Ranji Round-up Elite Group : Tamil Nadu vs Bengal

Scorecard: Tamil Nadu 218 and 423 for 7 decl beat Bengal 145 and 274 (Ganguly 88, Jesuraj 6-76) by 222 runs.

There is a story in Express India that Ganguly was instrumental in having a green top wicket for this game as it would give him some good practice for the tour across the border. I don't know how much of truth there is to it, but even otherwise I wouldn't really blame him for asking. Bengal does have a pretty good opening attack in Bose and Paul, Sourav is more than handy on seamer-friendly wickets and there is no L.Balaji in the TN lineup. Those factors should have been enough for Bengal to have come out of the game with the upper hand. Instead they lost by a huge margin. Their batsmen had a pretty ordinary game and their bowlers failed to deliver in the second innings.

Sourav, to his credit did pretty well. Scores of 59 and 88 on a not-so-easy wicket and wickets in either innings should be enough to make him board that flight to Lahore in a positive frame of mind. He did have some problems with running on to the danger areas in his bowling follow-through, but he wouldn't really be asked to bowl a lot in the upcoming series - so no real worries there. (He hasn't been selected as an all-rounder this time, remember). Apart from Sourav's performance, there wasn't really much that went Bengal's way. Abhishek Jhunjhunwala made 30+ in both innings but failed to convert them into anything substantial. Deep Dasgupta made a fighting 47 and Sourashish Lahiri (the pinch-hitter) made a quick 39 in the second innings but that wasn't really enough.

For Tamil Nadu, there were 2 stand-out performances. Hemang Badani relinquished the captaincy just before the game and celebrated his "lesser-burden status" with scores of 67 and an unbeaten 157. He is 29 and he probably realizes that this season could well be his last season to make a comeback into the ODI side. A few consistent scores in the next few months could well put him in the running for a place in the world cup squad.

The other crucial performance came from Rajamani Jesuraj, the 23 year old opening bowler who picked up 11 wickets. He ended up with impressive figures of 5-40 and 6-76 and is my MVP for the game. With Balaji on the sidelines, his team looked up to him and he stood up and delivered in style.

Notable failure: Dinesh Karthik made 21 and 0. The selectors no longer view him as the second best keeper in the country and every failure of his with the bat would only end up strengthening that view.

Points: Tamil Nadu 4, Bengal 0

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Blogger Nagu 10:59 AM

Ganguly looks to be in good touch and hope he does well against Shoaib and Co.Jesuraj seems to be great prospect for future    



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