Chennai: Two late strikes helped Tamil Nadu seize the advantage against Delhi at stumps on the second day of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 9 Elite B match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday.

Delhi ended the day at 35 for 2 in reply to Tamil Nadu’s massive first innings score of 422 built on Abhinav Mukund‘s superb 134 (319 balls, 13X4) and half-centuries by captain Baba Indrajith (86) and debutant Pradosh Ranjan Paul (78, 129 balls, 12X4, 1X6) and M Shahrukh Khan 55 (139 balls, 4X4, 1X6).

For Delhi, Vikas Mishra was the best bowler, picking up 5 for 142 from 45.4 overs while Shivam Sharma took 4 for 105 from 44 overs.

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R Sai Kishore struck the first blow for the host, dismissing opener Shivam Sharma (7) before Vijay Shankar effected a superb run-out to send back the other opener Kunal Chandela for 27 in the 13th over.

Earlier in the morning, Tamil Nadu resuming at 215 for 3 made slow progress with both Mukund and Shankar (17, 68 balls, 1X4) content to play the waiting game.

The Delhi bowlers-Navdeep Saini, Subodh Bhati and the spinners Sharma and Mishra maintained a good line and length to deny the host batsmen any chances to go on the offensive.

Shankar survived when he fended off a Saini delivery only to see it fall in front of the slip fielder. However, he didn’t stay too long, falling LBW to Bhati in the subsequent over.

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Mukund found an able partner in newcomer Ranjan Paul, who played beautifully after struggling in the initial phase.

The two southpaws added 47 runs in 16 overs before Mukund’s vigil came to an end, when he was caught by Delhi captain Nitish Rana off off-spinner Shivam Sharma.

Youngsters Paul and Shahrukh Khan, also in his debut season, joined forces and put on 82 runs for the sixth wicket. The two played some eye-catching shots and were not afraid to go ariel, hitting a six each.

Paul fell leg-before wicket to Mishra for 78 when he looked on track for a ton. Shahrukh Khan added 60 runs with last four wickets before being the last man dismissed, by Mishra.

Delhi left to face a little over 10 overs saw Chandela and Sharma see off the new ball attack of T Natarajan and M Mohammed. Chandela looked in good touch and played some delightful shots, including two in succession of a Natarajan over.

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The lanky Sai Kishore, who was able to extract bounce from the track, trapped Sharma leg-before.

As the host was looking to go to stumps with just a wicket down, Chandela was dismissed when Vijay Shankar scored a direct hit.

Brief scores: Delhi 35/2 trail Tamil Nadu 432 (Abhinav Mukund 134, Baba Indrajith 86, Pradosh Ranjan Paul 78, Shahrukh Khan 55; Vikas Mishra 5/142, Shivam Sharma 4/105) by 397 runs