Harbhajan Singh ran through the Tamil Nadu batting line-up in the second innings, taking seven wickets—in addition to his three first innings scalps—and secured Punjab’s place in the knockouts.
Chasing 313, a daunting total on a spinner-friendly wicket, Tamil Nadu batsmen stuttered and stumbled, losing wickets in regular intervals before collapsing for 69.
Nineteen wickets fell on the second day at Dindugal as Punjab were bowled out for 174 after resuming from 36 for one. The Tamil Nadu spinners, led by Malolan Rangarajan and D. T. Chandrasekar, reduced Punjab to 76 for 6 but the lower order batted well to add to the latter’s already substantial lead of 138.
Umpire stable after being hit on the head
Australian umpire John Ward is in a stable condition after being struck in the head by the ball while officiating in the Tamil Nadu-Punjab match on Tuesday. Ward was felled by a powerful shot from Punjab’s Brainder Sran on the opening day.
Himachal thrash Kerala
Himachal Pradesh rode on left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma’s brilliant six-wicket haul to inflict a six-wicket thrashing on Kerala inside two days in one a Group C encounter.
Trailing by 60 runs, Kerala suffered a batting collapse and were bundled out for 83 in their second innings early on day two with Sharma claiming 6 for 33 in 10.2 overs.
Rishi Dhawan, Karanveer Singh and Rahul Singh picked up a wicket apiece, as none of Kerala’s batsmen managed to score more than 20. Captain Sanju Samson top-scored with 19.
Himachal were set only 24 to win and they completed the formalities in the fifth over of the innings to end the match inside four sessions.
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