Ranji Trophy final: Karthik hits half-century but Rajasthan gain control

Dinesh Karthik hit seven boundaries during his knock of 54 not out Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Jan 22, 2012

Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten on 54 but hosts Tamil Nadu slipped further to 159 for five at lunch on the fourth day of the Ranji Trophy final against Rajasthan in Chennai.

Resuming their innings at 66 for three, Tamil Nadu lost two wickets in the first session in their reply to Rajasthan’s 621. Tamil Nadu were jolted early by Rituraj Singh when he dismissed Kuthethurshri Vasudevadas for 25.

Karthik then teamed up with Ramaswamy Prasanna to bail his side out of trouble as the two added 76 runs for the fifth wicket. Their stand was broken by Rituraj, when he had Prasanna caught by Gajendra Singh for 44.

Karthik completed his half-century and remained unbeaten on 54 off 147 balls, including seven boundaries. He was accompanied by Sunny Gupta (5*) at the crease.

With two days left, Tamil Nadu are still 555 runs behind Rajasthan’s first innings score but the magic figure for the hosts will certainly be 521.

With Rajasthan scoring their 621 runs at an average of 2.53 runs per over, Tamil Nadu can still win the trophy if they don’t get all out.

As of now, they require to score the runs at a rate of 2.54 runs per over which means 521 runs in 205 overs. Another 455 runs in the remaining 180 overs and not losing more than six wickets will seal the issue for Laxmipathy Balaji and Co.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan 621 all-out (Vineet Saxena 257, Aakash Chopra 94, Hrishikesh Kanitkar 67, Robin Bist 57; Aushik Srinivas 4 for 192, Jagannathan Kaushik 3 for 91) lead Tamil Nadu 154 for 5 (Dinesh Karthik 54*, K Vasudevadas 44; RR Singh 3 for 31) by 462 runs.