Ravindra Jadeja bowls 17 overs on return; TN 183/4 | Cricket News



CHENNAI: Returning to competitive cricket after nearly six months, India’s premier all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja went wicketless in his 17 overs at a slow Chepauk ground as Tamil Nadu made it 183/4 against Saurashtra in their Ranji Trophy game Tuesday.
In the presence of national coach Sridharan Sharath, who was seen talking to Jadeja after the first day of play, the left-arm star’s fitness was put to the test ahead of the Australian Test series.
He finished the day with none for 36.
Jadeja lead Saurashtra in their last group league match with Cheteshwar Pujara and regular captain Jaydev Unadkat rested outside the four-match marquee, starting in Nagpur on February 9.
The all-rounder, who pulled out after injuring his knee in the Asian Cup last September, is also part of India’s squad for the first two Tests, but his inclusion in the 17-man squad is subject to physical condition.
Going for the bat, Tamil Nadu lost Narayan Jagadeesan’s wicket in the second half of the day. But afterwards, opener Sai Sudharsan, twins Baba Aparajith and Baba Indrajith stabilized the ship with identical scores of 45.
Indrajith went unbeaten with Vijay Shankar giving him company on the 11th at the other end.
At ICC, Maharashtra rolled over Kedar Jadhav’s second century in five innings to overcome an early scare and post 314 for six against Mumbai.
Maharashtra lost Pavan Shah before he could open his account while number 3 Naushad Shaikh also dropped cheaply for 12 with the team score at 23/2. But Jadhav saved his team with his 128 from 168 balls (18×4, 1×6) and a 105-point partnership with Siddhesh Veer (48).
Veer, however, was unable to reach fifty and was fired by Shams Mulani before losing Ankit Bawne for the single point addition. Jadhav, however, continued strongly at the other end.
After Jadhav left, Saurabh Nawale produced some fine running back action at No.7, scoring a gritty 56 not knocked out.
Brief notes:
In Chennai: Tamil Nadu 183/4; 90 overs (Sai ​​Sudharsan 45, Baba Aparajith 45, Baba Indrajith 45; Chirag Jani 2/30).
In Bombay: Maharashtra 314/6; 87 overs (Kedar Jadhav128, Saurabh Nawale 56 batting, Siddhesh Veer 48; Tushar Deshpande 2/64, Mohit Avasthi 2/70, Shams Mulani 2/105) against Mumbai.
In Vizianagaram: Assam 113; 37.5 overs (Rishav Das 30; M Madhav Rayudu 4/12, KV Sasikanth 3/34). Andra 160/3; 47 overs (Hanuma Vihari 80, Abhishek Reddy 75).
In Hyderabad: Hyderabad 247/4; 90 overs (Rohit Rayudu 90, Chandan Sahani 67, Rahul Radesh 41; Divij Mehra 2/38) against Delhi.



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