Mushtaq Ali T20: Tamil Nadu in the quarter-finals | Cricket News

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu entered the quarter-finals of Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 with an 8-wicket victory over Bengal in their final league clash at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday. Opener N Jagadeesan (71 no, 6×4, 4×6) dream run continued as he entered his fourth consecutive half-century in the tournament.
Jagadeesan’s unfinished 110-point stand for the third wicket with skipper Dinesh Karthik (47 no, 7×4) helped TN pursue Bengal’s goal of 164. The hosts’ best performance came from Kaif Ahmed who led the charts with an unbeaten 63. TN a full win helped them to dominate the Group B table with 20 points in 5 games.

Jagadeesan – the tournament’s best run-getter with 315 points – started cautiously as he only scored 15 of the first 22 deliveries he faced. He broke the chains in the 12th with two sixes in Arnab Nandi’s bowling alley.

In the next, Jagadeesan hit Mukesh Kumar, a medium pace, to a maximum above the center wicket to turn the tide in TN’s favor. Jagadeesan lost compatriot Hari Nishaanth (14) on third base but kept TN in the race with a 40-point second wicket with KB Arun Karthick (30, 3×4, 1×6).

Jagadeesan took his time getting started and his scoring rate improved with Karthik arriving in 9th place. The duo looked comfortable in the crease, and their 60-ball backing helped TN cross the finish line on 18 assists to claim their fifth straight tournament win.
The opening session of the game was devoted to the fortress of TN in the first 10 overs, followed by the resurgence of Bengal in the following half thanks to the unbeaten shock of Kaif Ahmed in the last 10 overs. Aparajith, who only played 5 assists in the three games leading up to Monday’s clash, was perfect from the first shot.

Aparajith held back Bengal’s scoring by clearing openers Vivek Singh (7) and Shreevats Goswami (21). Tidy bowling and precise fielding helped TN reduce Bengal to 68 for 4 at the halfway point.

But Kaif, only playing his 4th Twenty20 clash for Bengal, played a mature round. Even though most of his teammates struggled to cross the ball, Kaif held down the Bengal scorecard with hits to all parts of the pitch, but his 47-ball hit was not enough to stop the charge. from TN.
Brief scores: Bengal 163 for 8 out of 20 overs (Kaif Ahmed 63 no, Anustup Majumdar 34; Aparajith 2-20). Tamil Nadu 167-2 in 18 overs (N Jagadeesan 71 no, Dinesh Karthik 47 no). Tamil Nadu won by 8 wickets.

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