Karnataka began their Super League campaign of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in style by defeating domestic giants Mumbai by nine wickets in a Group B match on Friday.
Karnataka bowlers put up a spirited show and restricted Mumbai for a paltry 97 for nine in their 20 overs with pacer R Vinay Kumar (2/15) and right-arm medium pacer Manoj Bhadange (2/11) picking up two wickets apiece.
Opting to bat at the Holkar Stadium, Mumbai lost out-of-form opener Prithvi Shaw (0) in the first over itself.
The Vinayak Samant-coached team then lost four wickets in quick succession — Siddhesh Lad (13), Surya Kumar Yadav (14), skipper Shreyas Iyer (10) and Aditya Tare (0) with Mumbai losing half of their side for just 39 runs.
All-rounder Shubham Ranjane (15) and Akash Parkar (22) tried to rebuild the innings with a 25-run stand before Ranjane was trapped in front of the wicket by leg-spinner K C Cariappa as Mumbai lost their sixth wicket for 64 runs.
After that, Mumbai’s lower middle-order also faltered as they failed to cross the 100-run mark.
The chase was a walk in the park as Karnataka overhauled the total in just 13.2 overs by losing just one wicket.
Openers Rohan Kadam (62 not out off 45 balls) and B R Sharath (25 off 31 balls) took the experienced Mumbai attack to task and laid the foundation stone for the win with a 79-run stand for the first wicket.
One down Mayank Agarwal (7 not out) then took Karnataka home in the company of Kadam, who stuck eight fours and a six.
Bengal also started their campaign on a winning note after beating Railways by six wickets.
Chasing a modest 143, opener Shreevats Goswami’s 80 helped Bengal overhaul the target with ease.
Meanwhile, Vidarbha bowlers wreaked havoc as they shot out Delhi for a meagre 83, with pacers Umesh Yadav, Srikant Wagh and Yash Thakur picking up two wickets each.
Vidarbha lost just a lone wicket and chased down the target with ease to collect all four points.
Later, Jharkhand bowlers held their nerves to defeat Gujarat by one run in a thrilling contest.
At Holkar Stadium: Mumbai 97 for 9 in 20 overs (Akash Parkar 22, Shubham Ranjane 15; Manoj Bhadange 2/11, R Vinay Kumar 2/15) lost to Karnataka 98 for 1 in 13.2 overs (Rohan Kadam 62 not out, BR Sharath 25; Siddhesh Lad 1/12) by 9 wickets. Karnataka 4 points, Mumbai 0 points.
At Emerald High School Ground: Jharkhand 148 for 7 in 20 overs (Anand Singh 45, Ishan Kishan 39, Kumar Deobrat 22 not out; Hemang Patel 1/6, Karan Patel 1/8) won against Gujarat 147 for 8 in 20 overs (Karan Patel 35, Axar Patel 28; Utkarsh Singh 2/22, Vikash Singh 2/25, Anukul Roy 2/25) by 1 run. Jharkhand 4 points, Gujarat 0 points.
At Emerald High School Ground: Railways 142 for 6 in 20 overs (Ashish Yadav 51, Prashant Gupta 39, Pratham Singh 22; Sayan Ghosh 2/26, Pradipta Pramanik 1/18) lost to Bengal 143 for 4 in 18.1 overs (Shreevats Goswami 80, A R Easwaran 46; Ashish Yadav 2/20, Krishna Kant Upadhyay 1/18) by six wickets. Bengal 4 points, Railways 0 points.
At Holkar Stadium: Delhi 83 all out in 16.2 overs (Hiten Dalal 42, Pawan Negi 18; Umesh Yadav 2/10, Srikant Wagh 2/12, Yash Thakur 2/13) lost to Vidarbha 85 for 1 in 8.3 overs (J M Sharma 41, Atharva Taide 32 not out; Subodh Bhati 1/20) by nine wickets. Vidarbha 4 points, Delhi 0 points.