Murali Vijay © Getty Images (File Photo)
Murali Vijay was run out for 32 © Getty Images (File Photo)

Vadodara: A brilliant performance from its bowlers helped Tamil Nadu gain the upperhand against Baroda on the opening day of their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match, here today.

Medium pacer Aswin Crist (four for 40) registered his best bowling performance in first-class cricket, while Prasanth Parameswaran (three for 46) and Vijay Shankar (two for 27) provided the support from the other end to help Tamil Nadu bowl out Baroda for a paltry 149 in 50.3 overs in their first innings.

Opener Saurabh Wakaskar top-scored for Baroda with a patient 51, while Hardik Pandya made 47 as only four batsmen from the home team managed double digit scores after being invited to bat.

In reply, Tamil Nadu reached 77 for two in 32 overs at the close of play on the opening day. Murali Vijay made 32 before being run out, while Baba Aparajith was unbeaten on 31 in the company of Dinesh Karthik. Sagar Mangalorkar (one for 29) was the lone wicket taker for Baroda.

Brief scores:

Baroda 149 (Saurabh Wakaskar 51, Hardik Pandya 47; Aswin Crist 4 for 40) lead Tamil Nadu 77 for 2 (Murali Vijay 32, Baba Aparajith 31*; Sagar Mangalorkar 1 for 29) by 72 runs.