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Rain stops Tamil Nadu's progress

Chennai: Tamil Nadu, resuming at 20 for no loss, progressed to 80 without losing a wicket against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy Elite `A' contest at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Saturday. Wet ground conditions in the morning and fading light in the afternoon permitted only 90 minutes of play on the second day.

The left-handed opening pair of Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan (38 batting, 74b, 6x4) and C. Hemant Kumar (26 batting, 72b, 4x4) held the Karnataka new ball pair of Vinay Kumar and Dodda Ganesh at bay on a pitch not holding any terror.

Both Vidyut and Hemant pierced the off-side field for elegant boundaries, although the latter was lucky to be reprieved by Ganesh off his own bowling when on 25. Vinay went round the wicket and tested the batsmen with the change of angle. Ganesh, rightly, kept the ball up, but ran into no-balling problems.

Play, following commendable work by the ground-staff, commenced at 2 p.m. There were two interruptions for bad light before the players left the field finally at 4 p.m.

Punjab piles up 392

Opener Ravneet Ricky's unbeaten career best 172 helped Punjab to amass 392 for four wickets by stumps, a lead of 192 over Hyderabad, at stumps on the second day of the Group `B' match in the Elite division in Mohali on Saturday.

Ricky and G. Gupta (107) added 214 runs for the fourth wicket at a time when Punjab was 31 for three. Thereafter Muneesh Sharma (66 not out) joined Ricky and the two added 148 runs in their unfinished partnership for the fifth wicket.

Tehlan helps Delhi

Mayank Tehlan steered Delhi into a secure position with his unbeaten half-century to follow up on the good work done by the host bowlers, Mukesh Dewan and Kuunal Lall, on the second day of the Elite Group A Ranji Trophy match against Maharashtra on Saturday.Debutant Tehlan batted patiently on a slow pitch as Delhi crawled to 170 for four in reply to Maharashtra's first innings total of 208.

Brief scores: Elite division:

Group `A': Tamil Nadu 80 for no loss in 22.2 overs vs. Karnataka in Chennai.

Bengal 171 and 37 for no loss in 15 overs vs. Mumbai 244 in 94.1 overse (A.A. Muzumdar 105, N.S. Shetty 63, Dinda five for 80), in Mumbai.

Maharashtra 208 in 81.5 overs (S.V. Bahutule 66, M.M. Patel 46, Kunal Lal four for 33, Deevan four for 48) vs. Delhi 170 for four in 84 overs (M. Tehlan 74 not out) in New Delhi.

Railways 188 and 52 for two in 31 overs vs. Gujarat 79 in 64.1 overs (Kulamani Parida five for 16) in New Delhi.

Group `B'

Hyderabad 200 vs. Punjab 392 for four in 121 overs (R.S. Ricky 172 not out, G. Gupta 107, Muneesh Sharma 66 not out) at Mohali.

Services 321 in 133 overs (Yashpal Singh 65, S.S. Tomar 43, Sarabjit Singh 67, Piyush Chawla five for 106) vs. UP 106 for two in 37.3 overs (S.K. Raina 51 not out) in Lucknow.

Haryana 260 vs. Baroda 306 for nine in 92 overs (K.R. Powar 71, R.K. Solanki 59 not out, Joginder Sharma four for 85) at Sirsa.

Plate matches:

Rajasthan 332 in 129 overs (Rahul Kanwat 61, Dishank Yagnik 68, Ajay Jadeja 67) vs. Kerala 121 for two in 50 overs (S. Ramesh 59 not out) in Jaipur.

Orissa 382 in 141.2 overs (S.S. Das 79, P. Patel 88, S. Biswal 77, Gandhe four for 114 vs. Vidharba 86 for no loss in 40 overs (A.V. Deshpande 51 not out) in Vidharba.

Tripura 309 in 137.2 overs (C.Y. Sachdev 51, T.K. Chanda 89, V. Jain 41, Aware five for 71) vs. Goa 121 for three in 44 overs (S.A. Asnodkar 64) at Margao.

Jharkand 319 in 109.1 overs (M. Vardhan 76, Ratan Kumar 50, S. Ghosh 44, Anand Rajan five for 98) vs. MP 207 for six in 68 overs (D. Bundela 89 not out, B. Tomar 44) in Indore.

J & K 252 in 126.5 overs (V. Taggar 76, A. Bhatt 55, Kavalajit Singh 76) vs. Assam 143 for five in 56 overs (J. Arunkumar 40 not out, Jagtar Singh four for 28) in Guwahati.

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