[caption id="attachment_677485" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Dinesh-Karthik-.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-677485" alt="Dinesh Karthik Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Dinesh-Karthik-.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Dinesh Karthik Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Tamil Nadu defeated Goa by 25 runs today to register its third straight win in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 South Zone tournament here today. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dinesh-karthik/">Dinesh Karthik </a>(56) scored his third half-century on the trot to star with the bat again as Tamil Nadu posted 155 for 5 in its quota of 50 overs before restricting Goa to 130 for 7. <p></p> <p></p>Skipper Vijay Shankar returned to the side after missing the first two games owing to injury concerns, but couldn't do much with the bat, falling for four to Amogh Desai. <p></p> <p></p>Electing to bat after winning the toss, Tamil Nadu lost M S <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jwashington-sundar/">Washington Sundar </a>(14) at 29, not before he had hit two boundaries and a six. <p></p> <p></p>Karthik, who has been in superb form, got into the act quickly and hit shots all round the wicket. He smashed six fours and a sixer before falling in the 15th over. <p></p> <p></p>Though Abhinav Mukund (12) and Shankar fell in quick succession, Karthik found an able partner in B Aparajith (26). <p></p> <p></p>The two added 54 runs in just about seven overs. <p></p> <p></p>Some lusty blows by R Sanjay Yadav (28 not out, 20 balls, 1X4, 2X6) and N Jagadeesan (10 not out, 1X6) helped swell the total to 155. <p></p> <p></p>Goa's chase was stifled by the loss of wickets at regular intervals with none of the batsmen being able to get a big score. Skipper Sagun Kamat made the top-score of 41 but tight bowling by the Tamil Nadu bowlers made things difficult. <p></p> <p></p>Leg-spinner M Ashwin, who kept things tight in the middle along with offie Washington Sundar, picked up two wickets each while left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore bowled just one over to scalp one victim. <p></p> <p></p>Medium-pacers K Vignesh and Athisayaraj Davidson got a wicket apiece. <p></p> <p></p>Meanwhile in matches played in Visakhapatnam, Karnataka edged out Hyderabad by two runs while Andhra Pradesh cruised to a six-wicket win over Kerala in a match reduced to 13 overs a side. <p></p> <p></p>There were reports that a protest by Hyderabad players led by captain Ambati Rayudu over addition of two runs to the Karnataka total delayed the start of the second game between Andhra and Kerala. <p></p> <p></p>Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 155 for 5 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 56, Sanjay Yadav 28 not out, Amogh Desai 3 for 22) beat Goa 130 for 7 in 20 overs (Sagun Kamat 41, M Ashwin 2 for 22, Washington Sundar 2 for 20). Points: TN: 4; Goa: 0. <p></p> <p></p>At Visakhapatnam: Karnataka 205 for 5 in 20 overs (Karun Nair 77, K Gowtham 57, Ravi Kiran 2 for 33) beat Hyderabad 203 for 9 in 20 overs (Akshath Reddy 70, Tanmay Agarwal 38, Bavanaka Sandeep 34, Stuart Binny 3 for 29). Points: Karnataka: 4; Hyderabad: 0. <p></p> <p></p>Kerala 120 all out in 12 overs (Vishnu Vinod 45, Sanju Samson 32, M Harishankar Reddy 4 for 2, Bandaru Ayyappa 3 for 32) lost to Andhra 126 for 4 in 13 overs (Ashwin Hebbar 64, G H Vihari 25, Basil Thampi 2 for 35). Points: Andhra: 4; Kerala: 0.