Karthik, bowlers guide Tamil Nadu to Vijay Hazare title

Paola Ditto
Marzo 30, 2017

Karthik, along with Baba Indrajith, rebuilt the innings as the duo put on an 85-run partnership. Tamil Nadu bowlers were right on the money from the beginning.

Chasing a modest total of 218 to win, Tamil Nadu opening bowlers struck early as they dismissed the risky Abhimanyu Easwaran and Agniv Pan inside the first 5 overs with the scorecard reading just 4 runs. It was just a matter of time before Tamil Nadu cleaned up the Bengal tail.

The pressure of the high stakes in the final came to the fore for Bengal when Tamil Nadu medium-pacer Aswin Crist ran out an in-form Abhimanyu Easwaran and bowled Agniv Pan to reduce Bengal to four for two in the fifth over.

Like TN, Bengal's innings was rocked not long after it began.

Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary and Shreevats Goswami tried to pull things back before Rahil Shah had the latter caught by Vijay Shankar for 23. Shami produced a double-strike in the 46th over, before the innings ended with Karthik's hit-wicket in Shami's next over. "I was upset with myself because the ball earned us five byes and I got out like this". In the intervening period, it was Karthik's experience that carried Tamil Nadu past 200.

It wasn't all rosy for Tamil Nadu though as after electing to bat first, they found themselves in huge trouble at 49-4 at one stage.

Inspired by a belligerent century from seasoned keeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, Tamil Nadu outshone Bengal by 37 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Monday, to clinch the domestic 50-over cricket competition, the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy for the fifth time.

For Bengal, Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers for his figures of four for 26 followed by Ashok Dinda's three for 36.Kanishk Seth also took a wicket.

Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-4, 3-37, 4-68, 5-133, 6-143, 7-154, 8-170, 9-172.

For Tamil Nadu, Aswin Christ, M. Mohammed and Rahi Shah picked two wickets each while Shankar, Aparajith and R. Sai Kishore took one wicket apiece.

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