Updated: March 10, 2020 7:32:05 pm
On the eventful second day of the Ranji Trophy final between Bengal and Saurashtra on Tuesday, the match on the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot noticed only one official umpire on the sphere after umpire Chettithody Shamsuddin acquired injured after being hit by a ball across the decrease stomach space.
With Shamsuddin unable to take the sphere after being injured on Monday, his on-field accomplice KN Ananthapadmanabhan was the one one officiating in the center in the primary session on day two as native umpire Piyush Khakar stood at sq. leg.
This meant that Ananthapadmanabhan was umpiring from both ends to begin the proceedings on the second day, which Saurashtra began on 206/5.
Sundaram Ravi, the designated third umpire, couldn’t assist his colleague out then as he had the duty of DRS calls. But post-lunch, he joined Ananthapadmanabhan in the center as Shamsuddin took the position of the TV umpire.
Shamshuddin’s substitute, Yashwant Barde, will be part of Ananthapadmanabhan on day three, and can officiate the remainder of the summit conflict.
As for the motion on the sphere, Saurashtra ended the day on 384/8 after Cheteshwar Pujara (66 off 237) and Arpit Vasavada gave (106 off 287) a masterclass in defensive batting with a five-hour partnership on day two. Their 142-run partnership off 380 balls wore down the opposition.
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