Special Correspondent

Chennai: Riding on opener V. Subramania Siva's splendid 90 and paceman Tinu Yohannan's three-wicket burst with the new ball, Chemplast Sanmar romped home by 96 runs against India Pistons in the final of The Hindu Trophy at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Thursday.

This is Chemplast Sanmar's fourth limited overs one-day title this season following victories in the Moin-ud-Dowla, Canara Bank and the MCA's Corporate tournaments.

Pursuing a rather stiff target of 225 for victory under the lights, India Pistons ended with 128 for nine in 30 overs. Skipper Sadagopan Ramesh, who batted at No. 4, offered some resistance with an unbeaten 52 (74b, 4x4) but his team could not recover from an early collapse.

Yohannan and A. Avinash bowled well at the beginning of the Pistons' innings. Avinash prised out Jaffer Ashique Ali (2) with a delivery that bounced and left the right-hander. There was some movement for the pacemen because of the evening dew factor.

Superb spell

Then Yohannan got into the act. The paceman, who moved the sphere away, had D. Dandapani (5) pouched at first slip by Sujith Somasundar and uprooted V. Devendran's off-stump (9) when the batsman swung across the line.

To make matters worse for Pistons, R. Satish, who was adjudged the Man of the Series, sent back S. Lakshmikumar (2) with a direct hit from point. And when Yohannan, whose first spell read 5-0-25-3, shifted his line well to have the left-handed Sunil Viswanathan (5) caught by Somasundar in the slip cordon, the contest was going to end only one way. Pistons was 48 for five after ten overs. Ramesh, fluent through the off-side, kept his end up, but received little support. For Chemplast, off-spinner J. Ramdas (6-0-19-0) bowled tightly.

Crucial stand

Earlier, Chemplast, which elected to bat, gained momentum due to a second wicket partnership of 99 in 12.5 overs between Sportstar Man of the Match Siva (he received a cheque for Rs. 10,000) and skipper Hemang Badani (45, 41b, 2x4, 1x6).

Siva, who used his feet well, whipped paceman Devendran past the ropes, danced down to strike off-spinner M.A. Satish Kumar for a straight six and swung S. Mahesh, sending down off-spin, over the square-leg fence.

Before he `walked' after flashing at paceman M.R. Shrinivas the best bowler in the Pistons' attack and nicking to the `keeper, Siva (90, 75b, 8x4, 5x6) had put Chemplast well on the path to victory.

This was also an afternoon, when Pistons' bowlers could not maintain discipline over length and line. They provided width and were taken to the cleaners by the Chemplast batsmen.

N. Ravi, Editor, The Hindu, was the chief guest. C.R. Vijayaraghavan, secretary, TNCA, and N. Sankar, chairman, Sanmar Group, were present on the occasion.

The scores (final): Chemplast Sanmar 224 for six in 30 overs (Subramania Siva 90, Hemang Badani 45) bt India Pistons 128 for nine in 30 overs (S. Ramesh 52 not out).

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