Halfway through the innings — 87 for one after 10 overs — and coasting towards a huge total, Goa decided to abandon ship, losing nine wickets for 19 runs in the span of six overs.

The result, a crushing nine-wicket loss to Tamil Nadu as it slumped to its third straight defeat in the Syed Mushtaq Ali South Zone T20 tournament at the IC-Guru Nanak College ground here on Tuesday.

Full Scorecard: >Tamil Nadu v Goa

Electing to bat, Goa began briskly with a 40-run partnership between skipper Sagun Kamat and Swapnil Asnodkar before Kamat was dismissed. Asnodkar then took charge, hitting a few boundaries as he and Amogh Desai went about building a strong foundation with a 48-run stand.

Brilliant fielding

A brilliant piece of fielding from Tamil Nadu skipper Vijay Shankar — a direct hit — caught Asnodkar short of the crease at the bowler’s end. This opened the floodgates as Tamil Nadu ran through the Goa line-up with the batsmen showing poor application, throwing the wickets away. To make matters worse, Goa committed the cardinal sin of not playing its full 20 overs and slipping from 88 for one to 107.

Tamil Nadu spinners M. Ashwin, B. Aparajith and Rahil Shah kept things tight, forcing errors from the batsmen as tried to clear the short boundaries, ending up holing out in the deep. The spin trio chipped in with two wickets each, while medium-pacer Aswin Crist accounted for the Goa skipper. The spinners were backed up by solid fielding as TN effected three run-outs.

Chasing a modest total, Abhinav Mukund’s purple patch this domestic season continued as came up with an unbeaten 52-ball 68 (six fours and two sixes) to help TN chase down the total in just 13.1 overs.

The thumping victory helped TN repair some damage to its net run-rate after a 72-run loss to Hyderabad on Monday, but it was not enough to go ahead of Karnataka in the table despite being equal on points.