It was mainly because of Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar for whom Tamil Nadu had managed to score 500 plus score © IANS
It was mainly because of Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar for whom Tamil Nadu had managed to score 500 plus score © IANS

Kolkata: A half-century from opener Swapnil Gugale (56 not out) helped Maharashtra post 110 for one at stumps on Day Three of the Ranji Trophy 204-15 semi-final after Tamil Nadu ended their first innings at 549 at the Eden Gardens on Friday. Adding on their overnight score of 426 for five, Tamil Nadu were were reduced to 444 for seven, losing both their settled batsmen Ramaswamy Prasanna (72) and Baba Indrajith (69) in quick succession to pacer Anupam Sanklecha. Live Blog: Maharashtra vs Tamil Nadu Live Blog Day 3

Malolan Rangarajan (67) then piled on the agony for the Maharashtra bowlers with the help of lower-order bat Aswin Crist (30) to notch up a partnership of 57 runs. Rangarajan remained not out while Crist was picked up by left-arm seamer Samad Fallah. The tail-enders wagged around a little longer and were eventually bowled out for a formidable 549.

In reply, Maharashtra were jolted at the very beginning of their innings as veteran medium-pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji clean bowled Harshad Khadiwale (14) with the score reading 20/1. But Chirag Khurana (36) and Gugale with their choice of shot selection and judgement made sure they were not pegged back again, as the latter hit 11 fours en route.

Brief scores:

Tamil Nadu 549 (Dinesh Karthik 113, Vijay Shankar 91, Ramaswamy Prasanna 72; Anupam Sanklecha 3 for 115, Chirag Khurana 2 for 80) lead Maharashtra 110 for 1 (Swapnil Gugale 56*, Chirag Khurana 36*; Lakshmipathy Balaji 1 for 35) by 439 runs.