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.
R Vinay Kumar was the most successful Karnataka bowler grabbing four for 84 .
Lokesh’s 131 helps side end Day Three 169 runs ahead of Maharashtra’s first innings score with 3 wkts in hand.
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.
How J Arun Kumar, the tattooed and Harley-riding coach, has made this season a memorable journey for Karnataka.
For four Maharashtra players, the game against Karnataka could be their defining moment.
Darekar emerged as Maharashtra’s highest wicket-taker with 32 in 10 matches at an average of 28.40.
Karnataka advance to final on 1st innings lead after drizzle forces abandonment of fifth day’s play.
Karnataka went through to their first Ranji Trophy final in four seasons.
Batsman’s unbeaten century all but assures Karnataka advance to final past Punjab.
Bhave is the only person in this current Maharashtra group who has played a Ranji final.
Karnataka have almost sealed their spot in the final of the Ranji Trophy.
Fallah has acquired some amazing skills having bowled on belters for a better part of his career.
Amit Verma, added 110 runs with Nair, the hero of the day with 107*.
Karnataka piled up 312 runs to their overnight score and lost only three wickets in the process.
Maharashtra have put up a stunning performance since Surendra Bhave took over from Dermot Reeve.
After bowling Bengal out for a paltry 114, Maharashtra were content to build on their good work.
Top order fails to capitalise on starts as Karnataka come back with late wickets; Vinay Kumar takes five
Vinay had figures of five for 27 in eight overs to get his 13th five-for in first-class cricket.
Maharashtra bowlers came out all guns blazing as they reduced Bengal to 16 for one.
Since the 2008-09 season, Fallah’s wicket-tally had not dropped below 25.