Ranji Trophy: Jammu and Kashmir on verge of defeat

Subramaniam Badrinath did not enforce the follow-on after bowlers had stuck to the task by bowling out Jammu and Kashmir for 169, gaining a hefty 159-runs lead. Tanmay Agarwal feasted on the attack enroute to his second century unbeaten on 103 putting Hyderabad in commanding position.

Tanmay Agarwal had also top-scored in the first innings (119) for Hyderabad in his Ranji Trophy game against Jammu and Kashmir.   -  V.V. Subrahmanyam

Hyderabad crushed Jammu & Kashmir's resistance on day three of the four-day Ranji Trophy Group C tie at the Motibaug ground. Subramaniam Badrinath did not enforce the follow-on after bowlers had stuck to the task by bowling out opponent for 169, gaining a hefty 159-runs lead.

He slammed a rapidfire 66 off 60 balls before declaring the innings, leaving J & K chasing 404 in bright light, in deep trouble at 42 for 4, with 361 behind at close of play.

Tanmay Agarwal feasted on the attack enroute to his second century unbeaten on 103. The left-hander had top-scored in the first innings (119). A heavy scorer in age-group cricket back home, self-belief was visible in his frontfoot play and crackling drives through the line. Badrinath made room to pierce the field in a knock laced with eight fours, one six before declaring at 244 runs, amassed in 57 overs of controlled hitting.

J & K started off in the morning, 22 runs away from following-on and tailenders at the crease. Hyderabad’s pace attack did the job in 7.3 overs on third day morning, bowling out the opponent for 169. Chama Milind (2-29), Mohammed Siraj (3-51) got the wickets, leaving strike bowler Ravi Kiran on overnight tally of four wickets.

Hyderabad’s reluctance to enforce the follow-on and unleash fast bowlers to have a go at the brittle J & K batting line-up meant a dip in momentum. Rasool came on in the 13th over, trying his best to test opener Tanmay Agarwal and Akshath Reddy.

The first wicket pair put on 128 runs in 39 overs of cautious batting, in process scoring half-centuries. Tanmay needed 120 balls to cross 50, his second milestone in the match. Akshath took 93 balls before being dismissed by the J & K off-spinner/captain. Badrinath punished a demoralised attack, slamming six fours and a six for a quickfire 50 off 45 deliveries.