4th Quarter-Final, Bengaluru, Dec 26-29 2008, Ranji Trophy Super League
345 & 187
(52 ov, target 227)
306 & 227/2
Tamil Nadu won by 8 wickets
• The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga at the Chinnaswamy Stadium

Balaji and Vijay take TN to semis

L Balaji ripped through the Bengal lower order before assured knocks from M Vijay and S Badrinath led Tamil Nadu into the semi-finals

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Scorecard summary
Bengal345(115 overs)1st Innings
Tamil Nadu306(98.5 overs)1st Innings
Ranadeb Bose2/65(25)
Ritam Kundu2/54(14)
Bengal187(65.5 overs)2nd Innings
Tamil Nadu227/2(52 overs)2nd Innings
end of over 526 runs
TN: 227/2CRR: 4.36 
Dinesh Karthik16 (59)
S Badrinath92 (116)
Ritam Kundu11-1-41-0

An excellent comeback by TN after Bengal had the better of the first three days of this match. Balaji was their main performer, scoring 47 in the first innings to reduce the lead to 39, and then backed that up with a superb six-wicket haul to help bowl out Bengal cheaply.

There was still a matter of 227 runs to be chased down, and TN did it in style, with Vijay and Mukund providing them the ideal start. After their departure, S Badrinath took over, and although not entirely convincing in his knock, did well enough to see his team through to a comprehensive win.

TN now meet UP in the semis, with their match in Vadodara against Gujarat more or less settled.

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Kundu to Karthik, FOUR runs
that's it, it's all over. flighted outside off, lofted over mid-off for a boundary
Kundu to Badrinath, 1 run
slog-swept to deep midwicket, single taken, finally

A disappointing end to what otherwise has been a good match

Kundu to Badrinath, no run
dropped, full toss on middle, struck straight to long-on where the catch is put down, Badr goes back as he does not want the single, is almost run-out at the strikers end
Kundu to Badrinath, no run
swept to fine leg, no run again

This is dull stuff

Kundu to Badrinath, 1 wide
wide, well wide down the leg side
Kundu to Badrinath, no run
reverse-swept to deep point, runs halfway down the wicket but decides against the single when he realises the second isn't on offer
Kundu to Badrinath, no run
tossed up on the leg stump driven to long-off, decides against the single.
end of over 5113 runs
TN: 221/2CRR: 4.33 
Dinesh Karthik12 (58)
S Badrinath91 (111)
Manoj Tiwary3-0-19-0
Tiwary to Karthik, no run
gets on the back foot to a rank long hop on leg stump, and we all know the result, he defends
Tiwary to Karthik, no run
this one's on target, defended back to the bowler
Tiwary to Karthik, 1 wide
wide again, this is poor stuff. Uninspiring cricket from both teams here.
Tiwary to Karthik, 5 wides
wayward delivery bowled well wide of leg stump, five wides. Did he do that on purpose to deny Badri the hundred?
Tiwary to Karthik, no run
short on middle and off, defended off the back foot
Tiwary to Badrinath, 1 run
driven uppishly to deep cover
Tiwary to Badrinath, 2 runs
short outside off, cut away to deep point, they run hard back for the second but Tiwary fails to collect at the non-strikers end to allow the batsmen to complete the run
Tiwary to Badrinath, FOUR runs
short outside leg, pulled away between deep midwicket and deep square leg for a boundary

The field spread out

end of over 501 runs
TN: 208/2CRR: 4.16 
Dinesh Karthik12 (55)
S Badrinath84 (108)
Ritam Kundu10-1-35-0
Kundu to Karthik, no run
and again, perhaps wants to allow Badri to get his hundred.
Kundu to Karthik, no run
pushed back to the bowler
Kundu to Karthik, no run
he has too much patience does Karthik, defends it to the on-side
Match details
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
TossBengal , elected to bat first
SeriesRanji Trophy Super League 2008
Series resultTamil Nadu advanced
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 16.30
Match days26,27,28,29 December 2008 (4-day match)
Krishna Hariharan
Sudhir Asnani
Match Referee
Sanjay Patil