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TN battle Assam

Chennai: Assam pushed Tamil Nadu to a tight corner before the hosts recovered somewhat to reach 291 for nine in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match on Tuesday.

Put in to bat, Tamil Nadu lost their first three wickets with just 85 runs on board. It became 144 for six before Dinesh Karthik and Vidyuth Sivaramakrishnan added 93 precious runs for the seventh wicket. Karthik made 71 (138 balls, 10x4) and Vidyuth contributed 53 (62 balls, 9x4).

Three players from Tamil Nadu moved to Assam this season after failing to make it to their state team. One of them, R. Satish, did maximum damage, taking three for 33. Another Tamil Nadu reject, leg-spinner Raghuram, claimed two for 39.

In New Delhi, Tejinder Pal Singh took Railways to a position of strength against Punjab. His 168 and his second wicket partnership of 201 with captain Sanjay Bangar helped Railways reach 311 for four.

In Mumbai, A deadly combination of pace and spin helped Mumbai bowl out Kerala for a paltry 165 on the opening day of the Elite Group A match. The hosts were 15 for one at stumps. Pacemen Munaf Patel (3/45), Usman Malvi (3/33) and off-spinner Ramesh Powar (3/27) did the damage for Mumbai.

Put in to bat on a seaming wicket, the visitors found themselves in all sorts of trouble, losing six wickets for 97. A responsible 48 by Sujith Somasunder was the only redeeming feature for Kerala.

SUMMARISED SCORES

In Chennai: Tamil Nadu 291/9 (Dinesh Karthik 71, V. Sivaramakrishnan 53, Ramkumar 73, R. Satish 3/33) vs Assam.

In Cuttack: Orissa 246 (Sukhwinder Singh 49, Sangram Singh 4/39). Himachal 29/1.

In Delhi: Saurashtra 187/6 (Prakash Bhatt 83 n.o., Rakesh Dhruv 58) vs Services.

In Delhi: Railways 311/4 (T.P. Singh 168, Sanjay Bangar 79, J.P. Yadav 41 n.o.) vs Punjab.

In Gwalior: Haryana 156/5 (N. Hirwani 4/33) vs Madhya Pradesh.

In Jaipur: Rajasthan 246/8 (Vinit Saxena 80, Rahul Kanwat 65) vs Gujarat.

In Kanpur: UP 179/4 (Gyanendra Pandey 75, Suresh Raina 66) vs Andhra.

In Mumbai: Kerala 165 (S. Somasundar 48). Mumbai 15/1.

In Nagpur: Vidarbha 244 (Samir Khare 65, Ranjit Paradkar 56, Shiv Shankar Rao 6/82). Bihar 54/4.

In Pune: Goa 200/3 (Vivek Kolambkar 62 n.o., Mandar Phadke 68 n.o.) vs Maharashtra.

In Vadodara: Delhi 233/3 (G. Gambhir 52, Mithun Manhas 49 n.o., Ajay Jadeja 41 n.o.) vs Baroda.

(PTI)

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