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)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

We are back. Bengal will know they have fallen short by about 100 runs. But Ranadeb Bose and Ashok Dinda have done well for them this season, getting early breakthroughs, and that could be their only way back into the match. This being a four-day match, there wouldn't be enough time to stage a comeback if they concede a lead here

The prolific opening duo of M Vijay and Abhinav Mukund comes out, and we are moments away. Rono goes over the wicket to Abhinav

0.1

Bose to Mukund, no run, angled across the left-hand batsman, and left alone by Abhinav

0.2

Bose to Mukund, no run, swing there, late swing, pitched just outside off, and swinging, Abhinav just gets an inside edge, otherwise this looked pretty straight

0.3

Bose to Mukund, no run, full, too full, and Abhinav square-drives, but straight to point

0.4

Bose to Mukund, no run, another pitched up delivery, gets the shape going, but a curnchy drive, can't beat the cover field though

0.5

Bose to Mukund, no run, shortens his length a bit, no movement here, and Abhinav looks to punch it through, but still can't beat the field

0.6

Bose to Mukund, no run, angled across this time, and Abhinav lets it go through to Saha

End of over 1 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 0/0

    • A Mukund 0 (6b)
    • M Vijay 0 (0b)
    • RR Bose 1-1-0-0

Ashok Dinda to start alongside Rono. Rono has been grunting while bowling, and Dinda is a bigger grunter. Last week we had Sania Mirza watching the match between UP and Karnataka at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. What chances of having Maria Sharapova now?

1.1

Dinda to Vijay, no run, starts off with a wide delivery, and easily left alone

1.2

Dinda to Vijay, no run, starts just outside off, moves away a touch, and Vijay has his off stump covered and leaves the ball alone

1.3

Dinda to Vijay, no run, short of length, and wide of the stumps, and left alone

1.4

Dinda to Vijay, no run, pitched up, but wide outside off, and lets him go easily

1.5

Dinda to Vijay, no run, tries a bouncer, too short, too high, and Vijay ducks into it early

1.6

Dinda to Vijay, no run, fuller now, around off stump, making Vijay play at it, he does it towards point

End of over 2 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 0/0

    • M Vijay 0 (6b)
    • A Mukund 0 (6b)
    • AB Dinda 1-1-0-0

Rono to continue. He has bowled very few no-balls in his career. And the few, he claims, were bouncers. He says he doesn't remember ever having bowled a front-foot no-ball

2.1

Bose to Mukund, no run, angled across, and left alone

2.2

Bose to Mukund, no run, on the pads now, and flicked away, but can't beat the square leg

2.3

Bose to Mukund, FOUR, finally, Abhinav gets a drive go through the gap, too full, Abhinav gets on a knee, and square-drives it. Crunchy shot

And guess what, after one meet with the middle of the bat, and concrete outside the boundary, the ball is out of shape.

The ball is changed, thrown off to the fielding side

2.4

Bose to Mukund, FOUR, almost got him there, falling over the front foot to play this one, this one moved in towards him late, but the bat came down quickly to help it to the square-leg boundary. Risky but effective

2.5

Bose to Mukund, no run, angled across again, big grunt as he bowled, and left alone by Abhinav

2.6

Bose to Mukund, no run, on the stumps, just short of length, and played towards mid-on

End of over 3 (8 runs) Tamil Nadu 8/0

    • A Mukund 8 (12b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 0 (6b)
    • RR Bose 2-1-8-0
3.1

Dinda to Vijay, no run, just short of length, around off stump, and defended right under his head

3.2

Dinda to Vijay, no run, thrown up, outside off, Vijay shapes to drive, but realises it is too wide, and shaping away, and lets it go

3.3

Dinda to Vijay, no run, this one stopped on him a bit, just short of a length, he looks to play off the front foot, goes hard at it, but it hits the middle of the bat, and no damage is done

3.4

Dinda to Vijay, no run, fuller, just outside off, and defended towards covers

3.5

Dinda to Vijay, no run, tries a bouncer, the ball moves in a lot after pitching, Vijay drops his wrists, moves out of the line, and Saha has to dive down the leg side to prevent byes

3.6

Dinda to Vijay, 1 run, pitched up, just outside off, and played with soft hands towards point, and gets off the mark

And ladies and gents, it's lunch. Too early to eat, though, isn't it?

TN wouldn't mind that session at all, taking five wickets for nothing. This should be a first-innings match, and TN have put them in a good position by bowling Bengal out for 345 on a friendly flat track. We will come back in half an hour and see if the Bengal bowlers can make a fight out of this

End of over 4 (1 run) Tamil Nadu 9/0

    • M Vijay 1 (12b)
    • A Mukund 8 (12b 2x4)
    • AB Dinda 2-1-1-0

Welcome back after lunch. Vijay to face Rono

4.1

Bose to Vijay, no run, full delivery, just outside off, Vijay gets his foot to the pitch and defends it towards cover

4.2

Bose to Vijay, no run, accurate, making him play, just outside off, full, and defended solidly

4.3

Bose to Vijay, no run, close, very close, this one moves in, catches Vijay on a short stride, in front of middle, but Hariharan doesn't seem to agree with the unanimous shout. The bat and pad were close together, and that possibility of an inside edge might have saved him there

4.4

Bose to Vijay, no run, wide outside off, and left alone

4.5

Bose to Vijay, no run, close to off stump now, fullish, and Vijay defends it off the front foot

4.6

Bose to Vijay, no run, full, just outside off, and played into the covers

End of over 5 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 9/0

    • M Vijay 1 (18b)
    • A Mukund 8 (12b 2x4)
    • RR Bose 3-2-8-0
5.1

Dinda to Mukund, no run, angled across, but full enough to make him play, Abhinav pushes tentatively, towards cover, along the ground

5.2

Dinda to Mukund, no run, this one is not close to stumps, and going across, and left alone

5.3

Dinda to Mukund, no run, bouncer, one for the over, around off-stump line, well left by Abhinav, moves his head out of the line, and drops his wrist

5.4

Dinda to Mukund, no run, going across again, and left alone by Abhinav

5.5

Dinda to Mukund, 2 runs, pitched up, inviting a drive, riven on the up towards mid-off where Sourav Sarkar is sloppy and gives away two where there should have been none. He was slow in getting down, and let the ball go through

5.6

Dinda to Mukund, no run, angling across, starting outside off, and left alone

End of over 6 (2 runs) Tamil Nadu 11/0

    • A Mukund 10 (18b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 1 (18b)
    • AB Dinda 3-1-3-0
6.1

Bose to Vijay, OUT, 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

M Vijay c Tiwary b Bose 1 (28m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 5.26

Elsewhere, UP have made a good bowling start after posting 305 against Gujarat at the Moti Bagh Stadium in Vadodara. Gujarat are 25 for 3, after Praveen Kumar took two and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took one early on

6.2

Bose to Badrinath, no run, tries a bouncer first up, this doesn't rise up much, gets waist-high, and Badri moves out of the line

6.3

Bose to Badrinath, no run, just short of a length, wide, and Badri looks to steer it through, but plays it towards Manoj at point

6.4

Bose to Badrinath, FOUR, pitched up, on the pads, and Badri whips it between mid-on and midwicket. Easy pickings, and pick he did. Good start

6.5

Bose to Badrinath, FOUR, nearly there Rono! Badri stretches out for a wide delivery, edges it to between second and third slip, but there is no second slip. Only first and third slip. Beats one, why they had such a field. TN would have been two down with an orthodox cordon

and now we have an orthodox slip cordon. After the horse has bolted

6.6

Bose to Badrinath, no run, widish and left alone this time

End of over 7 (8 runs) Tamil Nadu 19/1

    • S Badrinath 8 (5b 2x4)
    • A Mukund 10 (18b 2x4)
    • RR Bose 4-2-16-1
7.1

Dinda to Mukund, no run, bangs it in short, Abhinav looks to punch it through, but the ball doesn't come on nicely, and ends up playing it towards short cover

7.2

Dinda to Mukund, no run, pitched up a bit, around off, and Abhinav looks to drive, but can't beat the short extra

7.3

Dinda to Mukund, no run, around the off stump again, fullish, Abhinav plays with soft hands and opens the face, but it goes in a straight line towards point

7.4

Dinda to Mukund, no run, angled across again, and Abhinav looks to drive, but can't get the timing. Hits the toe end of the bat

7.5

Dinda to Mukund, no run, tries a short one now, and Abhinav lets this one go well, swaying out, dropping the wrists

7.6

Dinda to Mukund, no run, angled across this time, it is wide and left alone

And at the Brabourne Stadium in Bombay, Karnataka have got the big wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara. Saurashtra are now 56 for 3, chasing Karnataka's 305

End of over 8 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 19/1

    • A Mukund 10 (24b 2x4)
    • S Badrinath 8 (5b 2x4)
    • AB Dinda 4-2-3-0
8.1

Bose to Badrinath, no run, a bit too wide, and moving away too, Badri lets that one go

8.2

Bose to Badrinath, no run, just short of a length, around off-stump line, making Badri play, who opens his face and plays towards point

8.3

Bose to Badrinath, no run, fuller, making Badri drive, just-outside-off line, Badri plays off the middle of the bat, towards covers

8.4

Bose to Badrinath, no run, a touch wider this time, and moving away too, so Badri takes a stride and lets it go

8.5

Bose to Badrinath, no run, lovely looking shot, over-pitched, around off, Badri gets down to a knee, and drives it fluently but straight to mid-off

8.6

Bose to Badrinath, no run, staying just outside off, Rono is, and makes Badri play again, who drops the ball and wants to run, but realises he has hit it too firmly

End of over 9 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 19/1

    • S Badrinath 8 (11b 2x4)
    • A Mukund 10 (24b 2x4)
    • RR Bose 5-3-16-1
9.1

Dinda to Mukund, no run, angled across, and left alone by Abhinav

9.2

Dinda to Mukund, 1 run, just shor of length, on the pads, Abhinav drops it into the leg side, and launches off, and gets himself away from Dinda who sort of asked questions of him

9.3

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, tries another bouncer, but this doesn't get high, about ribs height, but outside off, and Badri sways out of the line

9.4

Dinda to Badrinath, FOUR, that's Badri's favourite shot, it's wide and shortish, and Badri opens the face of the bat, using the bowler's pace, and squeezes it through gully

9.5

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, just short of a length, coming in towards Badri, and he plays it late, and defends it back towards the bowler

9.6

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, similar delivery, around off, short of a length, moving in, and defended watchfully

End of over 10 (5 runs) Tamil Nadu 24/1

    • S Badrinath 12 (15b 3x4)
    • A Mukund 11 (26b 2x4)
    • AB Dinda 5-2-8-0

In Ahmedabad, Mumbai are well on track for a first-innings lead against Himachal. They are 159 for 3, Wasim Jaffer batting on 64, after having dismissed Himachal for 250

10.1

Bose to Mukund, FOUR, short and wide, slashed hard, uppish but safe, no fielder would have wanted to get hands on that, and Abhinav gets out of the jail

10.2

Bose to Mukund, FOUR, and when it rains, it pours. this was a gentle half-volley, asking to be hit, and Abhinav presents it the full face, times it superbly, and the ball travels fast towards the sightscreen

10.3

Bose to Mukund, no run, short of a length, within the stumps, and defended into the covers by Abhinav

Out of the 32 runs scored so far, 28 have come in boundaries

10.4

Bose to Mukund, no run, pitched up on the pads, Abhinav will think he has missed out as he plays it straight to mid-on

10.5

Bose to Mukund, no run, full, around off stump, and defended straight to mid-off

10.6

Bose to Mukund, no run, short of a length, angling across, and Abhinav defends with an open face

End of over 11 (8 runs) Tamil Nadu 32/1

    • A Mukund 19 (32b 4x4)
    • S Badrinath 12 (15b 3x4)
    • RR Bose 6-3-24-1

Meanwhile, in Vadodara, UP have taken their fourth wicket. Gujarat are struggling at 43 for 4, in reply to UP's 305

11.1

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, length delivery, just outside off, and defended back to the bowler

11.2

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, effort delivery, turns out to be a good bouncer, Badri makes a late decision to go for the hook, misses it, the result is a big shout for catch-behind, but it's far from the bat

11.3

Dinda to Badrinath, FOUR, straying on the pads this time, and Badri is quick to accept the offering, helping it on its way to fine leg

11.4

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, just short of a length, around off stump, Badri gets on to the front foot and defends it

11.5

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, fuller, but wider too, and Badri shoulders arms to it, and safely so

11.6

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, pitched up, wide outside off, and Badri lets it go, the ball moves in late, excites the Bengal fielders, but Badri has his stumps covered in case it jags back too much

End of over 12 (4 runs) Tamil Nadu 36/1

    • S Badrinath 16 (21b 4x4)
    • A Mukund 19 (32b 4x4)
    • AB Dinda 6-2-12-0
12.1

Bose to Mukund, no run, short of a length, around the off stump, Abhinav looks to push it through the off field, but there isn't enough room

and the ball is gone again... 6-2 now. Six times in Bengals' innings, and twice in TN's.

And meanwhile, Praveen Kumar has struck in Vadodara again. Gujarat are reeling now, at 47 for 5.

And the ball just selected by the umpires is ripe for reverse swing, or so it looks. A pronounced rough side and shiny side on it.

12.2

Bose to Mukund, no run, short of length, looking to tuck Abhinav up, he stands tall and punches it into the covers

coming round the wicket

12.3

Bose to Mukund, 1 wide, and that's the first wide of the match, starting way outside off, and moving away too

12.3

Bose to Mukund, no run, length delivery, outside off, angling in, but Abhinav judges it well and lets it go

12.4

Bose to Mukund, no run, starts off wide of the stumps, just short of length, and Abhinav lets it go through

12.5

Bose to Mukund, FOUR, where is the gully? this was thrown up wide, Abhinav went for the drive, got a thick thick edge, would have been right down the gully's lap

and the short extra goes to gully. After The Horse Has Been Bolted, Part II

12.6

Bose to Mukund, no run, pitched up, coming in to the batsman, defended towards cover-point

End of over 13 (5 runs) Tamil Nadu 41/1

    • A Mukund 23 (38b 5x4)
    • S Badrinath 16 (21b 4x4)
    • RR Bose 7-3-29-1
13.1

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, just short of length, attacking the off stump, staying a touch low, and Badri defends it towards mid-off

13.2

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, wide of off this time, length delivery, and left alone by Badri

13.3

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, pitched up, drivable length, Badri goes for it, and but gets the inside half of the bat to it

13.4

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, again, accurate, making Badri play, this was just short of length, on the off, and Badri plays it back to mid-off

13.5

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, short and wide, Badri looks to push it through the off side, but finds the fielder at point

13.6

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, length delivery, outside off, that's Badri's are, he looks to steer it, but can't beat Manoj at gully

End of over 14 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 41/1

    • S Badrinath 16 (27b 4x4)
    • A Mukund 23 (38b 5x4)
    • AB Dinda 7-3-12-0

In Vadodara, they are falling like ninepins. Gujarat are 52 for 7, in reply to UP's 305. Well at least like sevenpins

14.1

Bose to Mukund, no run, short of a length, angling in from round the stumps, Abhinav looks to cut and is beaten. There was good bounce on this one

14.2

Bose to Mukund, no run, angled into the hips, and Abhinav plays it into the leg side

14.3

Bose to Mukund, no run, wide, just short of a length, Abhinav thinks about going for it, but pulls out

14.4

Bose to Mukund, no run, fuller this time, starting outside off and angling in, Abhinav defends with soft hands

14.5

Bose to Mukund, no run, that was close, oh so close, it started outside off, Abhinav shouldered arms early, and the ball moves in, and missed the stumps by inches, and the stumps were not covered

14.6

Bose to Mukund, no run, that's four runs saved, was a crunchy cover-drive to a half-volley, and Chakrabarty drives across at cover to come up with the save

End of over 15 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 41/1

    • A Mukund 23 (44b 5x4)
    • S Badrinath 16 (27b 4x4)
    • RR Bose 8-4-29-1
15.1

Dinda to Badrinath, 2 runs, angling onto the pads, and Badri helps it for a two - the first time he has run his runs, all his previous 16 had come in boundaries

15.2

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, goes wide of the crease this time, surprises Badri a bit with the angle, but Badri adjusts well to get the bat down in time

15.3

Dinda to Badrinath, 4 leg byes, wayward this time, and angling down the leg side, and catches Badri's pads on the way to the fine-leg boundary

15.4

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, good bouncer, well left, this one lifted well, right into Badri's face, who bends his knees, sways his head out of the line, and drops his wrists. Good cricket all around

15.5

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, follows it up with a wide delivery, and Badri lets it go

15.6

Dinda to Badrinath, 1 leg bye, this is weird, Dinda gets inwards movement, gets a big inside-edge onto the pad, but appeals for a leg-before. The ball lobs into the vacant on side, and the batsmen run one. The umpire signals leg-byes

End of over 16 (7 runs) Tamil Nadu 48/1

    • S Badrinath 18 (33b 4x4)
    • A Mukund 23 (44b 5x4)
    • AB Dinda 8-3-14-0

Rono's long spell continues

16.1

Bose to Badrinath, no run, bowled wide of off stump, and left alone without trouble

16.2

Bose to Badrinath, no run, puts in the shoulder this time, but misses the target, the shortish delivery angles down the leg side and doesn't trouble Badri

16.3

Bose to Badrinath, no run, wide outside off, big stride in, and left alone

16.4

Bose to Badrinath, no run, length ball, just outside off, Badri defends it into the covers

16.5

Bose to Badrinath, OUT, 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

S Badrinath lbw b Bose 18 (52m 38b 4x4 0x6) SR: 47.36

It's drinks in the middle session. Time to look at some other matches.

Wasim Jaffer (83*) is closing in on a century against Himachal, and Mumbai at 200 for 3 are closing in on Himachal's 250

Saurashtra are 70 for 3 in reply to Karnataka's 305

Dinesh karthik is in here at the Chinnaswamy

16.6

Bose to Karthik, 1 run, close call this time, Karthik just drops and runs, Abhinav comes through, drags the bat in to beat Chakra's direct hit from midwicket

End of over 17 (1 run) Tamil Nadu 49/2

    • KD Karthik 1 (1b)
    • A Mukund 23 (44b 5x4)
    • RR Bose 9-4-30-2
17.1

Dinda to Karthik, no run, length delivery, attacking the off-stump line, and Karthik defends off the front foot

17.2

Dinda to Karthik, no run, loose drive, pitched up, off line, Karthik looks for covers instead of straight, and gets an inside edge. Lucky to be safe

17.3

Dinda to Karthik, no run, Karthik almost does a Sachin! Dinda tries a bouncer, Karthik takes his eyes off and ducks, the ball doesn't rise at all, and hits him in the ribs. Big shout, but Umpire Asnani makes a sensible decision as the angle would have taken it down the leg side. Sensible decision, because height was never the issue here

17.4

Dinda to Karthik, no run, another short one, Karthik looks to duck instinctively, but then realises the bounce can be low, and stands up and defends it

17.5

Dinda to Karthik, no run, full and wide, and left alone this time

17.6

Dinda to Karthik, no run, fullish, on the stumps, DK gets onto the front foot, and plays it back to the bowler

End of over 18 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 49/2

    • KD Karthik 1 (7b)
    • A Mukund 23 (44b 5x4)
    • AB Dinda 9-4-14-0
18.1

Bose to Mukund, no run, this is down the leg side, Rono is back over the stumps to Abhinav, who tries to play at it but misses

18.2

Bose to Mukund, no run, length delivery, on the pads, and Abhinav plays it towards midwicket

18.3

Bose to Mukund, no run, angled across the left-hander, and left alone by Abhinav

18.4

Bose to Mukund, no run, length delivery, straightening a touch, and Abhinav is equal to it, and plays it into the covers

18.5

Bose to Mukund, no run, wide, angling across, and left alone

18.6

Bose to Mukund, 1 run, sharp single, just opens the face to a length delivery, just to the right of Manoj at point, a quick clear call results in the run

End of over 19 (1 run) Tamil Nadu 50/2

    • A Mukund 24 (50b 5x4)
    • KD Karthik 1 (7b)
    • RR Bose 10-4-31-2

Sourav Sarkar now separates the partnership of Dinda and Rono. They have bowled together for more than an hour, and have kept TN on a leash

19.1

Sarkar to Mukund, 2 runs, first ball is a slow loosener, length ball, punched away towards wide of mid-off. Dinda has just finished his spell, he fumbles, the batsmen hare through for two runs

19.2

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, that could have been called a wide... wayward, down the leg, Abhinav looks to play at it but it's too wide

19.3

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, good comeback, starts in front of middle, angling across, Abhinav leaves it well, judging the angle

19.4

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, fuller this time, inviting the drive, Abhinav plays a loose drive, almost playing on... the pad was close to the bat and saved him

19.5

Sarkar to Mukund, FOUR, beautiful cover-drive, this one was full and wide, giving him room, he leans and drives it through extra cover where Dinda gives it a long chase, running maniacally after it, but couldn't get there in time, and slid over the boundary along with the ball

19.6

Sarkar to Mukund, 1 run, full again, and defended with the full face, and then a sharp single to mid-off too

End of over 20 (7 runs) Tamil Nadu 57/2

    • A Mukund 31 (56b 6x4)
    • KD Karthik 1 (7b)
    • SS Sarkar 1-0-7-0

Rono continues

20.1

Bose to Mukund, no run, shortish delivery, angled across, and steered towards one of the two gullies

20.2

Bose to Mukund, no run, and again, Abhinav opens the face, and is keeping Avik at gully busy

20.3

Bose to Mukund, no run, fuller this time, given the full face towards Rono, who fields and tries a back flip to catch a backing-up DK unawares, but misses the stumps. DK was back anyway, it almost cost an overthrow

goes round the stumps

20.4

Bose to Mukund, no run, shortish again, and Abhinav opens the face towards Avik at gully again

20.5

Bose to Mukund, no run, fuller this time, and Abhinav still opens the face towards point this time

20.6

Bose to Mukund, no run, throws it up this time, it's overpitched, and on the pads, and Abhinav misses out on that

End of over 21 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 57/2

    • A Mukund 31 (62b 6x4)
    • KD Karthik 1 (7b)
    • RR Bose 11-5-31-2

In Ahmedabad Jaffer has got his century, and is on his way to guiding Mumbai to a big lead over Kimachal. Mumbai are 228 for 3, in reply to Himachal's 250

21.1

Sarkar to Karthik, no run, wide and full, and left alone by DK

21.2

Sarkar to Karthik, no run, short of a length, and it's a grubber

21.3

Sarkar to Karthik, no run, and DK walks into the shot, almost Gautam Gambhir style, but he has defended it back to Sarkar, and he turns back fast to shy at the stumps. He misses the stumps, and replays show he would have just made it had it hit

21.4

Sarkar to Karthik, no run, wide and short, and left alone by DK

21.5

Sarkar to Karthik, no run, fuller, but still wide, and it is allowed to go through

21.6

Sarkar to Karthik, no run, over-pitched, nearer to the stumps, and Karthik walks into the shot again. It is a good drive this time, straight to Manoj at cover

End of over 22 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 57/2

    • KD Karthik 1 (13b)
    • A Mukund 31 (62b 6x4)
    • SS Sarkar 2-1-7-0

Laxmi Shukla now replaces Rono who bowled 11 overs on a trot

22.1

Shukla to Mukund, no run, stump to stump, starts within the stumps, straightens a touch, and is defended back by Abhinav

22.2

Shukla to Mukund, no run, and an action-replay, hits the same spot, and is defended identically by Abhinav

22.3

Shukla to Mukund, no run, thrown up wide, angling across, Abhinav goes for the drive and misses

22.4

Shukla to Mukund, no run, another length ball, within the stumps, and making Abhinav play at every delivery

with the wicket keeping low, Lokhi can be more than handy, he will keep bowling stump to stump

22.5

Shukla to Mukund, 1 bye, late swing, and low bounce, it bounces in front of Saha. Perhaps he should come up a two steps?

22.6

Shukla to Karthik, no run, rapped on the pads, it was just short of length, and hit pretty straight, except for the height. Easy decision for Hariharan to make

End of over 23 (1 run, maiden) Tamil Nadu 58/2

    • KD Karthik 1 (14b)
    • A Mukund 31 (67b 6x4)
    • LR Shukla 1-1-0-0

In Vadodara, Gujarat have made a semi-recovery, and have moved from 46 for 7 to 92 for 8. But they are still way short of UP's 305

23.1

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, length delivery, on the pads, and played into the leg side by Abhinav

23.2

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, angled across this time, and played with an open face towards Manoj at cover

23.3

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, pitched up, and outside leg, and beats Abhinav's shot, there is a big appeal but they can't fool Umpire Asnani

23.4

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, shortish, around the off-stump line, and defended back towards the stumps at the non-striker's end

23.5

Sarkar to Mukund, FOUR, on the pads, just short of length, and Abhinav finally cashes in on the leg-side offering, whipping it away to midwicket boundary

23.6

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, pitched up, and defneded into the covers by Abhinav. DK wants a single, but is sent back early. It would have been suicidal because Manoj was onto it in a flash and would have run both the batsmen out had they gone for it

End of over 24 (4 runs) Tamil Nadu 62/2

    • A Mukund 35 (73b 7x4)
    • KD Karthik 1 (14b)
    • SS Sarkar 3-1-11-0

Lokhi to continue. There won't be any easy runs on offer here

24.1

Shukla to Karthik, no run, length ball, fourth-stump line, and defended off the front foot

24.2

Shukla to Karthik, no run, just a touch shorter, but same line, and Karthik gets on the front foot to defend

Saha stands up to the stumps

24.3

Shukla to Karthik, FOUR, Lokhi shortens his length, and Karthik plays a lovely steer through gully. There is no thirdman

24.4

Shukla to Karthik, no run, pitched up, around off stump, Karthik drives into the covers, but cannot find the gap

24.5

Shukla to Karthik, no run, pitched up again, around the fifth-stump line, Karthik presses forward and defends

24.6

Shukla to Karthik, no run, just short of length, just outside off, and played towards gully with an open face

End of over 25 (4 runs) Tamil Nadu 66/2

    • KD Karthik 5 (20b 1x4)
    • A Mukund 35 (73b 7x4)
    • LR Shukla 2-1-4-0
25.1

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, angled across, pitched up, and driven towards Manoj at cover

Meanwhile Lokhi Shukla has been warned for running onto the danger area

25.2

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, shortish, angled across, Abhinav looks to force it through point, but there isn't enough room to do that

25.3

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, pitched up, drivable length, Abhinav's bat face turns again, and it goes straight to cover again

25.4

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, angled across, just short of length, and Abhinav looks to steer it with an open face again, and plays it one-bounce to gully

25.5

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, he just can't find the gap, another delivery angled across him, he looks to force it through again, and plays it straight to point

25.6

Sarkar to Mukund, 1 run, that should be his area, it's pitched up to him, and he plays it straight of mid-off and gets an easy single

End of over 26 (1 run) Tamil Nadu 67/2

    • A Mukund 36 (79b 7x4)
    • KD Karthik 5 (20b 1x4)
    • SS Sarkar 4-1-12-0
26.1

Shukla to Mukund, no run, and he follows Lokhi, angling across, is wide enough, but Abhinav follows it looking to steer it to thirdman, but misses

26.2

Shukla to Mukund, no run, good delivery, starts around leg, moves towards off with the angle, makes him play, and he defends it to cover

26.3

Shukla to Mukund, no run, forced into the covers again towards Manoj who gets a bad bounce, but manages to get a hand on to it

26.4

Shukla to Mukund, no run, fuller, asking to be driven, Abhinav drives, but can't beat Manoj. This has got to be frustrating. Test of patience for Abhinav

26.5

Shukla to Mukund, no run, this is full too, but Abhinav doesn't drive, and defends

26.6

Shukla to Mukund, 1 run, short and wide, and slashed hard towards gully, it hits Arindam first-bounce, but he manages to stop the boundary but cannot collect it cleanly. This was hit bloody hard

End of over 27 (1 run) Tamil Nadu 68/2

    • A Mukund 37 (85b 7x4)
    • KD Karthik 5 (20b 1x4)
    • LR Shukla 3-1-5-0
27.1

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, length delivery on the pads, played straight towards midwicket

27.2

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, fullish, on the off-stump line, and played straight to mid-off

27.3

Sarkar to Mukund, FOUR, finally he gets it away, angled across him, was short and to be cut, he cuts it between slip and gully, although aerial it was through the gap

27.4

Sarkar to Mukund, no run, length delivery, on the stumps, Abhinav looks to force it through the leg side field, but doesn't miss the fielder

27.5

Sarkar to Mukund, FOUR, these are leg-side offerings received with thanks, way down leg and helped across to fine leg

27.6

Sarkar to Mukund, 1 run, full delivery played to wide of mid-off where another fumble ensues, the outfield at the Chinnaswamy is hardly in a desirable state

End of over 28 (9 runs) Tamil Nadu 77/2

    • A Mukund 46 (91b 9x4)
    • KD Karthik 5 (20b 1x4)
    • SS Sarkar 5-1-21-0
28.1

Shukla to Mukund, no run, within the stumps again, Lokhi is, solidly defended by Abhinav

interesting field... fourth slip and a gully

28.2

Shukla to Mukund, 1 run, Abhinav plays it with soft hands towards mid-off and runs with the shot... and Dinda fumbles again, another bad bounce... outfield at it again

28.3

Shukla to Karthik, no run, lucky, very lucky, short ball outside off, and DK looks to steer it, just falls short of gully

28.4

Shukla to Karthik, no run, fuller this time, defended off the front foot

28.5

Shukla to Karthik, FOUR, short this time, and DK plays a better steer this time, threads the gap between slip and gully, and keeps it along the gorund

28.6

Shukla to Karthik, OUT, 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

A Mukund run out 47 (140m 93b 9x4 0x6) SR: 50.53

Similar stuff has happened at the Brabourne Stadium, where Ravindra Jadeja got run out just before tea to leave Saurashtra at 124 for 6, in response to Karnataka's 305.

UP scored an identical 305 in Vadodara, but have their opponents Gujarat at 116 for 9. Will they enforce follow-on?

Mumbai lost centurion captain Wasim Jaffer just before tea, but are six runs ahead of Himachal's 250, and have six wickets in hand.

Back to Chinnaswamy, and 345, which looked 100 runs below-par is suddenly a challenging total. Bengal have bowled much better lines than TN, amking batsmen play much more, and their fielders have been alert too. The wicket has started to misbehave, staying low, thankfully, otherwise it was merry sailing for the batsmen. An exciting contest has been set up here, TN are 263 behind and have seven wickets in hand. Do join us in 10 minutes to see how this pans out

End of over 29 (5 runs) Tamil Nadu 82/2

    • KD Karthik 9 (24b 2x4)
    • LR Shukla 4-1-10-0

Welcome back after tea, we will have to go into overtime again. Thirty-four overs to go, and 90 minutes of regulation time. We can go on till 5pm, though. But unlikely we will see the whole 34 overs through.

S Vidyut is the new man in. He will face Sarkar. Vidyut scored 190 the last time he played at Chinnaswamy, against Karnataka

29.1

Sarkar to Vidyut, no run, wide, angled across, good sighter for Vidyut

29.2

Sarkar to Vidyut, no run, another sighter, wide, angling further away, and left alone

29.3

Sarkar to Vidyut, no run, pitched up, closer to stumps, played with an open face

29.4

Sarkar to Vidyut, no run, good angle going through, pitched around the off-stump line, and leaving the batsman, who pokes and misses it

29.5

Sarkar to Vidyut, no run, wider again, and left alone

29.6

Sarkar to Vidyut, no run, almost got him, another ball pitched around off, leaving with the angle, Vidyut plays at it an misses it

End of over 30 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 82/3

    • S Vidyut 0 (6b)
    • KD Karthik 9 (24b 2x4)
    • SS Sarkar 6-2-21-0

Looking at the replays of Abhinav's run-out, it was Karthik's call that made him run. Karthik then turned his back when he saw the ball was too close to Lokhi. Even DK was cross with himself for having run his partner out

30.1

Shukla to Karthik, no run, short and wide, and left alone

30.2

Shukla to Karthik, no run, a touch slower, over-pitched, wide, and swinging away, but DK has nothing to do with it

30.3

Shukla to Karthik, no run, some swing again, but starts wide and goes wider. Left alone

Interesting. Lokhi goes round the stumps to the right-hander

30.4

Shukla to Karthik, no run, Stupiod shout, the ball pitching within the stumps, but going across with the angle, as Karthik misses out on a forward defensive

30.5

Shukla to Karthik, 1 no ball, angled across again, and DK leaves it alone this time. Lokhi over-stepped this time

30.5

Shukla to Karthik, no run, pitches it up, angling across, driven straight to over

back over the stumps

30.6

Shukla to Karthik, no run, short and wide, and easily left alone

End of over 31 (1 run) Tamil Nadu 83/3

    • KD Karthik 9 (31b 2x4)
    • S Vidyut 0 (6b)
    • LR Shukla 5-1-11-0
31.1

Sarkar to Vidyut, no run, Sarkar gets the edge off Vidyut, but this one doesn't carry to slips, it was angled across, but pitched within the stumps and made Vidyut play and edge

31.2

Sarkar to Vidyut, no run, this one straightened a bit, after pitching at the same spot, Vidyut was equal to it this time

31.3

Sarkar to Vidyut, no run, angling it across again, and played with an open face towards cover

31.4

Sarkar to Vidyut, no run, angled across again, and Vidyut does better this time, and leaves it alone

31.5

Sarkar to Vidyut, no run, this is wider and doesn't interest Vidyut, this will settle him down a bit

31.6

Sarkar to Vidyut, no run, just short of a length, this one stays low, but Vidyut manages to keep it out. Another maiden. Since tea, only one no-ball has added to TN's total

End of over 32 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 83/3

    • S Vidyut 0 (12b)
    • KD Karthik 9 (31b 2x4)
    • SS Sarkar 7-3-21-0
32.1

Shukla to Karthik, no run, pitched up, around the off stump, straightening a touch, DK shows the respect and pats it back to the bowler

32.2

Shukla to Karthik, no run, good bouncer by Lokhi, it's neck-high and aimed at the body, but DK sways out of the line. The only problem is the periscope, because he didn't drop his wrists and kept the bat up

32.3

Shukla to Karthik, no run, pitched up, big stride, and defends it into the covers

32.4

Shukla to Karthik, no run, just short of length, gets big on Karthik, who does well to play it down

32.5

Shukla to Karthik, no run, full, widish, defended towards cover

32.6

Shukla to Karthik, no run, thankfully he dragged his bat in. DK had played a wristy shot towards mid-on, where Dinda was quick to throw the non-striker's stumps down, but Vidyut had grounded the bat first and then pushed it in

End of over 33 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 83/3

    • KD Karthik 9 (37b 2x4)
    • S Vidyut 0 (12b)
    • LR Shukla 6-2-11-0
33.1

Sarkar to Vidyut, FOUR, Vidyut will feel much better now, this one was a gift on his pads, and he whips it though midwicket for his first runs

33.2

Sarkar to Vidyut, OUT, 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

S Vidyut c †Saha b Sarkar 4 (18m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

S Suresh Kumar comes in to face the music

33.3

Sarkar to Kumar, no run, overpitched to the new man, who plays it back to the bowler

33.4

Sarkar to Kumar, no run, another overpitched delivery, watchful in defence, is Suresh

33.5

Sarkar to Kumar, no run, pitched up again, but wide outside off, and left alone

33.6

Sarkar to Kumar, 1 run, straying on the pads this time, and helped away towards square leg to open his account

End of over 34 (5 runs) Tamil Nadu 88/4

    • SS Kumar 1 (4b)
    • KD Karthik 9 (37b 2x4)
    • SS Sarkar 8-3-26-1

Sensing an opportunity here, Lokhi brings back Rono Bose

34.1

Bose to Kumar, no run, length delivery, just outside off, Suresh lets that one go

34.2

Bose to Kumar, no run, on the spot again, just short of the length, fourth-stump line, and Suresh defends it watchfully

34.3

Bose to Kumar, no run, this is over-pitched, straight-driven by Suresh, but can't beat Lokhi at mid-on

34.4

Bose to Kumar, no run, thrown up again, asking for the drive, it is driven uppishly towards point, but he is safe

34.5

Bose to Kumar, no run, pitched up again, but this is too wide to fiddle with

34.6

Bose to Kumar, no run, another wide delivery, and let alone by Suresh

End of over 35 (maiden) Tamil Nadu 88/4

    • SS Kumar 1 (10b)
    • KD Karthik 9 (37b 2x4)
    • RR Bose 12-6-31-2
35.1

Sarkar to Karthik, no run, that's too wide to even think about where it is headed, and Karthik doesn't bother either

35.2

Sarkar to Karthik, no run, on target now, pitched up around off stump, and DK defends it off front foot

35.3

Sarkar to Karthik, no run, uppish, this one tailed in towards the pads, and DK is early into the shot, lucky that it didn't fly straight to mid-on

short midwicket comes in

35.4

Sarkar to Karthik, FOUR, this is short and wide, and DK places it with an open face, to right of point, and the fast outfield does the rest

35.5

Sarkar to Karthik, no run, pitched up, big stride in, and solid defence

a silly mid-off is in

35.6

Sarkar to Karthik, no run, thrown up outside off, and driven straight to cover

End of over 36 (4 runs) Tamil Nadu 92/4

    • KD Karthik 13 (43b 3x4)
    • SS Kumar 1 (10b)
    • SS Sarkar 9-3-30-1

In Vadodara, meanwhile, UP have decided to bat on, despite taking a 188-run lead over Gujarat. Praveen Kumar took five wickets to bowl Gujarat out for 117

36.1

Bose to Kumar, no run, a touch wide, and left alone

36.2

Bose to Kumar, no run, full, a touch wide, and left alone

36.3

Bose to Kumar, no run, over-pitched, on the stumps, and driven hard to Lokhi at mid-off

36.4

Bose to Kumar, no run, pitches it up, Suresh drives, but can't pierce the field

36.5

Bose to Kumar, 1 leg bye, swinging onto the pads, beats the bat, and deflects towards square leg

36.6

Bose to Karthik, FOUR, lovely strike... overpitched delivery, asking to be hit, and DK gives it the straight bat, the best place to go

End of over 37 (5 runs) Tamil Nadu 97/4

    • KD Karthik 17 (44b 4x4)
    • SS Kumar 1 (15b)
    • RR Bose 13-6-35-2
37.1

Sarkar to Kumar, FOUR, wide and short, slashed at it, pounded it hard into the ground, and it bounces over the gully

37.2

Sarkar to Kumar, no run, slight hint of inswing here, started outside off, and attacks the off stump, but Suresh is solid in defence

37.3

Sarkar to Kumar, no run, swinging in again, this time heading towards the pad, and Suresh plays it first-bounce to forward short leg

37.4

Sarkar to Kumar, no run, slower delivery, 104ks, and Suresh makes the adjustment, waits for it, and plays it back to the bowler

37.5

Sarkar to Kumar, no run, just short of length and wide, and Suresh lets it go

37.6

Sarkar to Kumar, FOUR, very well adjusted this time, it was a long hop, Suresh was in position to pull, but the ball stayed low and he brought his bat down rapidly top still manage the pull. Had he missed this was plumb

End of over 38 (8 runs) Tamil Nadu 105/4

    • SS Kumar 9 (21b 2x4)
    • KD Karthik 17 (44b 4x4)
    • SS Sarkar 10-3-38-1
38.1

Bose to Karthik, FOUR, intentional but risky, short and outside off, and DK opens the face to steer it between slip and gully, it wasn't too far from the slip though

38.2

Bose to Karthik, no run, fuller one, big stride in, driven with an open face towards point, and Chakrabarty does well there

the slip is out and has gone to thirdman, that's not very positive

38.3

Bose to Karthik, no run, full and wide, and left alone

38.4

Bose to Karthik, 1 run, DK walking down the pitch again, Rono sees it, digs it in short, the ball rises in front of his face, but Karthik plays it down with soft hands

38.5

Bose to Kumar, no run, DK is again involved in a mix-up, Suresh cuts it to left of point, and starts ball-watching not bothering about his captain who is half way down. DK, his call it was, runs back all the way and dives his way to safety

38.6

Bose to Kumar, no run, full, heading down the pads, beats the bat, and a futile shout

End of over 39 (5 runs) Tamil Nadu 110/4

    • SS Kumar 9 (23b 2x4)
    • KD Karthik 22 (48b 5x4)
    • RR Bose 14-6-40-2

Dinda now to replace Sarkar who bowled 10 overs on the trot

39.1

Dinda to Karthik, no run, pitched up, just outside off, and DK drives it to cover

39.2

Dinda to Karthik, no run, length ball again, and just a bit too wide to make DK play

39.3

Dinda to Karthik, 1 run, a real hard hit, on the up, a length ball this is, and DK gets his front foot down and pummels it straight to just wide of mid-off

39.4

Dinda to Kumar, 1 run, angling into Suresh's pads who gently plays it to wide of mid-on, and takes an easy single

39.5

Dinda to Karthik, FOUR, misdirected this time, looks for the short ball, but angles it down the leg, and DK helps it to fine-leg boundary

39.6

Dinda to Karthik, no run, another hard drive on the up, but straight to mid-off, the way he has started timing the ball, DK is looking good

End of over 40 (6 runs) Tamil Nadu 116/4

    • KD Karthik 27 (53b 6x4)
    • SS Kumar 10 (24b 2x4)
    • AB Dinda 10-4-20-0
40.1

Bose to Kumar, no run, just short of a good length, just outside off, and defended back to the bowler

40.2

Bose to Kumar, no run, good-looking shot, pitched up, frees his arms, and drives it but can't pierce the off-side field

40.3

Bose to Kumar, no run, this is short and wide, but doesn;t come on, hence Suresh mistimes the cut, but he makes sure he hits it into the gorund

40.4

Bose to Kumar, no run, what do they need to do to pierce this field? another good-looking square drive, but Chakra dives full length at point to deny him any runs

40.5

Bose to Kumar, no run, this one stopped at him, a length delivery, Suresh's weight is forward, but has to wait for it to arrive and plays with soft hands

40.6

Bose to Kumar, FOUR, finally he gets through the field, and that too straight down the ground... this is over pitched, he shows it the straight face, all the power comes from the timing and quick outfield, good value for a punch down the ground

End of over 41 (4 runs) Tamil Nadu 120/4

    • SS Kumar 14 (30b 3x4)
    • KD Karthik 27 (53b 6x4)
    • RR Bose 15-6-44-2
41.1

Dinda to Karthik, no run, length delivery, outside off, and played on the up, hit hard, but straight to cover

41.2

Dinda to Karthik, no run, short, tucks him up, DK is on front foot too early, and catches him by surprise, he has hardly put it off the square and he wants a single, Suresh has to send him back

41.3

Dinda to Karthik, FOUR, picturesque this shot is, length delivery, just outside off, DK strides out, and hits it on the up, and finds the gap to right of cover

41.4

Dinda to Karthik, FOUR, tries a short one, and DK pulls it majestically, over wide mid-on, superb shot, considering the uneven bounce this pitch has. Why bother about quick single when you can hit such boundaries

41.5

Dinda to Karthik, 1 run, Dinda tries a yorker, DK still looks to drive, but cues it into the ground, whereupon it bounces over the slip fielder

41.6

Dinda to Kumar, no run, short of a length, moving into Suresh, and he stands tall and defends it

Drinks are on the field. Time to check other scores.

Karnataka are closing in on a vital first-innings lead against Saurashtra, who are 150 for 6 in reply to Karnataka's 305.

After taking a 188-run lead, UP didn;t enforce a follow-on on Gujarat, and are 33 for 1 in their second innings.

Rohit Sharma is closing in on a quick century in Ahmedabad, as Mumbai build on a lead against Himachal. In reply to 250, Mumbai are 337 or 5. Wasim Jaffer scored a century, and Rohit is on 97 not out.

End of over 42 (9 runs) Tamil Nadu 129/4

    • SS Kumar 14 (31b 3x4)
    • KD Karthik 36 (58b 8x4)
    • AB Dinda 11-4-29-0

finally, Bengal introduce spin, in the form of Ritam Kundu, who has just eight wickets in 10 matches before that, at a strike-rate of 126

42.1

Kundu to Karthik, no run, what a silly shot first up, tries a reverse-sweep, and misses it completely. He is struck outside what would be his off stump, and that saves him

42.2

Kundu to Karthik, 1 run, overpitched delivery, played down the ground for an easy single to long -on

42.3

Kundu to Kumar, SIX, no cuteness here, Suresh gives it a full bow, straight down the ground, straight over mid-off, he got down on a knee and lofted him straight with enough power

42.4

Kundu to Kumar, no run, into the pads, and defended easily

42.5

Kundu to Kumar, no run, flighted outside off, and driven straight to cover

42.6

Kundu to Kumar, 1 run, this is on the pads, and clipped away nicely to backward square leg

End of over 43 (8 runs) Tamil Nadu 137/4

    • SS Kumar 21 (35b 3x4 1x6)
    • KD Karthik 37 (60b 8x4)
    • R Kundu 1-0-8-0

Out of the 137 runs scored so far, 106 have come through 25 boundaries and a six

43.1

Dinda to Kumar, no run, length delivery, driven on the up, to left of mid-off, but they don't risk a single this time

43.2

Dinda to Kumar, 1 run, angled into the pads this time, and an easy single for Suresh who clips it down to fine leg

43.3

Dinda to Karthik, FOUR, cut away to right of point, it was short and wide, and asked for the treatment, the cover fielder dived for it, but the bad bounce just before him took over his outstretched hand

43.4

Dinda to Karthik, no run, just short of a length, doesn't rise enough, and DK manages an inside edge onto the pad to save himself

43.5

Dinda to Karthik, no run, fuller, wide outside off, and Karthik plays it with open face to point

43.6

Dinda to Karthik, 1 run, short and wide, and steered away to thirdman, nicely taken single

End of over 44 (6 runs) Tamil Nadu 143/4

    • KD Karthik 42 (64b 9x4)
    • SS Kumar 22 (37b 3x4 1x6)
    • AB Dinda 12-4-35-0
44.1

Kundu to Karthik, FOUR, again the reverse-sweep, taken from outside leg stump, and top-edged, but there is no man at point, so a safe shot as long as one connects it

44.2

Kundu to Karthik, OUT, 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

KD Karthik c Tiwary b Kundu 46 (131m 66b 10x4 0x6) SR: 69.69

R Ashwin, coming off a century against Railways, is in

44.3

Kundu to Ashwin, FOUR, flat, outside leg, and Ashwin helps it to fine-leg boundary

44.4

Kundu to Ashwin, no run, flighted, into the pads, and defended easily

44.5

Kundu to Ashwin, no run, thrown up, and defended straight back to the bowler, preferring to wait inside the crease as opposed to taking a stride out

44.6

Kundu to Ashwin, no run

End of over 45 (8 runs) Tamil Nadu 151/5

    • R Ashwin 4 (4b 1x4)
    • SS Kumar 22 (37b 3x4 1x6)
    • R Kundu 2-0-16-1
45.1

Dinda to Kumar, 1 run, length delivery, just outside off, and steered away to thirdman

45.2

Dinda to Ashwin, no run, short, on the stumps, and defended back to the bowler

45.3

Dinda to Ashwin, FOUR, full, on the pads, and turned away for four easy runs

45.4

Dinda to Ashwin, 1 run, short of length, and helped away for a single

45.5

Dinda to Kumar, no run, overpitched, and played to left of mid-off, "no" is the early cry

45.6

Dinda to Kumar, 1 run, edged away, just short of length, and outside off, and Suresh gets a thick edge all along the ground, through to thirdman

End of over 46 (7 runs) Tamil Nadu 158/5

    • SS Kumar 24 (40b 3x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 9 (7b 2x4)
    • AB Dinda 13-4-42-0

DK wasn't pleased at all, showing his elbow guard to the umpire. Will he be fined for dissent?

46.1

Kundu to Kumar, 1 run, outside leg, and swept away easily

46.2

Kundu to Ashwin, no run, thrown up, pitches and turns a little, Ashwin plays it down to mid-on

46.3

Kundu to Ashwin, 1 run, that's flat, into the pads, and Ashwin places it to square leg

46.4

Kundu to Kumar, 1 run, again pitching within the stumps, and turning in towards pads, and an easy single to backward square leg

46.5

Kundu to Ashwin, no run, this one if slower in the air, starts outside off, and turns in, defended into the covers

46.6

Kundu to Ashwin, 1 run, flatter again, outside off, steered towards thirdman for an easy single

End of over 47 (4 runs) Tamil Nadu 162/5

    • R Ashwin 11 (11b 2x4)
    • SS Kumar 26 (42b 3x4 1x6)
    • R Kundu 3-0-20-1
47.1

Dinda to Ashwin, no run, this one swung, it was pitched up, and moved away a bit, Ashwin was drawn into the shot and beaten

47.2

Dinda to Ashwin, no run, Ashwin is keeping Dinda interested, pitched up again, just outside off, Ashwin plays at it again, there is a slight away movement that beats him

47.3

Dinda to Ashwin, no run, shortens his length a bit, on the stumps, and Ashwin defends this easily

47.4

Dinda to Ashwin, FOUR, a half-volley that got the treatment it deserved, just outside off, and Ashwin gets a stride out, and just eases it through covers

47.5

Dinda to Ashwin, no run, tries a yorker, accurate one, Ashwin gets his front foot out of line and digs it out

47.6

Dinda to Ashwin, no run, goes wider, and tests the tall man with another yorker, Ashwin is equal to it, bringing his bat down in time

End of over 48 (4 runs) Tamil Nadu 166/5

    • R Ashwin 15 (17b 3x4)
    • SS Kumar 26 (42b 3x4 1x6)
    • AB Dinda 14-4-46-0
48.1

Kundu to Kumar, FOUR, very well directed, by the batsman, that is. This was full, flat, and outside leg, and Suresh just paddles it fine of fine leg

48.2

Kundu to Kumar, no run, throws it up, but on the pads, and defended easily

48.3

Kundu to Kumar, FOUR, short and wide with a 6-3 onside field, Suresh says 'thank you very much', and places it easily between cover and mid-off

48.4

Kundu to Kumar, no run, this is fuller, just outside off, and Suresh defends it off the back foot

48.5

Kundu to Kumar, no run, he is back to firing it on the pads, and played one-bounce to forward short-leg

48.6

Kundu to Kumar, no run, he flights it now, and see the effect, Suresh feels he can hit it, but doesn't move his feet and the ball ends up shorter than he thinks, and he gets an inside edge towards midwicket

End of over 49 (8 runs) Tamil Nadu 174/5

    • SS Kumar 34 (48b 5x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 15 (17b 3x4)
    • R Kundu 4-0-28-1

Sourav Sarkar replaces Dinda

49.1

Sarkar to Ashwin, no run, wide and full, and Ashwin lets it go, but the ball moves in sharply, Ashwin will do well to cover the line of the stump next time he leaves

49.2

Sarkar to Ashwin, no run, he doesn't even leave now, Ashwin goes to play for it, expecting inward movement, but ends up playing inside the line

49.3

Sarkar to Ashwin, no run, shorter this time, on the stumps, and Ashwin stands tall to defend it

49.4

Sarkar to Ashwin, no run, short and wide, and Ashwin defends with an open face

49.5

Sarkar to Ashwin, FOUR, loose shot, luck on Ashwin's side, this was a length ball just outside off, Ashwin is nowhere near the line, throws his bat at it, gets an inside edge, which doesn't miss the leg stump by much

49.6

Sarkar to Ashwin, no run, wide, just short of length, Ashwin still plays at it, and defends it to covers

End of over 50 (4 runs) Tamil Nadu 178/5

    • R Ashwin 19 (23b 4x4)
    • SS Kumar 34 (48b 5x4 1x6)
    • SS Sarkar 11-3-42-1
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