Uthappa guides Karnataka to eight-wicket win in Mushtaq Ali trophy

Robin Uthappa scored 59 off 29 balls in Karnataka’s match against Tamil Nadu AFP

Chennai: Oct 18, 2011

Robin Uthappa celebrated his recall to the Indian team with a match-winning 59 off 29 balls as Karnataka beat Tamil Nadu by eight wickets in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy South Zone T20 tournament, here Tuesday.

Skipper Uthappa’s knock, studded with three sixes and seven boundaries, helped Karnataka overhaul Tamil Nadu’s 131 for nine in 16.5 overs and take the lead in the points table with three consecutive wins as against the hosts’ two from three outings.

Tamil Nadu’s innings featured a knock of 52 by Dinesh Karthik (33b, 4 x 4, 3 x 6) and an unbeaten 30 (18b, 3 x 4, 1 x 6) by Shrivasudevadas while Stuart Binny claimed three for 17.

Karnataka’s chase was powered by Uthappa’s blistering innings as he put on 77 runs off just 46 balls with Mayank Agarwal (15) for the first wicket. Later, Bharat Chipli chipped in with 38 not out (29b, 7 x 4) and added 58 runs for the third wicket with Gantesh Satish (18 not out) as the visitors made 135 for two in 16.5 overs.

In another match, Hyderabad, courtesy a 103-run partnership between openers Tirumalasetti Suman (45, 38b, 4 x 4, 1 x 6) and skipper DB Ravi Teja (68 not out, 49b, 10 x 4, 1 x 6) defeated Goa by nine wickets.

Goa’s challenge proved inadequate as they were all out for 130 and the Hyderabad batsmen made light of their bowling attack.

The third game between Kerala and Andhra was abandoned following rains and the teams picked up two points apiece.(IANS)

Brief Scores:

Tamil Nadu 131 for 9 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 52, Shrivasudevadas 30 not out, Stuart Binny 3 for 17, KP Appanna 2 for 27) lost to Karnataka 135 for 2 in 16.5 overs (Robin Uthappa 52, Bharat Chipli 38 not out). Points: Karnataka 4 (total 12); Tamil Nadu 0 (8).

Goa 130 all out in 19.2 overs (Abhishek Raut 31, V Vasanth Saravanan 26, Syed Ahmed Quadri 3 for 25, Ashish Reddy 2 for 19, amol Shinde 2 for 17) lost to Hyderabad 131 for 1 in 17.2 overs (T Suman 45, Ravi Teja 68 not out). Points: Hyderabad 4 (8); Goa 0 (0).

Kerala 18 for no loss in 3.1 overs vs Andhra. Match abandoned due to rains. Points: Kerala 2 (6); Andhra 2 (2).