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Vignesh, Karthik star as TN beats Kerala

Press Trust of India  |  Visakhapatnam 

Medium-pacer K with a five-wicket haul and Karthiks half-century starred as beat by 35 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy South Zone T20 cricket tournament here today.

made 184 for 7 in 20 overs and restricted 149 for 7 to emerge victor.

It is the team's second consecutive win after beating Andhra yesterday.

Sent in to bat by Sachin Baby, lost K Bharath Shankar (7) in the third over, caught and bowled by

Karthik, who hammered a quickfire half-century against 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 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

Sundar too played confidently and hit two boundaries and a six in his knock of 30 before he became Warrier's second scalp.

B Aparajith (34 off 25 balls, 1X4, 2X6) and the aggressive N Jagadeesan (35 off 19 balls, 3X4, 2X6) put the Kerala bowlers to the sword and took the score to 184.

Warrier was the best bowler for Kerala as he took two wickets and conceded only 23 runs in fours.

was the most expensive, giving away 52 runs in his four overs and took one wicket.

Chasing a rather stiff target, Kerala were in early trouble at 11 for 3 after 2.4 overs as wrecked the top-order.

He scalped Sanju Samson (2), (1) and Rohan Prem (4) in his first two overs to hand Tamil Nadu the edge.

K B Arun Karthick (31) and 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.

(38) indulged in some big hitting towards the end, hitting five sixers in his 20-ball knock, delaying the inevitable.

While took five wickets, Athisayaraj Davidson and R got a wicket apiece.

Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 184 for 4 in 20 overs ( Karthik 71, N Jagadeesan 35 not out, B Aparajith 34 not out) beat Kerala 149 for 7 in 20 overs (51, Salman Nazir 38, K B Arun Karthick 31, K Vignesh 5 for 23).

Points: Tamil Nadu: 4, Kerala: 0.

181 for 5 in 20 overs (Akshath Reddy 65, Ambati Rayudu 44, 2 for 35) vs 162 for 9 in 20 overs (Sagun Kamath 47, 4 for 23).

At Vizianagaram: 156 for 8 in 20 overs (Stuart Binny 47, K V Sashikanth 3 for 32) lost to 157 for 3 in 18.2 overs (46 not out, 35).

Points: Andhra : 4, Karnataka: 0.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 17:00 IST