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KL Rahul and Devdutt Padikkal starred with the bat as Karnataka beat Haryana by eight wickets on Friday in the semi-final to qualify for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final.
Batting first, Haryana scored 194 on the back of Chaitanya Bishnoi and Himanshu Rana's half-centuries.
The duo of Bishnoi and Harshal Patel added 67 runs for the opening wicket before Shreyas Gopal struck twice in quick succession to dismiss Patel and Shivam Chauhan.
Bishnoi, who scored 55 off 35 balls, was run out in the 13th over. However, Rana and Rahul Tewatia put up a 80-run stand, with the former scoring a quickfire 61 from 34 balls.
Haryana were in line to cross the 200-run mark, but Abhimanyu Mithun’s scalped five wickets, including a hat-trick, in the final over of the innings as Haryana ended their innings with 194 runs on the board.
Karnataka, the defending champions, needed 195 runs to win and they chased down the target with five overs to spare on the back of Rahul and Padikkal’s fifties.
While Rahul scored 66 off 31 balls, hitting 4 fours and 6 sixes, Padikkal smashed 87 from 42 balls with the help of 11 fours and 4 sixes.
The two put up a 125-run partnership in just 57 balls before Jayant Yadav broke the partnership, dismissing Rahul. Padikkal, who missed out on a hundred by 13 runs, got out off Harshal Patel’s bowling with Karnataka needing just 13 runs to win the match.
Mayank Agarwal and skipper Manish Pandey scored the remainder of the runs to complete Karnataka’s win.
In the second semi-final, Tamil Nadu defeated the Deepak Chahar-led Rajasthan to reach the final.
After restricting Haryana for 112/9, Tamil Nadu won the match by wickets. While R Ashwin, who opened the batting, scored 31 off 33 balls, it was Washington Sundar’s unbeaten 54 which helped the Dinesh Karthik-led side seal a place in the final.