SMA Trophy: Tamil Nadu enter final after thrashing Hyderabad by 8 wickets


New Delhi, Nov 20 | Defending champions Tamil Nadu thrashed Hyderabad by eight wickets to enter their third straight final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy here at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Saturday.

The win was set up by pacer P Saravana Kumar claiming a sensational five-wicket haul. Kumar’s figures of 5/21 meant that Hyderabad were bowled out for just 90. In reply, Tamil Nadu chased down the target with eight wickets and 46 balls remaining.

After electing to field first, Kumar made great use of early moisture by striking in his first over, taking out Tanmay Agarwal, caught off the outside edge flying to third man. The 32-year-old, playing just his third T20 match, had another maiden over but with two more scalps in his next over.

While Tilak Varma cut straight to point, Himalay Agarwal edged an outswinger to wide slip.

Finally, in the final over of power-play, Kumar conceded his first runs, a six down the ground by Bavanaka Sandeep. But that six didn’t rattle a rampaging Kumar as Pragnay Reddy cut straight to a juggling backward point, leaving Hyderabad in tatters at 26/4 in 5.4 overs.

Post power-play, things went from bad to worse for Hyderabad as Sandeep holed out to long-off off leg-spinner Murugan Ashwin. Two overs later, T Ravi Teja got a top-edge on pull to mid-wicket off M Mohammed.

From 39/6 in 9.2 overs, Tanay Thyagarajan proved to be the lone ranger for Hyderabad with wickets falling at the other end. He made 25, becoming the only batter from Hyderabad to reach double-figures before he became the last man to fall, completing Kumar’s five-wicket haul in the 19th over.

Hyderabad tried their best to not let the inevitable happen as Rakshann Readdi took out the opening pair of N Jagadeesan and Hari Nishanth in the space of two balls in the third over. But Sai Sudarshan (34 not out) and Vijay Shankar (43 not out) vanquished fears of an upset by rotating the strike and stroking boundaries with ease.

Captain Shankar finished off the chase with a hooked six over fine leg, leading Tamil Nadu to an easy win. They now await the winner of the second semifinal between Vidarbha and Karnataka ahead of the title clash on Monday.

Brief scores: Hyderabad 90 all out in 18.3 overs (Tanay Thyagarajan 25; Saravana Kumar 5/21, M Mohammed 2/12) lost to Tamil Nadu 92/2 in 14.2 overs (Vijay Shankar 43 not out, Sai Sudarshan 34 not out, Rakshann Readdi 2/23) by eight wickets.

Source: IANS

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