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Karnataka toil hard for three-wicket win

Karnataka were made to toil hard by Harshal Patel,who snared his second five-for of match.

Written by PTI |
December 9, 2013 8:42:18 pm

Karnataka batsmen made heavy weather of small run-chase before registering a three-wicket win over Haryana in their Ranji Trophy group A match.

Karnataka were made to toil hard by Haryana pacer Harshal Patel,who snared his second five-for of the match,to reach the 97-run target at Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium.

Allrounder Stuart Binny (31 off 30 balls) played a cameo and held one end up to take his side home after they started the fourth and final day at 62 for four.

Patel,who had two wickets against his name,removed Karnataka skipper C M Gautum (5) without adding to his overnight total after Binny looked to finish off the target quickly.

Karnataka camp was jolted by three-quick strikes from Patel in the space of four runs,making the run chase more enticing.

Patel got Gautam caught on 82 and went on to remove Ganesh Satish (0) and Abrar Kazi (0) to raise hope of an improbable win.

But Binny kept his cool to prevent further blemishes as the visitors collect full six points.

The 23-year-old,who got six wickets in the first innings,ended with match figures of 11 for 96 in 45.1 overs.

Tamil Nadu register win against Baroda

Off-spinner M Rangarajan took six-wicket haul as Tamil Nadu got the better of Baroda by nine wickets and earn full six points on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match.

After Rangarajan (6/46) and R Aushik Srinivas (3/23) shared nine wickets between them to bundle out Baroda for a mere 129 in their second innings,Tamil Nadu were required to chase down just 59 runs for victory,which they achieved comfortably by losing just one wicket.

Earlier,Tamil Nadu had scored 233 in their first innings in reply to Baroda’s 162 in the first essay,thereby taking a solid 71-run lead.

Resuming on 73 for one,Baroda lost overnight batsman Aditya Waghmode,who added just three runs to his last night’s score of 19 before becoming Rangarajan’s first victim of the day.

Waghmode had put on an important 53-run stand with the other overnight batsman Dhiren Mistry for the second wicket.

Mistry,starting on 29,however,went on to complete his half-century even as wickets kept tumbling at the other end.

Waghmode’s dismissal triggered a collapse and from 91 for two,the visitors were all out for 129. They lost eight wickets for only 38 runs. None of the middle or lower order batsman could reach double digits.

Mistry was the lone batsman who tried to consolidate the innings,scoring a patient 230-ball 64 including five boundaries.

Chasing a small target,both Tamil Nadu openers — K Arun Karthik (33) and Abhinav Mukund (20 not out) — took the hosts home in 14.5 overs.

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