Chennai: Tamil Nadu gained the upperhand, securing a 74-run first innings lead against Bengal on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Elite Group ‘B’ match at the M A Chidambaram stadim here on Thursday.
After ending their first innings at 263 all out, built on Baba Aparajith’s superb knock of 103, Tamil Nadu struck back with medium pacer M Mohammed (4 for 39) and spinner Rahil Shah (5 for 46) ripping through the visitor’s batting line up to bowl it out for 189 in 65.5 overs.
At close, the hosts were 12 for 1 at stumps, an overall lead of 86 runs.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu resuming at overnight 218 for 7 added 45 runs with Aparajith reaching the well-deserved ton.
His 273-ball knock studded with eight fours and a six ended when he holed out to Manoj Tiwari of Pradipto Pramanik’s bowling.
The eighth wicket partnership between Aparajith and M Mohammed (24, 66 balls) yielded 64 runs and enabled Tamil Nadu push the total past the 250 mark.
Aparajith, who came in at No.3, was the ninth batsman to be dismissed.