Former champions Tamil Nadu are on course to garner full points against Karnataka after taking a vital 200 run first innings lead (TN were 185 for six at close) on the penultimate day of the four-day Elite-A Ranji Trophy match in Chennai on Sunday.
The highlight of the day's play was a superb bowling performance by Tamil Nadu fast bowler Amarnath (5/74) and spinner Ramkumar (4/65). Resuming at their overnight score of 144 for 6, Karnataka were dimissed for 221 in 71.2 overs and only Akhil (33) and Sunil Joshi (33) managed to make significant contributions on Sunday. Tamil Nadu had made 421 in their first innings.
In their second knock, the hosts lost wickets in pursuit of quick runs. Tamil Nadu's first innings hero, Abhinav Mukund fell without opening his account being caught by wicket keeper Tilak Naidu off Aiyappa. And when Anirudha Srikanth (11) made his exit in the fourth over, Tamil Nadu were 17 for 2.
Opener M Vijay and captain Badrinath attacked the bowlers and they added 76 runs for the third wicket before the latter was caught by Sunil Joshi at deep square leg off Vinay Kumar for 46 (5 fours and a six). Vijay (47, with three fours and two sixes) and Srivasudeva Das (23) put on 35 runs. Both fell to catches in the slips by Akhil and leg-spinner Appanna and Aiyappa were the bowlers.
R Srinivasan, a dependable batsman, who made his debut for the state this season and R Ram Kumar (20) were at the crease at draw of stumps. For Karnataka, Aiyappa claimed 3 for 30 and Vinay Kumar, Sunil Joshi and Appanna took a wicket each.
Tamil Nadu (1st Innings): 421
Karnataka (1st Innings):
R Uthappa c Gopinath b Yeo Mahesh 15
KB Pavan b P.Amarnath 3
S Shinde b Ramkumar 45
C Raghu lbw Ramkumar 6
Y Goud c Gopinath b P.Amarnath 34
T Naidu c Anirudha b Ramkumar 36
B Akhil lbw P.Amarnath 33
S Joshi lbw P.Amarnath 33
RVinay Kumar c Suresh b P.Amarnath 5
NC Aiyappa lbw Ramkumar 5
K Appanna not out 2
Extras: (Nb-3, W-1) 4
Total: (all out in 71.2 overs) 221
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-30, 3-58, 4-78, 5-140, 6-144, 7-202, 8-213, 9-214
Bowling: Yeo Mahesh 16.3-3-56-1, P Amarnath 21.3-8-74-5, A Mukund 1-0-6-0, Ramkumar 27.2-8-65-4, C Suresh 5-1-20-0.
Tamil Nadu (2nd Innings):
S Anirudha c Robin Uthappa b Aiyappa 11
M Vijay c Akhil b Appanna 47
A Mukund c Tilak Naidu b Aiyappa 0
S Badrinath c Sunil Joshi b Vinaykumar 46
KSrivasudeva Das c Akhil b Aiyappa 23
R Srinivasan batting 17
K H.Gopinath c Robin Uthappa b Sunil Joshi 9
R Ramkumar batting 20
Extras: B-5, Lb-4, W-3 12
Total: (for 6 wkts in 61 overs) 185
Fall of wickets: 1/17, 2/17, 3/93, 4/128, 5/139, 6/155
Bowling: R Vinaykumar 14-2-40-1, NC Aiyappa 13-4-30-3, S Sunil Joshi 11-3-33-1, B Akhil 7-1-19-0, KP Appanna 16-1-54-1.