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Tamil Nadu in dire straits

December 19, 2003 21:03 IST

Hyderabad tightened their grip on Tamil Nadu on day three of the Ranji Trophy 'Elite' Group B match on Friday.

They dismissed Tamil Nadu for 240, against their first innings total of 447, and after enforcing the follow-on, had the visitors on 37 for one at close of play at the Gymkhana grounds in Hyderabad.

Speedster Vishnuvardhan wrecked the Tamil Nadu innings, accounting for the top batsmen, with a five-wicket haul.

Fiaz Ahmed and Shivaji Yadav completed the formalities, taking two wickets apiece as the visitors were bundled for 240.

The home team took a thumping 207-run first innings lead.

Resuming at 87 for 3, Tamil Nadu were 149 for 6 at lunch. But the innings collapsed like nine pins in the next session in the face of some accurate spin bowling by Shivaji Yadav.

Only Sriram (58), S S Viswanath (50) and S Sharat (33) showed some grit but could not take the team past the danger mark.

Vishnuvardhan, who had cracked a breezy half century in Hyderabad's first innings, returned with impressive figures of 27-5-97-5.

The second innings was no different, with the Hyderabad bowlers getting on top and troubling the batsmen with teasing line and testing length.

Shivaji Yadav foxed Dinesh Karthik (10) with a flighted delivery and the visitors were 37 for one when stumps were drawn.

Tamil Nadu are 170 runs short with nine second innings wickets in hand and a day left.

Scoreboard

Hyderabad (Ist innings): 447

Tamil Nadu (Ist innings): (Overnight 87 for 3)
S Suresh b Vishnu 9
K Dinesh Karthik c Ibrahim b Vishnu 2
S Sriram lbw Vishnu 58
S Badrinath lbw Fiaz 14
S S Vishwanathan c Ibrahim b Vishnu 50
S Sharath c Anirudh b Shivaji 33
Vidyuth c Ibrahim b N P Singh 3
D J Gokul lbw Shivaji 14
Ram Kumar c Ibrahim b Vishnu 12
C Ganpathy not out 27
D Tamil Kumaran c Vishnu b Fiaz 7

Extras: (b 1, lb 7, w 1, nb 2) 11

Total: (all out in 101.1 overs) 240

Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-13, 3-44, 4-97, 5-136, 5-139, 7-166, 8-191, 9-218

Bowling: Narender Pal Singh 24-11-47-1, Vishnu Vardhan 27-5-79-5, Daniel Manohar 11-4-27-0, Fiaz Ahmed 15.1-6-32-2, Shivaji Yadav 21-6-30-2, S L V Raju 3-1-17-0.

Tamil Nadu (2nd innings):
S Suresh not out 17
KKD Karthik c sub (Anirudh Singh) b J S Yadav 10
S Sriram not out 5

Extras: (b-4, nb-1) 5

Total: ( for 1 wicket, 26 overs) 37

Fall of wicket: 1-27

Bowling: Singh 5-3-6-0, Faiz Ahmed 4-2-3-0, Vishnuvardhan 3-1-4-0, Manohar 3-1-5-0, Raju 6-3-6-0, JS Yadav 5-2-9-1.

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