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|Facile 10 wickets victory for Tamil Nadu|
Monday, February 9 2004 15:11 Hrs (IST)
Openers Anirudh Srikkanth (47 not out) and Vidyuth Sivaramakrishnan (16 not out) virtually toyed with the Rajasthan bowlers as Tamil Nadu coasted to the victory mark of 71 without losing any wicket after bundling out Rajasthan for a dismal 70 in only 31.3 overs at the JU Campus, Salt Lake.
Anirudh, son of India's former dashing opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth, reminded the handful of spectators of his father's attacking flair, tearing apart the Rajasthan bowling with daring shots all around the park.
His 31-ball knock, a typical One-day innings, was studded with 10 dazzling boundaries, as Tamil Nadu reached their victory target in only 8.4 overs in the one-sided match.
Earlier, the Tamil Nadu pacers utilised the morning juice in the wicket to rip off the Rajasthan top order, and send the batting side reeling at 16 for four.
Rajasthan never got out of the pits, as seven of their batsmen departed on single digit scores failing to negotiate the medium pace of S Suresh (3/20) who broke the middle order after D T Kumaran (2/20) and D J Gokulakrishnan (2/13) delivered the initial punches.
Tamil Nadu netted five points, including a bonus, to stay afloat in the five-team league. They were overwhelmed by Mumbai in their first match.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan 70 all out in 31.3 overs (S Suresh 3/20, D J Gokulakrishnan 2/13, D T Kumaran 2/20) lost to Tamil Nadu 71 for no loss in 8.4 overs (A Srikkanth not out 47, V Sivaramakrishnan not out 16) by 10 wickets.
Mumbai beat Rajasthan in Ranji One-dayer