Tamil Nadu simply defended a average goal towards Rajasthan to notch up its second consecutive win in Group-B of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy cricket event right here on Saturday.
Left-arm spinner Sai Kishore (three for 19), opening the bowling, scuppered Rajasthan’s chase by selecting up wickets in every of his first three overs. By the point Sai Kishore completed his first spell, the writing was on the wall for Rajasthan.
Chasing 156 for a win, Rajasthan managed simply 116 for eight with captain Mahipal Lomror (32) offering the token resistance in an innings through which solely 4 batsmen reached double figures.
Tamil Nadu bowlers neatly diversified their tempo and line on a sluggish monitor to deprive scoring alternatives to the Rajasthan batsmen.
Sai Kishore lured the top-order batsman to assault him, however their supposed slogs solely resulted in catches within the deep the place M. Mohammed took two of them.
The common lack of wickets meant the Rajasthan innings by no means gathered the required momentum and it was throughout when Lomror holed out to Shahrukh Khan off T. Natarajan.
Earlier, the Tamil Nadu openers M. Vijay and N. Jagadeesan have been stored on a decent leash by the three left-arm medium-pacers — Tanveer Haq, Aniket Choudhary and Akash Singh — although the pair added 54. Vijay (35) performed extra fluently than his associate and was the enforcer till he perished, making an attempt to go excessive off Akash.
Not like towards Kerala, there was no late flourish as Tamil Nadu ended up with a average rating but it surely proved to be greater than sufficient.