The Group C match of Ranji Trophy is being played between Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Tamil Nadu opted to bat after winning the toss. The team is bolstered with players like Abhinav Mukund, Murali Vijay, Baba Aparajith, B Indrajith and Washington Sundar. On the other hand, the bowling ensemble has Ravichandran Ashwin as the prime bet of the team. In Andhra team players like Hanuma Vihari and Prasant Kumar are on spot light. In the recently concluded Duleep Trophy, batsmen Indrajith and Hanuma Vihari has knocked strong scores.
The Chidambaram Stadium has hosted several international matches. The average first inning of the stadium is 337 and the second inning figure has been 356 runs. The highest total in the stadium is the eyebrow raising score of 759 in 190.4 overs in the match between England and India. The highest chased figure in the field is 387 runs for 4 wickets. By the tea break of the first inning, Tamil Nadu scored 134 runs for 8 wickets. Andhra bowled a total of 64.5 overs in the inning so far. The highest score in the inning is from Baba Aparajith, who is unbeaten nearing his half century. Kaushik Gandhi scored 22 runs, followed by B Indrajith adding 19 runs.
Andhra bowlers Bandaru Ayyappa and Yarra Prithviraj took two wickets each. But the best spell was from Bhargav Bhatt knocking down 3 wickets. Aparajith knocked four boundaries so far, in 129 balls. The player has steadied the middle order, but the rest of the players could not deliver a strong partnership in the inning.
The match is the first match of the Round 1 along with nine other fixtures. Other matches are going on in the tournament in the Groups. The Group A matches are Delhi vs Assam and Uttar Pradesh vs Railways. The other Group C match is between Madhya Pradesh and Baroda. Ranji Trophy matches are being played in 10 locations throughout the country.
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