Karthik, bowlers guide TN to Hazare triumph
Senior pro Dinesh Karthik produced an innings of character before Tamil Nadu' s disciplined bowling effort saw them beat Bengal by 37 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final, here on Monday.
This was the third time that Tamil Nadu prevailed over Bengal in the National One-Day meet having beaten them in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Karthik (112) was the only significant scorer for Tamil Nadu en route to their meagre total of 217 in 47.2 overs as Mohammed Shami bowled with a lot of fire, scalping 4 for 26. Ashok Dinda (3/36) also rattled the top order.
But Tamil Nadu bowlers showed unbelievable discipline restricting Bengal to 180 on a pitch that didn't have any demons.
Off-spinner MS Washington Sundar (0/17) didn't get wickets but kept the Bengal batsmen on tenterhooks in his eight overs spell.
Rahil Shah, Aswin Crist and Mohammed Mohammed all did what was required to defend a small total.
Trying to be extra cautious, Shreevats Goswami (23) consumed a lot of deliveries at the onset increasing the pressure. A poor call led to Abhimanyu Easwaran (1) run out.
Manoj Tiwary (32) was bowled by opposite number Vijay Shankar while trying to play a pull shot as the ball seemed to have kept low.
Sudeep Chatterjee (58) and Anushtup Majumdar (24) added 65 runs for the fifth wicket for Bengal but a dodgy leg before off Baba Aparajith started another collapse.
Chatterjee then played an atrocious sweep shot to get bowled round the legs off left-arm spinner Sai Kishore as Bengal's hopes ended.
The former India stumper played shots all around the wicket playing the drives and pulls with equal ease.
Tiwary criticises openers
Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary was upset with the approach of his openers Abhimanyu Easwaran and Shreevats Goswami. Chasing a meagre target of 218, Easwaran consumed 11 balls for his 1 before being run-out while Goswami's 23 came off 46 balls.
"I don't what was going through their (openers) minds as it was a very slow start to be honest. Seven runs in 7 overs is unacceptable. Considering both scored 100 in the last game, it was very difficult to understand the mindset. 100 out of 100 times, I will take a target of 217. Once the scoreboard pressure was on us, we could have still made it but we lost wickets at regular intervals," said Tiwary after the match.
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