Chennai: Former Champions Tamil Nadu tasted their first success of the season trouncing Himachal Pradesh by 180 runs on the final day of the Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A tie at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here on Wednesday.
Set to score a daunting 308 for win on a rank turner, the visitors, resuming at five for no loss, did not offer even a semblance of fight and were bundled out for 127 runs in 58.3 overs.
In contrast to their performance in the first innings, it was total surrender by the Himachal batsmen, who failed to negotiate the varied turns of left arm spinner R Ramkumar and off spinner S Suresh Kumar, who struck at regular intervals to hasten the end.
From the moment medium pacer Yo Mahesh trapped opener Sandeep Sharma in the third over of the day, the rest of the batting order collapsed like nine pins, as the spinners did the star turn for the home team.
Suresh Kumar picked four wickets and Ramkumar claimed three wickets as the match ended an hour after lunch on the final day.
With this win, Tamil Nadu gained five points.
Tamil Nadu 234 and 296/6 decl beat Himachal 223 and 127 (Manish Gupta 23, A Mannu 24; S S Kumar 4 for 31, Ramkumar 3 for 26)