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Tamil Nadu, Odisha Ranji match heading for draw
Sportslogon Team November 11th 2017

Bhubaneswar : After continues opening failure in the current season, for the first time Odisha opener Natraj Behera and Sandeep Pattnaik put an impressive 136 run partnership and team scored 286 for 4 on day three, in response to Tamil Nadu’s 530 for 8 declare in the first innings total in the Ranji Trophy at DRIEMS Ground in Tangi on Saturday.

A determined display by the Odisha batsmen kept Tamil Nadu bowlers at bay. Visitors chances of posting an outright win have been dented with the home team’s batsmen showing great resolve on a flat pitch.

Openers Natraj Behera and Sandeep Pattanaik, resuming at 36 for no loss, frustrated the Tamil Nadu attack with a century stand. They mixed defensive play with attractive strokes to keep the scoreboard moving in response to the visiting team’s 530 for 8 declared.

Yo Mahesh provided the breakthrough for the visitors when he got Pattanaik, caught by substitute Kaushik Gandhi after the openers had put on 136 runs. Odisha skipper Govinda Poddar (29) played confidently and helped Behera add 48 runs before throwing it away. His attempt to whack off-spinner M S Washington Sundar saw a mishit fall into the hands of Abhinav Mukund.

Behera missed out on a well-deserved century when he was trapped leg-before by Rahil Shah to leave Odisha at 208 for 4. His knock of 91 contained 13 fours and a six. Biplab Samantaray (44) and Shantanu Misra (37) stitched an unbeaten 78-run stand for the fifth wicket

and more importantly, played out 30 overs at a time when the Tamil Nadu bowlers were on the look-out for wickets.

Sundar was the most successful Tamil Nadu bowler, finishing with two wickets for 45 while Yo Mahesh and Shah scalped one each. Tamil Nadu had made 530 for 8 before declaring its first innings riding on tons by Murali Vijay, B Aparajith and Vijay Shankar.

Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 530/ 8 declared in 165 overs (Murali Vijay 140, Vijay Shankar 100, B Aparajith 109 n.o; B Indrajith 46, Suryakanth Pradhan 3/75) vs Odisha 286/ 4 in 101 overs (Natraj Behera 91, Sandeep Pattanaik 66, Biplab Samantaray 44 n.o; Shantanu Mishra 37 n.o; MS Washington Sundar 2/48). .
This news was added and updated on : November 11th 2017
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