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

Karnataka qualify with historic win against Mumbai


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

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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  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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!

  • dummy4fb 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!

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb on December 25, 2013, 18:49 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb on December 25, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Congrats team Karnataka.. Bring home the trophy

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