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Cricket news - Gowtham helps Karnataka script another last-over win against TN
Chasing 181 for victory, Tamil Nadu were bowled out for 154 with Gowtham picking up eight wickets.
Just 11 days after bowling the final over in which he managed to successfully defend five runs from the last four deliveries to give Karnataka a thrilling one-run win in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final against Tamil Nadu, Krishnappa Gowtham did something similar in the Ranji Trophy opening round against the same opposition to give his side a winning start in stunning fashion. Tamil Nadu had to just block out the final over of the final day to escape with a draw but Gowtham, who had already picked up seven wickets, removed K Vignesh to script a stunning 26-run win.
Tamil Nadu needed just 181 to win the contest after their own spirited comeback with the ball and they also made a very good start with the bat in the run chase against the new ball racing to 49 off just 9 overs. But that's when Karnataka pulled things back by first running out Murali Vijay. The dismissal triggered a collapse as Gowtham ran through the side picking up wickets at regular intervals. Dinesh Karthik and Murugan Ashwin tried to resist but with Gowtham chipping away continuously, Tamil Nadu were in a spot of bother having been favourites at one stage.
Murugan Ashwin batted well to remain unbeaten on 23 off 77 but on a surface offering him help, Gowtham just had to be patient and pitch the ball in the right area in the final over of the game against TN's number 11 batsman and the ploy worked as Karnataka won with three balls to spare.
Other outright wins
Hyderabad added only 27 runs to their overnight score for the final wickets as Gujarat beat them comfortably by eight wickets to open their campaign with a win. Rush Kalaria helped Gujarat clean up the tail in the final morning as Gujarat were set 187 for the win. Kathan Patel fell early in the chase but Priyank Panchal took an aggressive approach to score 90 off just 80 balls and at the other end, Bhargav Merai struck a 99-ball 69 to ease their side to an eight-wicket win.
Baroda faltered on expected lines on the final day to hand Mumbai a massive win. Chasing an improbable 534, Baroda were already reeling at 74/3 at stumps on the third day. Abhimanyu Rajput and Deepak Hooda resisted for a while and registered half-centuries but once that 81-run stand was broken, Mumbai took little to complete formalities. Shams Mulani finished with four wickets as Mumbai completed a 309-run win.
Having already been in pole position at stumps on the third day, Punjab completed the formalities on the final day to pick up an eight-wicket win over Rajasthan. The 68-run target was chased down by the openers without breaking a sweat. Shubman Gill remained unbeaten on 36.
The contest between Uttar Pradesh and Railways ended in a draw after bad light ensured only 16.2 overs were bowled on the final day. Railways had earlier done all the hard yards and put UP in a spot of bother setting them a target of 349. They managed to remove the openers as well on the final day but bad light ensured there were no more reasons to celebrate. Railways picked up points for the first-innings lead though.
Centuries from Ricky Bhui and Srikar Bharat ensured Andhra came out with a draw against Vidarbha. Resuming at 100/2, needing another 130 to make Vidarbha bat again, Andhra lost only one wicket in the day as Bhui and Bharat managed to frustrate their opposition. While Bhui remained unbeaten on 100, Bharat remained not out on 102.
After being on the backfoot for the major part of the contest, Delhi managed to eke out a draw against Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram. Resuming the final day at 142/1, still 241 behind Kerala's first innings score, Delhi had an uphill task ahead of them. However, Kunal Chandela struck a composed century to calm the nerves and he was well supported by in-form batsman Nitish Rana. The left-hander was more aggressive in his approach and hit four sixes in his century as the teams shook hands with Delhi just five runs short of the 400-run mark.
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