Ranji Trophy: TN 244 for six on Day 1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Tamil Nadu was at 244 for six at close on the first day of their five-day semifinal match against Indian Railways for the Ranji Trophy.

Ranji Trophy: TN 244 for six on Day 1

Chennai:

Sridharan Sriram rescued former champions Tamil Nadu with a masterly unbeaten 81 as the hosts managed to score 244 for six at close on the first day of their five-day semifinal match against Indian Railways for the Ranji Trophy. Tamil Nadu openers -- captain S Suresh and Sadagopan Ramesh -- gave a good start putting on 54 runs for the first wicket before the later was out to a catch at silly point off a Siddarth Varma delivery. Ramesh made 23 with four fours. With Suresh also making his exit to wicketkeeper S Wankhade off J P Yadav for 44 (7x4 and 1x6), the hosts lost two quick wickets. While Sriram managed to keep the Railway bowlers at bay on a docile pitch, Badrinath was out cheaply offering an easy catch to Yere Goud at second slip off J P Yadav. Sharath, who was shaping up well to resurrect the hosts innings went for a wild shot and paid the penalty. Sharath, who made 26 and added 50 runs for the fourth wicket, was caught at fine leg by Madan Yadav off medium pacer Harvinder Singh. Yet another good stand between Sriram and K Vasudeva Das yielded 56 runs for the fifth wicket in 23 overs before the later went for a big heave of spinner Parida but only managed to top edge and the resultant skier was held brilliantly by T P Yadav, who covered about 15 yards to take it. After the hosts lost the wicket of Vidyuth for 22, who was run out by Parida from point area, Sriram (batting on 81 with eight fours) and Dinesh Karthik (batting on 13) came together and were still at the crease when the stumps were drawn. (PTI)

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