Ranji Trophy final: Vineet Saxena, Robin Bist take Rajasthan past 500

Robin Bist hit nine boundaries during his innings of 57

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Jan 21, 2012

Vineet Saxena remained unbeaten on 255 and Rashmi Ranjan Parida scored 11 not out as Rajasthan reached 506 for three at lunch on the third day of the Ranji Trophy final against Tamil Nadu at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Tamil Nadu managed to break a stubborn 123-run stand between Saxena and Robin Bist, when the former was dismissed by Sunny Gupta for 57 in the first session’s play.

Earlier on the second day, Saxena scored one of the slowest double hundreds in recent times as Rajasthan crawled their way to 404 for two against Tamil Nadu at stumps.

After scoring 221 for no loss on the first day, Rajasthan batsmen didn’t display any positive intent to up the ante as they added only 183 runs in 90 overs sent down.

Saxena, who became the second Rajasthan batsman after Hanumant Singh to score a double century in the final was unbeaten on 207. But he has already consumed a whopping 555 balls during which he hit 25 boundaries and a six.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan 506 for 3 (Vineet Saxena 255*, Aakash Chopra 94, Hrishikesh Kanitkar 67, Robin Bist 57; Sunny Gupta 2 for 110, Aushik Srinivas 1 for 134) vs Tamil Nadu