Manish Pandey struck a century as India B sealed a place in the final of the Deodhar Trophy after quelling a spirited challenge from Tamil Nadu by 32 runs on Sunday.
Tamil Nadu came up with a strong response through opener Kaushik Gandhi (124) before their challenge fizzled out and they ended at 284 all out in 48.4 overs.
It was the second straight win for India B in the competition, having beaten India A on Saturday. Their opponents in Wednesday’s final will be either India A or Tamil Nadu, who face each other in a do-or-die match on Monday.
The Vijay Hazare Trophy holders were very much in the game as they were 244 for three in the 42nd over but a batting collapse meant they lost the next seven wickets for 40 runs.
Pacer Dhawal Kulkarani was effective for India B again, taking three wickets alongside left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who produced an all-around effort after scoring a half century earlier in the day.
It was another good day in the office for Dhawan, who had hit form with a hundred against India A.
Brief Scores: India B 316/8 in 50 overs (Pandey 104, Dhawan 50, Axar 51; Kishore 4/60). Tamil Nadu 284 all out in 48.4 overs (Gandhi 124; Kulkarni 3/45, Axar 3/53).