Karnataka extended their winning run after defeating India B in the 2nd match of the Deodhar Trophy.

However, it wasn’t an easy victory for Karnataka who had a terrific time in the recent past. The Ranji Champions held their nerves in the end and won a nail-biting thriller by six runs. It was Karnataka skipper Karun Nair who won the toss and elected to bat.

Mayank Agarwal who has been in a rich vein of form across formats in this year’s domestic season continued his sparkling form and stroked his way to 40 balls 44 which included six fours and a six.

However, the innings from Ravikumar Samarth proved to the difference. He smashed a sensational century and eventually got dismissed on 117 off 115 deliveries.

He was eventually dismissed by Harshal Patel in the 48th over. Samarth struck 13 fours and a six during his brilliant knock. Eventually, Karnataka finished their allotted 50 overs on 296/8. Siddharth Kaul was the pick of the bowlers for India B bagging three wickets for 49 runs.

Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary has an outside chance of leading Kings XI Punjab (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

India B got wrecked early. They lost three quick wickets and were reduced to 23/3 in the 7th over. It was Prasidh Krishna who provided Karnataka with the first couple of breakthroughs.

However, it was a sensational partnership between Manoj Tiwary and Siddesh Lad of 113 runs which kept India B in the chase.

Manoj played some delightful shots, and it was his phenomenal century which got India B within touching distance of the target. Lad also chipped in with a 70 which came in just 78 deliveries. His unbeaten knock was studded with six fours.

However, it was leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal who changed the complexion of the match with the wickets of Tiwary and Siddhesh Lad. Dharmendra Singh Jadeja kept them alive with a few boundaries.

However, the Karnataka bowlers held their nerves and restricted them to 290 in their allotted 50 overs.

Shreyas Gopal (Photo Credits: PTI)

Courtesy his brilliant century, Ravikumar Samarth was handed over the Player of the Match Award.

Brief Scores

Karnataka 296/8 in 50 overs (Ravikumar Samarth 117, Siddharth Kaul 3/49)

India B 290/9 in 50 overs (Manoj Tiwary 120, Siddhesh Lad 70, Shreyas Gopal 3/29)

Karnataka won by six runs