No respite: Taijul Islam kept the pressure on TN batters traps L. Vignesh leg-before wicket
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Adithya Ganesh delays the inevitable with an unbeaten 41 as Taijul Islam sizzles for the visitors
CHENNAI: On a day marred with rain interruptions, Bangladesh XI showed the calibre of a side with international experience to come within four wickets of an innings victory against Tamil Nadu XI at the end of the third day’s play here at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Thursday.
TN resumed the day on 82 for seven and batted just about six overs before it was bowled out for a paltry 93. Forced to follow on, TN finished the day on 133 for six in the second innings, needing to score another 123 runs to make the visitors bat again.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam (4/40) took the first two wickets of the day before Rejaur Rahman Raja, who was the wrecker-in-chief on day two, rearranged Gowtham Thamarai Kannan’s stumps to complete a well-deserved five-wicket haul (5/23).
Asked to bat again, the hosts’ efforts in the second innings did not go as per plan either as pacer Syed Khaled Ahmed knocked over opener N.S. Chaturved in the second over of the innings.
In the final session of play, Islam (3/51) struck thrice to leave TN struggling at 71 for five before Adithya Ganesh steadied things with a patient unbeaten 41.
The scores: Bangladesh XI 349/9 decl. vs Tamil Nadu XI 93 in 46.5 overs (Rejaur Rahman Raja 5/23, Md. Taijul Islam 4/40) & 133/6 in 46 overs (f/o) (Adithya Ganesh 41 batting).