For 3 quarters of Tamil Nadu’s innings, Kerala had issues below management. However the host wasn’t ready for a late assault from a rookie participant and bungled its bowling on the dying because it misplaced the opening match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy by 37 runs right here on Friday.
M. Mohammed had made a complete of simply 33 runs in his earlier 11 T20 video games, however towards Kerala he scored 34 off 11 balls to assist the staff put up a sizeable rating.
Put in, Tamil Nadu was labouring in direction of a reasonable whole when Mohammed walked in and handled the Kerala medium-pacers with disdain. Basil Thampi bore the brunt of his fury, going for 21 runs in his ultimate over.
Captain Robin Uthappa’s worst fears got here true as Tamil Nadu amassed 80 runs within the final 5 overs to set Kerala a difficult goal of 175 runs. Kerala medium-pacers Thampi and Okay.M. Asif dismissed the Tamil Nadu openers M. Vijay (1) and N. Jagadeesan (eight) cheaply.
The bowling was disciplined as B. Aparajith and captain Dinesh Karthik discovered it exhausting to attain runs fluently of their 56-run third-wicket stand.
The appearance of Sharukh Khan, after Apararjith retired harm, modified the momentum in direction of the guests. Sharukh put the rival bowlers below stress along with his massive hits.
Poor dying bowling
Within the dying overs, Kerala was extraordinary and Mohammed feasted on the wayward bowling to change into an unlikely hero.
Kerala by no means threatened in its chase after Robin Uthappa (9) fell early attempting to clear the infield and spooned a catch to T. Natarajan off G. Periyasamy.
Vishnu Vinod and Rohan Kunnummal scored just a few boundaries, however Kerala was all the time behind the run-rate. A full-toss from Mohammed accounted for the damaging Vishnu Vinod (18) whose pull landed within the secure arms of Natarajan at mid-wicket.
Each Rohan and Sachin Child have been tied down by correct bowling from the Tamil Nadu spinners and because the run-rate crept up, the batsmen tried extravagant pictures, solely to perish.
Left-arm medium-pacer Natarajan took three wickets in his second spell as Kerala misplaced its final 5 wickets for simply 14 runs to complete at 137 for eight.