Chennai: Left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra scalped three wickets to leave Tamil Nadu tottering at 122 for five chasing Delhi’s first innings total of 318 all out on the second day of a Elite-A match of Ranji Trophy here on Thursday.
At one stage, Tamil Nadu were 82 for 5 but the unbroken sixth wicket stand between S Badrinath, who is batting with 45 (127b, 163m, 3x4, 2x6) and C Ganapathy (batting 14) brought about 40 runs in 23 overs.
Earlier, Delhi could add just 60 runs to their overnight first innings score of 258 for three, courtesy R Ashwin’s brilliant spin bowling as he completed a five-wicket haul, taking four scalps on Thursday.
Delhi lost the wicket of Virat Kohli in the 15th over on Thursday. Kohli, who made 139 (267b, 12x4, 4x6) pushed off spinner Ashwin to short mid wicket but ended up offering a simple catch to R Satish.
His stand with overnight batsman Puneet Bisht (8) yielded 50 runs of 20.5 overs for the eighth wicket.
Injured and retired hurt Rajat Bhatia did not resume his innings.
Ashwin, who came on to bowl at the 13th over of the day, held on to his end in enabling Delhi’s dismissal before lunch. Ashwin claimed four wickets in 8.1 overs conceding 19 runs and this was also his first five wicket haul for this season.
Commencing their reply, the hosts had the shock of losing dependable opener Abhinav Mukund (2) as medium pacer Pawan Suyal gave the breakthrough for Delhi when he took a return catch in the second over of the innings.
Then on, Anirudha Srikkanth looked to settle down but played an uppish shot to be caught at silly point by Chetan Sharma off Mishra for 28 (40b, 3x4) and Tamil Nadu were 48 for 2 in 14.1 overs.
Anirudha put on 45 runs for the second wicket with KB Arun Karthik, who also made his exit for an addition of two runs. Karthik (6) snicked a Parvinder Awana delivery to give a catch to wicket keeper Puneet Bisht.
Tamil Nadu lost two more quick wickets, Captain Dinesh Karthik (6) and R Satish (2), both falling prey to Mishra, who ended the day with an impressive analysis of 19-7-22-3.
Brief Scores: Delhi (first innings) 318 all out in 116.1 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 41, Virat Kohli 139, Mithin Minhas 70, R.Ashwin 4 for 94) Vs Tamil Nadu (First Innings) 122 for 5 (S.Anirudha 28, S.Badrinath batting 45 and C.Ganapathy batting 14 and Vikas Mishra 3 for 22).