RESULT
Final, Wankhede, March 08 - 12, 2015, Ranji Trophy
134 & 411

Karnataka won by an innings and 217 runs

Player Of The Match
Karun Nair, KNTKA
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Tamil Nadu 1st Innings
Karnataka 1st Innings
Tamil Nadu 2nd Innings
Match Details
Tamil Nadu 1st Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Abhinav Mukund (c) b Vinay Kumar351372065025.54
Murali Vijay lbw b Vinay Kumar515341033.33
Baba Aparajith  b Vinay Kumar1290050.00
Dinesh Karthik c †Uthappa b Sharath1120361055.00
Vijay Shankar lbw b Vinay Kumar530441016.66
Ramaswamy Prasanna c †Uthappa b Aravind632471018.75
Baba Indrajith c Gopal b Mithun27751024036.00
Malolan Rangarajan c †Uthappa b Mithun1134591032.35
Aswin Crist c †Uthappa b Vinay Kumar21203412105.00
Lakshmipathy Balaji c Bhavane b Mithun910151090.00
Prasanth Parameswaran not out 017000.00
Extras(lb 2, w 1)3
TOTAL62.4 Ov (RR: 2.13, 301 Mts)134
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Murali Vijay, 6.6 ov), 2-21 (Baba Aparajith, 8.4 ov), 3-34 (Dinesh Karthik, 15.3 ov), 4-49 (Vijay Shankar, 24.5 ov), 5-63 (Ramaswamy Prasanna, 35.5 ov), 6-69 (Abhinav Mukund, 42.3 ov), 7-100 (Malolan Rangarajan, 55.5 ov), 8-105 (Baba Indrajith, 57.6 ov), 9-123 (Lakshmipathy Balaji, 61.3 ov), 10-134 (Aswin Crist, 62.4 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Vinay Kumar15.463452.17782200
6.6 to M Vijay, Big wicket for Karnataka. They draw first blood as Vijay is trapped plumb in front of middle. Vinay brings this fuller ball back into Vijay, who gets a decent stride forward, but fails to nudge the ball to the leg side and is struck on the pad. That looked plumb and the umpire raises his dreaded finger after a delay and Vinay exults. 13/1
8.4 to B Aparajith, gottim! Bowled through the gate. The umpires check for a possible no ball but Vinay is fine on that count as well. Aprajith trudges back to the hut. This was the inswinger again, he seeks to push at it with lazy footwork, but the ball sneaks through the gate to hit the top of the off stump. The bail is tipped off, signalling Aprajith's doom. 21/2
24.5 to V Shankar, Vinay Kumar returns and strikes. Fuller and cuts back in late to beat Shankar's defence and strike him on the back pad in line with the stumps. Easy call for the umpire and TN are four down. Shankar did not account for the inward movement there and his footwork also left a lot to be desired. 49/4
42.3 to A Mukund, The change of angle has worked for Vinay Kumar and Mukund's vigil has been ended. This one comes in with the angle from outside off on a back of a length, Mukund, hoping for the ball to move away, offers no shot, giving it a free pathway to rattle the top of middle. And with this, Vinay gets to 300 Ranji wickets. 69/6
62.4 to A Aswin Crist, TN have been bowled out for 134. Vinay claims another five-wicket haul. Another short ball, another wicket. Crist aims to swipe this over midwicket, but his balance is all awry as he top-edges it high into the air. Uthappa gets under it to perform the final rites on Tamil Nadu's first innings. 134/10
Abhimanyu Mithun1645433.37739010
55.5 to M Rangarajan, Rangarajan has gloved it to the keeper. This was banged in short, leaps just outside off. Rangarajan hops up and gets into a tangle as he aims to fend it away. He can only glove it and the ball pops to Robin Uthappa. The umpire, though, took his time to raise the finger. Mithun had his hands aloft in joy even before the finger went up. 100/7
57.6 to B Indrajith, The short ball consumes Indrajith as Gopal snaps up a sharp catch. Dug in by Mithun, Indrajith loads up for a pull, but does not impart requisite power behind it. Mistimes it to Gopal at short midwicket, who pouches it smartly. 105/8
61.3 to L Balaji, Balaji dies by the sword. He takes a step forward, Mithun is smart enough to deliver a lifter. Balaji can only top-edge the attempted pull. The ball balloons into the air, Bhavne follows the ball from short leg, tracks back and settles under it. 123/9
HS Sharath1561711.13791000
15.3 to KD Karthik, DK is gone now. TN find themselves in an early strife at 34 for 3. This was an impressive ball from Sharath - dug in short and comes back in - DK was looking to arch his back, drop his wrists and leave it for the keeper again. The ball may have slipped off the glove to Uthappa. The umpire gives it and DK shakes his head in disappointment as he walks back. He had every reason to be disappointed as the ball grazed the chest on its way to the keeper. DK clutches his chest as he heads off forlornly. 34/3
Sreenath Aravind1462011.42733000
35.5 to R Prasanna, Prasanna has nicked off. Full teaser outside off, Prasanna chases it with a loose drive. Aravind claims the outside edge, which settles safely into the gloves of Robin Uthappa. Aravind gets mobbed by his team-mates. TN slump further.. 63/5
Shreyas Gopal20703.5081000
Karnataka 1st Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Ravikumar Samarth c Vijay b Balaji1417223082.35
KL Rahul c Shankar b Rangarajan18832052717358.75
Shishir Bhavane c Indrajith b Parameswaran025000.00
Robin Uthappa c Indrajith b Balaji0611000.00
Manish Pandey c Aparajith b Balaji620381030.00
Karun Nair lbw b Shankar32856087246158.57
Abhimanyu Mithun lbw b Rangarajan3941647095.12
Shreyas Gopal c †Karthik b Aswin Crist1121282052.38
Vinay Kumar (c)not out 10531937610332.91
Sreenath Aravind c sub (M Shahrukh Khan) b Aswin Crist5057829087.71
HS Sharath st †Indrajith b Rangarajan826551030.76
Extras(b 9, lb 3, nb 1)13
TOTAL231.2 Ov (RR: 3.29, 1044 Mts)762
Fall of wickets: 0-16, 1-16 (Ravikumar Samarth, 3.5 ov), 2-16 (Shishir Bhavane, 4.2 ov), 3-16 (Robin Uthappa, 5.5 ov), 4-31 (Manish Pandey, 11.3 ov), 5-84 (Abhimanyu Mithun, 24.3 ov), 6-470 (KL Rahul, 136.2 ov), 7-501 (Shreyas Gopal, 143.1 ov), 8-643 (Karun Nair, 200.1 ov), 9-726 (Sreenath Aravind, 219.4 ov), 10-762 (HS Sharath, 231.2 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Prasanth Parameswaran2256613.0010211001
4.2 to SA Bhavane, Bhavne is gone for a duck. Oh wait, the umpires are checking for a no-ball. It looks fine, Bhavne tucks his bat under his shoulder and walks back. Fuller accompanied by some away movement outside off, Bhavne pokes at it and edges it to third slip, where Indrajith snaffles it. 16/2
Lakshmipathy Balaji42512032.8518615100
3.5 to R Samarth, edged and taken. Samarth is sent packing. Is this the opening Tamil Nadu were looking for? Good length ball in the channel of uncertainty, some late movement to add to it. Samarth is late to pull his bat away. The ball snatches the outside edge, Vijay at second slip snags a low catch, diving to his right. 16/1
5.5 to RV Uthappa, Tamil Nadu are clawing their way back into this contest. Balaji is pleased as punch. He draws Uthappa forward with a full ball, which nibbles away outside off. He pushes at it, gets a regulation edge to third slip, Indrajith helps himself to his second catch after moving to his right. Karnataka have been reduced to 16 for 3.. 16/3
11.3 to MK Pandey, leading edge and it pops to the covers. Good length ball on middle, Manish seeks to flick it over midwicket, but closes the face of the bat early. The leading edge loops to the covers and Aprajith takes it. That was the definition of a dolly. 31/4
Aswin Crist37514023.7816323200
143.1 to S Gopal, Gopal has been strangled down leg for 11. Crist has a reason to celebrate. This was an innocuous delivery - back of a length and down leg - Gopal does not get enough bat on the glance. He can only tickle it through to DK. The ball kissed the inside edge, popped off the thigh to the keeper. 501/7
219.4 to S Aravind, Aravind has to depart. Very full and and on the pads, Aravind seeks to flick, but can only chip it tamely to the helmeted sub fielder at short leg, who is deepish. Nice, sharp, one-handed take from Shahrukh Khan.. 726/9
Malolan Rangarajan53.2518333.4322623200
Finally, a breakthrough for TN. Shankar looks skywards in relief. Tossed up close to off, Rahul chips down the track, does not come close to the pitch of the ball and miscues the loft. Dragged to long-on, where Shankar pouches it safely. No double century for Rahul.. 16/0
24.3 to A Mithun, Rangarajan strikes. This was pushed through, turns it to beat Mithun's defence and hit him on the back pad in front of off and middle. Umpire Anil Chaudhary takes his time and raises his finger.. 84/5
136.2 to KL Rahul, Finally, a breakthrough for TN. Shankar looks skywards in relief. Tossed up close to off, Rahul chips down the track, does not come close to the pitch of the ball and miscues the loft. Dragged to long-on, where Shankar pouches it safely. No double century for Rahul.. 470/6
231.2 to HS Sharath, Karnataka have been bowled out for 762. Yes, you read that right, they have been bowled out. This was lobbed up outside off, Sharath is lured out of the crease, but he misses the big blow, he was aiming for a hoick over the leg side. Indrajith, who had taken over the gloves from DK, whips the bails off in a flash to catch Sharath short. Rangarajan has his third wicket. 762/10
Vijay Shankar2949213.1712311100
200.1 to KK Nair, Karun has to go! Vijay walks up and congratulates him on his marathon. This was full and slides onto Karun, who was perhaps waiting on the back foot for a short ball. He misses it and is struck on the front pad plumb in front. The umpire raises his finger and that ends a stupendous knock. 643/8
Baba Aparajith2638303.191058100
Baba Indrajith812603.25302000
Murali Vijay1414002.85553000
Tamil Nadu 2nd Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Abhinav Mukund (c) b Gopal1337541035.13
Murali Vijay lbw b Vinay Kumar2752895051.92
Baba Aparajith c †Uthappa b Aravind6813922711048.92
Baba Indrajith c Vinay Kumar b Gopal1830382160.00
Vijay Shankar c & b Vinay Kumar10316425318062.80
Dinesh Karthik c Aravind b Gopal120112178211107.14
Ramaswamy Prasanna c Pandey b Sharath816382050.00
Malolan Rangarajan c Pandey b Aravind3377726042.85
Aswin Crist st †Uthappa b Gopal065000.00
Lakshmipathy Balaji not out 516261031.25
Prasanth Parameswaran absent hurt------
Extras(b 3, lb 6, nb 2, w 5)16
TOTAL107.5 Ov (RR: 3.81, 494 Mts)411
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Abhinav Mukund, 10.2 ov), 2-47 (Murali Vijay, 18.3 ov), 3-79 (Baba Indrajith, 26.6 ov), 4-191 (Baba Aparajith, 60.3 ov), 5-306 (Vijay Shankar, 80.6 ov), 6-344 (Ramaswamy Prasanna, 87.5 ov), 7-379 (Dinesh Karthik, 96.1 ov), 8-379 (Aswin Crist, 98.1 ov), 9-411 (Malolan Rangarajan, 107.5 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Abhimanyu Mithun1828404.667915010
HS Sharath2047713.858812000
87.5 to R Prasanna, Karnataka are just four wickets away form an innings win. Pitched up and outside off, sucks Prasanna into a drive. The ball brushes the outside edge and sits snugly in the palms of Manish Pandey at second slip. 344/6
Sreenath Aravind21.565222.381109002
60.3 to B Aparajith, Sharp take from Uthappa! Has Aprajith been caught down leg? The TV umpire has been pressed into service. Aprajith is already on his haunches. That's a clean catch and the finger is raised now as the decision has been relayed. This was slipped down leg, he does not get enough bat on it, tickles it. Uthappa dives across to his left and collects it. The ball popped out, but Uthappa held it on the second attempt. He is mobbed by his team-mates. Soft, soft dismissal for Aprajith. 191/4
107.5 to M Rangarajan, Karnataka retain the Ranji trophy! Its all over for Tamil Nadu. Delirious scenes in the Karnataka camp. Parameswaran is injured and will not bat. This was a full ball moving away from batsman, he looks to guide it away and pokes it out to Manish Pandey at wide slip. Vinay races across and plucks out a stump as a souvenir. Pandey also wants it, looks to snatch it away from Vinay. But the captain has the final say. 411/9
Shreyas Gopal25412645.0410321200
10.2 to A Mukund, gottim! This one spins in quickly from off, shortish in length, Mukund rocks back and aims to force a cut through the covers, but misses it completely. It was too close to cut and he pays the penalty as the ball rattles the stumps, the middle stump is pegged back. Gopal exults. 30/1
26.6 to B Indrajith, he's thrown it away, this is poor from Indrajith. Again goes on the back foot to a not-particularly-short ball, and goes for a late cut. He doesn't really have time to place it, and ends up hitting it straight to the man at slip. Excellent catch from Vinay, it was going quickly to his right, at shoulder height, but he reacted quickly and took it with two hands, made it look simple.. 79/3
96.1 to KD Karthik, Gopal has the last laugh. He causes DK to hole out to deep cover. Tossed up, DK uses his feet and lofts it inside-out. Aravind takes a simple catch and Gopal throws a fierce stare at the departing batsman. 379/7
98.1 to A Aswin Crist, a big appeal for stumping from Gopal and Uthappa. The latter looks confident. TV umpire is called in. Tossed up on off and spins away sharply, lures Crist forward as well. He is soundly beaten in the flight. Uthappa whips the bails off before Crist could drag his back foot back. He perishes for a duck. 379/8
Vinay Kumar2184322.041066000
18.3 to M Vijay, big appeal for lbw, and he's gone. Vijay thrust his front pad forward and across his stumps to defend, I think he was playing for the outswing. It came in a touch instead and smacked him at around knee-roll height, and looked to be going on to hit middle stump. They checked for no-ball, but that's not an issue, his heel just about landed behind the crease. 47/2
80.6 to V Shankar, Vinay strikes with the new ball and breaks the stand. Dug in short and climbs sharply, Shankar goes for a pull, but only manages to shoot it up in the air off a top-edge. Vinay settles under it safely. 306/5
Ravikumar Samarth2020010.0044000
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MATCH DETAILS
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
TossKarnataka, elected to field first
Series
Season2014/15
Player Of The Match
Karnataka
Karun Nair
Series resultKarnataka won the 2014/15 Ranji Trophy
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 16.30
Match days8,9,10,11,12 March 2015 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
India
Anil Chaudhary
India
Chettithody Shamshuddin
TV Umpire
India
Nitin Menon
Match Referee
India
Manu Nayyar
CLOSE OF PLAY
Sun, 08 Mar - day 1 - Karnataka 1st innings 45/4 (Karun Nair 9*, Abhimanyu Mithun 14*, 14 ov)
Mon, 09 Mar - day 2 - Karnataka 1st innings 323/5 (KL Rahul 131*, Karun Nair 130*, 99 ov)
Tue, 10 Mar - day 3 - Karnataka 1st innings 618/7 (Karun Nair 310*, Vinay Kumar 41*, 189 ov)
Wed, 11 Mar - day 4 - Tamil Nadu 2nd innings 113/3 (Baba Aparajith 36*, Vijay Shankar 15*, 40 ov)
Thu, 12 Mar - day 5 - Tamil Nadu 2nd innings 411 (107.5 ov) - end of match
MATCH NOTES
General
  • Nitin Menon did onfield umpireing after tea from day 1 onwards
  • KL Rahul retired hurt on 1* from 16/0 to 84/5
  • B Indrajith kept in place of KD Karthik from 162 to 169 overs
  • RM Deshpande doing TV umpire from Day 4 onwards
  • B Indrajith kept in place of KD Karthik after Lunch Day 4
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Ranji Trophy
Group A
TEAMMWLDPTQUOTIENT
KNTKA8404331.633
TN8413291.244
MUM8224200.937
MP8116191.143
BRODA8125181.078
RLYS8026160.922
UP8233150.760
BENG8017130.820
J + K8134120.601
Group B
TEAMMWLDPTQUOTIENT
DELHI8512371.471
MAHA8323261.290
VIDAR8215241.468
GUJ8224240.965
ODISA8332200.790
PNJB8233190.947
RAJ8233180.821
HRYNA8242170.875
SAU8134100.668
Group C
TEAMMWLDPTQUOTIENT
ASSAM8512381.325
AP8413291.454
HP8206281.677
JKAND8215211.171
HYD8116201.123
KER8116200.908
TPURA803590.635
SVCS804480.773
GOA803550.575