Delhi were left with plenty of work to do as they ended the day on 54 for two in response to Tamil Nadu's first innings 347.
S Badrinath, the Tamil Nadu captain, began the day on 100 not out and managed to push his score along to 136 before he was out to left-arm spinner Rahul Sanghvi. There was then a chance that Delhi could claw their way back into the match, but a fighting half-century from debutant wicketkeeper Vikram Mani ensured that Tamil Nadu stayed on top.
Mani made 52 batting at number six and was kept good company by the tail which occupied the crease even if not scoring too many runs.
Tamil Nadu were finally bowled out for 347 with fast bowler Ishant Sharma being the pick of the bowlers, taking four for 65.
When Delhi began their reply they were in serious trouble early on as Gambhir missed a skiddy delivery from D Tamilkumaran and was clean bowled with only two runs on the board. Then Vijaykumar Yomahesh, who was bowling with good pace and bounce on a wearing wicket, prised out Chopra, who hung his bat outside the off stump and only managed an outside edge, M Vijay took a good catch diving to his right in the slip cordon.
From 25 for two Shikhar Dhawan (29 not out) and skipper Mithun Manhas ensured that there was no further damage as Delhi ended the day on 54 for two when play was stopped due to bad light.
Tamil Nadu (1st innings) M Vijay lbw b R. Bhatia 59 S Vidyut lbw b I. Sharma 02 H Badani c Dahiya b A.Nehra 05 S Badrinath c Dahiya b R.Sanghvi 136 R Sathish c Dhawan b I.Sharma 21 S Sharath c Manhas b I.Sharma 16 M Vikram c Dahiya b R.Sanghvi 52 A Kapoor c Chopra b I.Sharma 14 V Y Mahesh run out 01 C Suresh not out 11 D T Kumaran b M.Manhas
14 Extras (B-9, NB-2, Pen-5) 16 Total (All out in 148.1 overs) 347
Fall of wickets: 1/2 2/11 3/138 4/195 5/234 6/253 7/296 8/302 9/326
Bowling: A Nehra 40-10-88-1 (1nb) I Sharma 34-13-65-4 C Nanda 29-7-84-0 R Sanghvi 26-5-76-2 R Bhatia 16-8-16-1 M Manhas 3.1-0-4-1
Delhi (1st innings) A Chopra c Vijay b V. Mahesh 4 G Gambhir b D. Kumaran 0 S Dhawan not out 29 M Manhas not out 16
Extras (NB-5) 5 Total (For two wickets in 22 overs) 54
Fall of wickets:1/0 2/25
Bowling: V.Y. Mahesh 8- 4- 9- 1 D.T Kumaran 8- 4- 28-1 R Sathish 5 -1 -16-0 A.Kapoor 1- 0- 01-0