Tamil Nadu hit 149 for 4 in reply to Mumbai’s 238

Chennai: After bundling out defending champions Mumbai for a mere 238, Tamil Nadu reached 149 for 4 at close on the third day of their four-day sixth Elite A league match in Ranji Trophy cricket here on Friday.

At stumps, K Vasudevadas (21) and R Satish (16) were at the crease.

Earlier, Mumbai, after resuming on 180 for four, lost their captain Wasim Jaffer almost immediately. Jaffer could add only one run to his yesterday’s personal score as he departed for 67 (153 b, 5x4, 1x6) after being adjudged leg before wicket to Laxmipathy Balaji.

But Balaji did not stop there and in the same over he went on dismiss Iqbal Abdulla (0).

The other overnight batman Prashant Naik, who resumed on 8, however, held his ground and along with Ramesh Powar (21) added 38 runs before the latter also got out.

Thereafter, wickets kept falling at the other end even as Naik remained unbeaten on 33.

Balaji (4/32) and Suresh Kumar (4/44) chipped in with four wickets each.

Replying to Mumbai’s modest 238, Tamil Nadu could not get off to an ideal start, losing both the openers – Abhinav Mukund (13) and Srikkanth Anirudha (20) as well as Dinesh Karthik (19). However, Subramaniam Badrinath (51) completed his half-century to consolidate the hosts’ innings.

Mumbai’s medium pacer Iqbal Abdulla finished the day on two for 36.