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India B triumph over Karnataka to lift Deodhar Trophy

R Samarth’s century in vain as Karnataka lose by six-wickets

India B sailed to a six-wicket win over Karnataka in the final to lift the Deodhar Trophy 2017-18. The Shreyas Iyer-led team restricted the Vijay Hazare Trophy champions to a modest 279 runs. While R Samarth posted a fighting century (107), the rest of the lineup failed to complement him ably to post a stiff total. The India B openers - Ruturaj Gaikwad and A Eswaran - then set the tone for the chase while Iyer and Manoj Tiwary helped overhaul the target with eight balls to spare.

With Gaikwad (58 off 48) leading the way, India B got off to a good start in the grand finale. The opener stitched an 84-run stand with Eswaran until R More forced an edge from the batsman through to the wicketkeeper. After 40 runs, Hanuma Vihari returned to the dressing room having pulled Shreyas Gopal towards mid-wicket where K Gowtham took the catch.

Eswaran continued to hold one end up as he built another partnership with the skipper to maintain the momentum. The duo had added 62 runs for the third wicket until the opener was castled by Gopal leaving the side on 186 for three.

Tiwary, the experienced campaigner, who had hit a century in the previous encounter in the league phase, then joined Iyer in the middle in the crucial phase to keep the chase on course.

A few lapses in the field too had helped India B as the batsmen attacked the Karnataka bowlers and found the ropes at regular intervals. With the duo gleaning runs off the attack, the game tipped in India B’s favour. With the finish line in sight though, Iyer departed for 61. However, the 83-run stand had taken the team to 269 for four and put them in the driver’s seat. With K S Bharat, the all-rounder then took India B to the target.

Earlier, Karnataka lost early wickets after electing to bat. While Mayank Agarwal was run out backing up, an Umesh Yadav delivery took the inside edge of Nair’s bat and knocked back his stumps leaving the team on 33 for two. 25 runs later, S Ahmed drew and edge from Pavan Deshpande through to the wicketkeeper. While wickets fell at the other end, Samarth stoically held one end up. Stuart Binny was the next to be sent back; bowled by Ahmed.

With the Karnataka innings wobbling at 64 for four, CM Gautam joined hands with Samarth. The pair chipped away at the attack to revive the innings. Their stand for the fifth wicket was worth 132 runs until Gautam was dismissed, but it helped lift Karnataka to a respectable total. After the wicketkeeper-batsman departed edging Jayant Yadav, Shreyas Gopal joined the top-order bat in adding useful runs to the total. 63 runs later, Gopal was sent back by Umesh leaving the team on 260 for two.

Samarth, who hit a gritty century, was the next to return to the dressing room taking the aerial route and leaving his side on 271 for seven in the penultimate over. With a ball left in the innings, A Mithun was run out. Gowtham was unbeaten on 10 as Karnataka finished on 279 for eight. 

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Man of the Match: R Samarth 

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Dominant Karnataka clinch third title

The Karun Nair-led team beat Saurashtra by 41 runs

Karnataka reclaimed the Vijay Hazare Trophy by comprehensively beating Saurashtra in the 2017-18 final at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. Propelled by Mayank Agarwal’s 90, the Karun Nair-led team set the opponents a 254-run target after being asked to bat. While Cheteshwar Pujara then anchored the Saurashtra chase with a 94-run knock, K Gowtham (3/27) and M Prasidh (3/37) bowled the team out for 212 to claim a 41-run win.

Karnataka lost Nair in the second over as Shaurya Sanandiya uprooted the captain’s stumps while KL Rahul was run out in the next over with the team on five for two. However, in-form batsman Agarwal shaped the innings with R Samarth to set the platform for a solid total. The pair gleaned runs off the Saurashtra attack to add 136 runs for the third wicket. The opener was on song as he drove and pulled the bowlers to build the innings. He was ably supported by Samarth in shifting the momentum in Karnataka’s favour.

However, Agarwal’s prolific run in the middle was ended by Jaydev Unadkat at the fence. The Saurashtra pacer pulled off a good airborne catch at the ropes to send back the opener. Six runs later Samarth, done in by the turn, was castled by Prerak Mankad.

While Pavan Deshpande worked to hold one end up, Stuart Binny was the next to be sent back by Mankad 20 runs later. Shreyas Gopal then added a useful 41 runs to the tally before he was run out for 31. Kamalesh Makwana then claimed the last four wickets to wrap-up the Karnataka innings for 253.

Chasing a respectable target, Samarth Vyas edged Prasidh to Rahul behind the stumps and Dharmendrasinh, who promoted up the order was bowled in the next leaving Saurashtra on 15 for two. Cheteshwar Pujara then joined Avi Barot in the middle and the pair added 62 runs to the total in an effort to rebuild until the opener perished taking the aerial route off Stuart Binny.

Wickets continued to fall at the other end while Pujara held one end up in an effort to keep the innings in the fray. Ravindra Jadeja departed looking to hit big, only to be caught near mid-off off Pavan Deshpande. Without a run added to the scoreline, Mankad and Arpit Vasavada were sent back by Gowtham in the next leaving Saurashtra wobbling at 101 for six. Chirag Jani then joined Pujara in keeping the innings in the reckoning. The lower-order bat swung his bat to add 22 runs before he was run out. Sent back by his skipper while looking for a second, Jani couldn’t make it back to his crease in time.

Unadkat followed him back to the dressing room with the team on 135 for eight. Fighting an uphill battle, the skipper then attacked with gusto. He creamed the bowlers over the fence and beyond the ropes as he looked to close in on the target with the tail-enders. He had added 65 runs for the ninth wicket until being run out by his opposite number six runs short of a century. After 12 runs, Prasidh rattled Sanandia’s stumps to take Karnataka to victory. 

Man of the Match: Mayank Agarwal

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