Hyderabad: Hyderabad top-order disappointed yet again while Andhra amassed 264-run first-innings lead as the visitors stare at an innings defeat on the penultimate day of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group A & B match at CSR Sharma College Ground, Ongole on Monday.
Out of form opener Akshath Reddy (4), J Mallikarjun (2) and Number four batsman Himalay Agarwal (0) fell to pacer P Vijay Kumar, Andhra’s highest wicker-taker, as Tanmay’s men were reduced to 45/3 at stumps.
The visitors’ trail by 219 runs. Tanmay (20 batting) and first innings half-centurion Jaweed Ali (16 batting) were at the crease during the close of day’s play.
This was after Andhra declared at 489/8 in the second innings. Resuming at 237/1, G Hanuma Vihari’s men lost overnight centurion DB Prashanth Kumar (119) early to M Ravi Kiran. Left-arm pacer CV Milind sent back half-centurion Vihari (55) and wicket-keeper batsman KS Bharat (5) early to give hopes of a Hyderabad comeback.
However, the fifth-wicket partnership between Karan Shinde (94) and Ricky Bhui (69) extended Andhra’s lead. The duo added 171 runs from 238 balls before Mehdi Hasan, who had a long spell (3/150 in 49 overs) dismissing Bhui. The left-arm spinner also cleaned up Shinde who fell short of his hundred by six runs. KV Sasikanth (31) and Jyothisaikrishna (18) played useful cameos before the declaration.
There were four half-centurions for Andhra in addition to Prashanth’s century on a green wicket where Tanmay’s men lost quick wickets.
Hyderabad bowlers, on the other hand, struggled to break the partnerships while Ravi Kiran (2/92) and Milind (2/87) had to toil hard to return with two wickets from 30 overs. The lack of part-time options meant Tanmay using only five bowlers throughout the innings.
Hyderabad will need to bat through the whole day to save the match while Andhra will be hoping their pacers to finish the job in quick time.