Anirudh drives on Jolly Rovers

CHENNAI: B Anirudh Sitaram (98, 6x4, 1x6) Possibly Has A Richly Earned Hundred Against Two, But The Left Handed Helped Jolly Rovers Finish Day 1 Of Them First Division Of TNCA Final Against Alwarpet At 236-3 Here On Wednesday. In Company Of M Kaushik Gandhi (40, 5x4), Anirudh Pieced Together At A 101-run Stand In 41.1 Overs For The Opening Wicket To Set The Foundation Or Jolly Rovers' Innings.

Once Gandhi Departed, B Aparajith (52, 5x4, 1x6) Joined Hands With Anirudh As The Two Put On 102 Runs In 30.2 Overs For The Second Wicket To Help The Side Cross The 200 Run Mark. The 24-year-old's Innings Were All About Playing The Waiting Game. Out Of The 6 Bowlers Anirudh Faced, He Took A Special Liking For Left-arm Spinner M Siddharth - Hitting Him For 29 Runs Which Included Two Fours And A Six. Anirudh Was Understandably Disappointed At Missing Out On A Ton." To Have Come This Close To A Hundred And Miss Out On It Was Very Disappointing. However, I Am Happy To Have Contributed For The Team's Cause As We Ended The Day Strongly. Our Aim On Day 2 Will Be To Take The Team Total To Anywhere Close To 400," Anirudh Told TOI.

Anirudh Felt Run-making Was A Difficult Exercise Once The Ball Got Older. “The Wicket Was On The Slower Side And Was Taking Turn As Well. Tough For Us," Anirudh Added.

Short Scores: Jolly Rovers 236-3 In 90 Overs (M Kaushik Gandhi 40, B Anirudh Sitaram 98, B Aparajith 52, B Indrajith 23 Batting, Ankit Bawne 5 Batting; Jaganath Sinivas Two For 35, M Siddharth 1-58) Vs Alwarpet