Chennai: Tamil Nadu captain Abhinav Mukund fought back with a resolute half-century in the second innings after a century by B Sumanth gave Andhra Pradesh an important 133-run lead on the third day of the Ranji Trophy Group C match on Sunday.
Tamil Nadu was 112 for 2 in the second innings with Mukund batting on 52 in respone to Andhra's first innings total of 309.
They had an injury scare when Test opener Murali Vijay retired hurt when on 13 after appearing to have rolled his ankle.
Resuming at 231 for 7, Andhra extended their lead as Sumanth in the company of Shoaib Mohammed Khan added a further 52 runs as the host's misery continued.
Khan fell for 43, a crucial knock as it helped his team build an important lead, when he was leg-before wicket to Ravichandran Ashwin.
Sumanth continued to defy the TN bowlers and reached a well-deserved century of 254 balls.
He was the last man to be dismissed as Ashwin when M S Washington Sundar held on to a catch.
His 280-ball knock contained five fours and one six and went a long way in making sure of first innings points for his team as the match appears headed for a draw.
Ashwin finished with 4 for 71 for his efforts while K Vignesh scalped three wickets.
The home side began their second innings cautiously and Vijay seemed in good touch, before retiring hurt.
The left-handed Mukund looked solid and hit four boundaries in his half-century.
Andhra enjoyed success when one-drop batsman M Kaushik Gandhi was caught by KS Bharat of the young left-arm paceman Prithvi Raj Yarra for 7.
Baba Indrajith, who came in at No. 4 put on 40 runs with the skipper, before perishing off the bowling of Bhargav Bhatt for 16.
Baba Aparajith replaced his twin and ensured that the team ended the day without any further loss of wickets but trailing by 21 runs.
Brief scores (End of day 3) Group C:
Tamil Nadu 176 all out and 112 for 2 in 54 overs (Abhinav Mukund 54 batting) vs Andhra Pradesh 309 all out in 123.4 overs (B Sumanth 109, Ashwin Hebbar 64, Shoaib Mohammed Khan 43, K S Bharat 32, R Ashwin 4 for 71, K Vignesh 3 for 73, L Vignesh 2 for 42) in Chennai.
Madhya Pradesh 551 for 8 declared in 164 overs (Devendra Bundela 99, Shubam Sharma 196, Ankit Sharma 104, Harpreet Singh Bhatia 32, A Sheth 2 for 90, Swapnil K Singh 3 for 136) vs Baroda 302 all out in 79 overs (Yusuf Pathan 111, Irfan Pathan 80, Ishwar Pandey 2 for 44, Avesh Khan 2 for 75, Ankit Sharma 2 for 75) and 41 for 1 in 17 overs (Aditya Waghmode 31) at Indore.
Tripura 6 for no loss in 2 overs vs Odisha at Bhubaneshwar.
Debutant Anuj Rawat impresses as Delhi inch towards win
New Delhi: Delhi looked firmly in sight of an innings victory after debutant Anuj Rawat's 71, found hosts reaching a commendable 435 in their first innings on third day of the Ranji Trophy Group A encounter.
After taking a sizeable 177-run first innings lead, Delhi left Assam in tatters at 60 for 3 in their second essay with another 117 runs required to avoid innings defeat.
Navdeep Saini (2/13 in 8 overs) bowled at brisk pace, removing openers Pallav Das (5) and Rishav Das (9). Both deliveries were sharp incutters trapping one leg before and knocking the off stump of the other.
Left-arm pacer Kulwant Khejroliya (1/1 in 4 overs) also removed rival skipper Gokul Sharma.
The highlight of the day was composed batting from Anuj, who is still 10 days short of his 18th birthday.
The young left-hander faced 146 balls, hitting seven fours and a six. More importantly, he added 122 runs for the seventh wicket with Mannan Sharma (69, 98 balls) after Delhi were 297 for six at one stage.
Gautam Gambhir (137) was out early in the day, adding only a single run to his overnight score.
Uttaranchal boy Anuj, who has learnt his cricket from Virat Kohli's childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma at West Delhi Academy, showed maturity beyond years.
He allowed his senior partner Mannan to go for his shots as the latter had 13 hits to the fence.
The duo joined together at 297 for six with the lead being less than 40. But the manner in which Anuj handled the Assam pace duo of Abu Nechim (7/68) and Krishna Das (2/82) was worth a praise.
He also used his feet well against the spinners, lofting off-spinner Sarupam Purkayastha for a straight six.
By the time, both were dismissed, Delhi had taken complete control of the proceedings.
Assam: 258 and 60 for 3 (Navdeep Saini 2/13).
Delhi 1st innings: 435 (Gautam Gambhir 137, Nitish Rana 110, Anuj Rawat 71, Mannan Sharma 69; Abu Nechim Ahmed 7/68).
At Lucknow, Railways vs Uttar Pradesh: Railways won by 21 runs.
Railways: 182 & 161 all out (Arindam Ghosh 57; Ankit Rajpoot 4/34).
Uttar Pradesh: 250 & 72 all out (Avinash Yadav 4/26, Anureet Singh 3/25).
Hyderabad vs Maharashtra: No play.
Seamers help Saurashtra claim an innings and 31-run win over Haryana
Rohtak: Saurashtra seamers Jaydev Unadkat, Shaurya Sanandia and Chirag Jani shared seven wickets among them to bundle out Haryana for 140 in their second innings and help the team post an innings and 31-run win on the third day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match.
Unadkat, Sanandia and Jani shone for Saurashtra on the traditionally seamer-friendly conditions.
After Haryana resumed on 93 for six, Unadkat and Jani today shared four wickets between them, which were left, to warp off the match before lunch.
Overnight half-centurion Chaitanya Bishnoi (56) could add just three more runs to his last night's score.
Forced to follow on after being bundled out for 107 in their first innings, Haryana's batsmen failed to show any improvement in their second essay as well, except Bishnoi.
Saurashtra could register an innings victory despite scoring less than 300 runs when they had batted in their only innings in the match.
Saurashtra had made 278.
Haryana: 107 & 140 all out (Chaitanya Bishnoi 56; Jaydev Unadkat 3/55, Shaurya Sanandia 2/18, Chirag Jani 2/12).
In Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala vs Jharkhand: Kerala won by 9 wickets
Jharkhand: 202 & 89 (Jalaj S Saxena 5/27, Karaparambil Monish 4/42).
Kerala: 259 & 34 for 1 (KB Arun Karthik 27).
In Jaipur, Rajasthan vs Jammu and Kashmir:
Rajasthan: 1st innings: 330
Jammu and Kashmir: 1st innings: 432 for 6 (Ahmed Bandy 102, Parvez Rasool 97).