SPO-CRI-RANJI GROUP B

Ranji: Tamil Nadu wins 3 points of the game tied against UP

Kanpur, January 6 () Tamil Nadu scored three points based on his first innings in the innings after his Group B Elite match at the Ranji Trophy against Uttar Pradesh ended in a draw here Monday.

The game was balanced when UP resumed the fourth and last day at Green Park Stadium with 170 for 9, needing 11 more runs to review the total of Tamil Nadu's first innings.

However, the middle runner of Tamil Nadu, 28, T Natarajan (4 by 24) quickly represented rival captain Ankit Rajpoot (2) when the hosts were eliminated by 175, with visitors snatching the most important advantage.

In her second rehearsal, the left arm orthodox spinner UP Saurabh Kumar (5-39) turned a net around the TN hitters while the visitors plummeted to 154.

To the south side, Baba Aparajith (53) knocked down half a century, while Captain Vijay Shankar (28) was the second leading scorer.

Other hitters, including starters V Ganga Sridhar (1) and L Suryapprakash (2), failed when UP bowlers wreaked havoc.

Kumar was skillfully supported by Rajpoot (3-39) and off-spinner Rinku Singh (2-11).

UP set an ambitious goal of 160 races for an absolute victory. UP openers Rinku Singh (27) and Shaukat Souls (14 not out) added 41 runs for the first wicket before Natarajan returned the first.

Natarajan also ruled out Mohammed Saif (0) at the same time. However, the bad light stopped the game, closing the process.

TN won three points for securing the ticket advantage for the first time this season. Uttar Pradesh had to be content with a lonely point.

Meanwhile, in Dharamshala, the Madhya Pradesh game against Himachal Pradesh ended in a draw with the former earning three points courtesy of his first inning. HP had to be content with a lonely point.

In the next round, TN will face Mumbai domestic heavyweights in Chennai from January 11, while UP plays with Baroda in Kanpur.

Brief scores: in Kanpur: Tamil Nadu 180 and 154 (B Aparajith 53, Saurabh Kumar 5-39) vs Uttar Pradesh 175 (Mohammed Saif 77; T Natarajan 4-24) and 42/2. Drawn match. TN took the lead of the first innings. TN: 3 points, UP: 1 point. In Dharamshala: Himachal Pradesh 175 and 185/5 (A Kalsi 115, A Vashisht 84; Kuldeep Sen 2-66) vs. Madhya Pradesh 427/9 declared. Drawn match. MP took the lead in the first innings. MP: 3 points, HP: 1 point. NRB SS RSY RSY

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