps, and played into the covers

98.6

Balaji to Kundu, no run, full, on the stumps, some swing, gets the outside half of the bat, towards point

Bengal 305/6   L Balaji 24-6-52-1

100.1

Balaji to Kundu, no run, tries too hard for the swing and ends up on the pads, helped towards midwicket

100.2

Balaji to Kundu, no run, shooter there, bowled outside off, shortish, and and is collected second-bounce by Karthik

100.3

Balaji to Kundu, no run, short of length, just putside off, Kundu gets tall and defends to the covers

100.4

Balaji to Kundu, no run, tries the slower one again, wide outside off, and almost a fulltoss, he needs to get the length right with this slower ones

100.5

Balaji to Kundu, no run, nicely bowled, accurate, just around off, and straightens a bit, defended off the front foot

100.6

Balaji to Kundu, 1 leg bye, tries a bouncer, but gets only as high as his hips, upon hitting the hips the ball travels to fine leg

Bengal 308/6   L Balaji 25-7-52-1

110.1

Balaji to Chowdhury, 1 run, short and wide, and Avik plays without foot movement, towards sweeper cover, and Avik is not looking to farm the strike

110.2

Balaji to Dinda, no run, length delivery, outside off, and played with an open face

110.3

Balaji to Dinda, no run, lovely slower ball, flighted, around off, on a length, but played out watchfully

110.4

Balaji to Dinda, 1 run, tries a bouncer immediately, and Dinda dismisses it from his presence, with his now trademark fly-swatting pull

110.5

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, pitched up, around off, and defended back to the mid-off

110.6

Balaji to Chowdhury, 4 byes, slower, wide, boucnes twice before reaching Karthik, who gets his pads together, but the ball spins and deflects off the inside half of the pad to the fine-leg boundary

Bengal 332/8   L Balaji 26-7-54-1

113.1

Balaji to Chowdhury, FOUR, angled into the pads this time, and Avik helps himself to an easy boundary to fine leg

113.2

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, gets into the slower ball grip, but bowls the orthodox delivery, Avik is alert to it, and plays the length delivery back to the bowler

113.3

Balaji to Chowdhury, no run, short and wide, no need to go for it, but Avik does, and plays over the ball

113.4

Balaji to Chowdhury, 1 run, ball angling in from outside off, off a length, and Avik plays with an open face towards sweeper cover

113.5

Balaji to Dinda, OUT, 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

AB Dinda b Balaji 9 (27m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.36

113.6

Balaji to Bose, no run, Tall man, crouching stance, and Bala tries a yorker, making him go down further. He does that, and digs it out

Bengal 344/9   L Balaji 27-7-59-2
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