Ranji match: Tamil Nadu 530/8 decl vs Odisha 36/0

Cuttack, Nov 09, 2017 (Team OCA): 

Host Odisha were 36 for no loss at stumps on the second day, in reply to a mammoth first-inning total of 530 for eight declared by Tamil Nadu in their four-day Ranji Trophy Group-C match at DRIEMS Cricket Ground, Tangi, 20kms from here today. Openers Sandeep Pattanaik and Natraj Behera were batting on 15 and 17 respectively at the close of the day's play.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu made the declaration after adding 238 runs to their overnight score of 292 for three. As many as three batsmen scored a century each and another registered a half-century for Tamil Nadu. India Test opener Murali Vijay (140) was joined by Vijay Shankar (100) and Baba Aparajith (109 not out) as the ton-makers of the innings. The 178-run partnership for the fifth-wicket between Vijay Shankar and Baba Aparajith was the highest of the innings and put the visitors in a commanding position.

Odisha bowlers continued to struggle on the wicket and three leading ones among them _ Basant Mohanty, Dhiraj Singh and Alok Sahoo _ went wicketless. Speedster Suryakant Pradhan was most successful bowler for the home team, taking three wickets for 75 runs, while skipper Govinda Poddar and allrounder Biplab Samantaray picked a brace each.

Odisha now trail by 494 runs with all 10 wickets in hand. They need another 345 runs to avoid follow on. But considering their batting performance earlier this season, it will be a herculean task for Poddar & Co to accomplish that immediate goal.

SCOREBORAD: TAMIL NADU (1st innings): Abhinav Mukund (run out) Dhiraj Singh 12, Murali Vijay ct&b Pradhan 140, N Jagadeesan c Dhuper b Poddar 88, B Indrajith c Dhuper b Pradhan 46, Vijay Shankar lbw Samantaray 100, Baba Aparajith (not out) 109, M Washington Sundar c Senapati b Poddar 14, V Yomahesh lbw Samantaray 0, Vignesh K b Pradhan 10, Rahil Shah (not out) 4; Extras (b-6, lb-1) 7
Total (8 wickets declared; 165 overs) 530
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Mukund, 11.2 ov), 2-164 (Jagadeesan, 56.6), 3-282 (Vijay, 85.5), 4-298 (Indrajith, 92.2), 5-475 (V Shankar, 152.2), 6-494 (Sundar, 155.4), 7-495 (Yomahesh, 156.3), 8-521 (Vignesh, 162.6)
Bowling: Suryakant Pradhan 25-6-75-3, Basant Mohanty 27-5-73-0, Alok Sahoo 23-5-80-0, Biplab Samantaray 19-0-57-2, Dhiraj Singh 37-7-112-0, Govinda Poddar 32-2-117-2, Shantanu Mishra 2-0-9-0.

ODISHA (1st innings): Sandeep Pattanaik (batting) 15, Natraj Behera (batting) 17; Extras (b-4) 4
Total (0 wicket; 13 overs) 36
Bowling: Vignesh K 4-1-16-0, V Yomahesh 3-2-5-0, Vijay Shankar 2-0-7-0, Rahil Shah 3-2-4-0, Washington Sundar 1-1-0-0.