Tamil Nadu complete formalities, cruise into Ranji Trophy final
Balwinder Singh Sandhu, the namesake of the man who will always be remembered for shattering Gordon Greenidge's stumps with a sharp inswinger during that famous World Cup final in 1983, picked a fifer - his second in as many innings and third in as many weeks.cricket Updated: Jan 13, 2012 23:53 IST
Balwinder Singh Sandhu, the namesake of the man who will always be remembered for shattering Gordon Greenidge's stumps with a sharp inswinger during that famous World Cup final in 1983, picked a fifer - his second in as many innings and third in as many weeks.
Yet, David Warner was the toast for everyone at the Wankhede Stadium, just like the rest of the cricketing globe, on the last day of the Ranji Trophy semifinal on Friday. And with the Tamil Nadu having sealed the final berth on the third morning itself, it was perfectly understandable that most of the Tamil Nadu cricketers were curious to know the score in Perth despite fielding in the Maximum City.
As had been the case of most of the last two day's play, most of the fourth day's play was about individual milestones. While Sandhu made the most of his opportunity by registering a ten-wicket haul in the match - a rarity in domestic cricket for a medium-pace bowler - Murali Vijay failed to convert his overnight century into a double, falling to the impressive paceman Sandhu in the second over after Mumbai took the second new ball.
Naturally, with no milestone in sight, the visitors piled on Mumbai's agony by setting them an impossible-to-be-chased target of 532 runs off 44 overs.
Mumbai employed their eighth opening combination of the season, with Abhishek Nayar walking out with Kaustubh Pawar to open.
Tamil Nadu 359 and 331/8 decl vs Mumbai 157 and 88/3
First Published: Jan 13, 2012 23:52 IST