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Tamil Nadu in Deodhar Trophy final after beating India 'A'

Dinesh Karthik (93) stars with the bat; Spinners dismantle India ‘A’

With a thumping 73-run win against India 'A' in a must win game, Tamil Nadu booked themselves a spot in the Prof DB Deodhar Trophy 2016-17, final. The Vijay Shankar-led Vijay Hazare Trophy champions will face-off against India 'B' for the title in Vizag. With a 159-run partnership, Dinesh Karthik (93) and N Jagadeesan helped set the Harbhajan Singh-led team a 304-run target. The TN spinners then defended the total at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.Rahil Shah and Sai Kishore claimed three wickets apiece while M Ashwin and MS Washington Sundar picked a wicket each.

After Tamil Nadu opted to bat, Shardul Thakur accounted for Ganga Sridhar Raju to end the opening stand and claimed Kaushik Gandhi a ball later to leave the team on 51 for two.

TN's in form batsman, Dinesh then joined Jagadeesan in forging a solid partnership. The pair steadily milked the India 'A' attack to take the side past the 200-run mark until KrunalPandya struck. The left-arm spinner had Jagadeesan stumped for 71 to leave TN on 210 for three. 23 runs later, the wicketkeeper-batsman was dismissed by Thakur in the 41st over. Baba Indrajith, who then took guard saw the team past the 300-run mark with the lower middle-order. He was unbeaten on 36 off 28 as he took the team to 303 for six with a M Ashwin (12 off 13).
Chasing the stiff target, Mandeep Singh strove to anchor the chase for India 'A'. The opener made 97 off 114 as he stoically held up one end while the TN bowlers struck at regular intervals. MayankAgarwal was the first to be sent back for 12 by M Mohammed.

The Tamil Nadu spinners then wrecked the rest of the line-up to and bowled the team to victory with 32 balls to spare.

Sai Kishore then caught AmabatiRayudu off his own bowling to end the second wicket partnership for 35. With Pandya for company, Mandeep formed a stand to keep the side in the chase. However the blossoming partnership was ended by M Ashwin for 72. A bit later while ManojTiwary was run out by Vijay Shankar leaving India 'A' on 167 for four, Sundar then bowled Pant for six. Deepak Hooda, who then came to the crease but took on the bowlers during his 23-ball 26, until he was sent back by Sai Kishore. And without a run added to the scorecard, Shah dealt a double blow in the following over to leave the side on 214 for eight. He accounted for Harbhajan Singh and Thakur in the 42nd over to tip the game in TN's favour. In his next over the left-arm spinner bowled ShahbazNadeem to put the side firmly in driver's seat. In the next over, Mandeep's resistance was ended by Sai Kishore three runs short of a century to seal a place in the final for TN.

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Ind ‘B’ in Deodhar Trophy final after triumph over TN

Manish Pandey scores 104; Kulkarni, Axar pick 3 wickets each

India ‘B’ registered a 32-run victory against Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 winners, Tamil Nadu in Vizag. Having won both their matches of the league phase, the Parthiv Patel-led team booked a place for themselves in the Prof. DB Deodhar Trophy 2016-17 final. Manish Pandey helped shape the India ‘B’ innings with a 104-run knock to set the opposition a 317-run target after Parthiv opted to bat. TN opener, Kaushik Gandhi’s 134-ball 124 went in vain as the Dhawal Kulkarni-led attack bowled the side out for 284.

Kulkarni and Axar Patel claimed three wickets each while Kulwant Khejroliya and CV Milind picked two wickets apiece to help the side to their second successive win.

Earlier, M Mohammed claimed skipper Parthiv for 11 to give TN their first breakthrough. However, Pandey joined Shikhar Dhawan in building a platform for a formidable total. The pair took the team to the three-figure mark with a 86-run stand until the opener was bowled by R Sai Kishore for 50. In his next over, the bowler castled Govind Poddar to leave the team on 110 for three. 28 runs later, Ishank Jaggi was the next to be sent back by W Antony Dhas.

Pandey then found an able ally in Axar Patel to shift the momentum back in India ‘B’s favour. The duo added 98 runs for the fifth wicket until the lower middle-order bat was sent back by Sai Kishore. 23 runs later the left-arm spinner claimed Pandey to complete a four-for and leave the side on 259 for six. The lower-order then added valuable runs at a brisk pace to take the team past the 300-run mark and set TN a stiff target. A Karnerwar was unbeaten on 28 off 25 as he took his side to 316 for eight until the end of the innings.

Gandhi then anchored the chase with a determined century. After Kulkarni dismissed GS Raju, N Jagadeeshan joined forces with the opener to set up the chase for TN with a 114-run partnership. The flourishing stand was ended by Axar, who dismantled the No 3 bat’s woodwork to keep his side in the game. 39 runs later he accounted for Dinesh Karthik while Khejroliya accounted for Vijay Shankar 59 runs later. The India ‘B’ bowlers then continued to strike at regular intervals while the opener stoically held up one end. The left arm pacer then followed up with the wicket of MS Washinton Sundar in his next while M Mohammed was sent back by Axar to leave the side on 259 for six.

Kulkarni then picked the wicket of Baba Indrajith for one while Gandhi’s resistance was ended in the 47th over by Milind to leave TN on 277 for eight. In the next two overs, Kulkarni and Milind claimed a wicket each to bowl TN out with eight balls to spare. 

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