Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16, Group A December 14, 2015

Mohammed five-for studs Tamil Nadu win

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo: Abhinav Mukund's 110-ball 85 set the foundation of TN's modest chase of 193 in Hyderabad © K Sivaraman

M Mohammed, the medium pacer, took 5 for 50, his best List A figures, as Tamil Nadu brushed past Services by seven wickets to register their third win in four matches. After being restricted to 192 for 8, Services were kept at bay by Abhinav Mukund, who top scored with 85, to set the foundation for TN. The match was polished off by B Aparajith, who remained unbeaten on 66, as TN won with more than 10 overs to spare. Diwesh Pathania's three-wicket haul came as some consolation for Services, who also have two wins in three matches in the competition.

Swarupam Purkayastha's maiden List A century was in vain as Assam lost their Group A match to Punjab by a mere one run, while chasing 328.

Sent in as an opener, Purkayastha was the common factor in two century stands that revived Assam's chase after they lost early wickets. He first added 124 runs for the third wicket with Amit Verma (71 off 67 balls) and then paired with captain Gokul Sharma (60 off 55 balls) for a 107-run, fourth-wicket partnership. He struck 18 fours and a six in his 112-ball 125 before falling in the 39th over with Assam 82 runs short.

Assam brought the equation down to seven off the last over, bowled by Brainder Sran, and then needed three off the last ball. However, Amit Sinha's run-out while trying to complete a second run denied Assam a tie, and extended their streak of defeats in the tournament to four.

Earlier, Mandeep Singh's unbeaten 117 and fifties from opener Pargat Singh (69) and Gurkeerat Singh propelled Punjab to a total of 327 for 4 after they had been put in to bat. A rapid 128-run partnership between Mandeep and Gurkeerat for the fourth wicket, which came off only 11.5 overs, provided a strong finish to Punjab's innings. While Mandeep's 117 came off 97 deliveries, Gurkeerat struck seven fours and three sixes in his 36-ball 62.

Fifties by Ashok Menaria and Manender Singh, followed by left-arm pacer Tanveer-Ul-Haq's 4 for 44 set up Rajasthan's 102-run win over Hyderabad in Hyderabad. Opting to bat, Rajasthan were guided to 250 for 8 by Menaria(55) and Manender's(51) efforts and Puneet Yadav's 47. Ravi Kiran restricted Rajasthan's middle-order in the death by picking two wickets each in overs 47 and 49, ending with returns of 4 for 57.

Hyderabad slumped to 148 in their chase of 251 as Tanveer-Ul-Haq dismissed opener Danny Dereck Prince in the eleventh over and came back to clean up the tail later in the innings. As many as six Hyderabad batsmen failed to convert their starts, as the highest score was Hanuma Vihari's 39.

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