Ranji Trophy | Suryapprakash, Ganga Sridhar do the rescue act for TN

Making the most of it: Suryapprakash cashed in on an second chance, showing immense patience in his knock of 51.

Making the most of it: Suryapprakash cashed in on an second chance, showing immense patience in his knock of 51.  


Saurabh spins a web around the home team

Openers L. Suryapprakash (51, 159b, 6x4) and Ganga Sridhar Raju (45, 88b, 8x4) did the bulk of the scoring as Tamil Nadu finished the second day at 165 for six against Uttar Pradesh in their Elite Group-B Ranji Trophy clash at the Green Park Stadium here on Saturday.

The start was delayed by 105 minutes due to bad light before Uttar Pradesh captain Ankit Rajpoot won the toss and asked the visitors to take strike.

The decision looked vindicated as Rajpoot himself got Suryapprakash in the third over of the day. However, much to the batsman’s relief and Uttar Pradesh’s agony, the bowler had overstepped.

Cashing in on the reprieve, Suryapprakash, in the company of Ganga Sridhar, added 79 before the latter fell to a well-disguised delivery off left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar.

Change in luck

Rajpoot’s luck changed after lunch as he sent back Kaushik Gandhi and B. Aparajith in quick time.

Skipper Vijay Shankar, who walked in next, made his intentions clear: be positive and counterattack.

He smashed three boundaries off a Rajpoot over and looked in control before being surprised by a delivery from leg-spinner Zeeshan Ansari that dipped.

Vijay Shankar (24, 17b, 5x4) tried to dig it out, but ended up offering a catch to substitute Umang Sharma at mid-off. N. Jagadeesan, too, showed positive signs but did not last long.

Suryapprakash, who showed immense patience all along, finally succumbed to Saurabh’s spin. And the umpires soon called off play owing to fading light.

“The wicket was doing a bit and it was keeping low. Surya and Ganga (Sridhar Raju) batted really well,” said Vijay Shankar.

If the weather doesn’t affect play in the next two days, an intriguing battle between bat and ball awaits.

The scores:

Tamil Nadu — 1st innings: Ganga Sridhar Raju c Rinku b Saurabh 45, L. Suryapprakash c Upendra b Saurabh 51, Kaushik Gandhi c Upendra b Rajpoot 7, B. Aparajith b Rajpoot 0, Vijay Shankar c sub b Zeeshan 24, N. Jagadeesan st. Upendra b Saurabh 18, K. Mukunth (batting) 1, R. Sai Kishore (batting) 0; Extras (nb-3, w-0, b-1, lb-15): 19; Total (for six wkts. in 56 overs): 165.

Fall of wickets: 1-79, 2-100, 3-102, 4-129, 5-162, 6-165.

Uttar Pradesh bowling: Rajpoot 16-4-50-2, Mavi 11-4-35-0, Saurabh 21-3-39-3, Zeeshan 8-2-25-1.

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