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TN crawl disappoints fans

cricket Updated: Jan 10, 2012 23:13 IST
Amol Karhadkar
Amol Karhadkar
Hindustan Times
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With two high-profile teams like Mumbai and Tamil Nadu playing, the Wankhede Stadium would have hoped for 90 overs of quality cricket on the opening day of the Ranji semifinal.

However, by the end of the day's play, their anticipation had turned into frustration as neither team could display the class expected at this level.

The 100-odd spectators had disappeared even before Kshemal Waingankar bowled the last ball of the day to Tamil Nadu's V Yo Mahesh.

It was perfectly understandable, as in the 378 minutes of play the visitors could only amass 250 for six.

There were only two brief occasions when TN batsmen cut loose. S Badrinath shed his conservative batting style to smash four boundaries in a Balwinder Singh Sandhu over.

Mumbai skipper Wasim Jaffer was left with no option but to remove Sandhu from the attack.

Tamil Nadu Ist inn 250 for 6 in 90 overs (M Vijay 47, S Badrinath 56, R Prasanna 81 no, Yo Mahesh 34 no; Kulkarni 2/60, Sandhu (Jr) 4/80).