Vimal Khumar’s cussed knock of 144 (293b, 10×4, 2×6) helped TNCA President’s XI declare its innings at 333 for 9 and take a marginal six-run first innings lead towards Indian Railways on the penultimate day of the Buchi Babu invitation cricket event right here on Thursday.
Resuming at 179 for 5, the hosts misplaced an early wicket, however Vimal, within the firm of M. Mohammed, confirmed great endurance to assist the crew acquire the lead. It was actually a troublesome job contemplating Railways’ high quality assault.
Railways didn’t permit the left-right mixture to attain freely. After displaying immense focus for practically one and half-hours, Mohammed lastly cover-drove left-arm spinner Akash Pandey to the fence. It took 110 balls for the pair to attain the primary boundary, nevertheless it actually elevated the boldness stage of the batters.
Vimal labored arduous and reached his century with a pointy single to mid-wicket. Nonetheless, he knew the job was not completed but because the crew was nonetheless 100 runs behind Railways’ first innings whole.
After lunch, each Vimal and Mohammed started to play their photographs and introduced down the deficit to simply 50. The duo regarded good to notch-up a century stand, however fell one run quick as Vimal departed to left-arm pacer Rahul Sharma’s guile. Mohammed and Lakshay Jain adopted him quickly to the dressing room.
There was concern within the TNCA camp because the wickets saved falling. However, the tail steered the crew to 317 for 9 at tea. And with Railways being penalised 16 runs for bowling three overs quick, the host managed the lead.
The scores (day three): Indian Railways 327 & 34/0 in 16 overs vs TNCA President’s XI 333/9 decl. in 124 overs (R. Vimal Khumar 144, M. Mohammed 45).