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Kerala beat Tamil Nadu by five wickets in South Zone encounter

Press Trust of India
Feb 18, 2013 at 08:53pm IST

Goa: Sanju Viswanadh cracked a patient 94-ball 85 to guide Kerala to a five-wicket victory over Tamil Nadu in the South Zone leg encounter of the Vijay Hazare National One Day Championship here Monday.

Viswanadh blasted five boundaries and one six in his unbeaten innings, while Sachin Baby also contributed with a strokeful 61 off 42 balls, studded with seven fours and one six, to help Kerela overhaul the target in 46.3 overs.

Earlier, S Sreesanth and SS Warrier snapped two wickets each, while P Prasanth accounted for one to help Kerela restrict Tamil Nadu to 257 for seven in 47 overs after TN had decided to bat.

Kerala beat Tamil Nadu in South Zone encounter

Karnataka registered their fourth successive victory in the South Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare beating Hyderabad by 47 runs to qualify for the knock-out stages.

Dinesh Karthik blasted a 55-ball 73, laced with eight fours and three sixes, to help Tamil Nadu amass 257 for seven in 47 overs. V YoMahesh also contributed with a whirlwind 18-ball 40, which comprised four boundaries and two sixes.

For Tamil Nadu, Rahil Shah returned with a four wicket haul, giving away 52 runs but still could not stop Kerela from running away with the match.

Karnataka registered their fourth successive victory in the South Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare beating Hyderabad by 47 runs to qualify for the knock-out stages of the competition.

Karnataka now have 16 points from four games and are assured of a berth among 10 teams who will be vying for the top honours.

Put into bat, Karnataka posted a formidable total of 305 for nine, largely due to centuries from openers Lokesh Rahul (110, 107 balls, 9x4) and Robin Uthappa (103, 108, 10x4), who added 206 for the first wicket.

Manish Pandey with a 39-ball-42 was the only other contributor. In reply, Hyderabad were all-out for 258 in 46.4 overs. For Hyderabad, Hanuma Vihari (84) and Bavanaka Sandeep (72) tried their best with a 140-run partnership for the third wicket but once both were out within 20 runs of each other, there was no stopping Karnataka.

Medium pacer SL Akhshay was the pick of the bowlers with figures of four for 50 while skipper Stuart Binny's military medium pacers also fetched him four wickets for 56 runs.

Andhra Pradesh produced a brilliant allround display to hand over hosts Goa a humiliating 170-run defeat in the south zone encounter of the Vijay Hazare National One Day Championship here today.

Sent into bat, Andhra posted a challenging 261 for six in their stipulated 50 overs with opener K S Bharat cracking a strokeful 125, containing 13 fours, and B Sumanth hitting a run-a-ball 45, which was laced with three fours.

The Andhra bowlers then returned to decimate the home team, dismissing them for a paltry 91 in just 25.4 overs. KS Shahbuddin and B Sudhakar picked up three wickets each, while P Vijay Kumar and A G Praveen took two each to complete the victory for Andhra.

Such was the domination of the Andhra bowlers that only three batsmen -- R U shukla (13), Shadab Jakati (16) and B A Mangaldas (17) could reach double figures in a dismal batting performance by Goa.

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