Chennai: Tamil Nadu started their Ranji Trophy campaign on a good note as they registered a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Assam in their opening Group A Super League match on the final and fourth day here on Thursday.
Needing just 120 for victory, Tamil Nadu’s march was briefly halted by a sudden rain when they were on 84 for two in 16.2 overs. But the play resumed after 33 minutes.
Openers Abhinav Mukund (32) and man-of-the-match Srikkanth Anirudha (48) gave TN a solid start, chasing a small total and then R Satish (27 not out) and S Badrinath (6 not out) drove the team home in 25.2 overs.
In the bowling department, debutant medium-pacer Sunil Sam scalped four wickets (17-5-56-4) to contribute to TN’s success.
Earlier, resuming on overnight score of 159 for four, Sridharan Sriram scored a superb 121, studded with 15 boundaries, while Tarjinder Singh missed out on a much-deserved ton by just one run, to consolidate Assam’s innings.
The duo shared a 112-run partnership for the fifth wicket but could not help the team avoid defeat.
Sriram after hitting a fine century got bowled by off-spinner Ashwin as he stepped out for a heave, while Tarjinder, the last man out, was visibly tense on 99.
He hit Sunil Sam to mid-wicket for a four to reach 99 but then slashed at the next ball in a bid to cross the century mark and ended up giving a straight-forward catch to Anirudha at short mid-wicket.
After left-arm spinner Aushik Srinivas dismissed wicketkeeper batsman K Saika for 7, Sam ripped through the tail, claiming the wickets of Dhiraj Goswami (0), Arlen Konwar (2) and Ranjeet Mali (0) to bundle out Assam for 281 in their second innings.
Assam: 184 & 281 all out (D Jadhav 38, S Sriram 121, Tarjinder Singh 99, S Sam 4/56, L Balaji 2/23 and R Ashwin 2/74).
Tamil Nadu: 346 for 9 decl & 123 for 3 (A Mukund 32, S Anirudha 48, R Satish not out 27, S Badrinath not out 6).