Karnataka v Mumbai, Ranji Trophy, 4th day, Bangalore December 25, 2013

Karnataka qualify with historic win against Mumbai

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Karnataka 251 (Rahul 133, Thakur 4-65) and 299 (Pandey 119) beat Mumbai 269 (Lad 93, Sharath 5-57) and 121 (Sharath 3-12, Vinay 3-32) by 160 runs
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The Karnataka pacers rattled the Mumbai batting order to register their first-ever outright win against the Ranji heavyweights in 22 attempts, and their fourth consecutive this season. Set a target of 282 in 83 overs, Mumbai were skittled for 122 as Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun and HS Sharath ran through the visitors' line-up sharing eight wickets among them.

No Mumbai batsman could cross 30, falling for either incoming deliveries or handing easy catches. This was Mumbai's first Ranji loss in six years, since the setback against Hyderabad in December 2006.

Karnataka, meanwhile, stretched their lead at the top of Group A after bagging six points while Mumbai slipped to the third place behind Gujarat and level with Punjab, after leading the table earlier in the season.

Despite hurting their ankles in the last two days, Vinay and Mithun exploited the new ball and rocked Mumbai's top order. Mumbai opened with Kaustubh Pawar and D Subramanian, instead of Aditya Tare. After beating the batsmen with his prodigious outswing, Vinay dismissed Subramanian with one that clipped the off stump after pitching on middle. He got one to swing the other way to Tare to rattle his stumps, leaving Mumbai on 21 for 2.

The big fish, Wasim Jaffer, fell at the other end in what looked like an lbw decision with an incoming delivery, like the first innings, but he was given out caught at gully after deflection off his pads. Jaffer confirmed later that he had actually not edged the ball. A cautious Pawar continued at the other end and took the score to 50 but fell soon when he edged to the keeper off Sharath for a 71-ball 10. Mumbai were staring down the barrel at 50 for 4.

Lad, who was dropped on 6 by Vinay off his own bowling, and Hiken Shah resisted for over an hour after lunch. The two batsmen stayed patient, but Shreyas Gopal triggered a lower-order collapse after trapping Shah lbw in his first over.

Lad succumbed under pressure, pulling one to deep midwicket off Sharath for 24, and with 40 overs left, the match was virtually over. Gopal struck again in his next over, getting Suryakumar Yadav caught at slip. Mumbai's 93 for 4 became 93 for 7.

Sharath continued to rattle the lower order with bounce and pace. He picked up his third wicket trapping Saurabh Netravalkar on the back foot - the ball keeping low - for a duck and Shardul Thakur fell five runs later. Sharath was named the Man of the Match for eight wickets in the match.

Vinay brought himself back and wrapped up the match as Javed Khan was caught by Karun Nair at gully. The crowd erupted along with the rest of the Karnataka players, who ran out from the dressing room.

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 26, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Well done Karnataka :) All the best.

  • raghanna on December 26, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Victory against Mumbai sounds sweet after waiting for fifty years. Not that previous Karnataka/Mysore teams were bad. This particular Mumbai team is rather weak. Our Batting needs to be much more consistent in order to win the trophy. We need a good left arm spinner and Gautham should come in to his own.

  • on December 26, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    I have been following cricket for over 40 years and not much impressed with over hyped word "HISTORIC" for past couple of days. I remember in one particular test, but for Bishen Singh Bedi, remaining players were 5 each from Karnataka and Mumbai.There was no dearth of talent in Karnataka. What they lacked was, the professionalism. For many of Karnataka players, may be even today, cricket is passion and not profession. The professionalism in Mumbai players is so much that Gavaskar had remarked that his own brother-in-law GR Vishwanath as "no more a walker"when GRV who never used to even look at umpire if he was out, hesitated to walk after given out. The crowd was so much enraged that the fencing of stadium were put on fire by the crowd. Karnataka team has not been all that week to call this win as historic and all.

  • DaredevilsUnlimited on December 26, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    Atlast my dreams have come through from the first match played in Mysore between Hyderabad and Mysore for which my father took his 8 years old crazy son,i have followed all Mysore/Karnataka matches since then and was mighty pleased when V.Subramanyam and Prasanna led Mysore team to win on first inning lead over Bombay and for the first time in 22 outings Davangere lad Vinay has led Karnataka for an outright Victory. I wish him and his team the very best to win the title.Though the bowling is well served it is batting which has let us down due to inconsistency barring Rahul and Manish. Gautham and Satish have to overcome their bad patch and Abrar and Shreyas should replace permanently Appanna for his mediocre performance in all matches over many seasons and also in IPL Samarth has done a good job for a debutante and hope the administrators try to scout Rahul,Pandey,Sharath type of youngsters for under 16/19 teams for the future.

  • bvnathan on December 25, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Congrats to Karnataka team for a GREAT WIN.

    Looking at the points table, would like to propose the following move - 1. Move the top 2 teams from Group-B to Group-A 2. Move the top 2 teams from Group-C to Group-B 3. Move the bottom 2 team from Group-B to Group-C 4. Move the bottom 2 team from Group-A to Group-B OR 1. Move the top 4 teams from Group-B to Group-A 2. Move the top 4 teams from Group-C to Group-B 3. Move the bottom 2 team from Group-B to Group-C 4. Move the bottom 2 team from Group-A to Group-C

    I'd recommend the first option, as this gives the teams to compete with the best of the lots, based on their performance. This is basically a RISK and REWARD schemes for some of the players to showcase and make it big in the national championship. This will add more experience while playing against the best

  • TimeKiller on December 25, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    This is a good Karnataka team. They just need to replace Appanna with Ronit More and they have a good chance of winning Ranji Trophy after 15 years!

  • on December 25, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Great victory for Karnataka! improvement in the batting dept other than Rahul and Manish is necessary to go all the way... Very good chance of the trophy coming home this season!

  • on December 25, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Congratulations Vinyakumar and team for 1st outright right win over Mumabai in last 22 attempts and for Karnataka's 4th consecutive out right win in This season's Ranaji. This is Mumabi's first lose in last 6 years...! Vinay..this is the time FOR U to bring RANAJI TROPHY LAUREL TO KARNATKA..-Suresh Kulkarni

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Go Karnataka Go! bring home the glory. Amen!!

  • on December 25, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Congrats team Karnataka.. Bring home the trophy

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Well done Karnataka :) All the best.

  • raghanna on December 26, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Victory against Mumbai sounds sweet after waiting for fifty years. Not that previous Karnataka/Mysore teams were bad. This particular Mumbai team is rather weak. Our Batting needs to be much more consistent in order to win the trophy. We need a good left arm spinner and Gautham should come in to his own.

  • on December 26, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    I have been following cricket for over 40 years and not much impressed with over hyped word "HISTORIC" for past couple of days. I remember in one particular test, but for Bishen Singh Bedi, remaining players were 5 each from Karnataka and Mumbai.There was no dearth of talent in Karnataka. What they lacked was, the professionalism. For many of Karnataka players, may be even today, cricket is passion and not profession. The professionalism in Mumbai players is so much that Gavaskar had remarked that his own brother-in-law GR Vishwanath as "no more a walker"when GRV who never used to even look at umpire if he was out, hesitated to walk after given out. The crowd was so much enraged that the fencing of stadium were put on fire by the crowd. Karnataka team has not been all that week to call this win as historic and all.

  • DaredevilsUnlimited on December 26, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    Atlast my dreams have come through from the first match played in Mysore between Hyderabad and Mysore for which my father took his 8 years old crazy son,i have followed all Mysore/Karnataka matches since then and was mighty pleased when V.Subramanyam and Prasanna led Mysore team to win on first inning lead over Bombay and for the first time in 22 outings Davangere lad Vinay has led Karnataka for an outright Victory. I wish him and his team the very best to win the title.Though the bowling is well served it is batting which has let us down due to inconsistency barring Rahul and Manish. Gautham and Satish have to overcome their bad patch and Abrar and Shreyas should replace permanently Appanna for his mediocre performance in all matches over many seasons and also in IPL Samarth has done a good job for a debutante and hope the administrators try to scout Rahul,Pandey,Sharath type of youngsters for under 16/19 teams for the future.

  • bvnathan on December 25, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Congrats to Karnataka team for a GREAT WIN.

    Looking at the points table, would like to propose the following move - 1. Move the top 2 teams from Group-B to Group-A 2. Move the top 2 teams from Group-C to Group-B 3. Move the bottom 2 team from Group-B to Group-C 4. Move the bottom 2 team from Group-A to Group-B OR 1. Move the top 4 teams from Group-B to Group-A 2. Move the top 4 teams from Group-C to Group-B 3. Move the bottom 2 team from Group-B to Group-C 4. Move the bottom 2 team from Group-A to Group-C

    I'd recommend the first option, as this gives the teams to compete with the best of the lots, based on their performance. This is basically a RISK and REWARD schemes for some of the players to showcase and make it big in the national championship. This will add more experience while playing against the best

  • TimeKiller on December 25, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    This is a good Karnataka team. They just need to replace Appanna with Ronit More and they have a good chance of winning Ranji Trophy after 15 years!

  • on December 25, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Great victory for Karnataka! improvement in the batting dept other than Rahul and Manish is necessary to go all the way... Very good chance of the trophy coming home this season!

  • on December 25, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Congratulations Vinyakumar and team for 1st outright right win over Mumabai in last 22 attempts and for Karnataka's 4th consecutive out right win in This season's Ranaji. This is Mumabi's first lose in last 6 years...! Vinay..this is the time FOR U to bring RANAJI TROPHY LAUREL TO KARNATKA..-Suresh Kulkarni

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Go Karnataka Go! bring home the glory. Amen!!

  • on December 25, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Congrats team Karnataka.. Bring home the trophy

  • on December 25, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Pretty disappointed in the way Mumbai has fared this season.The 'khadoos' attitude that the likes of Jaffer, Muzumdar, Agarkar, Tendulkar & co possessed over the years doesn't seem to be there in the young guns. It looked a rookie side with a deteriorating performance after every match.This was never the case with Mumbai cricket.Despite having half their side representing India,Mumbai always managed to hold their nerves even against strong opposition like Delhi or Karnataka.Nevertheless, this doesn't take away the discipline and manner in which the lads from Karnataka played.Mumbai certainly need to regroup & the cricketing structure needs to churn out players who are good for test cricket & not for entertainment like T20

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Fantastic victory by Karnataka - first win against Mumbai in 22 outings since 1941/42 and fourth in succession this season after everyone had raised eye brows when the first three matches were drawn - it is time Karnataka keeps up the tempo and go on to bag the coveted Championship which has eluded since winning it last in 1998/99 - it would be a fitting reward in memory to the departed President of the KSCA - who had visualised so many plans for the development of the KSCA and its cricketers keshavamurthy

  • Karunk on December 25, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Karnataka is riding high on KL Rahul's brilliance and Manish Pande's useful knocks. But contribution from other batsmen including CM Gautam has been negligible. Others are failing consistently with the bat. Uttappa is injured and Mayank Agarwal has been disappointing after few initial knocks. It is time other batsmen pull up their socks and not leave all the scoring to Rahul & Manish. Bowling unit has clicked but good wicket taking spinner is missing in the team. Mithun is taking wickets but his pace has come down considerably and averaging 128k. He can't think of a comeback into Indian team with this pace.

  • Kulaputra on December 25, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    This victory against Mumbai in KSCA is very reminiscent of victory of Karnataka against Ajit Wadekar's mumbai team. I do hope the trophy will come back to KSCA this time.

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    nice victory.. I think team karnataka going to win..

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    It is good to see Karnataka win a fourth time this season. The concern however is the middle order batting. Gautam and Satish Ganesh have been letting down the team often and need to justify their places in the team. Manish has played another cameo against Mumbai, but has not shown justice to his talent. It is only Rahul who has been consistent. Time for Brijesh and GRV to get the team together and pep them up.

  • ShashidharHundi on December 25, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Fantastic Match !!! Rivalry between Karnataka & Mumbai goes back to 80's. As a kid I remember Sunil Gavaskar batted left hand at Bangalore trying to make mockery of Karnataka bowling. May be he was upset that Karnataka knocked them down on 1st innings lead in a knockout match. We saw this rivalry going on strongly in the last couple of times these teams met. Rivalry was at peak in Finals at Mysore few years back. I also feel this rivalry brings best out of the players from both teams. Manish Pandey keeps his best against Mumbai. He has scored 3 centuries in last 3 matches against them. So, is Abhishek Nayar. Good luck to Karnataka team in the knockouts. Hope Mumbai win against Gujarat and qualifies for the knockouts. Without Mumbai, knockouts will not be exciting. Next round of matches heading for exciting finish....

  • Sir_Ivor on December 25, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    It looks like the epicentre for domestic cricket is shifting to Karnataka. While Rahul and Pandey have already served notice of the seriousness of their talent, Sharath is another one who will make a big impact in very soon and should be selected for the seniors.He is raw but looks a natural pace bowler who could go very far.The Karnataka selectors should be commended for bringing in Samarth, and Gopal because their cricket had seemingly,hit a trough with nothing being noticable for a while now. Looks like they are back and have a good chance of winning the Ranji this year. Both the debutants seem to have big match temperament apart from excellent cricketing skills. Samarth is a compact opener and Gopal has all the skills of a fine leg spinner. The senior team has already shown what it means to infuse fresh blood at the Wanderers and elsewhere. I feel in Sharath Samarth and Gopal Karnataka cricket has a great future. It is exciting to wait for these players to evolve to the next level.

  • on December 25, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Well done Karnataka.You have caused a havoc on Mumbai.Play well in the knock outs and win this title

  • hnlns on December 25, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Really good effort this from Karnataka, they need to play really well in knock-out matches now.

  • crkt4evr on December 25, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    looks like karnataka are peaking at the right time! they have been around the trophy from last few years hope they would clinch it this year!also looks like there is tough competition for the playing x1

  • sgd120 on December 25, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Mumbai have a long road ahead of them, they need to rebuild the team. A lot of the seniors have now hung their boots, and some of the juniors who have been given long ropes - Nishit Shetty (although dropped this year), Suryakumar Yadav, etc have not performed at this level. While this result can be blamed on injuries to Kulkarni, Nayar, etc; it cannot take away from the fact that this team is still too reliant on Wasim Jaffar - get him cheaply and Mumbai will fold. This is completely against the Mumbai cricket culture, and needs serious action .....now!

  • Army_rangers on December 25, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    What an comeback from karnataka!!!never even dreamed of this..terrific effort from vinay and mithun despite their injury and sharath as usual excellent and two debutants shreyas and samarth did well..oh,how can i forget pandey and rahul!!in total words this is the perfect team effort..well,i must salute selectors who gave chance to youngsters.keep it up guys and bring back those glory days.

  • RajeshNaik on December 25, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Good team effort from Karnataka resulting in a god victory. But there are chinks in the batting department, which need to be rectified. In the league stage there is always a second chance. But in the knock out stage there is no such luxury. This win is good. But the knock outs are more important.

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  • RajeshNaik on December 25, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Good team effort from Karnataka resulting in a god victory. But there are chinks in the batting department, which need to be rectified. In the league stage there is always a second chance. But in the knock out stage there is no such luxury. This win is good. But the knock outs are more important.

  • Army_rangers on December 25, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    What an comeback from karnataka!!!never even dreamed of this..terrific effort from vinay and mithun despite their injury and sharath as usual excellent and two debutants shreyas and samarth did well..oh,how can i forget pandey and rahul!!in total words this is the perfect team effort..well,i must salute selectors who gave chance to youngsters.keep it up guys and bring back those glory days.

  • sgd120 on December 25, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Mumbai have a long road ahead of them, they need to rebuild the team. A lot of the seniors have now hung their boots, and some of the juniors who have been given long ropes - Nishit Shetty (although dropped this year), Suryakumar Yadav, etc have not performed at this level. While this result can be blamed on injuries to Kulkarni, Nayar, etc; it cannot take away from the fact that this team is still too reliant on Wasim Jaffar - get him cheaply and Mumbai will fold. This is completely against the Mumbai cricket culture, and needs serious action .....now!

  • crkt4evr on December 25, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    looks like karnataka are peaking at the right time! they have been around the trophy from last few years hope they would clinch it this year!also looks like there is tough competition for the playing x1

  • hnlns on December 25, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Really good effort this from Karnataka, they need to play really well in knock-out matches now.

  • on December 25, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Well done Karnataka.You have caused a havoc on Mumbai.Play well in the knock outs and win this title

  • Sir_Ivor on December 25, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    It looks like the epicentre for domestic cricket is shifting to Karnataka. While Rahul and Pandey have already served notice of the seriousness of their talent, Sharath is another one who will make a big impact in very soon and should be selected for the seniors.He is raw but looks a natural pace bowler who could go very far.The Karnataka selectors should be commended for bringing in Samarth, and Gopal because their cricket had seemingly,hit a trough with nothing being noticable for a while now. Looks like they are back and have a good chance of winning the Ranji this year. Both the debutants seem to have big match temperament apart from excellent cricketing skills. Samarth is a compact opener and Gopal has all the skills of a fine leg spinner. The senior team has already shown what it means to infuse fresh blood at the Wanderers and elsewhere. I feel in Sharath Samarth and Gopal Karnataka cricket has a great future. It is exciting to wait for these players to evolve to the next level.

  • ShashidharHundi on December 25, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Fantastic Match !!! Rivalry between Karnataka & Mumbai goes back to 80's. As a kid I remember Sunil Gavaskar batted left hand at Bangalore trying to make mockery of Karnataka bowling. May be he was upset that Karnataka knocked them down on 1st innings lead in a knockout match. We saw this rivalry going on strongly in the last couple of times these teams met. Rivalry was at peak in Finals at Mysore few years back. I also feel this rivalry brings best out of the players from both teams. Manish Pandey keeps his best against Mumbai. He has scored 3 centuries in last 3 matches against them. So, is Abhishek Nayar. Good luck to Karnataka team in the knockouts. Hope Mumbai win against Gujarat and qualifies for the knockouts. Without Mumbai, knockouts will not be exciting. Next round of matches heading for exciting finish....

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    It is good to see Karnataka win a fourth time this season. The concern however is the middle order batting. Gautam and Satish Ganesh have been letting down the team often and need to justify their places in the team. Manish has played another cameo against Mumbai, but has not shown justice to his talent. It is only Rahul who has been consistent. Time for Brijesh and GRV to get the team together and pep them up.

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    nice victory.. I think team karnataka going to win..