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

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

End of over 101 (1 run, maiden) Bengal 308/6
R Kundu    0* (19b)      L Balaji    25-7-52-1
AS Chowdhury    11* (51b 1x4)     

101.1

Ganapathy to Kundu, no run, little bit of inward movement, starting from outside off, and Avik defends off the front foot

101.2

Ganapathy to Kundu, 1 run, angling into the pads again, and turned away towards square leg

101.3

Ganapathy to Chowdhury, 1 run, bouncer bowled, which got big. Edge taken. But no gully. Why not? this was a perfect short delivery, around the stumps, chest high, but the field is far too defensive

101.4

Ganapathy to Kundu, 1 run, this is angled into the hips, tucks him up, and he gets off the strike with a quick single

101.5

Ganapathy to Chowdhury, no run, and Gana goes back to pitching it full, because he doesn't have the field if he does get an edge off a bouncer. Defended easily

101.6

Ganapathy to Chowdhury, 1 run, length delivery, just outside off, and Avik plays with hard hands, a thick outside edge goes through where gully would have been

End of over 102 (4 runs) Bengal 312/6
AS Chowdhury    13* (54b 1x4)      C Ganapathy    20-4-45-2
R Kundu    2* (22b)     

Amarnath replaces Balaji, who bowled a decent spell. Kept it wide usually, but bowled a magical slower-ball googly

102.1

Amarnath to Chowdhury, no run, starts wide, left alone without fuss

102.2

Amarnath to Chowdhury, no run, fullish and wide outside off, and left alone

102.3

Amarnath to Chowdhury, no run, wide, short, Avik goes for the cut, no foot movement, and this is too wide for him to go for... misses it completely as a result

102.4

Amarnath to Chowdhury, no run, fuller, and he is okay with the full stuff, defends it solidly into the covers

102.5

Amarnath to Chowdhury, no run, straight full delivery, and helped towards midwicket

102.6

Amarnath to Chowdhury, no run, wide, moving away, and left alone

End of over 103 (maiden) Bengal 312/6
AS Chowdhury    13* (60b 1x4)      P Amarnath    22-4-62-0
R Kundu    2* (22b)     

103.1

Ganapathy to Kundu, no run, length delivery, just outside off, and defended with an open face

Gana gets a gully now

103.2

Ganapathy to Kundu, 1 run, length delivery, just outside off, and Kundu edges it, plays it without any feet movement, but the edge falls way in front of Vijay at slip

103.3

Ganapathy to Chowdhury, 1 run, shortish outside off, played with an open face between point and gully and a quick single is taken

103.4

Ganapathy to Kundu, no run, shortish, getting big, but Kundu stands tall and defends it

103.5

Ganapathy to Kundu, 1 bye, Gana tries a slower ball too, but this is too obvious, too wide, and stays low, and the only man he troubles is Karthik who doesn't bend to collect it, merely gets his legs together and deflects it to thirdman

103.6

Ganapathy to Chowdhury, no run, effort ball, short, rising, angling into the body, and the batsman is late and takes a blow on the forearm

End of over 104 (3 runs) Bengal 315/6
AS Chowdhury    14* (62b 1x4)      C Ganapathy    21-4-47-2
R Kundu    3* (26b)     

104.1

Amarnath to Kundu, no run, on the pads, a touch slower though, Kundu is early into the shot, but no damage done as he keeps it down hitting towards midwicket

104.2

Amarnath to Kundu, no run, length delivery, on the stumps, and defended back towards mid-on

104.3

Amarnath to Kundu, no run, thrown up this time, and a hint of swing there, and Kundu defends it with an open face

104.4

Amarnath to Kundu, no run, throws it up again, gets encouragement from a loose shot played by Kundu, who goes for a big drive but inside-edges it back to the bowler

104.5

Amarnath to Kundu, no run, length delivery, close to off, and a good leave, this was close to off

104.6

Amarnath to Kundu, no run, another length delivery on the stumps, and Kundu defends with an open face again

End of over 105 (maiden) Bengal 315/6
R Kundu    3* (32b)      P Amarnath    23-5-62-0
AS Chowdhury    14* (62b 1x4)     

105.1

Ganapathy to Chowdhury, no run, slower ball again, 103ks, this is bowled on a length and around off, but when Gana bowls the slower one, he makes it too obviously back-of-the-hand and defended easily

105.2

Ganapathy to Chowdhury, 1 leg bye, fulltoss down the leg side, missed out on that

105.3

Ganapathy to Kundu, FOUR, tries another slower one, a loopy fulltoss it is, and hit straight back for his first boundary

105.4

Ganapathy to Kundu, OUT, 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

R Kundu lbw b Ganapathy 7 (41m 34b 1x4 0x6) SR: 20.58

Match State: Drinks

105.5

Ganapathy to Sarkar, no run, full on the stumps, and played into the covers

105.6

Ganapathy to Sarkar, no run, on the stumps again, and a high-backlift defence

End of over 106 (5 runs) Bengal 320/7
SS Sarkar    0* (2b)      C Ganapathy    22-4-51-3
AS Chowdhury    14* (64b 1x4)     

106.1

Amarnath to Chowdhury, no run, short one, a bit leg-sidish, Avik ducks at the last moment, umpire signals one short ball for the over

106.2

Amarnath to Chowdhury, no run, tries another short one, but doesn't get the lift on this and easily played down off the back foot

106.3

Amarnath to Chowdhury, no run, fuller, just short of length, and on the stumps, and Avik defends it from the crease

106.4

Amarnath to Chowdhury, no run, short and wide, and left alone

106.5

Amarnath to Chowdhury, no run, just outside off, and just short of length, Avik looks to force it through the cover field, but can't miss the fieldsmen

106.6

Amarnath to Chowdhury, no run, slower delivery, fairly accurate, on a length, Avik gets on to the front foot, and plays it back with a straight bat

End of over 107 (maiden) Bengal 320/7
AS Chowdhury    14* (70b 1x4)      P Amarnath    24-6-62-0
SS Sarkar    0* (2b)     

Sourav Sarkar is the new man, and has taken an interesting guard, standing outside leg

107.1

Ganapathy to Sarkar, no run, oops... the bowler is unfortunate here, the ball moved in late from outside off, Sarkar walks across from his guard down the leg, and the ball hits the pad first, in front of middle, and it was a stifled shout, so can't really blame the umpire

107.2

Ganapathy to Sarkar, no run, fuller, just outside off, and defended to cover

107.3

Ganapathy to Sarkar, no run, gets a short cover in, bowls a short one, and defended awkwardly, but the ball lands safely

107.4

Ganapathy to Sarkar, OUT, 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

SS Sarkar c †Karthik b Ganapathy 0 (11m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Ashok Dinda comes in. Hopefully he will stand in front of stumps, as opposed to Sourav Sarkar

107.5

Ganapathy to Dinda, 2 runs, late inswing into the pads, it was full and easy for Dinda to help it to fine of fine leg. Amarnath runs towards the ball and sticks his foot out to save the boundary

107.6

Ganapathy to Dinda, no run, thrown up outside off, Dinda goes for the drive, and misses by a long way

End of over 108 (2 runs) Bengal 322/8
AB Dinda    2* (2b)      C Ganapathy    23-4-53-4
AS Chowdhury    14* (70b 1x4)     

108.1

Amarnath to Chowdhury, 1 run, easy pickings off the pads, played towards backward square leg, where ganapathy runs in hard to keep them down to one, and get Dinda on strike

108.2

Amarnath to Dinda, no run, full on the stumps, defended towards point

108.3

Amarnath to Dinda, no run, length ball, just outside off, and tries to punch it through cover, but can't beat the field

108.4

Amarnath to Dinda, no run, yorks him, but it is wide outside off, and too slow, so defended back to the bowler

108.5

Amarnath to Dinda, 2 runs, short one into his face, and Dinda swats a fly, caught in a tangle, realises the ball is heading towards his face, and then decides to full, gets two for his troubles

108.6

Amarnath to Dinda, no run, slower delivery again, too full, and Dinda defends it back to Amarnath

End of over 109 (3 runs) Bengal 325/8
AB Dinda    4* (7b)      P Amarnath    25-6-65-0
AS Chowdhury    15* (71b 1x4)     

109.1

Ganapathy to Chowdhury, no run, inward shape again, starts outside off on a length and moves in, Avik, who has been in for close to two hours, defends it properly

109.2

Ganapathy to Chowdhury, no run, another slower ball, but the grip changes even before he is in the delivery stride. Anyway this is too wide to interest Avik

109.3

Ganapathy to Chowdhury, no run, short one, decent lift, and Avik defends it in front of his chest

109.4

Ganapathy to Chowdhury, 1 run, fullish, on the stumps, and whipped away towards square leg

109.5

Ganapathy to Dinda, no run, he is there and thereabouts throughout this spell, starts outside off, moving in, and defended by Dinda

109.6

Ganapathy to Dinda, no run, almost squeezes it through this time, another in-coming delivery. Dinda is stuck in the crease and is late in bringing his bat down, and just about gets the bat before the ball hits the pad

End of over 110 (1 run) Bengal 326/8
AB Dinda    4* (9b)      C Ganapathy    24-4-54-4
AS Chowdhury    16* (75b 1x4)     

Balaji will replace Amarnath now

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

short leg is in

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

End of over 111 (6 runs) Bengal 332/8
AS Chowdhury    17* (78b 1x4)      L Balaji    26-7-54-1
AB Dinda    5* (12b)     

111.1

Ganapathy to Dinda, no run, fullish, just outside off, making the batsman play, who does it watchfully

111.2

Ganapathy to Dinda, FOUR, he has swatted this fly to the boundary, towards the NCA.... short, slow, Dinda eyes closed, head turned away, but the pull is timed really well

M Vijay comes to talk to Dinda. Impressed with the pulling, eh?

111.3

Ganapathy to Dinda, no run, slower ball again, this is too obvious, and Dinda gets on the front foot to defend. VB Chandrasekar is rightly wondering why run in 20 yards to bowl such obvious slower ones

111.4

Ganapathy to Dinda, no run, length ball, around off, and played back towards the bowler

111.5

Ganapathy to Dinda, no run, another slower one, wide again, and is lightyears away from the bat. Karthik gets his legs together in time this time

And Gana is warned for running onto the danger area

111.6

Ganapathy to Dinda, no run, tries a short one, gets a bit of lift, but it is too slow to trouble Dinda, and not short enough for him to pull out the fly-swatter

End of over 112 (4 runs) Bengal 336/8
AB Dinda    9* (18b 1x4)      C Ganapathy    25-4-58-4
AS Chowdhury    17* (78b 1x4)     

Spin on for the first time today. Wonder if the over-rate has something to do with it. R Ashwin to proceed backward square leg, deep midwicket, long-on. Has Sehwag entered the building?

112.1

Ashwin to Chowdhury, no run, thrown up outside off, and defended off the front foot

112.2

Ashwin to Chowdhury, 2 runs, paddled from outside the off stump to fine of square leg, a bit of Manoj Tiwary there

112.3

Ashwin to Chowdhury, no run, spinning into the pads, needless appeal from Karthik

112.4

Ashwin to Chowdhury, no run, dropped this one was a straighter one, Avik plays for the spin, gets a think edge, and the ball hits Karthik in the chest

112.5

Ashwin to Chowdhury, no run, full, defended back

112.6

Ashwin to Chowdhury, 1 run, steps out, is far from the pitch, but all he needs to do is play it limply towards mid-on and take an easy single to long-on. On the last ball of the over!

End of over 113 (3 runs) Bengal 339/8
AS Chowdhury    20* (84b 1x4)      R Ashwin    21-0-88-2
AB Dinda    9* (18b 1x4)     

Balaji will now replace Ganapathy

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

Ranadeb Bose is in

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

End of over 114 (5 runs) Bengal 344/9
RR Bose    0* (1b)      L Balaji    27-7-59-2
AS Chowdhury    25* (88b 2x4)     

Rono is wearing an helmet mix of beige and brown, with a CAB logo, one presumes. The only man wearing the team helmet so far.

Ganapathy gets back on. SO that's what it was, a change of ends, and explains the ultra defensive field for Ashwin's last over

114.1

Ganapathy to Chowdhury, 1 run, wide, and fuller, and Avik goes for the drive, and gets a thick outside edge to thirdman

Rono reckoned in the morning they would need at least 450. True dat

114.2

Ganapathy to Bose, no run, pitched up, just outside off, and defended into the covers

114.3

Ganapathy to Bose, no run, full and outside off, and played with an open face

114.4

Ganapathy to Bose, no run, tries a bouncer, and gets it as high as Rono's knees. And that is not because Rono is some giant, but because the ball stayed low. Done well by Rono to not duck

114.5

Ganapathy to Bose, no run, slower ball again, and too wide, and only Karthik has strouble with it, gets his pads together at half-volley

114.6

Ganapathy to Bose, OUT, 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

RR Bose c Ashwin b Ganapathy 0 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

This is a tactical victory for TN. They bowled wide and wide in the morning, playing on the batsmen's patience. And then Balaji came up with a magical delivery to get Tiwary. Even after that it took a lot of persistence to get an ordinary tail out - that should be an ominous sign for the Bengal bowlers. Be back in five

End of over 115 (1 run) Bengal 345/10
     C Ganapathy    26-4-59-5
AS Chowdhury    26* (89b 2x4)     
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