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Uthappa fires former champs to the top

Opener Robin Uthappa?s unbeaten 66 helped Karnataka win the Subbiah Pillai Trophy, and avenge their loss to defending champions Tamil Nadu last year, by six wickets with 21 overs to spare on Thursday.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 22:49 IST

Opener Robin Uthappa’s unbeaten 66 helped Karnataka win the Subbiah Pillai Trophy, and avenge their loss to defending champions Tamil Nadu last year, by six wickets with 21 overs to spare on Thursday.

Playing their last match at the Gymkhana Ground, Karnataka overhauled Tamil Nadu's score of 144 off the last ball of the 29th over, Stuart Binny scoring the winning runs. Karnataka last won the trophy in 2001-02.

The match was a virtual final, as Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had garnered 19 and 18 points respectively, from four rounds. However, it turned out to be a tame affair as TN batsmen choked under pressure.

Uthappa played a responsible knock to see his team through and impress everyone, including national selector VB Chandrasekhar. While he played a solid innings, hitting seven hits to the fence, skipper Barrington Rowland (18) and C Raghu (26) played useful knocks to ensure a bonus point for Karnataka.

However, it were the opening bowlers who hogged the limelight for Karnataka. After putting Tamil Nadu in, R Vinaykumar (3 for 31), NC Aiyappa (3 for 31) and first-change bowler B Akhil (2 for 17) used the red cherry effectively to leave the strong TN batting line-up reeling at 77 for 7 in the 22nd over.

The fact that none of the top order TN batsmen, including Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan (0), S Sriram (13), Hemang Badani (0), S Badrinath (10) and Dinesh Kaarthick (17), could cross the 20-run mark underlines the Karnataka pacemen's credentials. Reliable R Sathish (43 off 67) then added 65 with tailender M Shivakumar (17 not out off 69) for the eighth wicket to help TN cross the three-figure mark.

Scoreboard

Tamil Nadu: (Vijay c Binny b Vinaykumar 17, Vidyut c&b Aiyappa 0, Sriram c Uthappa b Vinaykumar 13, Badani c Patil b Vinaykumar 0, Badrinath c Joshi b Akhil 10, Kaarthick c Akhil b Binny 17, V Dass b Akhil 15, Sathish c&b Aiyappa 43, Shivakumar not out 17, Shrinivas lbw Joshi 1, Vignesh lbw Aiyappa 2, Extras -- w-9 - 9)

Total: 144

Fall of wkts: 1-0, 2-30, 3-30, 4-35, 5-44, 6-73, 7-77, 8-138, 9-141

Bowling: Aiyappa 10-3-31-3, Vinaykumar 8-3-31-3, Akhil 7-0-17-2, Binny 7-1-28-1, Joshi 7-0-21-1, Raghavendra 6-1-16-0

Karnataka: (Chipli c Badani b Vignesh 9, Uthappa not out 66, Rowland c Sriram b Shivakumar 18, Raghu st Kaarthick b Ramkumar 26, Akhil c Kaarthick b Sathish 13, Binny not out 2, Extras -- nb-5, w-6 - 11)

Total (for 4 wkts in 29.2 overs): 145

Fall of wkts: 1-21, 2-61, 3-105, 4-139

Bowling: Vignesh 8.2-0-44-1, Shrinivas 4-0-14-0, Shivakumar 4-0-22-1, Sriram 2-0-9-1, Ramkumar 5-0-33-1, Badani 1-0-6-0, Sathish 5-0-17-1

Goa beat Hyderabad

In another thrilling encounter, Goa beat Hyderabad on the last ball to register their first win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium (Uppal). Bowling Hyderabad out for 226, Goa scored the winning runs with one wicket in hand. Sagun Kamat and Sahil Dhuri laid the foundation for a successful Goa chase. Kerala, playing at the NFC ground, beat Andhra by 33 runs to register their third successive win to finish third in the zone.

Brief scores: Hyderabad 226 (R Teja 33, Vinay Kumar 37; SB Yadav 3 for 44) lost to Goa 227 for 9 (Sagun Kamat 81, Sahil Dhuri 46; Alfred Absalom 2 for 36); Kerala 269 for 8 (Jagadeesh 84, V Gomez 83, Ambati Rayudu 4 for 45) bt Andhra 236 (Gnaneswara Rao 56, MSK Prasad 37, Ambati Rayudu 37, Prashant Chandran 3 for 33, Jagadeesh 2 for 33)

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 22:49 IST