Bowlers help Hyderabad crush Andhra
Rajagopal Satish and Suresh Kumar ransacked 34 off the last 3.2 overs to see Tamil Nadu home with one ball to spare against Kerala at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Thursday.
S Anirudha appeared to have things under control as Tamil Nadu chased 132 to win, but he and Arun Karthik fell in quick succession, leaving Satish and Kumar needing just over 10 runs an over to win the game. Satish finished with 21 from 16 balls, with two fours and six, while Kumar made 16 off 10, with one four.
Anirudha top scored with 59, but fell to left-arm spinner Padmanabhan Prasanth with 42 still needed off 5.4 overs. His innings contained three fours and three sixes, and came off 45 balls. Batting first after winning the toss, Kerala posted 131 for 4, with Robert Fernandez and Karimuttathu Rakesh sharing an unbroken 107-run partnership after Tamil Nadu's opening bowlers had reduced Kerala to 24 for 4.
Led by their bowlers, Hyderabad steamrolled Andhra Pradesh at the Gymkhana Ground by 90 runs. After choosing to bat, Hyderabad racked up 148 for 6 in their 20 overs. Paramveer Singh led the way with a sparkling half-century - his 65 took just 41 balls, and contained five fours and two sixes.
Andhra were never in the game after losing four wickets for no runs with the score on 17. Medium pacers Pagadala Naidu and Ashish Reddy took two wickets each, with Reddy missing out on a hat-trick after dismissing Manoj Sai and Venugopal Rao with consecutive balls in the fifth over. Alfred Absolem also pitched in with three wickets, as Andhra were bowled out for 58 in 12.5 overs. Absolem finished with 3 for 8, Naidu with 3 for 11, while Reddy took 2 for 11
Robin Uthappa and Mayank Agarwal led Karnataka to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Goa at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Agarwal and Uthappa put on 89 in ten overs as Karnataka overhauled their target of 135 with 26 balls to spare. Agarwal remained 52 not out, with three fours and two sixes, while Uthappa smashed six fours and two sixes in his 30-ball 53.
Goa chose to bat and got off to a decent start, the openers adding 43 in just under six overs. However, a succession of run-outs in the middle of the innings, two by Amit Verma and one by Manish Pandey, derailed Goa. From 82 for 2, they slipped to 93 for six.
Only four Goa batsman even got into the twenties, as their side was bowled out for 134. Former India spinner, Sunil Joshi, was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2 for 18 from his four overs.