Medium-pacer K Vignesh with a five-wicket haul and Dinesh Karthiks half-century starred as Tamil Nadu beat Kerala by 35 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy South Zone T20 cricket tournament here today.
It is the team's second consecutive win after beating Andhra yesterday.
Sent in to bat by Kerala captain Sachin Baby, Tamil Nadu lost K Bharath Shankar (7) in the third over, caught and bowled by Sandeep Warrier.
Dinesh Karthik, who hammered a quickfire half-century against Andhra Pradesh yesterday, continued his good form and played numerous attractive strokes.
He reached 50 in 28 balls and lashed 20 runs in the next 10 balls he faced to power Tamil Nadu.
Along with the left-handed M S Washington Sundar, Karthik added 92 runs in quick time as the Kerala bowlers struggled to contain them.
Karthik looked in impressive touch as he blasted eight fours and four sixers in his 38-ball 71 to put Tamil Nadu on course for a solid score.
He was dismissed by Fabid Ahmed going for a big shot only to be caught by Basil Thampi.
Sundar too played confidently and hit two boundaries and a six in his knock of 30 before he became Warrier's second scalp.
Warrier was the best bowler for Kerala as he took two wickets and conceded only 23 runs in fours.
Basil Thampi was the most expensive, giving away 52 runs in his four overs and took one wicket.
K B Arun Karthick (31) and skipper Baby (51) got together to add 71 runs but it wasn't enough to offset the early losses.
Later, he scalped Baby, having him caught by Sanjay Yadav after he had completed his half-century.
Salman Nazir (38) indulged in some big hitting towards the end, hitting five sixers in his 20-ball knock, delaying the inevitable.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 184 for 4 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 71, N Jagadeesan 35 not out, B Aparajith 34 not out) beat Kerala 149 for 7 in 20 overs (Sachin Baby 51, Salman Nazir 38, K B Arun Karthick 31, K Vignesh 5 for 23).
Points: Tamil Nadu: 4, Kerala: 0.
Points: Andhra : 4, Karnataka: 0.
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