Chennai, Aug 17: R Ashwin took six wickets to pilot Tamil Nadu Cricket Association XI (TNCA XI) to a three-wicket victory over Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association in the two-day All-India Buchi Babu tournament here.
On Friday (August 16), Ashwin's 6/61 and K Bharat Shankar's 102 helped the hosts to victory. Uttar Pradesh were bowled out for 279 in 78.1 overs. In reply, TNCA XI achieved the target in 74.4 overs. The matches are played over two days with each team getting to face a maximum of 100 overs.
Due to rain on the opening day (Thursday), the match was reduced to 87 overs per side.
Offspinner Ashwin, who is enjoying a break from international duty, has decided to play for his host association in this tournament. Next month, he will be seen in action in the Champions League Twenty20 for Chennai Super Kings.
Uttar Pradesh CA 279 all out in 78.1 overs (Mukul Dagar 38 retired hurt, Akashadeep Nath 83, Praveen Kumar 36, R Ashwin 6/61) lost to TNCA XI 280/7 in 74.4 overs (K Bharat Shankar 102, M Kaushik Gandhi 89, Ashwin Venkataraman 34, V Maaruthi Raghav 33 not out, Kuldeep Yadav 3/98)