New Delhi: Riding on sensible batting from opener Mayank Agarwal (90), Karnataka won their third Vijay Hazare title as they outplayed Saurashtra by 41 runs in the final of the 50-overs tournament. Following the win, Karnataka pacer Sreenath Arvind also announced his retirement from first-class and list A cricket.
Chasing, 254, Saurashtra failed to get the start they wanted and started losing wickets at quick intervals. The first two wickets fell inside three overs with the scoreboard reading 15 runs.
Apart from skipper Cheteshwar Pujara (94 in 127 balls), no other batsmen stepped up to the occasion and they gifted away their wickets.
Pujara, however, tried to match the pace of the game but lack of support from the other end resulted in their loss.
Prasidh Krishna and Krishnappa Gowtham took three wickets each for Karnataka.
Put into bat, Karnataka started off on a bad note, losing Karun Nair (0) and Lokesh Rahul (0) in first three overs in the innings.
With the scoreboard reading 5/2, Ravikumar Samarth (48) came in the middle and played handsomely. The duo forged a 136-run partnership to stabilise the innings.
But just when things seemed good in the middle, Agarwal was dismissed in the 25th over by Dharmendrasinh Jadeja. In his 79 ball innings, Agarwal played slammed 11 fours and three sixes.
Soon, Samarth was also sent packing by Prerak Mankad in the next over to make it 147/4.
Unperturbed by the fall of wickets, incoming batsmen Pavan Deshpande (49) played a crucial knock in the middle overs. Apart from him, other batsmen Stuart Binny (5), Shreyas Gopal (31), Krishnappa Gowtham (9) could not add much to the score.
In the 44th over, Deshpande was also dismissed by Kamlesh Makvana. Lower-order batsmen — Sreenath Aravind (13) and Pradeep T (1) –tried to contribute but were dismissed inside two overs after the fall of Despande’s wicket.
For Saurashtra, Kamlesh Makvana chipped in four wickets while Prerak Mankad took two wickets.
Brief scores: Karnataka 253/10 (Mayank Agarwal 90, Pavan Deshpande 49; Kamlesh Makvana 4/32) against Saurashtra 212/10 (Cheteshwar Pujara 94; Krishnappa Gowtham 3/27).