Chennai: Dec 9, 2013
Off-spinner M Rangarajan registered six-wicket haul as Tamil Nadu got the better of Baroda by nine wickets and earn full six points on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match on Monday.
After Rangarajan (6 for 46) and R Aushik Srinivas (3 for 23) shared nine wickets between them to bundle out Baroda for a mere 129 in their second innings, Tamil Nadu were required to chase down just 59 runs for victory, which they achieved comfortably by losing just one wicket.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu had scored 233 in their first innings in reply to Baroda’s 162 in the first essay, thereby taking a solid 71-run lead.
Resuming on 73 for one, Baroda lost overnight batsman Aditya Waghmode, who added just three runs to his last night’s score of 19 before becoming Rangarajan’s first victim of the day.
Waghmode had put on an important 53-run stand with the other overnight batsman Dhiren Mistry for the second wicket.
Mistry, starting on 29, however, went on to complete his half-century even as wickets kept tumbling at the other end.
Waghmode’s dismissal triggered a collapse and from 91 for two, the visitors were all out for 129. They lost eight wickets for only 38 runs. None of the middle or lower order batsman could reach double digits.
Mistry was the lone batsman who tried to consolidate the innings, scoring a patient 230-ball 64 including five boundaries.
Chasing a small target, both Tamil Nadu openers — K Arun Karthik (33) and Abhinav Mukund (20*) — took the hosts home in 14.5 overs.
Baroda 162 & 129 (Dhiren Mistry 64; M Rangarajan 6 for 46, R Aushik Srinivas 3 for 23) lost to Tamil Nadu 233 & 59 for 1 (K Arun Karthik 33, Abhinav Mukund 20*) by nine wickets.
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