TN toy with Karnataka

TN toy with Karnataka

At the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad on Monday, Tamil Nadu made the most of being asked to bat first by Sunil Joshi to amass a mammoth 205 for seven, to which Karnataka tamely replied with 140 for nine to go down by a comprehensive margin of 65 runs.

It was Karnataka’s second defeat in as many matches, all but scuttling their chances of advancing to the all-India stage, while Tamil Nadu registered their fourth successive triumph to cement their standing at the top of the table.

Srikkanth smashed four fours and six sixes in a spectacular 46-ball 77 that sent Karnataka scurrying for cover. Runs flowed thick and fast for Tamil Nadu, Srikkanth’s effort complemented by G Vignesh (42, 23b, 5x4, 3x6) and Dinesh Kaarthick (28, 21b, 4x4).

Karnataka needed their beefy top-order of Manish Pandey, Mayank Agarwal and Robin Uthappa to fire, but with neither man amongst the runs, they were always fighting a losing battle.

It was left to Joshi, who top-scored with an unbeaten 32 (26b, 2x4, 1x6) to provide some respectability as Karnataka settled for a modest reply. Hyderabad overcame Goa by 14 runs in a match restricted to five overs a side, while the day’s other contest, between Andhra and Kerala, was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Brief scores: Tamil Nadu: 205/7 in 20 overs (Aniruddha Srikkanth 77, G Vignesh 42, Dinesh Kaarthick 28; Sunil Joshi 2-26, Abhimanyu Mithun 2-35) bt Karnataka: 140/9 in 20 overs (Sunil Joshi 32 n.o., Stuart Binny 25; C Ganapathy 2-31, Abhinav Mukund 2-30). Tamil Nadu 4 pts, Karnataka 0.

Hyderabad: 62/6 in 5 overs (T Suman 38; Sher Bahadur Yadav 3-5) bt Goa: 48/6 in 5 overs (Kaniskk Naidu 3-5). Hyderabad 4 pts, Goa 0.

Andhra vs Kerala, washed without a ball being bowled. Andhra 2 pts, Kerala 2.