Opener Okay.T.A. Madhava Prasad (72, 164b, 5×4, 1×6), skipper M. Shahrukh Khan (60, 48b, 8×4, 2×6), and left-hander Nidhish S. Rajagopal (90, 144b, 10×4, 1×6) helped TNCA XI to get to 344 for 9 and declare an 126-run first-innings lead over Kerala on day two of their Group-D match within the TNCA Buchi Babu Memorial All India invitational cricket event on the India Cement Firm floor right here on Wednesday.
Shahrukh Khan’s typical breezy innings meant 79 runs have been accrued off simply 96 balls for the third-wicket partnership between him and Madhava Prasad. On a second-day wicket that also provided carry for the pacers, Shahrukh Khan was extreme on the brief balls — his two sixes got here off the pull shot.
Nidhish was concerned in a 69-run fourth-wicket stand with Madhava Prasad and a 78-run seventh-wicket union with Jhathavedh Subramanyan (25, 95b, 2×4).
After the day’s play, Nidhish mentioned that the wicket had begun deteriorating in the middle of his innings. There’s a pronounced tough patch across the left-hander’s fifth-stump on a superb size on the pavilion finish that the spinners may try to exploit. Kerala has 5 left-handers in its batting line-up.
“Our spinners will come in useful. To bat final on this wicket, can be difficult,” mentioned Nidhish.
Lacking out on hitting 100, he mentioned: “While you play in such a superb event and also you miss out enjoying an enormous innings, it’s clearly disappointing. You need to hit good first-innings tons of on your workforce. So, sure, clearly, a bit unhappy that I missed out. But it surely’s a reasonably lengthy event.”
The scores (day two): At Tirunelveli: Kerala 218 vs. TNCA XI 344/9 in 100 overs (Okay.T.A. Madhava Prasad 72, M. Shahrukh Khan 60, Nidhish S. Rajagopal 90).
At Dindigul: Baroda 339 in 121.4 overs (Jyotsnil Singh 114, Priyanshu Moliya 51, Vishnu Solanki 82, Mahesh Pithiya 44, Jayant Yadav 5/112) vs Haryana 63 in 35.3 overs (Baba Safikhan Pathan 6/10) & Haryana 87/2 in 20 overs (Yuvraj Singh 50 batting).
At Salem: Mumbai 619/7 decl. in 160 overs (Musheer Khan 113, Prasad Pawar 72, Hardik Tamore 205 n.o., Tanush Kotian 73, Atharva Ankolekar 84) vs Delhi 47/2 in 16 overs.