With a 42–run victory over India ‘B’ in the final, Tamil Nadu claimed the Prof. DB Deodhar Trophy and finished the 2016-17 season on a high. The Vijay Hazare Trophy champions were lifted to 303 for nine by Dinesh Karthik (126) after Dhawal Kulkarni (5/39) had reduced them to 39 for three in the first eleven overs. In their defence of 303, the TN spinners then wrecked the India ‘B’ lineup after M Mohammed dismissed Parthiv Patel in the fourth over to set the ball rolling. Rahil Shah claimed three wickets while R Sai Kishore picked two wickets. M Ashwin and MS Washington Sundar took a wicket each.
After the Tamil Nadu captain Vijay Shankar elected to bat first, Kulkarni caught Kaushik Gandhi off his own bowling with 24 runs on the board. In his next over, Kulkarni returned to account for M Ashwin – with the score still stuck on 24. Kulkarni then followed up with the wicket of Ganga Sridhar Raju in the 11th over to push TN on the back-foot. However, TN’s man-in-form, Dinesh Karthik, who walked out to bat at number five, revived the innings in the company of N Jagadeesan. With a 136-run partnership, the fourth wicket pair set up a platform for a competitive total. Jagadeesan was dismissed in the 31st over when he was dismissed by Chama Milind; the TN wicket-keeper made 55 from 62 balls.
Baba Indrajith then rallied on with the lower-order to take the team past the 300-run mark. Even as Kulkarni and Co kept picking up wickets to keep TN in check, Indrajith finished unbeaten on 31 (off 30 balls) as he boosted the total. With last man Sai Kishore, Indrajith added 20 runs in an unbroken partnership to take Tamil Nadu to 303-9.
India ‘B’ were jolted early in their run-chase when pacer M Mohammed dismissed the India ‘B’ captain, Parthiv Patel in the fourth over, to leave them at 19 for one. Manish Pandey then joined Shikhar Dhawan in carrying the innings forward; the pair had added 64 for the second wicket and kept the chase on course until opener was sent back by Shah. Sai Kishore then accounted for Ishank Jaggi to leave the team on 84 for three in the 12th over. India ‘B’s woes continued as Pandey retired hurt for 23 after adding a further nine runs to the total with Harpreet Singh Bhatia.
Gurkeerat Mann, then joined forces with Bhatia to keep the side in the fray and the pair had put together 72 runs before the latter was sent back by Ashwin leaving the side on 165 for four. Sundar followed up with the wicket of Axar in the next over to peg back the side further. But, Akshay Karnewar joined Mann in the middle to put up a fight; their 56-run partnership was broken by M Mohammed as India ‘B’ were reduced to 222 for six.
With his side on the backfoot, Pandey returned to the crease in the 43rd over to take the chase forward. Shah then dealt a double blow to tip the balance in TN’s favour; he claimed Mann and Pandey to leave India ‘B’ at 233 for eight.
Sai Kishore then sent back Kulkarni, while Vijay Shankar claimed Dinda to wrap-up India ‘B’ for 261 and seal victory.