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