Baba Aparajith`s double century puts Tamil Nadu in strong position

New Delhi: Young Baba Aparajith smashed only his second first-class double hundred while Ramaswamy Prasanna scored an unbeaten half-century to guide Tamil Nadu to a formidable position against Services at the end of second day`s play in a Ranji Trophy Group B match, here on Monday.

Riding on an impressive batting display, Tamil Nadu declared their first innings at a mammoth 456 for seven in 167 overs.

Resuming at their overnight score of 220 for three, Tamil Nadu batsmen scored another 236 runs in 77 overs for the loss of four wickets.

Aparajith carried on from where he left yesterday and added another 94 runs to his overnight score to finish his innings on 203. He was caught by Pratik Desai off the bowling of Nishan Singh at the team score of 395 for five.

Aparajith`s faced 395 balls and hit 19 boundaries and one six during his long stay at the crease.

Aparajith shared a 111-run fifth wicket stand with Prasanna, who made an unbeaten 74, to take Tamil Nadu forward.

Prasanna gave Aparajith ample support from the other end and decorated his unbeaten 182-ball innings with five fours.

For Services, pace duo of Suraj Yadav (2/63) and Nishan Singh (2/84) picked up two wickets apiece.

At stumps on Day 2, Services were 17 for no loss in 11 overs. Pratik Desai (6 batting) and captain Soumik (3 batting) were at the crease at the close of play.

Brief Scores:

Tamil Nadu (Overnight 220 for 3): 456 for seven decl in 167 overs (Baba Badrinath 203, Subramaniam Badrinath 81, Ramaswamy Prasanna 74 not out; Suraj Yadav 2/63).

Services: 17 for no loss in 11 overs.