Ranji Trophy final: Robin Bist's fifty consolidates Rajasthan

Rajasthan lead Tamil Nadu by 451 runs at the end of first session on day five Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Jan 23, 2012

Rajasthan lost three wickets at lunch on day five but consolidated the lead to 451 runs on day five despite losing star performer of first innings, Vineet Saxena for just 13 runs.

Rajasthan reached 125 runs for the loss of three wickets at the end of first session at Chennai against Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu s part time bowlers Ramaswamy Prasanna, Murali Vijay scalped a wicket each while frontline bowler Jagannath Kaushik dismissed Rajasthan opener Aakash Chopra for 18 runs.

The final day’s play has now been rendered inconsequential as the match as a contest is already over.

Kudos to Hrishikesh Kanitkar who has now successfully lead the team to successive national titles. It’s a story that will be discussed in the cricketing fraternity for years to come.

The team may not consist of best of talents but they have a dedicated bunch of cricketers who have made all the pundits who had termed their last season’s triumph as fluke, eat a humble pie.

Tamil Nadu players on the otherhand would certainly feel that they have lost their best chance to win the trophy.

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) & 125 for 3 (Robin Bist 67*, Aakash Chopra 18, Rashmi Parida 11*; Ramaswamy Prasanna 1 for 17) lead Tamil Nadu 295 all-out (Dinesh Karthik 150, K Vasudevadas 44; RR Singh 4 for 76) by 451 runs.