Chennai: Jonty Sidhu‘s fighting ton helped Delhi reach 268 for 6 in 103 overs at stumps against Tamil Nadu on the third day of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Elite B match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.

Tamil Nadu had made 432 in the first innings, riding on Abhinav Mukund‘s solid knock of 134.

Sidhu’s unbeaten 104 (235 balls) helped the team recover from 49 for 4 in Delhi’s first innings. His 126-run seventh wicket partnership with Lalit Yadav (65 batting) went a long way in blunting the Tamil Nadu attack. (ALSO READ: From 35/3 to 35 all out, Madhya Pradesh suffer incredible collapse)

The lanky left-hander mixed caution with aggression and used his feet to counter the Tamil Nadu spinners – Ra Sai Kishore and Mohan Prasath.

Apart from 11 fours, Sidhu also hit three huge sixes and defended resolutely against the home side attack which was looking to wrap up the innings quickly after being top in the first session.

Earlier in the morning, the visitors suffered two quick blows, losing Dhruv Shorey and skipper Nitish Rana in the space of two runs. (ALSO READ: Jharkhand declare at 319/9 after Saurabh Tiwary’s 134)

Shorey was caught and bowled by Mohan Prasath to give the debutant his maiden wicket while Rana’s airy drive off M Mohammed was snapped up captain Baba Indrajith at mid-off.

With the team in a spot of bother, Himmat Singh (39, 94 balls, 3X4) was joined by Sidhu and the duo added 78 runs to frustrate the TN bowlers.

Himmat became Sai Kishore’s second scalp, being trapped lbw. Anuj Rawat didn’t last too long, falling leg-before wicket to Baba Aparajith. Sidhu and Lalit Yadav came to Delhi’s rescue and increased the chances of securing a draw.

Brief scores: Delhi 268/6 (Jonty Sidhu 104*, Lalit Yadav 65; R Sai Kishore 2/61) trail Tamil Nadu 432 by 164 runs