Today cricket match report: Ranji Trophy: Karnataka beat Chhattisgarh by seven wickets

Karnataka Bowling did the most damage in the morning session, sacking Chhattisgarh for 177, leaving Karnataka with a comfortable job scoring 123 runs in 32 overs.

Relentless Karnataka broke the walls at Chhattisgarh and on Friday Ranjit scored a seven-wicket victory in Trophy Elite Group ‘C’.

Karnataka bowling did the most damage in the morning session, sacking Chhattisgarh for 177, leaving Karnataka with a comfortable job as he scored 123 runs in his 32 overs. Nikin Jose (44 n.o., 59b, 1×4, 2×6), Manish Pandey (27, 24b, 2×4, 2×6) and R. Samarth (24, 40b) kept the score moving to finish the match with 23.2 overs.

The win moved Karnataka (19 points) to the top of his table in points. A positive result was achieved by the Karnataka bowlers, especially the fast bowler Vyshak Vijaykumar (5/59). Vyshak has made a dent by sacking 18-year-old Ashutosh Singh and his 50-year-old Amandeep Khare. He gave Ashutosh the advantage earlier in the day, knocking Kare rattling to the stumps. Vyshak quickly finished the visitor’s essay as he removed Shashank Singh, Ajay Mandal and his Sourabh Majumdar.

Vyshak rolled with the pace and, more importantly, kept it in the right area. When Majumdar’s central stump was removed, Visak celebrated kissing the ball and blowing his freshman whistle.

Had the Chhattisgarh batsmen hung around for a few more hours, a draw could have been in sight. Instead, Karnataka was on the rise and heading for outright victory.

Karnataka, who needed him just under four per over, only had to hit wisely to get the job done. Chhattisgarh’s left arm spinners Ajay Mandal and Sumit Ruikar took the new ball and rolled it. The defensive tactic worked for a short time as hitters were forced to play unorthodox sweeps and reverse sweeps with little success.

The run started to flow when Samarth, Jose and Pandey wisely decided to focus on winning singles and doubles. All it took for Chhattisgarh to wave the white flag was Pandey’s pair of 6 and 4 later in the day.


Chhattisgarh – 1st innings: 311

Karnataka – 1st innings: 366

Chhattisgarh – 2nd innings: Avnish Singh b Kaverappa 0, Tiwary c Sharath b Koushik 0, Ashutosh Singh c Samarth b Vyshak 18, Amandeep Khare b Vyshak 50, Harpreet Bhatia b Gowtham 8, Mayank Verma lbw b Shreyas 46, Shashank Singh c (sub) Srinivas b Vyshak 12, Ajay Mandal b Vyshak 13, Sumit Ruikar c Pandey b Gowtham 18, Ravi Kiran (not out) 1, Sourabh Majumdar b Vyshak 6, Extras (b-4, w-1): 5; Total (in 77.5 overs): 177.

Fall of wickets:

1-0, 2-0, 3-60, 4-75, 5-91, 6-121, 7-141, 8-170, 9-170.

Karnataka bowling: Kaverappa 16-5-27-1, Koushik 12-4-24-1, Vyshak 18.5-4-59-5, Gowtham 17-5-41-2, Shreyas 13-3-21-1, Samarth 1-0-1-0.

Karnataka – 2nd innings: R. Samarth (run out) 24, Mayank Agarwal c Kiran b Ruikar 14, Nikin Jose (not out) 44, Manish Pandey c Mandal b Ruikar 27, K. Gowtham (not out) 2,

Extras (b-11, lb-6): 17.

Total (for three wkts, in 23,2 overs): 128.

Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-62, 3-100,

Chhattisgarh bowling: Mandal 11.2-0-70-0, Ruikar 11-0-35-2, Kiran 1-0-6-0.

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