With a resounding win over Maharashtra, who ironically had ended their Ranji campaign in the group stages last year, Karnataka completed their group stage on a high. Also, by winning five of their eight group games, and that despite missing several of their stalwarts, the latest being Manish Pandey, they have reinforced their title-winning credentials once again. To write off Karnataka after just a poor season now looks churlish.
Like in their title-winning seasons, Karnataka were ruthless in pursuit of another crushing victory. The day began with both Karnataka on the ascendancy, and the gradually enlarged the gulf between both teams. Skipper R Vinaya Kumar completed a strokeful half century, and their lead swelled to 182 runs.
From there, the only way out for Maharashtra was to settle for a draw, which wouldn’t have sufficed to seal a knockout berth. Consequently, they made a mess of the situation with only their mainstay Kedar Jadhav showing some kind of resilience. Apart from his 85, there was little for Maharashtra to take from this match, as they folded up for 218, setting Karnataka just 37 runs to win the match.
Brief scores : Maharashtra: 163 & 218 lost by ten wickets to Karnataka: 345.