In their Elite Group B Ranji Trophy encounter, which saw 16 wickets fall at the Cricket Club of India on Tuesday, Tamil Nadu made sure their batsmen did not run away with the game on Day One. Tushar Deshpande gave Mumbai the upper hand by scooping up a five-for.

Mumbai bowled out Tamil Nadu for 144 with the aid of right-arm bowler Deshpande’s five for 37, but the visitors persevered with the short-of-length stuff to bring the score back. With Sarfaraz Khan (46 batting, 76 balls; 6 fours) and Tanush Kotian (9 batting, 31 balls; 1 four) at the crease, Mumbai had a lead of 39 runs at 183 for six at the time of stumps.

Deshpande had been expected to deliver those pivotal blows since experienced pacer Dhawal Kulkarni is unavailable due to injury, and he hasn’t let anybody down. The 27-year-old Mumbai batsman has bowled valiantly each time captain Ajinkya Rahane has handed him the ball and has produced breakthroughs for Mumbai. On Tuesday, it was the same as it always been as he recorded his fourth and first-class career’s first five-fors.

“I now have complete independence thanks to Ajinkya. Since you are in charge of our tempo attack, he has instructed me, “If you feel that anything needs to be done, let me know, and we’ll adjust our approach appropriately.” Whether or whether I get wickets, I always want to keep the process correct. I don’t alter my tempo, and that has been successful, said Deshpande.

After winning the toss, Mumbai decided to bowl, and their fast bowlers took full advantage of the favorable circumstances. When he got B, right-arm medium-pacer Mohit Avasthi (1/34) began the demolition project. Tamil Nadu’s leading scorer in the Ranji Trophy this year, Sai Sudarshan (0), was caught behind in the game’s second over. R Sai Kishore, who had been given the job of sending off the new ball, was fired shortly after without ever having opened an account. Deshpande had a hot spell in the first session, in which he dismissed Baba Aparajith (8, 10b), Baba Indrajith, the captain (9, 20b), and N Jagadeesan (23, 37b), breaking the back of Tamil Nadu’s innings and reducing them to 73 for five.

To prevent Tamil Nadu from gaining momentum, left-arm spinner Shams Mulani (3/33) joined the party by removing the dangerous Shahrukh Khan (1, 11b), Vijay Shankar (18, 22b), and Ashwin Crist (13, 21b). After having leading scorer Pradosh Ranjan Paul (55, 75b; 9×4) top-edge a short pitch to Hardik Tamore, Desphande came back to finish the innings. He then sent L Vignesh back (10, 12b; 2x4s).

Mumbai also ran into difficulty early in their innings as rookie Trikol Nag (2/58) quickly bowled out Yashasvi Jaiswal (0, 3b) and Armaan Jaffer (4, 6b), both of whom were caught behind by stand-in wicketkeeper Kavin Ravi since Jagadeesan was suffering from a fever. However, Prithvi Shaw (35, 33b; 6x4s) and Rahane (42, 43b: 7x4s) batted quickly to put the pressure back on them by putting up a 67-run partnership for the third wicket, which prevented Tamil Nadu’s bowlers from making any more inroads.

Since there was little swing available and Shaw and Rahane were routinely hitting boundaries, Tamil Nadu switched back to short pitches and crammed the on-side with fielders to trap the Mumbai bats. The plan was successful.

Shaw attempted to direct a rising delivery from Crist (3/32) into the gully but instead sliced the ball back onto the stumps. Shaw had a promising start but once again lost against the flow of the game. Soon after, Rahane turned around because Nag, who had run from the third-man area to take a diving grab at deep point, had well caught his lofted cut-off, Crist. Mumbai was down to 90 for four when Tamore (10, 9b; 1x4s) again went to a short ball after being tormented by Crist from around the wicket until he ultimately smacked one down the throat of fine leg.

Before their 48-run stand for the sixth wicket assured Mumbai overcame Tamil Nadu’s first innings total, Sarfaraz and Mulani (28, 46b; 4x4s, 1×6) both had reprieves. Left-arm spinner Sai Kishore (1/35) caught Mulani leg-before while Sarfaraz stuck around to make sure Mumbai didn’t get lost.

Doors were shut for fans.

Day One of the Mumbai-Tamil Nadu match at the Cricket Club of India saw 16 wickets fall, although no spectators were allowed inside the stadium. Even the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials were ignorant of the rationale for the CCI’s decision to close one of its stands to spectators. The Sunil Gavaskar Stand at Wankhede Stadium is made accessible to spectators during Ranji Trophy games. Fans were able to attend Mumbai’s most recent two home games at the MCA’s Sharad Pawar Academy field in BKC.

Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 144 all out in 36.2 overs (Pradosh Paul 55; Tushar Deshpande 5/37, Shams Mulani 3/33) vs Mumbai 183/6 in 41 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 46 batting, Ajinkya Rahane 42, Prithvi Shaw 35; Aswin Crist 3/32)