Ranji Trophy 2014-15, semi-finals February 28, 2015

Karnataka in Ranji final after 112-run win


Karnataka 202 (Uthappa 68, Thakur 4-61) and 286 (Mithun 89, Samarth 58, Thakur 4-69, Sandhu 3-45) beat Mumbai 44 (Vinay Kumar 6-20) and 332 (Tare 98,Lad 74, Mithun 4-69) by 112 runs

Seventy minutes, 14.1 overs. That's all it took for Karnataka to wrap up the Mumbai tail and take one step closer to defending their Ranji Trophy title.

Mumbai started the penultimate day of the semi-final at 277 for 6, 168 runs behind the target of 445. Their best hope of an outside chance to chase down the target was for one of the bowlers to bat with Siddhesh Lad, the specialist overnight batsman. However, Abhimanyu Mithun, S Aravind and Shreyas Gopal picked a wicket each to complete a convincing 112-run victory, their second successive win against Mumbai at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Lad, who resumed batting on 41, took the initiative on the fourth morning while Balwinder Singh Sandhu tried to occupy one end of the crease. Sandhu, however, was adjudged leg before off Mithun following a doubtful decision. The fuller, incoming delivery had taken a thick edge off his bat on to the pads, but the umpire Vineet Kulkarni ruled in favour of the bowler. The wicket was Mithun's fourth of the innings

After Shardul Thakur survived the initial burst, captain Vinay Kumar brought Shreyas Gopal in his place. The legspinner struck with his second ball, getting an edge off Thakur's willow straight into Vinay's palms at slip.

Lad, who stretched his innings to 74, was left with too much to do and the end came when Aravind bowled a gem to extract an edge off his bat soon after the drinks break. With the target being completely out of reach, Mumbai opted not to play allrounder Abhishek Nayar, who had struggled while batting out 12 overs on the third evening. Nayar had suffered a concussive head injury on the first day. The defending champions will now get an extra rest day before heading to Mumbai for the final.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Avinash on March 3, 2015, 15:02 GMT

    There is no force stopping Karnataka Boys, all the best guys!! #Wontgiveitback

  • Harish on March 3, 2015, 1:20 GMT

    Karnataka needs to get its 1st innings batting sorted out. In the final, they will not have a second chance. It is time that the score reaches 300+ before Gautam or Shreyas Gopal reaches the crease. Vinay Kumar has been a fantastic captain, probably one of the all time greats for Karnataka cricket. Way to go.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2015, 13:44 GMT

    Jai Karnataka!! They deserved it!! #Wontgiveitback

  • Kiran on March 2, 2015, 10:50 GMT

    Congratulations !! Vinay Kumar and team reaching the Ranji Trophy Finals 2015. Great performance throughout the season. Fantastic work by the support staff JAK and MAK. IMO Karnataka has the best bowling attack in the country and am sure they will make it count in the Finals. Go Karnataka!!!! Karnataka all the way!! #mypride

  • girish patel on March 2, 2015, 9:39 GMT

    Karnataka we won't give it back... by seeing entire season everybody knows who are the real champions.. Karnataka rocks

  • Cric on March 1, 2015, 19:35 GMT

    What a final awaiting! Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu - arch rivals. Produces the same energy as Ind vs Pak on international arena. But I have to say Karnataka deserves to be championship holders. Look at the combination. Amazing batting talent, bowlers who can take 20 wickets, a team which works as a unit (best example is its bowling, individually none of Vinay, Mithun or Aravind looks like a Johnson or Steyn, but as a unit they take 20 wickets), super cool captain or you can say humble captain (from what I have heard from the insiders, Vinay seems to be very humble & grounded). This Karnataka team reminds of the Australian team of late 90s and early 00s, so joyful to watch, aggressive but grounded. Kudos to Karnataka. All that effort of 5-6 years paying now. I hope Karnataka #WONTGIVEITBACK.

  • Android on March 1, 2015, 8:32 GMT

    first match of d season n last match(final) of d season Karnataka vs tamilnadu!!!!!..go Karnataka get it back

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2015, 7:51 GMT

    Karnataka deserved this! Their bowling has been awesome though Batting looks edgy and suspicious, depending too much on Robin Uttappa and KL Rahul. However, R.Samarth has been the unsung Batting hero. in the Finals, Karnataka should get in Udit Patel in place of Kunal Kapoor

  • Quichang on March 1, 2015, 5:29 GMT

    Karnataka Vs Tamil Nadu !!! Final

  • Ashok on February 28, 2015, 17:21 GMT

    Nicely done Karnataka. Vinay Kumar and his team should be proud of the way they have got to the finals. Neither TN or Maharashtra will be a match for them. There should also be questioning of how Abhishek Nayar was allowed to play on the 3rd day after his earlier head injury. The few brief lines in media reports of his condition during batting are alarming to say the least. Phil Hughes' incident was an unfortunate accident but if something had happened to Nayar on that day, both the Mumbai coach and captain would have been guilty of negligence.

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