Yo Mahesh, Prasanna, Malolan rescue TN: 273-9
Maharashtra were cock-a hoop as their bowlers did a splendid job to restrict Tamil Nadu to 273 for nine as the host recovered through a 110 run stand for the sixth wicket between V Yo Mahesh (87,130 bls, eight fours,three sixes) and R Prasanna(56, 110 bls, 9 fours), at stumps on the first day of the Group B third round league outing in the Ranji trophy cricket championship here today.
Tail ender Malolan Rangarajan (50,86 bls 8 fours) and Oushik Srinivas(4) were at the wicket after the rescue acts.
With both teams under pressure, more so the host, to gain full points from this game, at the M A Chidambaram stadium it was some grim battle between bat and ball as Maharashtra medium pacer S S Mundhe rattled Tamil Nadu's top order to have them reeling.
He sent back left handed opener Abhinav Mukund for 6 (11 bls), Murali Vijay, released by BCCI from Team India to assist his team, for a duck (2 balls) and another star batsman S Badrinath also for a duck after facing just five balls. Mundhe's 3-13 put Maharashatra on top as Tamil Nadu were fighting for survival losing five wickets with just 87 runs on the board off 30.1 overs.
They suffered another blow as thier centurion in the previous game, young B Aparajith, after holding on for 81 balls fell to tweaker S S Bachchav. Forced to defend and stay at the wicket to play the sheet anchor role, the normally strokeful Aparajti could hit just two fours.
Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu 273-9 in 90 overs (B Aparajith 23, R Prasanna 56, V Yo Mahesh 87, M Rangarajan -batting 50, SS Mundhe 3-38, S Falah 2-49).