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Tamil Nadu Tasting Victory

After winning the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Delhi, Tamil Nadu state made waves by winning the Deodhar Trophy thumping India B by 42 runs by take possession of the coveted supremacy on Indian domestic cricket.  The team is led by Vijay Shankar and supported by Dinesh Karthik as batsman cum wicket keeper. He scored 112 in the Vijay Hazare final and now striking form with 126 against India B to win the Man of the match once again.  He hit 14 fours and 3 sixes of 91 balls and revealed to the Indian cricket selectors that he is the best wicket-keeper batsman in Indian cricket. After the retirement of Dhoni from all formats, the Tamil Nadu batsman ought to have come into the Indian side as an automatic choice.  As he does not have any Godfather like other Tamil Nadu players, none of them finding a place despite being winners in the shortest form of the game.

Tamil Nadu won the toss and made a match of it. Karthik’s exploits with the bat. His stand of 136 runs for the fourth wicket with N. Jagdeesan (55) did make a great impact. But for Dhawal Kulkarni’s 5 wicket haul, other bowlers did not perform well and runs were leaked in the middle over.  When India B batted facing a tough target the writing was on the wall with half the side gone for 166 and the tail fail to make a match of it in the end with some inspiring spell of bowling by Tamil Nadu bowlers. But for Mann’s 64 there was no resistance from the aspiring India B side. Rahil Shah took 3 wickets to cause a collapse with valuable wickets to his kitty.  Dinesh Karthik won the Man of the match award for his sensible batting in a one day format phasing his innings to excellence and helping his side to win second trophy in succession.

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