Tamil Nadu 261 for 6 (Indrajith 64, Gandhi 50, Vijay Shankar 41*, Nayar 2-56) v Mumbai
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File photo – Kaushik Gandhi scored 50 off 137 balls © PTI
Tamil Nadu received their first gift of the new year after a favourable outcome at the toss allowed them to have first strike on a friendly surface. Mumbai’s seamers, though, stuffed a spring-loaded boxing glove inside the gift box trussed up in ribbons. By the time Tamil Nadu stuttered to 261 for 6 at the end of the first day, Abhishek Nayar, Shardul Thakur and Balwinder Sandhu had ensured Mumbai had made the happier start to 2017.
Until about five minutes before tea, Tamil Nadu were having a party, with Kaushik Gandhi and B Indrajith adding 110 for the third wicket. But after Indrajith was caught down the leg side off Shardul for 64, Tamil Nadu lost two more wickets in the next six overs. Vijay Shankar (41*) and Aswin Crist ensured there was no further damage with an unbroken 30-run stand late in the day, but with Mumbai having taken the new ball they will return to a stern examination on the second day.
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Arun Venugopal is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. @scarletrun
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