Railways on top after TN dismissed for 121

Fast bowlers Deepak Bansal and Manjeet Singh took seven wickets between them as Railways bowled Tamil Nadu out for 121 on the first day of its Group A encounter at the Lohnu ground here on Thursday. Railways was in a commanding position at 87 for three at stumps.

Malolan Rangarajan provided some resistance for Tamil Nadu with an unbeaten 36 off 50 balls.   -  Sandeep Saxena (File Photo)

Fast bowlers Deepak Bansal and Manjeet Singh took seven wickets between them as Railways bowled Tamil Nadu out for 121 on the first day of its Group A encounter at the Lohnu ground here on Thursday. Railways was in a commanding position at 87 for three at stumps, aided by a fluent knock of 47 from Mrunal Devdhar.

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Railways utilised the 'lively' conditions well to rattle its opponents. Even though the conditions kept improving with the brightening sun, only Malolan Rangarajan provided some resistance in the middle with an unbeaten 36 off 50 balls.

The team could still have gained ground but for dropping Mrunal with the score at 47 for two, when Railways shaped up for the challenge. Of course,Tamil Nadu had done well to effect a brilliant run out through K. Vignesh to make the breakthrough and Vignesh later sent Shivakant Shukla’s off stump flying to further inspire the team.

Mrunal was dropped when Railways was positioned at 47 for 2 to deepen Tamil Nadu's wounds. Earlier, Tamil Nadu had done well to effect a brilliant run out through K. Vignesh, who later sent Shivakant Shukla’s off stump flying to further inspire the team.

The team's resilience may depend on how its medium pacers utilise the favourable conditions on the second morning.

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