Jaipur: Half-centuries by Abhinav Mukund (75, 83 balls, 7 fours) and Baba Aparajith (52, 67 balls, 2 fours) helped Tamil Nadu put it across host Rajasthan by six wickets in its opening Group 'C' match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Tuesday.
Skipper Dinesh Karthik with a brisk knock of 52 not out (52 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) saw the team home in the company of M Shahrukh Khan (47 not out, 39 balls, 6 fours).
The left-handed Mukund and Aparajith set the platform for Tamil Nadu after the aggressive N Jagadeesan (7) fell in the seventh over to left-arm pacer Aniket Choudhary.
Mukund played some fine shots while Aparajith preferred to be watchful and rotated the strike well.
Earlier, sent in to bat by Tamil Nadu, the home team recovered from 53 for 4 to post 261 in the 50 overs, thanks to a strokeful knock of 77 by right-hander Arjit Gupta.
Gupta, who hit seven fours and three sixes in 82 balls, was involved in a 87-run partnership with Ashok Menaria (35).
Medium-pacer K Vignesh bowled well to start with and got opener Chetan Bist (4) in the second over. He dismissed the other opener Manender Singh (7) and the key wicket of captain Mahipal Lomror (11, 27 balls) to reduce Rajasthan to 53 for 4.
In other matches on Tuesday, Tripura defeated Jammu & Kashmir by two wickets and Gujarat beat Bengal by 38 runs.
Rajasthan 261 for 9 in 50 overs (Arjit Gupta 77, Rahul Chahar 48, Ashok Menaria 35, K Vignesh 3/34, M Mohammed 2/58, R Sai Kishore 2/66) lost to Tamil Nadu (Abhinav Mukund 75, B Aparajith 52, Dinesh Karthik 52 not out, Shahrukh Khan 48 not out, Aniket Choudhary 1/53) by six wickets.
Points: TN: 4, Rajasthan: 0.
Gujarat 253 for 8 in 50 overs (Bhargav Merai 63, Manprit Juneja 47, Kathan D Patel 36, Ashoke Dinda 3/58) beat Bengal 215 all out in 46.2 overs (Shreevats Goswami 79, Anustup Majumdar 39, Rush Kalaria 4/34, Axar Patel 1/47) by 38 runs.
Points: Gujarat: 4, Bengal: 0.
Jammu & Kashmir 197 all out in 43.2 overs (Qamran Iqbal 43, Fazil Rashid 38, Harmit Singh 3/32) lost to Tripura 198 for 8 (Bishal Ghosh 62, Milind Kumar 77, Umar Nazir 3/45) by 2 wickets.
Points: Tripura: 4, J&K: 0.
Ravi Teja strikes ton in Meghalaya's big win
Seasoned campaigner Dwaraka Ravi Teja made an impressive start with Meghalaya as his unbeaten century shaped his side's massive 194-run victory against Sikkim in their Vijay Hazare Trophy Plate group opener on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old, who was a member of the Deccan Chargers IPL winning squad in 2009, top-scored with 109 not out from 88 balls (13x4, 2x6) as Meghalaya piled up 318 for 5 after being asked to bat at the Tanush Academy Ground.
Ravi Teja first shared 99 runs with former Delhi wicketkeeper Puneet Bisht (74 from 50 balls) before his 143-run stand with Amiangshu Sen (59 from 63 balls) propped up the total from being 70/3 inside 17 overs.
Sen returned to action with his medium pace as his 2/31 reduced Sikkim to 37/3 in 11.5 overs before Yashpal Singh staged a recovery, but his 88-ball 53 proved too little as left-arm spinner Aditya Singhania wiped out the tail, capping brilliant figures of 7-1-18-4.
At Tanush Academy Ground: Meghalaya 318/5; 50 overs (Dwarka Ravi Teja 109 not out, Punit Bisht 74, Amiangshu Sen 59). Sikkim 124; 46.3 overs (Yashpal 53; Aditya Singhania 4/18, Amiangshu Sen 2/31). Meghalaya won by 194 runs. Points: Meghalaya 4, Sikkim 0.
At Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium: Nagaland 205/7; 50 overs (Rongsen Jonathan 104 not out). Manipur 44/2; 8.4 overs. Match abandoned. Points: Nagaland 2, Manipur 2.
At Abhimanyu Cricket Academy: Arunachal Pradesh 267/7; 50 overs (Samarth Seth 102, Rahul Dalal 68). Mizoram 147/3; 29.2 overs.
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