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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tamil Nadu in tatters at Chepauk

Tamilnadu had the home advantage and had senior players – a win was almost on the cards.  When Rajasthan played, they played too slowly at snail’s pace frustrating everyone, mostly the spectators – it seemed they were intent on making the match dead and the pitch appeared lifeless.

Rajasthan has a relatively inexperienced and ordinary bowling attack.  Rituraj Rajeev Singh has played 3 matches but has taken 22 wickets and his two today virtually sealed Tamilnadu’s fate.   On the same dead track where Rajasthan grounded TN to dust, TN batsmen were all at sea to Pankaj and Rajeev Singh. 

In the post-tea session, Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund both of whom have played for India opened and the first over of Pankaj Singh was eventless.  In the second Rituraj struck with a good length delivery trapping Mukund for a duck.   In the 7th over Pankaj Singh had S Badrinath for 6.  In the 10th Murali Vijay also walked back caught behind of RR Singh again.

Now at 65 for 3, the result is almost certain.  Rajasthan have retained the Ranji Trophy this year……………….  Hats Off to an Ordinary team who believed in themselves. 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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