Sahara Cup 2003-04 February 9, 2004

Tamil Nadu annihilate Rajasthan

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Tamil Nadu 71 for 0 (Srikkanth 47*) beat Rajasthan 70 (Krishnakumar 22, Suresh 3-20) by 10 wickets with 41.2 overs to spare

Tamil Nadu ambushed Rajasthan in 40.1 overs of absolute carnage, as a target of 71 was achieved in fewer than nine overs. Krish Srikkanth and Sivaramakrishnan Vidyut ran riot to give their side a 10-wicket victory, and a bonus point as well.

After being put into bat, Rajasthan simply collapsed. The scorecard resembled a first-standard maths problem, and only Pudiyangum Krishnakumar playing a substantial innings of 22. He was involved in a 35-run partnership with Dewara (12), whose dismissal started another slide. Tamil Nadu's bowlers kept a tight leash on the batsmen, and strangled them. No bowler conceded more than 20 runs and Somasetty Suresh, the most successful bowler on the day, took 3 for 20 in seven overs.

And then, just when things couldn't get any worse for Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu's openers came out to bat.