Sanju Viswanadh cracked a patient 94-ball 85 to guide Kerala to a five-wicket victory over Tamil Nadu in the South Zone leg encounter of the Vijay Hazare National One Day Championship here today.
Viswanadh blasted five boundaries and one six in his unbeaten innings, while Sachin Baby also contributed with a strokeful 61 off 42 balls, studded with seven fours and one six, to help Kerela overhaul the target in 46.3 overs.
Earlier, S Sreesanth and SS Warrier snapped two wickets each, while P Prasanth accounted for one to help Kerela restrict Tamil Nadu to 257 for seven in 47 overs after TN had decided to bat.
Dinesh Karthik blasted a 55-ball 73, laced with eight fours and three sixes, to help Tamil Nadu amass 257 for seven in 47 overs. V Yo Mahesh also contributed with a whirlwind 18-ball 40, which comprised four boundaries and two sixes.
For Tamil Nadu, Rahil Shah returned with a four wicket haul, giving away 52 runs but still could not stop Kerela from running away with the match.
Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu 257 for 7 in 47 overs (Dinesh Karthik 73, V Yo Mahesh 40; SS Warrier 2 for 50) lost to Kerela 258 for 5 in 46.3 overs (Sanju Viswanadh 85*; Rahil Shah 4 for 52).
First Published: February 18, 2013, 11:55 pm