Tamil Nadu cricket has become a major force to reckon with across domestic cricket in all formats. The team from down South have been producing some amazing cricketers who have eventually stepped up to the plate and played for the Indian team.
Tamil Nadu haven’t won the Ranji title for over 35 years since their 2nd title triumph way back in 1987. Baba Indrajith is leading his side with a hope of rewriting the history and bringing home a 3rd title down to Chennai for its cricket crazy fans.
The story as it happened –
Tamil Nadu and Hyderabad came into the final day of the match with the home team trailing Tamil Nadu by 87 runs. Hyderabad were 28 for no loss overnight after ending the day at 28/0. Ravi Sai Kishore’s 5/101 helped Tamil Nadu bowl out Hyderabad for 258 to leave them with a target of 144 to win from 11 .
Tamil Nadu get off the blocks in grand style –
Chasing 144 to win in 11 overs, Tamil Nadu had their in form opener Sai Sudarshan and Narayan Jagadeesan. The duo have been terrific with the bat in the recent Vijay Hazare trophy. The pair had scored a century each in the 1st innings to help TN take the 115 run lead.
13 sixes in 7 overs –
Needing to score at 13 runs per over, Sudarshan and Jagadeesan scored 93 runs off the needed 143 runs in just 37 balls. Sudarshan scored 42 runs in mere 20 balls with 5 sixes in his innings. Jagadeesan on the other hand was not out on 59 runs off mere 22 balls.
The Tamil Nadu openers had 13 sixes in the 7 overs with Sudarshan hitting 5 and Jagadeesan hitting 8. Kartikeya Kak and T. Ravi Teja bowled 3 overs each and gave away identical 41 runs. Kak was the only wicket taker getting Sudarshan out. B. Punniah gave away 23 runs from the only over he bowled.
Umpires call of play due to bad light as Dinesh Karthik reacts –
At the end of 7 overs, Tamil Nadu were 108/1 from 7 overs scoring runs at 15.4 runs per over. The visiting side needed just 36 runs from 4 overs at 9 runs per over. That’s when Anil Chaudhary along with Tapan Sharma decided to call off the match due to bad light. The Tamil Nadu players, specially Jagadeesan couldn’t believe it. With the decision already taken, the players could only saunter back to thunderous applause. The heartbreak was visible not only for players but also for Dinesh Karthik. Taking to Twitter DK wrote “Oh nooooo @TNCAcricket that was an unreal chase well tried boysssss”
Twitter reacts –
The cricket fans took top Twitter to have their say as many lauded the TN team for batting the way they did. A few compared it to Baz-Ball cricket while a few poked fun at Sydney Thunder who were all out for 15 during the BBL game. You can read all the tweets below.
11 over 144 runs target for TN and TN almost chased it by scoring 108 runs in 7 overs and then match stopped due to bad light 🤦🤦. Some unreal batting by Jaggi and Sai sudharshan . If not for bad light this match would have been part of Ranji trophy history 😐😐— shyam (@Itzme_shyam) December 16, 2022