Karnataka retain the Irani Cup. Manish Pandey manages to pluck out a stump as a souvenir after running out Aaron. Uthappa collects a stump as well. J Arunkumar and Mansur Ali Khan come out and join the frenzy. Bouncer on the leg stump, Aaron gets into a tangle as he aims to fend it in front of square on the leg side. There is a brief communication breakdown - Aaron wants a single and sets off. Ojha is too late and the fielder (Agarwal) passes the ball to Manish, who tips the bails off to catch Ojha short. He is utterly disappointed and that delivers the coup de grace on RoI. The Karnataka juggernaut, though, rumbles on - the unbeaten streak has been extended to 29
4:00pm Vinay collects the Irani Cup and it sparks off wild celebrations in the Karnataka camp. Another trophy added to the Karnataka cabinet and they complete a second treble. Karthik Krishnaswamy's report is on its way. Until next time, this is Deivarayan Muthu stating the obvious: Karnataka are simply unstoppable. Many thanks Chandan. Ciao ciao.
Vinay Kumar, the history-making Karnataka captain: All credit goes to the boys. Dedication and desire [keys to Karnataka's success]. Fourth innings will be difficult here, the cracks got wider. We had the bowling attack. We knew 300-plus runs would be difficult for them. We need to ask our manager [responding to where the party would take place] . I want to thank the crowd and the ground staff.
Manoj Tiwary, RoI captain: I thought if we had bowled them out for less than 250, we could have chased it down. In the batting department, we did not click as a unit. The Karnataka bowlers bowled really well. We backed our boys to do well but we did not have luck. Full credit to them. Good luck to them. Aaron bowled brilliantly in the first innings, Shardul [Thakur] and Pragyan [Ojha] also bowled well. There were a lot of ball changes. It needs to be seen. Apart from that, the bowlers did the job.
Manish Pandey, Man of the Match: I was a little lucky, but it finally paid off. Irani hundred matters a lot, the season was very good. I did not convert starts early on but I am happy to finish it in this manner. 400 was a big lead for us. That made the difference.
Vaidya chimes in: "They didn't lose a single game during the Vijay Hazare either. Absolute dominance this season!"
3:40 pm The Karnataka players assemble together and salute the crowd. Vinay Kumar is pumped and why not! His team has been incredible. They conceded a slender 20-run lead, but Manish Pandey struck a brisk century to set a target of 403. Karnataka were also well-served by fifties from Samarth and Karun Nair. Mithun then ripped through the RoI top-order, reducing them to 2 for 2 and then 8 for 3. Tiwary, Jiwanjot and Jadhav resisted briefly, but it was only a matter of time before Karnataka wrapped up a 246-run victory. There was no hat-trick from Shreyas Gopal this time, but he was instrumental in cleaning up the lower-order.
Karnataka become only the second state team to bag back-to-back Irani Cups.
fuller and ducks back in on middle and leg, blocked back to the bowler
Varun Aaron is having some fun here. On a length and outside off, Aaron looks to go over the covers, but manages to carve it up and over point
slid through on middle, Ojha gets an inside-edge behind square. He aims for a speedy single, but has to retreat
No.11, Pragyan Ojha
Jadhav now holes out to deep midwicket as Gopal has his fourth. He fetches this from outside off and slog-sweeps it straight into the palms of Reddy. End of a fighting effort from Jadhav.
Gopal flights this one outside off, Jadhav steps out and hammers it over long-on for another six. He extended his arms and dispatched it
fuller and on middle, Aaron uses his feet and drills it to Manish Pandey at short cover. He mis-fields and allows a single
flat and quick outside off, cut away to deep point for twin fifties
Gopal gives this air, Jadhav comes down the track, he is not close to the pitch of the ball but lofts it over long-on
yorker just outside off, Aaron fails to dig out. Aravind has his hands on his head
Aravind slips in a slower delivery, Aaron prods forward and manages an inside-edge onto the pad
yorker on middle, jammed out to mid-off. Aaron calls for a quick single but is sent back by Jadhav
back of a length and outside off, he rides it and dabs it to gully
on a length and on middle, Aaron skips down the track and crashes it between mid-off and the covers
fuller and ducks back in on the leg stump to catch Aaron on the pad. But this was doing too much and would have slid down leg
looped up and just a shade outside off, poked out in front of slip off a soft outside edge
flighted on off and turns away, Aaron leaves it
looped up legbreak, Aaron pokes and misses. Rips this one across the outside edge
he greets Aaron with a googly, inside-edged it onto his pad
tossed up and straight, Thakur can't restrain himself as he runs down the track and gets beaten in flight. He played down the wrong line and missed the flick. The ball clatters into middle and it's uprooted. Gopal's joy may as well translate as you miss I hit