Dinesh Karthik (left) and Vijay Shankar take a run during their 76-run stand for the third wicket © PTI
Dinesh Karthik (left) and Vijay Shankar take a run during their 76-run stand for the third wicket © PTI

Chennai: Jan 21, 2015

Tamil Nadu were just six runs short of taking the first innings lead against Mumbai after left arm spinner Rahil Shah ripped through the visitors’ batting line-up with a seven-wicket haul on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match at Chennai on Wednesday.

Opting to bat, Mumbai wilted under the double end spin attack to be bowled out for 141 in 48.5 overs. Tamil Nadu in reply were 136 for 4 in 43 overs with Vijay Shankar unbeaten on a score of 47, hitting five boundaries in the process, and Baba Aparajith yet to open his account at stumps.

Shah, opening the attack, claimed two wickets in his first spell before taking five later in the day. Off spinners Suresh Kumar (two for 54) and Malolan Rangarajan (one for 37) were the other wicket takers.

Six of the Mumbai batsmen failed to cross the single digits, while the top order collapsed with Shreyas Iyer (50) being the exception.

Opener Aditya Tare was the first to exit making 17 runs and veteran Wasim Jaffer failed to open his account after being caught at mid off region by Aparajith off Shah.

Brief scores:

Mumbai 141 in 48.5 overs (Shreyas Iyer 50; Rahil Shah 7 for 34) lead Tamil Nadu 136 for 4 in 43 overs (Dinesh Karthik 43, Vijay Shankar 47*; Akhil Herwadkar 2 for 5) by 5 runs.