Tamil Nadu made a strong recovery on the second day of their Coca Cola Trophy South Zone (under-25) tournament against Hyderabad at the Chinnaswamy stadium on Wednesday. Their rally, which saw Tamil Nadu end the day at 224 for six, has made the game interesting. For Tamil Nadu now need 60 runs with four wickets in hand to take the all important first innings lead. The only two teams in group B of the competition, the first innings will decide the issue in case there is no decision in the match.
A fine spell by opening bowler Baba saw Tamil Nadu reeling at 31 for four by the ninth over. Baba took three of the wickets. SP Lakshmi Kumar (34) and S Satish then initiated a recovery process by adding 61 runs for the fifth wicket off 17 overs. Lakshmi Kumar who faced 64 balls hit four fours and a six. The recovery process was maintained with Satish and Dhandapani (20) sharing a sixth wicket partnership of 62 runs off 21 overs. And finally Satish and MR Shrinivas added a further 70 runs for the unbroken seventh wicket off 27.1 overs. Satish's 92 has so far been compiled off 191 balls with the help of 13 fours. Shrinivas' 32 has come off 88 balls with three fours. Baba after that opening burst took no more wickets but was still the most successful bowler with three for 56.
Earlier, Hyderabad resuming at 242 for eight did well to get 283, thanks in the main to a fine unbeaten 59 by Amresh Kumar. He faced 107 balls and hit five fours and two sixes.