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October 17, 2011
Tamil Nadu were off to a convincing start in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2011-12, chasing down 189 against Goa at the TI Cycles Ground in Chennai, with five wickets and eight balls to spare. Goa's total was set-up by a knock of 66 off 45 balls by opener Swapnil Asnodkar. Asnodkar batted through to the 17th over with an innings that included seven fours and three sixes, while Abhishek Raut, Saurabh Bandekar and Amit Yadav played the support role with cameos that took Goa to 188 for 7. Part-time legspinner Abhinav Mukund, surprisingly, finished with the best figures for Tamil Nadu, picking up 3 for 22. In reply, the hosts were in trouble at 33 for 2 in the sixth over. Then, Dinesh Karthik smacked 60 off 35 balls and put on a 90-run stand with Arun Karthik in 50 balls to get the chase back on course. Following Dinesh's dismissal, Suresh Kumar sealed the game with 47 off only 17 balls.
The pitches at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai were sluggish during the Champions League T20, resulting in low-scoring thrillers. There was more of the same on Monday, as Karnataka defended 129 against Kerala, in a tight match at Chepauk. None of the Karnataka batsmen really got going, with only four of the ten who had an opportunity to bat managing double-digit scores. Off the four, only Bharat Chipli got past 20, hitting 36 at little over a run-a-ball. Kerala's bowlers shared the wickets around, but Karimuttathu Rakesh was the pick with 3 for 16. Raiphi Gomez and Vasudevan Jagadeesh got the chase off to a solid start with a 75-run partnership, but a spectacular collapse followed, sparked by Kotarangada Appanna - he snagged Gomez with his left-arm spin and caught Jagadeesh off Aniruddha Joshi's bowling. Joshi went on to claim two more wickets and Abhimanyu Mithun polished off the lower order with a five-for as Kerala folded for 126 in the 19th over.
DB Ravi Teja smashed 81 off 55 balls to lead Hyderabad to a 35-run victory against Andhra in Chennai. Ravi Teja added 93 for the third wicket with Arjun Yadav, who scored 40 off 30 balls, and led Hyderabad to 160 for 4 in 20 overs. Andhra struggled in their chase and lost wickets far too frequently to build any sort of momentum. Manoj Sai top scored with 35 and there was little support from anyone else. Pragyan Ojha and Syed Quadri took two wickets apiece to help limit Andhra to 125 for 8.
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