Prasanna, Mahesh century stand lifts TN to 250/6 on day one

Tamil Nadu were struggling at 139 for six at lunch on the opening day Getty Images

Mumbai: Jan 10, 2012

Ramaswamy Prasanna struck a fighting unbeaten 81 and added 111 with Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh to lift Tamil Nadu to a respectable 250 for six from a precarious position on day one of the four-day Ranji Trophy semi-final against Mumbai.

Tamil Nadu were tottering at 139 for six at lunch, having lost five wickets on either side of the interval for the addition of only 32 runs.

However, Prasanna and Mahesh dug in and added 111 runs for the undefeated seventh wicket at the Wankhede Stadium.

At close, the 29-year-old Prasanna, playing in only his 24th first class fixture, was unbeaten after a vigil of 245 minutes during which he slammed 12 fours from 177 balls.

Yo Mahesh, a handy lower order batsman and medium pacer, was giving him company with a responsible 34 not out after a 185-minute stay at the crease, after facing 142 balls.

The seventh wicket pair denied Mumbai, who had given first strike to Tamil Nadu after winning the toss, any wicket after the first hour of the second session, and also saw off the second new ball taken eight overs before close.

Their partnership, that has spanned 279 balls, pulled the visitors from a deep rut that saw Tamil Nadu lose three wickets in four balls in only six minutes before lunch, including two off successive balls, at the same score of 107 and then two more soon after the break.

The man doing serious damage to the strong Tamil Nadu ranks after a 99-run second wicket stand between opener Murali Vijay (47) and Subramaniam Badrinath (56) was young Mumbai medium pacer Balwinder Singh Sandhu, in his first season.

The right arm bowler ended the day with fine figures of 4 for 80 after being on a hat-trick during his superb second spell of 2-0-8-2, after grabbing the wickets of Vijay and Dinesh Karthik in successive balls.

Dhawal Kulkarni secured the remaining two wickets that fell and ended with figures of 2 for 60. (PTI)