Vijay Hazare Trophy: Karnataka succumb to second loss

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Bengaluru, September 21: Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer smashed centuries each as Mumbai recorded a 88-run victory against hosts Karnataka in the Elite Group A league clash of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Friday.

Electing to bowl on a batting track, Karnataka captain R. Vinay Kumar’s decision backfired completely with Mumbai posting a mammoth 362/8 in 50 overs at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Openers Prithvi Shaw (60, 53b, 8×4, 1×6) and captain Ajinkya Rahane (148, 150b, 13×4, 3×6) took Karnataka bowlers to the cleaners notching up 106 for the first wicket.

Shreyas Iyer (110, 82b, 5×4, 8×6) joined Rahane to flay Karnataka’s bowling attack around the park to add another quick 216 runs for the second wicket. Runs continued to flow with Mumbai middle-order batsman Shivam Dubey smacked 9-ball 23 to help the visitors post a huge target on the board.

With a mountain to climb, Karnataka too began strongly before Samarth R. fell to Tushar Despande in the sixth over. In-form Mayank Agarwal (66, 48b, 6×4, 3×6) along with Karun Nair (31, 32b, 4×4) added a brisk 68 runs. Left-arm spinner Shams Mulani got rid of the dangerous Mayank.

Karnataka’s hopes went up in smoke following Mayank’s departure and that also triggered a mini middle-order collapse.

Gowtham K (38, 20b, 2×4, 4×6) and R. Vinay Kumar (36, 72b, 3×4, 1×6) waged a battle in the lower-order but it was little too late as the hosts were bowled out for 274 with five overs to spare.

Brief scores:
Mumbai: 362/5 in 50 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 148, Shreyas Iyer 110; R Vinay Kumar 1/76, A Mithun 1/81, Stuart Binny 1/50, K Gowtham 1/40).
Karnataka: 274 all out in 45 overs (Mayank Agarwal 66, K Goowtham 38, R Vinay Kumar 36, A Mithun 24; Shams Mulani 4/71, Shivam Dubey 2/48, Tushar Deshpande 2/68, Siddhesh Lad 1/4).

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  1. Karnataka was the Champion team last year but KSCA changed the smart Coach PV Shashikanth ! what a shame on KSCA & Captain Vinay Kumar, We the cricket lovers want to know why the champion Coach was changed, Is it politics, ignorance or a mistake ??? We do not need rocket science. But KSCA decision in this regard is total disaster. Instead of moving forward like a champion, Karnataka team is going back. Very sad…
    Can anyone respond to this kind of blunder.

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