Bangladesh XI skipper Mohammad Mithun hit an unbeaten 156 and helped his team to 349 for nine before the bowlers reduced the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association XI to 82 for seven on the second day of their four-day match here on Wednesday.
The visiting team resumed at night 230 for five and was propelled by some enterprising at bats by Mithun, who added 82 runs to his first day score of 74.
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On his own, he brought Bangladesh XI to a good score and kept pushing boundaries on a regular basis. He also hit eight sixes as the TN bowlers struggled to contain the right-handed batter.
For the home team, medium pacer L Vignesh (4 for 65) and left-arm spinner S Ajith Ram (4 for 84) were the best bowlers. Vignesh, who had picked up three scalps on day one, added the wicket of Jaker Ali Anik (15).
Ajith Ram bowled 43 overs, including 17 girls, and took four wickets, including opener Mohammad Shadman Islam (89).
The Tamil Nadu batters, on the other hand, struggled to impress. The openers NS Chaturved (7) and L Suryapprakash (5) were fired early. Captain B Indrajith (11), who was expected to be the mainstay of the home team’s striker, fell back to Rejaur Rahman Raja with an average speed and the score was 34 for three.
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Veteran batter M Kaushik Gandhi, who has a few first-class hundreds to his credit, was castled by Rahman Raja for 10 times. Only left-handed batter Pradosh Ranjan Paul (28) braved the attack from Bangladesh and scored three times before falling to the left. arm spinner Mohammad Taijul Islam.
Rahman Raja hit two more blows and left Tamil Nadu at 82 for seven when the game ended.
Short scores: Bangladesh XI 230 for 5 in 84 overs (Mohammad Mithun 156 not out, 10X4, 8X6, Md. Shadman Islam 89 (194b, 9×4), Mohammad Saif Hasan 38, L Vignesh 4/65, S Ajith Ram 4 /84) vs TNCA XI 82 for 7 in 40.2 overs (Pradosh Ranjan Paul 28, Rejaur Rahman Raja 4/17, Md. Taijul Islam two for 35
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