Saturday, March 25, 2023

Ranji Trophy: Bawane, Kazi centuries assist Maharashtra bag three factors; TN fails to qualify for knockouts

The one approach the ultimate day of the Ranji Trophy conflict between Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu may have been thrilling was if the previous acquired some fast runs and set a goal for the guests.

Nonetheless, early within the fourth day morning session, it grew to become evident {that a} declaration was not within the house staff’s plans, having already taken the essential 42-run first-innings lead on day three.

Resuming at 104 for 3, Maharashtra used the final day as an prolonged internet session within the center and completed on 364 for 5 within the second innings.

Skipper Ankeet Bawane (152 n.o., 259b, 13×4, 3×6) and Azim Kazi (103 n.o., 140b, 10×4, 3×6) made nice unbeaten centuries with out taking any dangers and helped their facet pocket three factors because the match led to a tame draw.

Friday’s end result meant Tamil Nadu did not qualify for the knockout levels of the Ranji Trophy for the fifth straight season.

With the pitch on the MCA Worldwide stadium not providing assist to the pacers or spinners, it was not shocking that Maharashtra didn’t see a path to victory if it was to defend a goal.

Bawane began the day positively, hitting pacer Sandeep Warrier for 3 boundaries via the off-side and acquired to his half-century shortly.

TN then had a small opening within the sport when left-arm spinner R. Sai Kishore eliminated Saurabh Nawale after which Kedar Jadhav in fast succession. Maharashtra was on 167 for 5 then and forward by simply 209 runs with a variety of time left within the day.

However Kazi, who joined Bawane, continued from the place he left off within the first innings, and the duo shortly doused any small hope for TN with an unbroken 197-run stand for the sixth wicket.

After lunch, Bawane acquired to his hundred in fashion with a sweep via midwicket off Sai Kishore. Kazi, who was barely extra aggressive taking over the spinners, then acquired to his landmark within the day’s closing session after lacking out by 12 runs within the first innings.

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