Tamil Nadu v Bengal, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17, final, Delhi March 20, 2017

Karthik's 112 sets up Tamil Nadu's title win

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Tamil Nadu 217 (Karthik 112, Indrajith 32, Shami 4-26, Dinda 3-36) beat Bengal 180 (Chatterjee 58, Crist 2-23) by 37 runs
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Tamil Nadu players were visibly pleased after their Vijay Hazare Trophy win © PTI

Dinesh Karthik struck his 10th List A century as Tamil Nadu secured the Vijay Hazare title with a 37-run win over Bengal at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. It was Tamil Nadu's fifth one-day title, and their first in seven years since their dual triumph in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Karthik's 112 helped Tamil Nadu recover to 217 after they were dented by Bengal's fast-bowling duo of Ashok Dinda and Mohammed Shami, who took four wickets in his second match back from knee injury. He hit speeds north of 140kph and also impressed with slower offcutters. Tamil Nadu's bowlers, however, fought back and dismissed Bengal for 180. Seamer Aswin Crist took 2 for 23 and finished as this season's highest wicket-taker with 20 scalps.

The win capped a dominant three weeks for Tamil Nadu, whose 22-run defeat to Maharashtra in a Group B clash in Cuttack was the lone blip. That despite them missing several key players, with regular captain Abhinav Mukund, M Vijay and R Ashwin engaged with the Indian Test team, and their new-ball duo of T Natrajan and K Vignesh having sat out with injuries.

The win hadn't seemed as likely in the early part of TN's innings after they opted to make first use of the surface. Dinda found appreciable movement in the early exchanges and prised out both the TN openers inside seven overs. Shami then trapped B Aparajith lbw, and with Dinda striking a third time, after finding the outside edge of captain Vijay Shankar, TN were reeling at 49 for 4.

Dinesh Karthik continued his excellent form and counter-punched his way to a hundred © PTI

Karthik began to rebuild with B Indrajith as the duo stitched 85 for the fifth wicket. It took a run out to end the association after Indrajith copped a blow on the arm off Karthik's drive. Karthik continued to build TN's innings with support from Washington Sundar and Aswin Crist. He frequently pierced the off-side infield and brought up his century with a reverse sweep through point off Aamir Gani's offspin.

Thereafter, TN's innings ended in swift fashion as they lost their last four wickets for 17 runs. Shami produced a double-strike in the 46th over, before the innings ended with Karthik's hit-wicket in Shami's next over. By then, Karthik had taken his season tally to 607 runs - a tournament record and 39 clear of Shreevats Goswami's 568 runs in 2009-10.

Like TN, Bengal's innings was rocked not long after it began. Abhimanyu Easwaran was run out to a direct throw, and with Crist pegging back Agniv Pan's offstump two deliveries later, Bengal were 4 for 2 in five overs. That would become 68 for 4 with Goswami and Manoj Tiwary perishing after getting off to starts. Sudip Chatterjee and Anustp Majumdar briefly stemmed the rot with a 65-run fifth-wicket partnership, but that was it as far as partnerships of note went. Chatterjee was cleaned up for 58, and with the lower order barely offering resistance, Bengal folded in the 46th over.

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  • Ashwith on March 22, 2017, 2:14 GMT

    Well done TN and a great performance from Karthick. Unfortunately, he could not consistently perform at the international level. Hope he gets another chance. Cheers!

  • Jagan on March 21, 2017, 23:12 GMT

    DK can make some noise if he takes this form in to Deodhar trophy against a more formidable opponents. Would be nice to have him back.

  • Arun on March 21, 2017, 19:52 GMT

    Congrats Tamil Nadu team... You rocked at tough times and always never say die attitude.

  • surya on March 21, 2017, 14:55 GMT

    He really deserved to play for india,Selectors need to faith on him to give long run in international circuit.He is very stylish cricketer & he have all the shots in the book. Indian team need to use this guy as maximum they can.

  • messys4613217 on March 21, 2017, 10:55 GMT

    Whats the fun of this trophy if Karthik won't be selected on the great performances? If there was no Dhoni Karthil would have played 100 tests. He was better player in tests than Dhoni and he has many times proved it. I hope he gets chance in ODI's and test when Saha loses his form in away tests.

  • Miyoshi on March 21, 2017, 10:19 GMT

    I used to be a supporter​of DK, but now I've lost faith in him. He is not an international material, he only performs in domestic cricket. He consistently comes up with match winning performances in domestic cricket but as soon as he gets picked for international matches he fails miserably. He is a tried & tested failure at international level. Also his age is past 32 so no point in investing in him because it's better to invest in youngsters like Pant or Kishan for the future.

  • Shreekanth on March 21, 2017, 7:45 GMT

    I can understand if DK is selected as a backup WK for Dhoni this Champions Trophy. But I have a problem if he is selected as a batsman. What wrong has Ambati Rayudu done to be not considered for the ODI team?? Surely an average of over 50 is not the reason I suppose. DK has got his chances as a batsman in the past and with all due respects, hasn't performed at an expected level (averaging 27). Rayudu, on the other hand, seems to grab all the chances offered to him but some how misses out on the selection. Can't quite understand it. Maybe he lacks the flair/flashiness some of his compatriots seem to possess. But boy does he gets runs or what! he might be ugly, but bloody effective. Hope the selectors recognise his utility before it is too late.

  • Suganthan on March 21, 2017, 7:05 GMT

    Shami should be in the playing XI for Final test. It is very irritating to see Ishant plays every test without doing anything special. And well played DK.

  • Naresh on March 21, 2017, 7:02 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik seems to have matured since marriage. He should continue his good form. Seems even Parthiv Patel has matured.Just feel that Indian selectors are stifling young talent. Pant, Iyer are examples. A few of the players are not grabbing chances in Indian team.

  • Bindhu on March 21, 2017, 5:04 GMT

    This is the third time TN played against Bengal and won all three finals.. They met for finals in consecutive years 2008-2009.. TN has now won 5 VH trophies, the most by any team in the history, Next is Mumbai with 2...

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