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STRIKING EARLY: Tamil Nadu's S. Vidyut has Andhra's L.N. Prasad Reddy caught behind. Photo: V. Ganesan
STRIKING EARLY: Tamil Nadu's S. Vidyut has Andhra's L.N. Prasad Reddy caught behind. Photo: V. Ganesan

Special Correspondent

Vijay completes his maiden century in his second match

CHENNAI: Andhra was 21 for one when bad light halted play on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group `A' match against Tamil Nadu at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. Left-arm spinner S. Vidyut had L.N.P. Reddy caught behind for four, shortly after Tamil Nadu declared at 474 for nine.

Andhra's total included a bonus of five runs, after R. Naresh was penalised for running on the pitch two warnings had already been issued, and the rule was enforced for the third violation of the innings.

Earlier, opener M. Vijay, overnight 97, completed a maiden century for Tamil Nadu in his second match without tremors, getting from 99 to 103 with a slice past point. His scoring rate, abysmal on Friday, improved significantly from that moment. Of the 64 runs that were scored before the first drinks session, Vijay contributed 47. He was finally dismissed for 179 (18x4, 2x6), caught behind while attempting to cut medium pacer A.S.K. Verma.

His partner, S. Sharath, typically a fine strokemaker, was not as positive today; his 53 took 165 balls. Andhra's negative plan in the afternoon sessions, which primarily consisted of bowling wide outside the off-stump, was to some extent responsible for Tamil Nadu's painful crawl towards a healthy total.

More urgency needed

On the other hand the home side ought to have shown more initiative, as Badani threatened to do on Friday. Certainly the batsmen could have picked Andhra's trundlers for more singles. Vijay's wicket soon after lunch caused a minor slide; subsequently four wickets fell for fifty runs.

Tamil Nadu's total is probably enough to give it a first innings lead. But the problem is, these past couple of seasons, Tamil Nadu has preferred to err on the side of caution when ideally it should have been looking to force a win, particularly in home games.

The scores: Tamil Nadu 1st innings: M. Vijay c M.S.K. Prasad b Varma 179, S. Vidyut c & b Kalyankrishna 13, S. Badrinath c M.S.K. Prasad b R.V.C. Prasad 69, H. Badani lbw b Faiq 31, R. Sathish (run out) 17, S. Sharath lbw b V.V.B. Reddy 53, K. Varun Kumar (not out) 37, V. Yomahesh c M.S.K. Prasad b Kalyanakrishna 18, Aashish Kapoor c L.N.P. Reddy b Kalyankrishna 4, R. Naresh b Y. Venugopala Rao 20, Extras (b-4, lb-2, w-4, nb-23): 33. Total (for nine wkts. decl. in 164.3 overs): 474.

Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-169, 3-215, 4-246, 5-389, 6-397, 7-432, 8-438, 9-474.

Andhra bowling: K.S. Shahabuddin 27-8-55-0, D. Kalyankrishna 25-4-80-3, V.V.B. Reddy 17-1-73-1, R.V.Ch. Prasad 7-0-39-1, M. Faiq 50-7-117-1, Y. Venugopala Rao 26-3-1-74-1, A.G. Pradeep 2-0-4-0, A.S.K. Varma 10-2-26-1.

Andhra 1st innings: L.N.P. Prasad c Varun Kumar b Vidyut 4, M.S.K. Prasad (batting) 8, A.S.K. Varma (batting) 0, Extras (w-2, nb-2): 5, Total (for one wkt. in eight overs, inclusive of five penalty runs): 21.

Fall of wicket: 1-21.

Tamil Nadu bowling: V. Yomahesh 3-1-5-0, R. Jesuraj 2-0-7-0, Aashish Kapoor 2-1-3-0, S. Vidyut 1-0-1-1.

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