Tons from Indrajith and Mukund secure TN against Mumbai on Ranji Semi-final match

 . Last updated on January 5, 2017, 3:41 PM
Tons from Indrajith and Mukund secure TN against Mumbai on Ranji Semi-final match
Abhinav Mukund knocks his fourth century of the season in the fourth day of the semifinal test against Mumbai.


In the semifinal match between Tamil Nadu and Mumbai, the former declared their inning after reaching a lead of 255 runs. B Indrajith and Abhinav Mukund were the leading players who smashed a century each by the evening of the fourth day. By the end of the day, Mumbai was sent into the pitch to bat their second and final inning. On strike was debutant Prithvi Shaw and Praful Waghela. The players took five runs in five overs ending the day's game. Mumbai's first inning score had five runs added as penalty runs for Tamil Nadu, as on the 74th over, batsman Vijay Shankar ran on the pitch. With the scaling, now Mumbai is set for the new target of 251.

In the fourth day, Tamil Nadu achieved a net run rate of 4.56 in the inning. There was a contribution from Mumbai's lose fielding as well. Finally, the lag of 101 runs in the inning transformed into a lead of more than 200 runs in a single day. The push was from the top order batsmen. Debutant opener Ganga Sridhar Raju along with Mukund were successful to knock down good runs taking every opportunity to score huge runs. The players were composed when Mumbai's attack grew stronger at times. However, the team could not take down a single wicket until 20 overs were bowled. Raju hauled the score to 60 before being removed by Balwinder Sandhu.

When Indrajith arrived in the crease, it became more difficult for Mumbai bowlers to restrict the flow or runs. The players began to bat with better composure as the match progressed and were successful to take out good runs off every bowler. By lunch, Indrajith already reached the 40s tally with the score of 124 for 1. The change of field formation in the next session came up as a futile bet as both the batsmen cruise to towards their centuries. Mukund picked up his century as the fourth ton of the season shortly before he nicked the catch on the slip. The partnership of the players brought 185 runs to Tamil Nadu's account.

In the next stretch with Dinesh Karthik, the fourth batsman, Indrajith reached the 90s count. However, Karthik was dismissed before an over he had his fourth first-class century. He partnered with Vijay Shankar who took several quick runs before wrapping up the inning. In the last stretch of the evening, the batsmen knocked 39 runs in four overs. Shankar was penalized for running in the danger area that decreased Mumbai's target by five runs.

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