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

Karnataka hold nerve to claim Vijay Hazare title

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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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  • CricNcode on March 16, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Congrats Karnataka team!! You deserved this victory and have made us proud. This team is so different from the present Indian team in many ways..and it resembles the current (and the golden aged) aussy team, as some one has earlier pointed. Below are the factors that this team has that our indian team lacks: 1. An ever presence blend of youth and experience, whcih are playing in harmony. 2. Coaches who not only identify the potential of players, but are instrumental in making them realize their potential thru repeated, inspiring peroformances. 3. An awe-inspiring, never-say-die attitude captain who leads from the front, yet remains behind the limelight. Neither critics nor praise gets to him and is playing with a single-minded devotion. 4. Highly flexible and versatile players from all around karnataka (rural,urban) in Uthappa, Vinay, Rahul,Gopal etc...add new dimensions (bowling, keeping, batting) to their original strengths 5. Last but not the least, do whatever it takes to WIN!

  • DaredevilsUnlimited 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.

  • 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 :)

  • TestOfTime 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

  • 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.

  • sujithgwda 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.

  • 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.

  • Kirankg37 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.

  • kiranvg 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.

  • 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.

  • CricNcode on March 16, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Congrats Karnataka team!! You deserved this victory and have made us proud. This team is so different from the present Indian team in many ways..and it resembles the current (and the golden aged) aussy team, as some one has earlier pointed. Below are the factors that this team has that our indian team lacks: 1. An ever presence blend of youth and experience, whcih are playing in harmony. 2. Coaches who not only identify the potential of players, but are instrumental in making them realize their potential thru repeated, inspiring peroformances. 3. An awe-inspiring, never-say-die attitude captain who leads from the front, yet remains behind the limelight. Neither critics nor praise gets to him and is playing with a single-minded devotion. 4. Highly flexible and versatile players from all around karnataka (rural,urban) in Uthappa, Vinay, Rahul,Gopal etc...add new dimensions (bowling, keeping, batting) to their original strengths 5. Last but not the least, do whatever it takes to WIN!

  • DaredevilsUnlimited 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.

  • 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 :)

  • TestOfTime 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

  • 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.

  • sujithgwda 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.

  • 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.

  • Kirankg37 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.

  • kiranvg 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.

  • 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.

  • vipinchirackal 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.

  • on March 17, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    When 2 of your top order batsmen can keep wickets (KL Rahul and Robin Uthappa).. when young opener can match anyone in aggression (Mayank Agarwal)...when most of your middle order batsmen can contribute with ball (Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Ganesh Satish and Amit Verma),..... when most of your frontline bowlers can play proper cricketing shots (Vinay Kumar, Mithun and Shreyas Gopal)...When the regular WK is cosistent in longer version (CM Goutham)...when the young left armer can bowl in power plays (Kazi).... oh boy...what a dream team this is .......what a pleasant problem of plenty for the selection......great guys next decade is yours......job well done......keep rocking.

  • on March 17, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    When CricNcode mentioned every Tom ,Dick &Harry in the Karnataka batting line up,he some how left out, may be the most consistant performer of all in all the matches, Karun Nair.This youngster was the main reason behind Karnataka's solid batting. Kudos to him, may there be many more productive seasons for him - playing for Karnataka & India!

  • vinudupa on March 17, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    This karnataka team can beat INDIAN test playing 11 for sure.........We should organise this match

  • on March 17, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Congrats to karnataka guys , captain Vinaykumar and Coaches

  • ssathya72 on March 17, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    Great Team. Congratulations team. Hope to see few of you in national team. Tough luck for Railways, they had their chance, but they spilled it as well as the die to win attitude of Karnataka team never let the momentum go.

  • Farce-Follower on March 17, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    Superb performance. Very professional and so very pleasing. On top of the conditions and no excuses. What a great attitude from Vinay and his team of winners. Go forth, Karnataka...We are all so very proud of this talented and hard working team.

  • on March 16, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    congrats vinsy and his tram keep it up.

  • on March 16, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    congra Karnakata cricket team for Triple highest trophy in this 2014. I never had any doubt about winning vijaya hazare trophy even at 44/5. that's our boys and coaches who can win any matches even for team India if India fails again!

  • naren1983 on March 16, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Karnataka extended their win with Vijay Hazare trophy after their Ranji & Irani Trophy. Good captaincy by Vinay plus his bowling is one of the real strength. Robin is definetely come back man this time with his consistency. Throughout his career, consistency is being missed, but this time he has answer for that and it is great opportunity for him to consider himself by the National selectors. Hope we can see Vinay & Rohin to the Indian Team soon. All the best.

  • whippingBails on March 16, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Fantastic WIN!! KA has had a dream run this season all because of Vinay's never quit attitude. He has also pumped this attitude into every member of his team. They are indeed believers, when chips are down someone will pull up their socks and put their hands up..Incredible. Due credit must go to coaches led by Arun Kumar and the KSCA current and previous management. Their policy of going out to rural areas and rotating players through out the season helped team to be healthy and fresh. KA's confidence is so high they can take on the Indian team and still WIN.

  • goldenpower on March 16, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    karnataka team a real india A team

  • TimeKiller on March 16, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Wow...Awesome job guys ! Triple crown (Ranji, Irani, Vijay Hazare) Hat-Trick! Let's win Deodhar and BCCI T20 as well this year. It's also time for Karnataka to take on an International side and check how good they really are.

  • jaggu1977 on March 16, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    We are proud of you guys.. Congrats ..you guys..what a dream run you people are having.. definitely you have shown to the world that you won not by luck , but by hard work..You have beat each and every team in the season except IPL teams owners ( especially RCB) and BCCI selectors.. Hope now they well recognize your talent..and select each of you for team INDIA.. Both top wicket taker ( Vinay Kumar )and run scorer ( Uttappa) are our Karnataka team players..beating other contender by huge margin.. Congrats both you guys.. Now Team India will not ignore you people..

  • on March 16, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    I think theese guys shd get a chance well said james

  • on March 16, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Karnataka can beat any team like bangla..afganistan..nepal..why nt even zimbabwe also 3 domestick trophy win this year its great so next year who will dnt no bt .now india have fuchure odi julay 4months no macges..unfortunetly every bodys are forgeting this super performence of Robinuttappa..karun...vinay....selctore dnt go past farfmonce go fr chuck who will odi...robin disreve ...if robin play ipl well no dowt he will be team ...if nt done ipl bt selectore should give atleast 1or3 mach atlest his hardwork..he taken persnal coach..reduced his waste and body 23kgs ..very fitt this kind of gardwork done selctore see his bigg eyes...other wise why reaquired domestic maches ..why reaguiread players .they should play only gods son rohith .raina..rahane.....my 2015 wcup team...Robin..dhawan...kohli..pujara.yuvi.dhoni.binny...jadeja..amith.ashwin...shami.vinay.sharma..shukla..raydhu..rohith..extra wk option robin..or raydhu.....do or die robin should in..3 back to back cenchury 540 runs.

  • bleedingice on March 16, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    i hope the selectors give some of these guys a opportunity, well played

  • on March 16, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Karnataka is playing like the Aussies bulldozing all the opposition teams with ease. Hats off to Karnataka team.

  • on March 16, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    well played

  • on March 16, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    a great 3 cup win for karnataka this season. treble congrats.

  • New_castle on March 16, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Congrats Karnataka! 3 trophies this year! Lets hope the selectors open their eyes and give chance to some of these players instead of trying the same failing players.

  • on March 16, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    congrats karnataka tean for their hatric wins this season- ranji, irani and vijay hazare. selectors should include atleast 3 players from this team to indian team. vinay, robin, KL rahul and karun nair should deserve a place on their performance .

  • on March 16, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    congrats karnataka tean for their hatric wins this season- ranji, irani and vijay hazare. selectors should include atleast 3 players from this team to indian team. vinay, robin, KL rahul and karun nair should deserve a place on their performance .

  • New_castle on March 16, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Congrats Karnataka! 3 trophies this year! Lets hope the selectors open their eyes and give chance to some of these players instead of trying the same failing players.

  • on March 16, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    a great 3 cup win for karnataka this season. treble congrats.

  • on March 16, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    well played

  • on March 16, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Karnataka is playing like the Aussies bulldozing all the opposition teams with ease. Hats off to Karnataka team.

  • bleedingice on March 16, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    i hope the selectors give some of these guys a opportunity, well played

  • on March 16, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Karnataka can beat any team like bangla..afganistan..nepal..why nt even zimbabwe also 3 domestick trophy win this year its great so next year who will dnt no bt .now india have fuchure odi julay 4months no macges..unfortunetly every bodys are forgeting this super performence of Robinuttappa..karun...vinay....selctore dnt go past farfmonce go fr chuck who will odi...robin disreve ...if robin play ipl well no dowt he will be team ...if nt done ipl bt selectore should give atleast 1or3 mach atlest his hardwork..he taken persnal coach..reduced his waste and body 23kgs ..very fitt this kind of gardwork done selctore see his bigg eyes...other wise why reaquired domestic maches ..why reaguiread players .they should play only gods son rohith .raina..rahane.....my 2015 wcup team...Robin..dhawan...kohli..pujara.yuvi.dhoni.binny...jadeja..amith.ashwin...shami.vinay.sharma..shukla..raydhu..rohith..extra wk option robin..or raydhu.....do or die robin should in..3 back to back cenchury 540 runs.

  • on March 16, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    I think theese guys shd get a chance well said james

  • jaggu1977 on March 16, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    We are proud of you guys.. Congrats ..you guys..what a dream run you people are having.. definitely you have shown to the world that you won not by luck , but by hard work..You have beat each and every team in the season except IPL teams owners ( especially RCB) and BCCI selectors.. Hope now they well recognize your talent..and select each of you for team INDIA.. Both top wicket taker ( Vinay Kumar )and run scorer ( Uttappa) are our Karnataka team players..beating other contender by huge margin.. Congrats both you guys.. Now Team India will not ignore you people..

  • TimeKiller on March 16, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Wow...Awesome job guys ! Triple crown (Ranji, Irani, Vijay Hazare) Hat-Trick! Let's win Deodhar and BCCI T20 as well this year. It's also time for Karnataka to take on an International side and check how good they really are.