Tamil Nadu's batting woes continued as an unfancied Railways seam attack skittled them for a lowly 121 before finishing the day at 87 for three in a group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy, here today. Former Punjab seamer Deepak Bansal (4/48) and Rajasthan medium pacer Manjeet Singh (3/31) wreaked havoc as Tamil Nadu dida shade better at the picturesque ground located at a high altitude. After being decimated for 87 in the first innings against Mumbai in the lung opener, the Tamil Nadu batsmen failed yet again with only seasoned Abhinav Mukund (22) crossing the 20-run mark among the top-order. Tamil Nadu were in danger of being bowled out for less than 100 as they were tottering at 84 for 8 but Malolan Rangarajan (36) off 50 balls hit some lusty blows to take the team total past 100-run mark. With conditions aiding seam bowlers, the Tamil Nadu batsmen were exposed badly with boith left-arm seamer Bansal and right-armer Manjeet moving the ball appreciably. There were leg before decisions with two against left-handers to incoming deliveries to left-handers Washington Sundar (17) and Mukund. Dinesh Karthik got one from Bansal where he got the ball to shape in to trap him plumb in-front. Mrunal Devdhar (47) was the top-scorer for Railways as they require another 35 runs to get first innings lead. Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu 121 in 42.2 overs (Malolan Rangarajan 36, Abhinav Mukund 22, Deepak Bansal 4/48, Manjeet Singh 3/31). Railways 87/3 (Mrunal Devdhar 47, K Vignesh 1/8).
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