Spinners from both sides had a superb game at Chennai © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Spinners from both sides had a superb game at Chennai © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Chennai: Tamil Nadu’s spin troika of Rahil Shah, DT Chandrasekhar and Malolan Rangarajan took full advantage of a Chepaul track that was turning square from the very first day as they defended a lowly target of 122 beating Baroda by seven runs. Chasing a victory target of 122, Baroda were shot out for 114 in 35.4 overs as the match ended inside two and half days. Left-arm spinner Shah took 5 for 43 in 15.4 overs while offie Malolan Rangarajan grabbed 3 for 38 in 10 overs. Debutant left-arm spinner Chandrasekhar picked 2 for 33 as he ended with match-haul of six wickets on debut. In the match, spinners from either sides snared 36 of the 40 wickets that fell while the pacers accounted for two scalps and the other two being run-outs. Updates: Tamil Nadu vs Chennai, Day 3, Ranji Trophy 2015-16

Having prepared a bone dry pitch, which showed signs of cracks on the very first day, the strip could be termed as one which borders on being underprepared as some deliveries were turning at right angles, a few jumped viciously off the rough while some of the others kept low. The testimony to a below standard pitch was the fact that none of the batsmen from either sides got to a half-century and the highest score was Baroda’s 159 in the first innings. On the third day, Baroda batsmen found it difficult negotiate the spin trio as Deepak Hooda was the top scorer with 32. He was brilliant in his innings, starting with a couple of boundaries before hitting over covers for six in the same over. He even hit a reverse sweep for a six but was stumped for a 19-ball 32 and Baroda never really got going after it.

Brief scores:

Tamil Nadu 125 ( Baba Aparajith 44; Bhargav Bhatt 4 for 32, Yusuf Pathan 4 for 29) & 155 (Baba Aparajith 39; Bhargav Bhatt 6 for 58) beat Baroda (Yusuf Pathan 41; Rahil Shah 4 for 38, DT Chandrasekar 4 for 50) & 114 (Deepak Hooda 32; Rahil Shah 5 for 43) by 7 runs.