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R Vinay Kumar R addresses the media in Bengaluru on Monday. DH Photo/ S K Dinesh
R Vinay Kumar R addresses the media in Bengaluru on Monday. DH Photo/ S K Dinesh
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Vinay Kumar Retires From All Forms Of Cricket At 37

Vinay Kumar, former India seamer has announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket, bringing an end to a career that spanned close two decades. The fast bowler took to his official Twitter account to share the news.

He thanked the Karnataka Cricket Association, the various Indian Premier League franchises that he represented over the years, the BCCI, and the various clubs that give him an opportunity to play during the course of his career.

Vinay Kumar (File | PTI)
Vinay Kumar (File | PTI)

Vinay Kumar Played 1 Test, 31 ODIs, And 9 T20Is For India

The ‘Davangere Express’, as he was fondly called, also expressed his gratitude towards his parents, his wife Richa, and his friends for their unrelenting support throughout his career.  As far as his career is concerned, Vinay Kumar, who was a hit-the-seam kind of a bowler, quickly rose through the ranks following his brilliant performances in domestic cricket since making his debut for Karnataka in 2004-05.

The 2007-08 season proved to be a path-breaking one for Vinay Kumar as he finished as the second-highest wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy. His performance ensured that he earned an IPL contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008.

Vinay Kumar played for India, Karnataka and Pondicherry (File Photo/AFP)
Vinay Kumar played for India, Karnataka, and Pondicherry (File Photo/AFP)

Vinay Kumar played a solitary Test, 31 ODIs, and 9 T20Is for India where he picked 49 international wickets. He picked up 105 scalps in as many IPL games averaging 28.25. He played his only Test in 2012 against Australia while debuting in May 2010 in the shorter formats.

In a statement, the 37-year-old seasoned campaigner said he has been lucky to play alongside the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Virat Kohli in his career. The best figures in his international career came in the ODI format where he returned with the figures of 4/30 against England in Delhi in 2011.

Vinay Kumar Played Domestic Cricket For Karnataka And Represented KKR Last In IPL

He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler who played domestic cricket for Karnataka and also in the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders, defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerela, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Mumbai Indians. He captained Karnataka to two consecutive Ranji Trophy titles in 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons.

Vinay Kumar
Vinay Kumar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

In November 2018, he played in his 100th match in the Ranji Trophy. In August 2019, he moved from Karnataka to Puducherry, ahead of the 2019–20 Ranji Trophy season. He picked 504 scalps in 139 first-class appearances.

He last represented Kolkata Knight Riders in 2018. He played only in the opening two matches for his side and was then sidelined for the rest of the tournament following his poor show with the ball. He was also criticized a lot on social media by the fans and was released by the KKR franchise and went unsold in the auction in IPL 2019 as well.

Vinay Kumar bowled two overs each in the two matches he played last year and his skipper Dinesh Karthik used him at the first and 20th over of the innings. He returned with the figures of 2/30 and 0/35 only to be dropped from the team for the rest of the matches.

On the same day, all-rounder Yusuf Pathan who too represented KKR announced his decision to retire.

Robin Uthappa, Training session amid COVID-19
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Robin Uthappa And Other Players Resume Net Sessions

Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) has not officially resumed the training sessions, but as the lockdown is eased in some state, cricketers have started practice sessions in their nearby ground. The likes of Varun Aaron, Shreyas Gopal, Robin Uthappa and other junior cricketers have become the first to take net sessions to start cricket activities after the gap of two months because of the pandemic.

As in Chennai’s MAC Stadium, only activities like players running and doing physical workouts have resumed. Also, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) have still not opened their facilities. So, as per the New Indian Express, the Karnataka players are having nets at Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC), a private coaching academy in the city, from this week.

Robin Uthappa and Co. are following health guidelines:

Robin Uthappa training session in Karnataka
Robin Uthappa. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to the implementation of new rules and health guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. The players are also bringing their own set of balls in practice sessions. They have temperature checks at the entrance and have to use hand sanitizers regularly.

Importantly, bowlers are not allowed to use saliva and sweat to shine the ball. They are being trained to get rid of the habit of not using natural substances which are the carrier of the virus.

David Mathias, who was also in the training session, shares his experience of playing after an extended break. He said that it was good to be back and practice with his teammates. He added that he was getting used to bowling without the use of saliva and sweat but opined that bowlers need the third option for an assistant.

Robin Uthappa, Kerala
Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: Getty Images)

“We are excited to come back and practice. It’s a lot quieter than normal since there are just a few of us,” said Mathias.

“Things are a bit different. I am not using saliva on the ball. It is about getting used to it and it will become a habit. I have noticed that the ball may not be doing too much, but it is important to figure something out,” said Mathias as quoted by New Indian Express.

Earlier, pacer Shardul Thakur took to the nets at Palghar, near Mumbai. Well later, Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) questioned him for resuming training without any official permit.

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Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Bengal Enters The Final For First Time in 13 Years

Finally, Bengal breathed a sigh of relief as they for the first time in the last thirteen years has reached the grand finale of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 season after thrashing Karnataka in semi-finals. Mukesh Kumar was the star performer for his team, halting Karun Nair-led the side to chase the target.

Bengal had last won the finals in 2007 but went on to lose the title to Mumbai. They last won the Ranji Trophy title during Sourav Ganguly’s debut season way back in 1989-90. In finals scheduled from March 9, they will face the winner of Gujarat and Saurashtra clash, which is underway in Rajkot.

Pacer Mukesh Kumar bowling attack dismantled Karnataka:

Karnatak had to chase 352 runs to make their place in finals. On day four, Karnataka entered the field with already losing three wickets of KL Rahul, Ravikumar Samarth, and captain Nair.

Mukesh Kumar’s first prey became Manish Pandey, who got the edge of the bat and giving Shreevats Goswami a catch behind the stumps.

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Mukesh Kumar celebrating the wicket.

Then in his next over he dismissed K V Siddharth (0) and S Sharath (0) on his consecutive deliveries. Karanataka had lost six wickets with only Devdutt Padikkal standing tall for his team. The 19-year-old, who was the star performer for his team in the white-ball cricket, came to bat at No. 3. He gave an easy catch to gloveman. It was the fifth wicket for Kumar as Karnataka was reeling at 118-7.

Krishnappa Gowtham and Abhimanyu Mithun tried to set up a partnership. They both gather quick 24 runs for the eighth wicket before Ishan Porel broke their partnership. In the end, Mukesh Kumar took his sixth wicket after dismissing Ronit More.

Karnataka’s disappointing end in Ranji Trophy 2019-20 semi-final:

Karnataka captain Karun Nair.
Karnataka captain Karun Nair. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Karnataka was recently crowned as domestic one-day (Vijay Hazare Trophy) and T20 (Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy) champions, end up having a terrible end in the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 season. There was no one for the team to take the charge against Bengal’s pacers. Only the teenager Padikkal showed some temperament to face them.

The inform batsman KL Rahul, who was playing the first game of the clash, scored 26 and 0 in first and second innings respectively. Karun Nair, Karnataka captain, also lost his wicket cheaply on both occasions.

Meanwhile, Bengal’s senior cricketer Anustup Majumdar was the saviour for his team. He scored unbeaten 149 runs for his team.

KL Rahul, BCCI, India Test Squad
KL Rahul. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Watch: KL Rahul Disappointed After Umpire Rejected His Review Request

In the ongoing semi-final of the 2019/20 Ranji Trophy, Karnataka opener KL Rahul lost his wicket on the second ball of the fourth innings, and he was hugely disappointed after the umpire rejected his review.

Bengal and Karnataka are facing each other in one of the semi-finals of the tournament at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). Though Karnataka started well in this match, Bengal have gradually moved into the stronger position in this game.

KL Rahul scored a duck

Chasing down the challenging 352 runs target in the fourth innings, it was important for Karnataka to get a good start with the opening partnership between KL Rahul and Ravikumar Samarth. However, Rahul was hugely disappointed by losing his wicket on the very second ball of that fourth innings without opening his account.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Facing Bengal’s young pacer Ishan Porel on that delivery, KL Rahul lately decided to leave outside the off-stump delivery but taking the guard of his off-stump. However, it turned out a lethal inswinger that fooled the Indian cricketer and hit on his frontfoot while he was in the position to leave that ball.

As KL Rahul was not offering any shot on that ball, the outside the off-stump impact couldn’t be the barrier for the bowling side. While the Bengal players made a strong appeal, the bowling-end umpire raised his finger.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Getty Images)

The BCCI has allowed the review system in the semi-finals of the ongoing Ranji Trophy. But when KL Rahul decided to take a review, the umpire didn’t allow him for that review as Rahul didn’t offer any shot. The Karnataka opener hugely surprised and left the field with the disappointed body language by shaking his head. At the stumps of day three, Karnataka were struggling on 98/3, and they still needed to score 254 runs to win the match.

Here is that video:

Earlier, in this match, when Bengal scored 312 runs in their first innings, thanks to the heroic century from Anustup Majumdar (149*), Karnataka replied with just 122 runs. During their first innings, KL Rahul scored 26 runs. On the other hand, Ishan Porel (5/39) bagged five wickets in that innings.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

In their second innings, Bengal were bundled out for 161 runs and set the 352 runs target for Karnataka in the fourth innings of the match.

Saurashtra and Gujarat are facing each other in the other semi-final of this tournament at Rajkot. At the stumps of day three, Saurashtra (304 & 66/5) are leading 118 runs in their middle of the second innings (Gujarat 252).

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. Image Credits: Twitter
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KL Rahul Named in Karnataka’s Squad For Ranji Trophy 2019-20 Semi Final Against Bengal

The in-form batsman KL Rahul is set to play the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 semi-finals for Karnataka against Bengal. The two teams will compete with each other at Eden Gardens in Kolkata from 29th February.

The Karnataka-based batsman Rahul had made himself unavailable for the quarterfinals against Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) as he had just returned from the New Zealand tour after completing the limited-overs leg. Though Rahul will be with his team in the marquee clash.

A big opportunity for KL Rahul:

KL Rahul Named in Karnataka's Squad For Ranji Trophy 2019-20 Semi Final Against Bengal 1

Rahul has shown his versatility in the New Zealand tour. He scored runs from every given position and played some match-winning knocks on Kiwis shores.

In the T20I series, he was the opening partner of Rohit Sharma as well as he donned the gloves. He was adjudged player of the series for his amazing run strike. In five matches, he scored 224 runs in the T20I series.

On the other hand, in the ODI series, the wicketkeeper-batsman was the second-highest scorer for India, collecting 204 runs against the Blackcaps. Although after being prolific in shorter formats, he could not earn the place in the Test squad for Team India.

Thus, playing in the Ranji Trophy is a big opportunity for Rahul. If he showcases his power with the bat for Karnataka, he might earn the place back in Team for the longest format.

Hat-trick for Karnataka:

Ranji Trophy 2019-20, Manish Pandey,
Manish Pandey. Photo Credit: Web.

Notably, Karnataka has won the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20 and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20 under the captaincy of Manish Pandey. And there might be chances that Karnataka can lift the trophy Ranji season too which can be a hat-trick for the team in a particular year.

Meanwhile, Pandey had played in the quarter-final match against J&K, scoring 37 and 35 in both innings as his team won by 167 runs.

Karnataka Squad for Ranji Trophy 2019-20 semi-final against Bengal:

Karun Nair (capt.), R. Samarth, Devdutt Padikkal, Manish Pandey, K.L. Rahul, Sharath Srinivas, Shreyas Gopal, K. Gowtham, A. Mithun, K.V. Siddharth, Prasidh Krishna, J. Suchith, Prateek Jain, Ronit More, and B.R. Sharath.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik
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Ranji Trophy 2019/20: Dinesh Karthik And Karun Nair Involve In Heated Talk

While Karnataka-Tamil Nadu showcased a thrilling game in the round one of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20, Dinesh Karthik and Karun Nair involved in a heated talk on the final day of that game.

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have provided some high-voltage matches in this domestic season. At first, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu met in the final of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019/20 (List A format) where Karnataka won by 60 runs in VJD method.

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Karnataka have dominated Tamil Nadu in every format of this season (Image Credit: Google)

Later, in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019/20 (T20 format), they met twice, and Karnataka won both those games. At first, they met in the Super League stage (Group B), and Karnataka won by nine wickets. In the final of that same tournament, Karnataka beat Tamil Nadu by just one run.

 

Now, they started the new Ranji Trophy season with another high-voltage game. In that Group B encounter at Dindigul, Karnataka captain Karun Nair decided to bat first after winning the toss. With the help of three half-centuries, Karnataka scored 336 runs in the first innings.

In reply, Tamil Nadu managed to score 307 runs in their first innings where Dinesh Karthik (113 runs) played an impressive century knock.

Dinesh Karthik, Karun Nair
Dinesh Karthik scored 113 runs (Image Credit: Google)

Leading by 29 runs, Karnataka were bowled out for just 151 runs in their second innings. While Tamil Nadu had to chase the 181 runs target on the final day, they were bundled out for only 154 runs. Karnataka off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham bagged eight wickets (8/60) in the fourth innings that helped his team to win that game by 26 runs.

Dinesh Karthik was not happy with the excessive appealing

On the final day of that game (12th December), Tamil Nadu cricketer Dinesh Karthik and Karnataka captain Karun Nair involved in a heated exchange of words. To make the situation calm down, Karnataka coaches, S Arvind and Yere Goud, needed to intervene in that.

Dinesh Karthik, Karun Nair
Karun Nair was leading Karnataka team (Image Credit: Google)

According to the report of Deccan Herald, Dinesh Karthik, who scored 17 runs in the fourth innings, was upset and unhappy with the on-field behaviour from the opponent side, including their excessive appeals. However, Tamil Nadu captain Vijay Shankar has claimed that it is a very common thing during the match between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Dinesh Karthik, Karun Nair
Vijay Shankar (Image Credit: Google)

 

Meanwhile, on the day one of that game, Tamil Nadu opener Murali Vijay was fined 10% of his match fees for showing dissent over an umpiring decision.

Murali Vijay, Ravichandran Ashwin
Murali Vijay (Image Credit: Google)
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Murali Vijay Fined On Opening Day Of New Ranji Trophy Season

The day one (9th December) of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20 was eventful during the match between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka at Dindigul. On the very first day of the new Ranji Trophy season, veteran Indian Test specialist opening batsman Murali Vijay has been handed 10% match fee fine for showing dissent over an umpiring decision.

Karnataka captain won the toss on that morning and decided to bat first. While Nitin Pandit and Anil Dandekar were handling the on-field decisions, Tamil Nadu players had some good appeals.

Just two balls ahead of the tea break of that day, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and his other Tamil Nadu teammates had a massive appeal against the opponent batsman Pavan Deshpande. However, the bowling end umpire Nitin Pandit denied going with that appeal. After that decision, most of the Tamil Nadu cricketers gathered on the pitch. In that occasion, umpire Pandit went to talk with Ashwin.

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Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: BCCI)

Murali Vijay has been fined 10% of his match fees

Meanwhile, the square-leg umpire Anil Dandekar was busy to cool down Murali Vijay by holding his hand as the opening batsman was upset at that moment. Due to that action, Vijay has been fined 10% of his match fees. Tamil Nadu team management has confirmed this penalty news at the end of the day’s play.

Murali Vijay, fined
Murali Vijay (Image Credit: Google)

D Vasu, the coach of Tamil Nadu, said according to Sportskeeda, “Probably, in the heat of the moment, players would have reacted. But I think you also have to be mindful of the fact that today cricket is played very differently and everybody is being watched. Bad decisions and good decisions are part of the game. We have to take it in our stride and move on. I cannot comment on these things (if there was an edge or not). It’s not appropriate.”

If technology is available and money is available, why not use more technology?

Later, the Tamil Nadu coach has asked to utilise the available technology for every close decision as he believes that it can make a huge difference during the tight games. In the present Indian domestic cricket, the technology has been used only for line decisions.

Murali Vijay Fined On Opening Day Of New Ranji Trophy Season 4
Image Credit: Google

Basu added, “When tight games happen, two strong teams are competing, here and there…small things can make a huge difference. If technology is available and money is available, why not (use more technology)? For now, we use technology for line decisions in domestic cricket but whatever they can include with technology and if it’s possible we will be the happiest people to accept.”

“Anything new and anything that’s going to help the umpires as well the players, we will be happy because there is so much at stake these days for the players with regards to their careers.”

At the stumps on day one, Karnataka were batting on 259/6. Opener Mayank Agarwal scored 48 runs while Devdutt Padikkal (78) and Pavan Deshpande (65) scored half-centuries.

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Karun Nair To Lead, Mayank Agarwal Named In Karnataka’s Ranji Trophy Squad

Out-of-favour India Test batsman Karun Nair will be leading Karnataka in the upcoming Ranji Trophy season. He will be assisted by all-rounder Shreyas Gopal. The selectors might retain Nair as captain even on Manish Pandey’s return as India will play Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand in January, which means Pandey will miss number of Ranji Trophy matches. He will be back for the second round if Karnataka qualify but will be absent for a major part of the league stage.

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Nair led the team for the first time in 2016/17 season in R Vinay Kumar’s absence. Last year, Pandey had replaced Vinay Kumar during the season and continued to lead the team across formats.

Karun Nair To Lead, Mayank Agarwal Named In Karnataka's Ranji Trophy Squad 5

Karnataka’s squad includes India Test opener Mayank Agarwal and man-in-form, Devdutt Padikkal. The left-handed batsman has had a brilliant season so far. He finished with 609 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and followed up with 580 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy – he finished as highest run-scorer in both the tournaments.

Much will depend on India A batsman Ravikumar Samarth and Dega Nischal. All-rounders Krishnappa Gowtham and Jagadeesha Suchith are also a part of the team but only of these two might be part of the playing XI.

Abhimanyu Mthin and Prasidh Krishna will not be available for the first game due to fitness issues. In their absence, Ronit More will lead the pace attack. Karnataka will open their campaign against Tamil Nadu in Dindigul from December 9.

The two teams met each other in the finals of Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy  – Karnataka won on both the occasions.

Squad: Karun Nair (Captain), Shreyas Gopal (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, Devdutt Padikkal, Dega Nischal, Ravikumar Samarth, Pavan Deshpande, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jagadeesha Suchith, BR Sharath (wk), Sharath Srinivas (wk), Ronit More, David Mathias, V Koushik, KS Devaiah.

Dhruv Shorey to lead Delhi –

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Senior batsman Dhruv Shorey will lead Delhi in the Ranji Trophy 2019/20. He will be assisted by Nitish Rana, who led the team in the previous season. Navdeep Saini, who missed out on selection in the India squad, will have a chance to prove his fitness in the opening fixture. He might return for Sri Lanka T20Is next month.

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There was no Ishant Sharma in the squad for the opening game of the season. Delhi take on Sachin Baby-led Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram from December 9.

Squad: Delhi team: Dhruv Shorey (Captain), Nitish Rana (vice-captain), Kunal Chandela, Anuj Rawat (wk), Jonty Sidhu, Lalit Yadav, Shivam Sharma, Vikas Mishra, Tejas Baroka, Pradeep Sangwan, Navdeep Saini, Pawan Suyal, Kunwar Bidhuri, Hiten Dalal, Shivank Vashisht

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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019/20: Semi-Finals Round-Up – Karnataka And Tamil Nadu Will Again Meet In The Final

Like the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019/20 final, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are set to meet another final in this season and that is in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019/20. While Karnataka won that earlier final in that 50-over format, Tamil Nadu will try to take revenge in the upcoming final of the 20-over format on this Sunday (1st December).

On Friday (29th November), both teams won their respective semi-final matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019/20. At first, Karnataka beat Haryana, and then, Tamil Nadu defeated Rajasthan.

Abhimanyu Mithun shined with five wickets in an over, KL Rahul and Devdutt Padikkal helped Karnataka to chase the big total very comfortably

Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
Karnataka (Image Credit: Google)

After winning the toss, Karnataka decided to bowl first. Most of the Haryana top-order batsmen batted very well. Except for the final over of that innings, Haryana batsmen mostly dominated against the Karnataka bowlers.

Opener Chaitanya Bishnoi (55) and Himanshu Rana (61) played 50+ knocks in that innings. Meanwhile, another opener Harshal Patel (34) and Rahul Tewatia (32) also played 30+ knocks.

But in the final over of that innings, Abhimanyu Mithun snatched the entire limelight. While Haryana were batting on 192/3 in 19 overs, they finished that innings on 194/8 in 20 overs. Mithun not only took a hat-trick, but he also took wickets in four successive deliveries and ended with five wickets in that single over. Mithun finished that innings with the bowling figures of 4-0-39-5.

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Abhimanyu Mithun (Image Credit: Google)

In reply, openers KL Rahul and Devdutt Padikkal managed a firing start and put the 125 runs partnership for the opening wicket. While Rahul scored 66 runs off 31 balls, Padikkal scored 87 runs off 42 balls. Mayank Agarwal remained not out on 30 runs off 14 balls and the captain Manish Pandey was batting on three runs. They chased down that target in 15 overs.

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KL Rahul and Devdutt Padikkal (Image Credit: BCCI)

After the discipline bowling performances from the entire team, Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar’s batting helped Tamil Nadu to easily reach the final

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Tamil Nadu (Image Credit: Google)

Tamil Nadu captain Dinesh Karthik decided to field first after winning the toss. Rajasthan batting totally disappointed from the early of that innings. Captain Deepak Chahar, who played a match-winning unbeaten 55 runs in the last game against Delhi, opened that innings with Ankit Lamba but failed to provide a good start. Chahar scored just nine runs while Lamba was dismissed on 15 runs.

Apart from the opener Lamba, Rajesh Bishnoi (23), Ravi Bishnoi (22*) and Chandrapal Singh (15) were the only other batsmen to reach the double-digit scores in that innings. Finally, Rajasthan scored 112/9.

Most of the Tamil Nadu bowlers were in total control in that game. Only Vijay Shankar (2/13) managed to take more than one wicket in that entire game. Five other bowlers of this side also picked up one wicket each, including Washington Sundar (1/2) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1/7).

Chasing down that target, opener C Hari Nishanth lost his wicket in the first over without opening the team’s account. However, another opener Ravichandran Ashwin handled that early situation very well along with Washington Sundar. They put the 69 runs partnership for the second wicket. While Ashwin was dismissed on 31 runs off 33 balls, Sundar guided the team to the safe victory with his brilliant half-century.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin batting (Image Credit: Twitter)
Washington Sundar | Tamil Nadu Ranj team |
Washington Sundar (Image Credit: Sportsalive)

Washington Sundar scored 54 not out off 46 balls as Tamil Nadu chase down that target in 17.5 overs after losing three wickets.

Abhimanyu Mithun, List A hat-trick
Abhimanyu Mithun (Image Credit: Google)
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Watch: Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019/20 – Abhimanyu Mithun Picks 5 Wickets In One Over

The 30-year-old Abhimanyu Mithun has shown a world-class performance in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He picked five wickets against Haryana in the first semifinal of the tournament at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat. The match ended with Karnataka entering the finals of the tournament.

Haryana was at the loss of 112 for 3 when Himanshu Rana gave stability to the team scoring 61 runs in 34 balls and uprising the score to 192 runs at the end of 19th over. It looked that Haryana would post 200 runs but it was Mithun whose last-over turned the match’s scoreboard.

Abhimanyu Mithun’s Last over

First prey of the Mithun was Rana on the slower short ball. Next one to move to the dressing room was Rahul Tewatia, who gave the catch to long-off fielder Karun Nair, followed by Sumit Kumar getting out on slower ball and Mithun registered a hat-trick but the show was not over.

Watch: Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019/20 - Abhimanyu Mithun Picks 5 Wickets In One Over 7

Mithun again repeated his trick of the short ball on the very next ball and captain Amit Mishra gave the catch to cover fielder. It was Mithun’s four for four in that over. It was expected that the pacer will build a world record but then came a wide from his hand. But eventually, he sends Jayant Yadav on the last ball of the over.

The score of Haryana at the end was 194/8 runs, only adding 2 runs more where Himanshu Rana left. It was a day for Abhimanyu Mithun. In his first three overs, he went without picking a wicket and conceding 37 runs. It was his last over where all the game changed. He restricted the Amit Mishra-led side within 200 runs.

In the end, Karnataka won the match by 8 wickets. KL Rahul and Devdutt Padikkal set a big partnership of 125 runs that gave a good start to Karnataka. The match was taken forward by Mayank Agarwal and handing the victory to the team.

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