Ranji Trophy: Tamil Nadu trounces Baroda

The margin of victory – an innings and 44 runs – reflects Tamil Nadu's dominance against Baroda in the game.

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Seamer K. Vignesh (left), adjudged player of the match, scalped three more to finish with eight wickets in the contest.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Tamil Nadu had its finger on the pulse of the game throughout, won the key moments and outplayed Baroda in a display that was clinical.

The margin of victory – an innings and 44 runs – reflects Tamil Nadu's dominance in this Group A Ranji Trophy match at the Shaeed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium.

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Baroda was dismissed for 200 in the post lunch session on day three here on Sunday. Seamer K. Vignesh, adjudged player of the match, scalped three more to finish with eight wickets in the contest. Left-arm spinner Aushik Srinivas bowled with craft to pick four wickets on the concluding day.

Tamil Nadu now has 17 points from five matches, and presently tops Group ‘A’. Baroda has three points from four outings.

“It was a team performance. Everyone played his part in the win. This is what I want from the side in future also,” said coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar.

The pitch continued to offer lateral movement and batting demanded application. Once again, the Baroda batsmen were found lacking in both footwork and heart collapsing from 59 without loss.

K. Vignesh was impressive. He bowls close to the off-stump, draws batsmen into a stroke and often foxes them with his two-way seam movement. In other words, his deviation is more effective because of the line he bowls.

He trapped Dhiren Mistry leg-before with a delivery that nipped back. And Kedar Devdhar (49, 83b, 5x4), who batted efficiently if not flamboyantly, was flummoxed by a slower delivery.

Skipper Deepak Hooda had just made five when he was bamboozled by a mean inswinger from K. Vignesh. The Chennai seamer was humming.

Left-arm spinner Aushik Srinivas got into the act as well. Aushik is bowling much better this season since he is using the crease more effectively.

Earlier, he was rather one dimensional by delivering from wide of the crease. Now, Aushik is bowling from close to the stumps; this also brings the leg-before decision into play.

Aushik is now spinning the ball away from the right-hander; earlier he was angling the ball into the batsman.

The left-armer castled Vishnu Solanki with a lovely delivery that spun past the outside edge. And Yusuf Pathan stepped out to Aushik only to be done in by the dip and hole out.

Paceman L. Vignesh, who delivers from a rather sling-armish action, consumed Pinal Shah with a peach of an away going delivery.