Chennai: Tamil Nadu gained three points for securing the first innings lead against Delhi on the final day of its final Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Group B match on Thursday.

Resuming at the overnight score of 268 for 6, Delhi’s hopes of overhauling the host’s first innings total of 432 rested on centurion Jonty Sidhu and Lalit Yadav extending their partnership. (ALSO READ: Uttar Pradesh bag 3 points versus Assam, progress to knockouts)

The duo started in a promising manner and played some attractive shots. The lanky Sidhu used his reach to counter the Tamil Nadu spinners- R Sai Kishore and Mohan Prasath. He also hit a superb straight six off Vijay Shankar.

Yadav looked good to join Sidhu in scoring a ton but fell to Sai Kishore for 91. Kishore got him caught in the short cover region when playing a drive, ending a partnership of 170 runs off 340 balls for the 7th wicket. (ALSO READ: Kerala seal quarters berth after thrilling five-wicket win over)

The left-arm spinner had Subodh Bhati caught off the first ball of his next over at slip by captain Baba Indrajith, but his chances of a hat-trick were foiled by a defence-minded Vikas Mishra.

Mishra lasted 42 balls but didn’t trouble the scorers and was run-out going for a second run. Navdeep Sain, the No.11, lasted only eight balls and his wicket gave Kishore a well-deserved five-wicket haul.

Batting a second time, Tamil Nadu was 113 for 1 in 40 overs when it chose to declare and bring an end to the proceedings. Opener N Jagadeesan helped himself to 59 not out as the match meandered to a draw. (ALSO READ: Saurashtra pocket 3 points versus Vidarbha, qualify for knockouts)

Tamil Nadu secured three points to take its final tally after eight matches to 15, while Delhi finished with 14 points.

Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 432 & 113/1 (N Jagadeeshan 59*) declare versus Delhi 336 (Jonty Sidhu 140*, Lalit Yadav 91; R Sai Kishore 5/90) ends in a draw