TN regain South Zone title

Chennai, Feb 16 (IANS) Tamil Nadu rebounded from a precarious position to beat Andhra Pradesh by two wickets and clinch the Subbaiah Pillai trophy cricket in the South Zone one-day tournament here Tuesday while holders Karnataka finished second by virtue of their 81-run win over Hyderabad. The top two have qualified for the All-India tournament for the Vijay Hazare trophy.

Chasing a target of 241, Tamil Nadu were 93 for five in the 19th over, but K. Vasudevdas (94, 107b, 8 x 4, 2 x 6) and R. Ashwin (45) steadied the innings with a 110-run partnership for the sixth wicket before a rapid 21-ball 28 not out by tail-ender H Gopinath took the hosts over the line for their fifth consecutive win on the concluding day of the competition.

Earlier, Andhra were 117 for six but recovered to post a challenging total with a 74-run stand for the seventh wicket between Sahabudin (40) and VM Sai (47).

Meanwhile, Karnataka, who lost just one match (against Tamil Nadu) in their previous four outings, fielded a few fresh faces, but still carried far too much firepower for Hyderabad who were bundled out for 230, chasing a target of 318.

The Karnataka top-order batsmen chipped in with useful score after opting to bat first with half-centuries by skipper Robin Uthappa (51) and CM Gautham (68 not out) to make 317 for seven.

In another match, Goa, thanks to a century by S. Sriram (148, 110b, 13 x 4, 2 x 6), defeated Kerala by 124 runs. Batting first, Goa compiled 322 for six and then bundled out Kerala for 198 for a facile victory.

Brief scores:

Andhra 240 all out in 49.3 overs (Hemal Watekar 53, Y Venugopal Rao 35, KS Sahabuddin 40, VM Sai 47, Yo Mahesh 5 for 55) lost to Tamil Nadu 246 for 8 in 48.4 overs (Abhinav Mukund 41, R Prasanna 30, K Vasudevdas 94, R Ashwin 45, G Shankara Rao 3 for 28) by 2 wickets.

Karnataka 317 for 7 in 50 overs (KL Rahul 36, Robin Uthappa 51, CM Gautham 68 not out, Stuart Binny 41, Raju Bhatkal 38) beat Hyderabad 236 all out in 48 overs (Ravi Teja 40, Ambatti Rayudu 54, NR Bist 70) by 81 runs.

Goa 322 for 6 in 50 overs (Swapnil Asnodkar 77, S Sriram 148, Nizar Niyas 4 for 80) beat Kerala 198 all out in 43.2 overs (VA Jagadessh 43, PR Prem 54, KJ Rakesh 30, P Prashanth 35, Amit Yadav 3 for 40) by 124 runs.

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