Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Akshath Reddy’s 248* stifles TN as Hyderabad bat two days

Hyderabad s intentions were clear on day two of their Elite Group B match of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy at Tirunelveli – to bat Tamil Nadu out of the contest.

From an overnight 249/3, Hyderabad ground their way to 523/7 by the close of Tuesday s play, with skipper Akshath Reddy not out on 248 from 477 balls. This was Reddy s first double-century in first-class cricket, surpassing his previous best of 196. The 27-year-old added 134 runs to his overnight 114, while Bavanaka Sandeep moved from 90 to 130 before he was the fourth wicket to fall.

After Sandeep s exit, Hyderabad briefly wobbled with the loss of two batsmen but PS Sairam with 42 off 123 balls took a leaf out of Reddy s book and resisted nearly to stumps. Reddy s unbeaten double has so far encompassed 22 fours and three sixes.

For Tamil Nadu, the slow left-arm spinner Rahil Shah has bowled the most overs (43) followed by Varun Chakravarthi (38). Hyderabad sit at the bottom of Group B, with TN at fourth place.

Brief scores: Hyderabad 523/7 (Reddy 248*, Sandeep 130) vs Tamil Nadu