Tamil Nadu's Opener M Vijay, batting on 97 (232 balls, 9 x 4s 1 X 6) and skipper S Badrinath, ruing his failure to make it to the South Africa Test series, scoring 69 139 balls, 5 X 4s, 2 X 6s) proved to be Andhra's nemesis.
Tamil Nadu's recovery was possible thanks to a second wicket stand of 145 runs in 43 overs between Vijay and Badrinath. Andhra, who won the toss and put the hosts in, claimed the first wicket with just 23 runs on the board with the medium pacer D Kalyanakrishna removing S Vidhyut for 13 off 22 balls. The left-hander hit just one four.
But thereafter, the Andhra bowlers, including the other medium pacers K Shabuddin, debutant Balasaraswathi Reddy, R V Ch Prasad (1-39), off spinner Md Faiq (1-61) and skipper Y Venugopala Rao bowling leg spin, failed to contain the hosts.
Vijay, while holding one end up, faled to force what would have been his maiden century in Ranji trophy, in his second match.
''We were losing wickets and I did not want to take any chances'', he said, adding the Andhra bowlers were bowling to a plan. He survived a hard chance early in his innings.
Tamil Nadu 260 for 4 (M Vijay-batting 97, S Badrinath 69, Hemang K Badani 31, D Kalyanakrishna 1-45, Md Faiq1-4, R V Ch Prasad1-39) Vs Andhra Pradesh