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Mukund leads Tamil Nadu to one-day title

Tamil Nadu 284 for 6 (Mukund 118, Suresh 41, Dinda 3-52) beat Bengal 218 (Tiwary 76, Ashwin 3-25, Suthesh 3-55) by 66 runs
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A solid century from opener Abhinav Mukund, backed by impressive bowling from Rangaraj Suthesh and Ravichandran Ashwin helped Tamil Nadu beat Bengal in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Agartala. After Mukund's 118 of 140 balls pushed Tamil Nadu to a commanding 284 in their 50 overs, Suthesh and Ashwin bagged three wickets apiece to complete the win.

Tamil Nadu made a steady start after winning the toss, with Mukund and Srikkanth Anirudha putting on 46 by the 10th over. Aniruddha became Ashok Dinda's first victim, caught by Iresh Saxena for 26. Subramaniam Badrinath provided able support, adding 77 with Mukund for the second wicket before departing for 30.

Mukund, though, continued undeterred and forged another crucial partnership of 95 with Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan for the fourth wicket, bringing up his hundred in the process. Mukund's innings included 12 fours and a six, and when he was dismissed in the 46th over, the run-rate stood at just over five.

Enter Suresh Kumar, who unleashed a blitz to completely disrupt the rhythm of the Bengal bowlers. He faced only 18 balls, but smashed an unbeaten 41, comprising one four and four sixes. Thanks to that blast, Tamil Nadu sped to 284. Dinda finished as Bengal's most successful bowler with 3 for 52.

The response from Bengal was insipid, as Suthesh accounted for opener Shreevats Goswami and Debabrata Das quite early. But their saviour from the previous match, Manoj Tiwary, and Wriddhiman Saha stitched together a 74-run partnership for the third wicket to get the chase back on course. Ashwin picked up his first wicket, bowling Saha for 31, but Laxmi Ratan Shukla kept the chase on track with a run-a-ball 26, before Vidyut ran him out.

Tiwary soon brought up his fifty but was running out of partners as the Tamil Nadu bowlers made frequent inroads. He finally departed for 76, having hit seven fours in his 87-ball innings before being bowled by Yo Mahesh.

There was no coming back for Bengal from there on as Suthesh and Ashwin completed the formalities by the 46th over.

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  • Mukund leads Tamil Nadu to one-day title

    A solid century from opener Abhinav Mukund backed by impressive bowling from Rangaraj Suthesh and captain Ravichandran Ashwin helped Tamil Nadu beat Bengal in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy

Bengal 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st14WP SahaSP Goswami
2nd4WP SahaDB Das
3rd74MK TiwaryWP Saha
4th43LR ShuklaMK Tiwary
5th9D ChakrabartyMK Tiwary
6th17AS ChowdhuryMK Tiwary
7th18P MukherjeeMK Tiwary
8th1P MukherjeeAB Dinda
9th27RR BoseP Mukherjee
10th11P MukherjeeI Saxena

Vijay Hazare Trophy

Central Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
UP431150.859
RLYS42280.012
MP42280.219
RAJ4227-0.204
VIDAR4132-0.859
East Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
BENG440181.119
ODSH431130.625
JKAND4227-0.381
TPURA4132-0.725
ASSAM4040-0.616
North Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
DELHI541191.373
HP541160.28
PNJB532140.556
HRYNA53211-0.196
SVCS5143-0.551
J + K505-3-1.389
South Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
TN550242.106
HYD532130.244
KNTKA532120.279
AP5236-0.492
KER5143-0.808
GOA5142-1.191
West Zone
TeamMWLPTNRR
MUM42290.314
BRODA42290.306
GUJ42280.094
SAU4228-0.3
MAHA4226-0.376