Tamil Nadu rode on C.Hari Nishaanth’s unbeaten 92 to post a 66-run win over Jharkhand in its opening match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

Asked to bat, Tamil Nadu scored a formidable 189 for five before restricting Jharkhand to 123 for seven. Southpaw Nishaanth (92 n.o., 63b, 8×4, 3×6) batted confidently and executed some clean hits on both sides. He forged a 72-run stand with fellow opener N. Jagadeesan to give Tamil Nadu a strong start against an attack that lacked discipline.

Jagadeesan (27, 28b, 2×4, 1×6) gave good support to Nishaanth before being caught brilliantly by Rahul Shukla at long-on off Anukul Roy’s bowling. Nishaanth, who was let off twice off the bowling of left-arm spinner Anukul, stitched together another important partnership of 98 with captain Dinesh Karthik (46, 17b, 3×4, 4×6).

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