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Dinesh Karthik played a masterful innings of 95 © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Tamil Nadu (TN) scored 262 for 4 against Madhya Pradesh (MP) on Day One, Round 4 of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16. MP captain Devendra Bundela won the toss and elected to elected first on a track that was likely to offer some assistance for the bowlers. All the same, the plan worked, for Ishwar Pandey trapped Washington Sundar for a duck on the very second delivery of the match. While it was Pandey who drew first blood, Ashwin Das added another nail to the coffin by dismissing the classicist Abhinav Mukund. The scorecard read 2 for 1 after 1.5 overs. FULL Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 1, Round 4

TN, by all means, needed a resurgence, for they were pushed on the back foot early on. However, Vijay Shankar, despite the team being bogged by early blows, fired on all cylinders and scored a 41-ball 41, inclusive of 7 blistering boundaries. Meanwhile, Kaushik Gandhi played displayed a proper, traditional, Test-like innings, taking as many as 232 balls to stitch 71 runs. No, he did not deal in singles and doubles. He instead left anything that is supposed to be left in the longest format, for he dealt in 11 fours. Amidst all the conventional batsmanship, Dinesh Karthik played a masterful innings of 95, missing out on a well-deserved century. With Gandhi and Baba Indrajith still at the crease, TN look set to pots a big total on Day Four.

Brief scores

Tamil Nadu 262 for 4 (Dinesh Karthik 95, Kaushik Gandhi 71*; Chandrakant Sakure 2 for 47) vs Madhya Pradesh