Batting first, Tamil Nadu scored 151 for eight with Abhinav Mukund top-scoring with 41    Getty Images (Representational Image)
Batting first, Tamil Nadu scored 151 for eight with Abhinav Mukund top-scoring with 41 Getty Images (Representational Image)

Nagpur: Left-arm spinner Rahil Shah polished off lower half of the Bengal batting with a five-wicket haul as the formidable Tamil Nadu demolished them by 69 runs in a group A encounter of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 on Sunday. Batting first, Tamil Nadu scored 151 for eight with Abhinav Mukund top-scoring with 41. Seamer Alok Pratap Singh took 3/15 while Mohammed Shami scalped 2/30. The India international now has five wickets from two games. Shami will join the Indian ODI squad in Mumbai tomorrow as they prepare to leave on January 5.

In reply, Bengal were skittled out for 82 in 15.5 overs with Rahil grabbing 5/12. With Wriddhiman Saha (2) not scoring too many after his 47-ball-81 against Hyderabad yesterday, skipper Manoj Tiwary’s absence was felt with as many as nine players failing to reach double digits. Only Shreevats Goswami (31) and Sudip Chatterjee (18) added 49 runs for the third wicket before Bengal lost their last eight wickets for only 24 runs. Tamil Nadu now has won both their matches and have eight points while Bengal remain on 4 points from two games.

Brief Scores:

Tamil Nadu 151 for 8 in 20 overs (Abhinav Mukund 41, Anthony Dhas 28, Alok Pratap Singh 3 for 15, Mohd Shami 2 for 30) beat Bengal 82 in 15.5 overs (Shreevats Goswami 31, Rahil Shah 5 for 12) by 69 runs.