Chennai: Opener Vineet Saxena scored one of the slowest double hundreds in recent times as Rajasthan crawled their way to 404 for two against Tamil Nadu at stumps on the second day of the Ranji Trophy final on Friday.

After scoring 221 for no loss on the first day, Rajasthan batsmen didn't display any positive intent to up the ante as they added only 183 runs in 90 overs.

Saxena, who became the second Rajasthan batsman after Hanumant Singh to score a double century in the final was unbeaten on 207. But he has already consumed a whopping 555 balls during which he hit 25 boundaries and a six.

Giving him company was tournament's top-scorer Robin Bist who also played an excruciatingly slow knock of 16 off 74 deiveries. The batsmen dismissed were Aakash Chopra (94, 307 balls, 10x4) and skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar (67, 146 balls, 7x4).

With ball starting to keep low, a total in excess of 550 may be prove to be a daunting one for Tamil Nadu although they have a formidable batting line-up.

The slow approach of Rajasthan batsmen however has raised doubts whether their bowlers would get enough time to take 10 Tamil Nadu wickets on such an unresponsive pitch.

In case Tamil Nadu bats more than 30 overs and their innings is not completed then result will be decided on run-rate.

Saxena has stayed at the crease for 12 hours and 27 minutes. The only thing disappointing about his effort was that he was more subdued on the second day than he was on day 1. The only time he did some thing positive was to lift offie Sunny Gupta over mid-wicket fence.

A thickish edge past gully off Yomahesh helped him reach the most coveted milestone in his 13-year career. He consumed 524 balls in the process.

Earlier, Chopra was adjudged leg before the wicket to left-arm spinner Raju Aushik Srinivas.

It was unfortunate that seasoned Chopra missed by only six runs as he made 94 (307b, 9x4, 440mts). By then, Chopra and Saxena have put on a solid and praiseworthy 236 in 104.1 overs.

(Agencies)