Karnataka defended their modest total to beat Haryana by 14 runs to finish Group D engagements with an all-win record in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament here on Saturday.
While Karnataka’s progress to the Super League stage was already confirmed, Bengal joined them from Group D following an eight-wicket win over hosts Odisha. Bengal finished with 20 points from seven matches to become the second team to qualify after Karnataka who topped with 28 points .
Sent in, Karnataka suffered a batting collapse to be restricted for a paltry 138 for nine. But their bowlers rose to the occasion to choke Haryana’s run chase and script a thrilling last over win by 14 runs at the DRIEMS Ground in Tangi.
Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal claimed 3/16, while seamer Prasidh Krishna (3/25) also bagged a three-wicket haul to derail Haryana’s run-chase.
In a must-win match for Bengal at the Barabati Stadium, seamers Ishan Porel (3/19) and Ayan Bhattacharjee (2/13) did not allow Odisha let loose, taking wickets at regular intervals as the hosts managed a lowly 108 for nine.
In reply, Wriddhiman Saha anchored the chase with a 31-ball 52 (5x4, 3x6) before vice-captain Abhimanyu Easwaran sealed the win with 44 balls to spare.
KARNATAKA: Rohan Kadam ct Jayant b Sumit 25, B R Sharath c A Hooda b Mishra 16, Mayank Agarwal c Rana b A Mishra 20, Karun Nair c Tewatia b Mishra 18, Manish Pandey c Jayant b Sumit 25, Manoj Bhandage c & b Jayant 7, J Suchith b Chaprana 17,
Vinay Kumar b Chaprana 2, Shreyas Gopal c Tewatia b Chaprana 2, Koushik V (not out) 3, Prasidh Krishna (not out) 0. Extras (NB-1, W-2) 3. Total (for 9 wkts; 20 overs) 138.
Fall of wickets: 1-42, 2-44, 3-75, 4-86, 5-106, 6-129, 7-131, 8-135, 9-136.
Bowling: Ashish Hooda 2-5-16-0, Arun Chaprana 4-12-29-3, Jayant Yadav 3-5-21-1, Sumit Kumar 4-7-23-2, Amit Mishra 4-11-26-3, Rahul Tewatia 3-6-23-0.
HARYANA: Himanshu Rana c & b Prasidh 6, Guntashveer Singh c Shreyas b Prasidh 9, Yashu Sharma c & b Koushik V 9, Nitin Saini b Shreyas 15, Ankit Kumar c Kadam b Bhandage 8, Rahul Tewatia c Koushik b Suchith 1, Sumit Kumar c Suchith b Prasidh 63, Jayant Yadav lbw Shreyas 0, Amit Mishra b Shreyas 0, Arun Chaprana c Bhandage b Vinay 10, Ashish Hooda (not out) 0. Extras: (NB-1, W-1, LB-1) 3. Total (all out, 19.1 overs) 124.
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-16, 3-25, 4-39, 5-48, 6-58, 7-58, 8-58, 9-93.
Bowling: Vinay Kumar 4-13-26-1, Prasidh Krishna 3.1-1- 25-3, Koushik V 4-15-24-1, Manoj Bhandage 2-6-14-1, Suchith J 4-12-18-1, Shreyas Gopal 2-6-16-3.
Brief scores of other Group D matches: Odisha: 108/9 in 20 overs (Ashok Dinda 2-29, Ishan Porel 3-19, Ayan Bhattacharya 2-13) lt to Bengal: 111/2 in 12.2 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 52, Abhimanyu Easwaran 33).