Karnataka end 15-year title drought to claim seventh Ranji Trophy with outright win over Maharashtra in final.
Chasing a modest victory target of 157, Karnataka batsmen reached the destination with ease.
With Maharashtra leading by 50 runs and having six wickets in hand, the game was slowly transforming into an open contest.
Karnataka were successful in their plan to bat Maharashtra out of the contest, as they finished the day at 474/7.
Karnataka opener hits 117* to take side within 75 runs of lead after Maharashtra lose last five wickets early.
Lokesh Rahul (94) and Ganesh Satish were in complete control as they anchored Karnataka to 230/0 at the end of day’s play.
Middle-order batsman’s unbeaten 89 invaluable as team finishes Day One 272/5 after being 90/3.
Maharashtra’s Bawne helped his side reach a respectable 272/5 at stumps on Day 1 of the final.
Coach Surendra Bhave says that the batsman will benefit from his experience of playing in the Ranji Trophy final.
With less big match experience, Maharashtra’s ability to deal with the pressure of playing a final will be tested.
Maharashtra coach Bhave said that this was a wicket where spin might play a ‘huge’ role.
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Karnataka advance to final on 1st innings lead after drizzle forces abandonment of fifth day’s play.
Karnataka have almost sealed their spot in the final of the Ranji Trophy.