Electing to bat, Tamil Nadu lost Vidyuth, Sadagopan Ramesh and captain Sridharan Sriram - for only 71 runs and then another three wickets in the space of eight runs and were struggling at 100 for 7 in 45 overs.
Then K Sri Vasudeva Das (59 batting) and medium pacer M R Srinivas (36) put on 91 runs for the unbroken eighth wicket partnership to help Tamil Nadu recover.
For Punjab, medium pacers Vikram Rajvir Singh (3 for 60) and Amit Uniyal (3 for 42) were the most successful bowlers.
In keeping with their performance during the season with an aim to win the championship, Punjab bowlers maintained a good line and length throughout the match today.
Their positive approach paid dividends as the hosts frittered away their wickets mainly due to indiscreet batting.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu (first inings) 191 for 7 in 90 overs (S Ramesh 26, S Sriram 38, Badrnath 24, Das batting 59, M R Srinivas 36, Vikram Rajvir Singh 3/60 and Amit Uniyal 3/42).