NEW DELHI – Out of favour India batsman Murali Vijay smashed a superb ton (117) to power Tamil Nadu to its fifth straight win in the Vijay Hazare Trophy Group C, beating Jammu and Kashmir by eight wickets on Friday while left-arm pacer Barinder Sran and Bipul Sharma claimed three wickets apiece as Chandigarh defeated Assam by 21 runs to register their third consecutive win in the Plate Group.
By virtue of this win, Chandigarh jumped to the top of Plate group standings with 12 points from four games.
Electing to bat after rain curtailed the match to 20 overs-a-side affair, Chandigarh posted 166 for seven.
Preet Kamal was their top-scorer with a 25-ball 34 (3x4s, 1×6) but it was no. 9 batsman Jaskarandeep Singh, who produced the late flourish with a 14-ball unbeaten 28-run knock (2x4s, 2x6s).
For Assam, Pritam Das tok three wickets for 26 runs.
In reply, Assam were bundled out for 145 in 19.5 overs with Bipul Sharma (3/14) and Sran (3/25) claiming the honours.
The other two Plate Group matches — Puducherry vs Nagaland and Uttarakhand vs Mizoram — were abandoned because of rain.
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Chasing 234 for a win, Vijay and his 166-run second wicket partnershp with Aparajith (86 not out) saw TN coast home.
Vijay, fresh from a county stint with Somerset, played superb shots all round the wicket.
After a cautious start, the stylish right-hander went on overdrive to fashion Tamil Nadu’s win.
Earlier, sent in to bat, J&K made slow progress before three wickets, including that of captain Parvez Rasool (6) set the team back.
Opener Qamran Iqbal held firm and made 67 (87 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) and there were important contributions from the consistent Shubham Singh Pundir 66 and Abdul Samad, which helped J&K reach a respectable score of 233 in 50overs.
For Tamil Nadu, left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore was the best bowler, returning figures of 2 for 17 in his quota of 10 overs.
Left-arm medium pacer T Natarajan (2/45) also scalped two wickets