Karnataka to open Ranji defence against Assam

Karnataka to open Ranji defence against Assam

Defending champions Karnataka will begin their Ranji Trophy title defence against Assam in an away encounter in Guwahati from October 1 to 4.

Karnataka, who beat Tamil Nadu by an innings and 217 runs in the final at the Wankhede Stadium this March, are in Group A alongside Bengal, Vidarbha, Assam, Haryana, Rajasthan, Orissa, Delhi and Maharashtra.

After opening their campaign against Assam, Karnataka will play their first home game against Bengal from October 8 to 11.

The eight-time winners will conclude their group assignments against Maharashtra in Pune (December 1 to 4).

The venues for Karnataka’s home matches are yet to be finalised.
Groupings: Group A: Karnataka, Bengal, Vidarbha, Assam, Haryana, Rajasthan, Orissa, Delhi and Maharashtra.

Group B: Andhra, Mumbai, Punjab, Railways, Tamil Nadu, Baroda, Uttae Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh.

Group C: Goa, Hyderabad, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Saurashtra, Tripura, Services, Jharkhand.

Karnataka’s schedule: October 1-4: vs Assam (in Guwahati); October 8-11: vs Bengal (in Karnataka); October 15-18: vs Vidarbha (in Karnataka); October 22-25: vs Haryana (in Karnataka); October 30-November 2: vs Rajasthan (in Jaipur); November 7-10: vs Orissa (in Karnataka); November 23-26: vs Delhi (in Karnataka); December 1-4: vs Maharashtra (in Pune).