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Ongole (Andhra Pradesh): Tamil Nadu made 122 for 3 in 50 overs at stumps on the second day after bowling out Andhra for 216 in the first innings of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Elite Group B match on Wednesday. Only 140 runs were scored from around 60 overs of play possible before bad light ended proceedings on the day.

Resuming at 198 for 8, Andhra’s innings ended for the addition of 18 runs. Girinath Reddy, overnight 69, scored 86.

Medium-pacer M Mohammed (4/70) and left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore (3/29) were the main wicket-takers.

Sai Kishore and T Natarajan (3/36) wrapped up the host innings by removing B Ayyappa and Imandi Karthik Raman, both failing to open their account.

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Tamil Nadu was provided a solid start by the experienced Abhinav Mukund and M Kaushik Gandhi as the duo added 70 runs for the first wicket.

Mukund, who scored a ton in the previous match against Hyderabad, stroked some fluent boundaries, before being the first man to go, leg-before to Ayyappa for 31. Kaushik Gandhi (38, 7X4) went 10 runs later, edging Girinath Reddy to ’keeper Siva Charan Singh. Skipper Baba Indrajith fell for a 28-ball 7, giving Siva Charan Singh his second catch off Karthik Raman’s bowling.

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Baba Aparajith (27 batting, 80 balls, 4X4) and N Jagadeesan (8 batting) ensured that the visiting team didn’t suffer any further losses before bad light brought an early halt to the day’s proceedings.

Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 122/3 trail Andhra 216 all out (Girinath Reddy 86*; M Mohammad 4/70, R Sai Kishore 3/29, Thangarasu Natarajan 3/36) by 94 runs

(Agency)