Karun Nair made 14 and 12 in the two innings    IANS (File photo)
Karun Nair made 14 and 12 in the two innings IANS (File photo)

Tamil Nadu stormed into the semi-final stage of the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2016-17, after completing a dominating win over Karnataka by 7 wickets. In a low-scoring quarter-final played at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam, tournament favourites Karnataka were always on the backfoot ever since they were bowled out for 88 in the first innings. Having taken a crucial lead of 64 runs in the first innings, Tamil Nadu produced yet another strong display of bowling and shot out their opponents for 150 in their second innings. For Tamil Nadu, Aswin Crist claimed 7 wickets in the match with 6 for 31 in the first innings.

It was a game completely dominated by Tamil Nadu, even though Karnataka had their top players back in their side. KL Rahul, Karun Nair and Manish Pandey all played in the game, while R Vinay Kumar captained. Stuart Binny was also there, but Karnataka had left out Robin Uthappa. The senior batsman was rested for this quarter-final match as Karnataka selectors wished to provide chances to the young players. However, coming off an excellent final Test against England, Rahul and Nair disappointed their state side which bowed out in one of the most disappointing ways. While Karnataka had their star players returning to the playing XI, Tamil Nadu did not have the services of Ravichandran Ashwin and Murali Vijay.

Rahul scored 4 and 77 in the game, Pandey scored 28 and 0, and Nair managed 14 and 12 while Binny bagged a pair in the all-important clash. Crist was the wrecker-in-chief for Karnataka as he claimed 6 for 31 in the first innings, which set the tone for Tamil Nadu in the game.

In their first innings, Karnataka were shot out for 88 in 37.1 overs. Pandey top-scored with 52-ball 28 as no other batsman could even cross the 14-run mark. Crist returned with the figures of 13.5-5-31-6 whereas Thangarasu Natarajan registered 9-3-18-3.

In a low-scoring encounter, Tamil Nadu too found batting tough on the wicket as they scored 152 and 87 for 3 in both their innings. Vijay Shankar top-scored with 34 in the first innings while in the second, senior player Dinesh Karthik scored a quickfire 30-ball 41 not out with 5 boundaries and 2 sixes. Karthik was among the key contributors in the first innings as well, wherein he scored 31 off 75 balls with 5 boundaries.

Brief scores:

Karnataka 88 and 150 (KL Rahul 77; Krishnamoorthy Vignesh 4 for 53, Thangarasu Natarajan 3 for 40) lost to Tamil Nadu 152 and 87 for 3 (Dinesh Karthik 41*; Abhimanyu Mithun 1 for 7) by 7 wickets.