Karnataka stormed into the final of the Ranji Trophy with a 112 run win over Mumbai at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. Karnataka captain R. Vinay Kumar picked up the man of the match award for his immaculate performance with the ball.
Day 1: Wickets Fall In A Heap; Mumbai Bowled Out For 44
Playing on a green top at the M. Chinnasamy Stadium, the hosts were bowled out for 202. Good knocks from Robin Uthappa (68) and Karun Nair (49) ensured a respectable first innings total for Karnataka. The Mumbai opening pair of Aditya Tare and Akhil Herdwarkar took their respective positions on the KSCA pitch looking determined to stay at the crease for a long time. Little did they know that Karnataka skipper Vinay Kumar had something else planned.
The former Indian pacer ran through the Mumbai batting lineup, finishing with figures of 6/20. Supporting him were pacers Abhimanyu Mithun and Sreenath Aravind. Therefore with just three bowlers used, Karnataka bowled out Mumbai for a mere 44 runs, an unbelievable scoreline for a team that has won around 40 Ranji Trophy titles.
The bowlers’ paradise at the Chinnaswamy Stadium paid dividends for the Mumbai Bowlers as Karnataka finished the day on 10/2.
Day 2: Mithun And Samarth Pile On The Lead; Shardul Thakur Shines For Mumbai
Nightwatchman, Abhimanyu Mithun’s surprising innings of 89 and R. Samarth’s supportive 58 saw the hosts pile on the lead. The big Karnataka speedster showed off his prowess with the bat and succeeded in proving to the selectors that he can indeed put up a performance with the bat.
Shardul Thakur was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 4/69. His stellar performance resulted in Karnataka getting bowled out for 286 shortly before tea.
Aditya Tare Gets Mumbai Off To A Positive Start
Aditya Tare, the captain of the Mumbai side got his team off to a positive start. His intentions were clear: The 40 time champions were not letting Bangalore walk away without a fight. His magnificent cover drives and impressive hook shots ensured that Mumbai did not lose a wicket at the close of play on day 2. The score stood at 61/0 with Aditya Tare and Akhil Herwardkar on 40* and 21* respectively.
Day 3: Aditya Tare and Shreyas Iyer Fight For Survival
The start of day three saw Aditya Tare pick up where he left off. However, this time, the Mumbai skipper was much more cautious in his approach. Following the dismissal of Akhil Herwadkar and Shreyas Iyer just before lunch, runs became extremely hard to come by. Suryakumar Yadav scored just a single run in his first 50 balls.
Virtuoso bowling from Vinay Kumar and co. ensured that their opponents concluded the third day on 277/6. The highlight towards the end of the day was the solid batting display by Siddhesh Lad. Despite being small in stature, Lad finished the third day not out on 41.
Day 4: Karnataka Enter Second Consecutive Ranji Trophy Final
An unfortunate injury to Abhishek Nayar meant that Mumbai was at a further disadvantage, although the gutsy all founder did step out of an ICU directly to the crease in an attempt to resist the inevitable. But Mumbai’s resistance was finally broken when Sreenath Aravind dismissed Sidhesh Lad for 74. Mumbai’s total of 332 meant that Karnataka were in the final of the Ranji Trophy for the second time on the spin.
Karnataka’s win sees them move into the final to be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. They will meet the winner of the second semifinal currently being played between Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra at the Eden Gardens. Do join us at Sports Rediscovered for the in-depth coverage of Ranji Trophy 2015 final.