Ongole (Andhra Pradesh): Tamil Nadu‘s lower order helped the team secure the first innings lead and three important points against Andhra on the final day of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Elite Group B Round Three match on Friday.

The visiting side flirted with danger before going past Andhra’s total. Tamil Nadu slipped to 208 for 7 and 214 for 8 before going past the line.

Apart from Baba Aparajith (57, 184 balls, 6X4), knocks by J Kousik (33), batting at No.7 and R Sai Kishore (27 not out), batting at No. 9, ensured that Tamil Nadu got three points from the drawn encounter. Tamil Nadu now has five points from three games.

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Rain played spoilsport washing out proceedings on the third day on Thursday.

Resuming at 122 for 3 in reply to Andhra’s first innings score of 216, Tamil Nadu suffered an early jolt when N Jagadeesan (10) fell for the addition of just two runs to the total.

Aparajith and B Anirudh Sitaram (17) added 34 runs to set the tone in the quest for a lead. Later, Aparajith and Kousik put on 43 runs before a mini collapse set back TN. Kousik was dismissed by Imandi Karthik Raman with the team two short of Andhra’s score. Sai Kishore and K Vignesh (10) added 39 runs to first help Tamil Nadu overhaul the rival score and also extend the lead.

Andhra was 8 for no loss in the second innings.

Brief scores: Andhra 216 & 8/0 versus Tamil Nadu 254 (Baba Aparajith 57; Imandi Karthik Raman 3/52) ends in a draw