Ranji Trophy final: Chopra, Saxena consolidate Rajasthan's position

Aakash Chopra in action on say one of the Ranji Trophy final against Tamil Nadu Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Jan 19, 2012

Openers Aakash Chopra and Vineet Saxena scored half-centuries as Rajasthan reach 154 without losing anywicket at tea on day one of the Ranji Trophy final against Tamil Nadu in Chennai on Thursday.

Chopra was unbeaten on 70 which included nine fours, while Saxena was batting on 76.

The opening duo stitched an unbeaten partnership of 154 runs in two sessions of play.

Chopra was injured as he misjudged a bouncer off the bowling of Jagannathan Kaushik but later continued to apply himself with grit.

Tamil Nadu captain Lakshmipathy Balaji used as many as seven bowlers but failed to get any breakthrough.

Though Rajasthan were not aggressive in approach, Tamil Nadu bowlers were unsuccessful in applying pressure and getting a wicket.

Earlier, Rajasthan won the toss and elected to bat.

Brief Score: Rajasthan 154 for no loss (Vineet Saxena 76*, Aakash Chopra 70*) vs Tamil Nadu