Ramaswamy Prasanna scored an unbeaten century as Tamil Nadu overcame early jitters to reach 258 for seven at the end of the opening day's play in their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh here on Thursday.
Prasanna, who hit 11 fours and a six during his unbeaten 104-run knock off 207 balls, stitched 107 runs for the fifth wicket with Baba Aparajith (60) after Tamil Nadu were reduced to 20 for four in the first hour of the match at the Bhamashah Stadium.
Prasanna later joined hands with A Aswin Crist to put on another crucial unbeaten 79-run stand for the eighth wicket.
At stumps, Aswin Crist was batting on 54 not out with Prasanna holding fort at the other end.
Electing to bat, the visitors got off to a disastrous start, losing both their opening batsmen -- Abhinav Mukund and Murali Vijay who failed to open their respective accounts. S Badrinath (4) and Dinesh Karthik (5) were also quick to join the openers in the dressing room.
It was Aparajith and Prasanna who steadied the boat before the former got out for a well-made 60 that came of 152 balls with the help of four fours.
Aparajith's dismissal triggered a mini collapse and Tamil Nadu once again found themselves struggling at 179 for seven.
But Aswin Crist provided great support to Prasanna and the two made sure that the visitors did not lose any more wickets by the end of the day's play.
For Uttar Pradesh, Amit Mishra (2/27), RP Singh (2/59) and Imtiaz Ahmed (2/63) claimed two wickets each.
Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 258 for seven in 90 overs (Ramaswamy Prasanna batting 104, Baba Aparajith 60, Amit Mishra 2/27) vs UP.