TN trounce Himachal, register season's first win

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Chennai, Dec 12 (UNI) Former Champions Tamil Nadu tasted the first success of the season trouncing Himachal Pradesh by 180 runs on the final day of the Elite Group A Ranji Trophy Match here today.

Set to score a daunting 308 for win on a turning wicket, the visitors, resuming at five for no loss, did not offer even a semblance of fight and were bundled out for 127 runs in 58.3 overs.

With this win, Tamil Nadu gained five points.

In contrast to their performance in the first innings, it was total surrender by the Himachal batsmen, who failed to negotiate the varied turns of left arm spinner R Ramkumar and off spinner S Suresh Kumar, who struck at regular intervals to hasten the end.

From the moment medium pacer Yo Mahesh trapped opener Sandeep sharma in the third over of the day, the rest of the batting order collapsed like nine pins, as the spinners did the star turn for the home team.

Suresh Kumar picked four wickets and Ramkumar claimed three wickets as the match ended an hour after lunch on the final day.

Following is the scoreboard: Tamil Nadu (first innings) 234.

Himachal Pradesh (first innings) 223: Tamil Nadu (second innings): 296 for six declared.

Himachal Pradesh (second innings): M Gupta c Vijay b Ramkumar 23 Sandeep Sharma lbw b Mahesh 6 P Dogra c Mahesh b Ramkumar 19 MS Bisla c Vijay b Kumar 7 A Mannu lbw b Kumar 24 Barun Sharma b Ramkumar 7 Sarandeep Singh b Kumar 19 V Bhatia c Suresh b Kumar 9 AK Thakur (run out) 1 VS Malik c Mukund b Amarnath J Mehta (not out) 0 Extras (b-7, lb-3) 10 Total 127 all out in 58.3 overs.

Fall of wickets : 1-17, 2-46, 3-58, 4-64, 5-73, 6-115, 7-124, 8-125, 9-127 Bowling: V Yo Mahesh 9-4-30-1 P Amarnath 7.3-3-19-1 R Ramkumar 21-12-26-3 C Suresh 10-4-11-0 S S Kumar 11-1-31-4 UNI

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