Chennai: Tamil Nadu batsmen failed yet again to hand Mumbai a comprahensive 8-wicket victory on the thrid day of their Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A match played here at the M A Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.
Set an easy target of 104 with a day to spare, the reigning champions Mumbai reached the target with ease, losing just two wickets in 19 overs after bowling out Tamil Nadu for 214 in 76.2 overs in their secondessay.
Off-spinner Ramesh Powar's 5 for 68 and medium pacer Avishkar Salvi's bag of 3 for 27 were the highlights for Mumbai.
Prashant Naik top scored with a belligerant knock of 57 off 32 balls. He hit five sixes and two fours and set the team on course to the easy win with a partnership of 51 runs for the second wicket with left-hander Ajinkay Rehane (28, 48 balls, four fours). Captain Amol Majumdar remained not out on 2. The other opener Wasim Jaffar made 17 of 17 balls with four fours.
Mumbai gained five points to raise their tally to a healthy eight from two matches. They had claimed three for having taken first innings lead in the earlier outing against Karnataka. Tamil Nadu have just one from two outings, the point coming their way from the unfinished first match against Maharashtra.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu, who had an uphill task of setting Mumbai a hard target after conceding a first innings lead of 111 runs, were reduced to 98 for 6 on a wicket helping the spinners as Powar proved. They lost team India opener and stumper Dinesh Karthick for 28 off 33 balls, with the help of five fours, and skipper S Badrinath failed to come up with a big score, falling for 32 off 125 minutes and 91 balls. He added 45 runs for the third wicket in 23.5 overs with Yo Mahesh (14), the night watchman.
Left-hander K Srivasudeva Das offered some resistance with R Aswhin who top scored with 51 off 125 minutes and 93 balls. Ashwin hit eight fours. Vasudeva Das added 91 runs with Ashwin for the seventh wicket off 28 overs before the innings folded up.
Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu 206 and 214 (Dinesh Karthick 28, S Badrinath 32, K Srivasudeva Das 47, R Ashwin 51; Ramesh Powar 5 for 68, Avishkar Salvi 3 for 27) lost to Mumbai 317 and 104 for 2 in 19 overs (Prashant Naik 57 n o, Wasim Jaffer 17, Ajinker Rahane 28) by 8 wickets