Bengaluru, Mar 17 - 20 2015, Irani Cup
244 & 422
(target 403)264 & 156
Karnataka won by 246 runs
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• The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy in Bangalore

Karnataka retain Irani Cup with massive win

Karnataka became only the second state team to bag back-to-back Irani titles after wrapping up a 246-run win over Rest of India with 50 minutes remaining on the fourth day

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Scores: Chandan Duorah
Comms: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
Karnataka244/10(77.1 overs)1st INNINGS
Karun Nair59 (99)
Varun Aaron6/63(17.1)
Pragyan Ojha2/35(15)
Rest of India264/10(75.4 overs)1st INNINGS
Kedar Jadhav78 (106)
Naman Ojha34 (68)
Karnataka422/10(110.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
Shardul Thakur5/86(29.3)
Pragyan Ojha2/100(28)
Rest of India156/10(43.3 overs)2nd INNINGS

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.

Presentation time:

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.

Aravind to Aaron, OUT

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

Pragyan Ojha run out (Agarwal) 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Aravind to Aaron, no run

fuller and ducks back in on middle and leg, blocked back to the bowler

Aravind to Aaron, FOUR runs

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

end of over 4314 runs • 1 wicket
ROI: 152/9CRR: 3.53 
Pragyan Ojha0 (1)
Varun Aaron6 (11)
Shreyas Gopal 6-0-39-4
Sreenath Aravind 9-3-21-1
Gopal to Ojha, no run

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

Gopal to Jadhav, OUT

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.

Kedar Jadhav c Reddy b Gopal 56 (87m 48b 6x4 3x6) SR: 116.66
Gopal to Jadhav, SIX runs

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

Gopal to Aaron, 1 run

fuller and on middle, Aaron uses his feet and drills it to Manish Pandey at short cover. He mis-fields and allows a single

Gopal to Jadhav, 1 run

flat and quick outside off, cut away to deep point for twin fifties

Gopal to Jadhav, SIX runs

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

end of over 424 runs
ROI: 138/8CRR: 3.28 
Varun Aaron5 (10)
Kedar Jadhav43 (44)
Sreenath Aravind 9-3-21-1
Shreyas Gopal 5-0-25-3
Aravind to Aaron, no run

yorker just outside off, Aaron fails to dig out. Aravind has his hands on his head

Aravind to Aaron, no run

Aravind slips in a slower delivery, Aaron prods forward and manages an inside-edge onto the pad

Aravind to Aaron, no run

yorker on middle, jammed out to mid-off. Aaron calls for a quick single but is sent back by Jadhav

Aravind to Aaron, no run

back of a length and outside off, he rides it and dabs it to gully

Aravind to Aaron, FOUR runs

on a length and on middle, Aaron skips down the track and crashes it between mid-off and the covers

Aravind to Aaron, no run

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

end of over 412 runs • 1 wicket
ROI: 134/8CRR: 3.26 
Varun Aaron1 (4)
Kedar Jadhav43 (44)
Shreyas Gopal 5-0-25-3
Vinay Kumar 12-2-34-0
Gopal to Aaron, 1 run

looped up and just a shade outside off, poked out in front of slip off a soft outside edge

Gopal to Aaron, no run

flighted on off and turns away, Aaron leaves it

Gopal to Aaron, no run

looped up legbreak, Aaron pokes and misses. Rips this one across the outside edge

Gopal to Aaron, no run

he greets Aaron with a googly, inside-edged it onto his pad

Gopal to Thakur, OUT

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

Shardul Thakur b Gopal 5 (8m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.5
Match details
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
TossRest of India, elected to field first
SeriesIrani Cup
Player Of The Match
Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 16.30
Match days17,18,19,20 March 2015 - day (5-day match)
FC debut
Abhishek Reddy
Abhishek Reddy
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