Ranji Trophy semifinal: Karnataka go down to Bengal

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PC: BCCI

Kolkata, March 12: Bengal defeated Karnataka by a huge margin of 174 runs to enter to enter the title clash of the Ranji Trophy for the first time in 13 years, at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.

The home side Bengal made the final way back in 2006-07 season, but they went down to Mumbai. Having cemented their place in the final, Bengal will look forward to win the domestic crown for the first time since the 1989-90 season.

With a target of 352 in sight, a star-studded Karnataka batting order crumbled for just 177 inside 56 overs on the penultimate day of the semifinals.

In the second innings, Mukesh Kumar starred with the ball for Bengal bagging six wickets.

Karnataka star opener KL Rahul managed 26 in the match.

Bengal was on the back foot in the first innings of the match as the side was reduced to 67/6 on the first day of the match. However, Anustup Majumdar’s gritty unbeaten 149 to steer Bengal to 312.

Bengal spearhead Ishan Porel claimed five wickets to help Bengal take a healthy lead of 190 runs.

In the second essay, Bengal managed just 161 runs on the board but had a massive overall total for Karnataka to chase.

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