Karnataka v Railways, Vijay Hazare Tophy, final, Kolkata March 16, 2014

Karnataka hold nerve to claim Vijay Hazare title

ESPNcricinfo staff

Karnataka 158 for 6 (Nair 53*, Upadhyay 3-30) beat Railways 157 (Jonathan 46, Mithun 4-19) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Karnataka added one more trophy to their cabinet in their dream 2013-14 season, claiming the Vijay Hazare Trophy to go with the Ranji and Irani trophies. They were made to sweat, though, in their chase of a modest 158 against Railways at Eden Gardens. Railways would have fancied their chances when they reduced Karnataka to 47 for 5, but a stand of 66 between Karun Nair and KL Rahul swung the game Karnataka's way. Nair sealed the win with a patient, unbeaten 53.

The Karnataka openers set off quickly, but after a flurry of early boundaries, Robin Uthappa drove Krishnakant Upadhyay to gully for 8. Karnataka sunk further when Mayank Agarwal dragged one from Anureet Singh back onto his stumps and two balls later Upadhyay got Vinay Kumar to edge to the wicketkeeper. Anureet was in business again in his following over when Manish Pandey nicked one to the wicketkeeper Mahesh Rawat, reducing Karnataka to 37 for 4. Upadhyay got yet another breakthrough in his incisive first spell with a fine delivery on the off stump that forced Ganesh Satish to edge to Rawat.

Nair and Rahul then batted patiently and could afford to drop anchor since they were chasing a middling total. The pair batted together for nearly 20 overs before Rahul lobbed one back to the seamer Chanderpal Saini. It was Railways' last breakthrough as Nair and Kunal Kapoor erased the deficit with seven overs to spare. Nair's knock came off 86 balls with four boundaries.

The Karnataka's bowlers had set up the win, with Abhimanyu Mithun leading the way with miserly figures of 4 for 19 off 9.4 overs. Railways were struggling to find the boundaries after being put in to bat, and by the time they had scored their first boundary in the eighth over, they had already lost a wicket. Amit Paunikar, who starred in the semi-final with 83, could only make 2 this time as he got a leading edge to mid-on off Vinay.

The captain Vinay sprung a surprise by bringing in the part-time seamer Uthappa and he struck in his second over, getting Shivakant Shukla to pull a long hop to fine leg. Uthappa struck again in his following over when he got Rawat to edge to Rahul.

Railways struggled to put on substantial partnerships and their best effort was 38 for the eighth wicket between Rongsen Jonathan and Amit Mishra. Mithun cleaned up the lower order and rounded off the innings when he had Jonathan caught at mid-off for 46.

Karnataka stumbled and eventually reached the target thanks to their depth in batting. Karnataka will aim to add one more trophy to that cabinet, with the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy beginning on March 28.

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  • nagendra on March 18, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Hearty congrats to all KARNATAKA players and support staff on achieving the incredible treble one more to be added to the kitty from Mar 28th. The icing of cake will be soon when some or most of u will go on representing India in all three formats of the game. Kazi and Gopal will have to be nurtured as future spin twins of India.Poor Vinay should have been in Dhaka representing India.Your time will come shortly.I fully agree with Vinay that this is the best all round team to represent Karnataka in last three decades. Keep it up and be flying Karnataka flag high. I wonder if this team were to take full Indian team surely our team will have an edge.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    3rd title this season for Karnataka team!! Ranji, Irani and Vijay Hajare trophies!!! One more to go boys.... T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy beginning on March 28.

    Its an amazing team, far better than the current Indian side :)

  • pushkar on March 17, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Terrific showing by Karnataka.I dont know why this team's achievements haven't received more limelight. Winning 3 tournaments in the same year is a terrific effort and shows how consistently good they are playing. It is a shame that they havent got picked up in the IPL auctions for a high price.... shockingly none of them are in RCB. Its quite a shame

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Replace MSD by KL Rahul, will do wkt keeping. Varun by Vinay, who will captain India, as he captained KRN & South zone. So it will be easy for him to captain India. Then Raina by Karun, who is class in batting & part0-time bowler. Shikhar Dhawan by Robin and Rohit by Manish. I am sure with this changes, India will win WCT20 also.

  • sujith on March 17, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    I have a question for cricinfo..

    Is there any possibility of having a match b/w the State side and the national team. Has it ever happened before in india.

    Does karnataka boad has to raise a request for this if it is possible.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Happiest moment for all Karnataka team fans. 3 cheers in a row. Al, of us praised / complimented many of the team. I would say Kunal kapoor also deserves accolades. He came in when the score was 113. Further 45 runs scored by Karun and Kunal was great and Kunal's stand at the crease was very critical for KRN to win. Had he also got out, we might have even lost the match. Hats-off Kunal :) Thanks a lot.

  • Kiran on March 17, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    A well deserved victory for hardwork dedication and giving chance to people who deserve and rotation of the bench unlike the current indian team where the people who get selected but will never get into the playing IX. In this team people who warmed the bench when given a chance have excelled viz Ganesh Sathish, Amit Verma, Sreenath Aravind, Kunal Kapoor, Ronit More... and the player who have excelled this season and the reason Karnataka have won Ranji, Irani, Vijay Hazare (soon 2 more might be added) are Vinay (leading from front and captaincy s been too good) Robin (taking responsibility as senior batsman) Manish pandey, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, CM Gautam, Abhimanyu Mithun, HS Sharath (find of the season) and Shreyas gopal. The only negative with this team is with the bowling of KP Appanna and Abrar Kazi they need to pull their socks and start contributing more.

  • Kiran on March 17, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    This Karnatak side is far better side than the current Indian side, which is managed by Dhoni. I think It should be Karnatak side who should be playing for India.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    @Nandu Menon...... U must have started following Karnataka team after Karun's debut this ranji season, may be that's the reason why u referred the other batters of the team as Tom, Dick & Harry (shame on u for doing that). No doubt Karun had a great cosnistant debut season, but there were equally terrific performance by most of this team members in one or the other match through out this season. It shows ur limited knowledge of Karnataka team and basically u commented on Karun becoz u feel u could relate to him..... Mr. Menon u better remember Karun is representing Karnataka and many, including the one u referred CricNcode, would be very happy if the talented Karun goes on to represent India. Hope u got the point.

  • VIPIN on March 17, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    you vanm segregate it as B.K AND A.K.before karun nair and after karun nair.karnatake became formiddable since his debute in the reji trophy this year.since then he has contributed valuable runs to the scorecard of karnataka.yesterday itself it was a perfect bolwing pitch where batting was a hardnut.but still he performed well as all other matches.this is the best time to introduce him in the national team.