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Maharashtra skipper Bawane kills Tamil Nadu’s hopes of creating Ranki knockouts

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CHENNAI: A captain’s knock of (152 n.o) by Ankit Bawne enabled Maharashtra to attract their sport in opposition to Tamil nadu on the fourth day of the Ranji Trophy performed at Pune. He was ably supported by Azim Kazi who additionally scored an unbeaten century (103 n.o).

Maharashtra who have been in a single day 104 for 3 in 26 overs added 260 extra runs on Friday. They have been 364 for five in 90.3 overs, when each the captains determined to name off the match, simply after tea break. Ruturaj Gaikwad was adjudged as man of the match.

Maharashtra captain Ankit Bawne had stated on Thursday that his staff on Friday would look to attain runs shortly with wickets in hand and in case there was a chase make sure that Tamil Nadu doesn’t have sufficient time to seek out the identical. That was precisely what he did.

“Happy that my century got here in helpful for the staff. The ultimate day’s play can at all times be difficult. Glad that the sport led to a draw and we bought some beneficial factors,” stated Bawne after the match. “Having misplaced a wicket early within the morning and in addition Kedar getting out, It was crucial that I take accountability and play so long as doable,” added the 30-year-old.

Bawne and his fellow batters performed positively and thus they may rating runs on a gentle foundation. Azim as soon as once more performed a gem of an innings. Within the first innings, he made 88. Each Bawne and Azim have been concerned in an unfinished sixth wicket stand value 197 runs that shut all hopes of Tamil Nadu making it to the subsequent stage.

“Even after we misplaced a few wickets we performed positively. If we had performed defensively we may have misplaced a few extra wickets within the pre-lunch session. Fortunately our decrease center order is absolutely good. Azim performed brilliantly. When you could have a reliable man on the different finish your job is straightforward and your plans work,” opined Bawne.

Maharashtra may have set a stiff goal of say 300 runs and gone for an outright win. “You see, batting is our energy. We’ve got one of many strongest batting line-ups within the nation. Our boys (batters) did effectively in Vijay Hazare too. Bowling in red-ball is just not that sturdy like our batting. Our bowlers are kids who do have that a lot firstclass expertise. That is why we didn’t go for an out-right win,” signed off Bawne.

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