Bengal Thrash Karnataka to Reach Ranji Trophy Final After 13 Years

Kolkata: Mukesh Kumar ran via Karnataka’s second innings with a career-best six-wicket haul as Bengal hammered their star-studded opponents by 174 runs to enter their first Ranji Trophy closing in 13 years right here on Tuesday.

The low-profile pacer, who had dismissed India common KL Rahul in Karnataka’s first innings, turned the hero within the second essay together with his 6/61 as Bengal took lower than two hours to dismiss Karnataka on day 4.

Resuming their monumental chase of 352 at 98 for 3, Karnataka misplaced their remaining seven wickets for 79 runs in 16.three overs. The penultimate day’s proceedings lasted simply 115 minutes after which the hero-of-the-day Mukesh Kumar was seen carried on his shoulders by Akash Deep.

Bengal, who gained their earlier Ranji title throughout Sourav Ganguly’s debut season approach again in 1989-90, had misplaced to Mumbai by 132 runs of their final closing look in 2007.

Bengal will face the winners of Gujarat and Saurashtra conflict, underway in Rajkot, within the closing from March 9 and it is going to be an away match for them.

Bengal additionally halted a 3rd treble bid by Karnataka who just lately had been topped the home one-day (Vijay Hazare Trophy) and T20 (Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy) champions. Karnataka’s final treble had are available 2014-15 once they had achieved the feat twice on the trot.

Mukesh Kumar, who had earlier finest figures of 6/62, checked out his ominous finest taking 5 wickets in simply 60 balls with an imperious spell that learn 9-4-28-5.

He opened his account within the third over of the day with India batsman Manish Pandey (12) edging it to Shreevats Goswami behind the stumps.

Then in his subsequent over he dismissed Ok V Siddharth (0) and S Sharath (0) off successive deliveries to snuff out any revival hopes by heavyweights Karnataka.

First the inform Siddharth fell to an away going supply and was caught by skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran on the slip, and on the following ball Mukesh bolwed an inswinger to lure the wicketkeeper-batsman.

Gifted 19-year-old Karnataka batsman Devdutt Padikkal, who was season’s main run-getter in white ball cricket, was the lone crusader as Karnataka battled to keep away from a 3rd semifinal defeat in a row.

Padikkal, who got here in at No three to accommodate Rahul on the high, hit seven elegant boundaries however Mukesh had his say to dismiss the batsman en path to his fourth five-wicket haul from 21 first-class matches.

Krishnappa Gowtham (22) and Abhimanyu Mithun counter attacked Bengal with a fast 24-run stand for the eighth wicket but it surely solely delayed the inevitable with first innings hero Ishan Porel breaking the partnershi.

Gowtham tried to smash Porel’s widish supply over the off-side area, solely to be caught by substitute Shreyan Chakraborty.

And what adopted was a noble gesture by Bengal’s man-of-the-match Anustup Majumdar, who had turned it round for the house aspect together with his unbeaten 149 within the first innings. Put in, Bengal had been 67/6 however Majumdar’s second successive century took Bengal to a match-winning 312.

Recognized for his distinctive celebrations, the 21-year-old Porel, who’s the youngest member of the aspect, was given a shoe-shine polish by 35-year-old Majumdar, the seniormost member displaying the camaraderie within the aspect.

Thereafter it was only a matter of time earlier than Akash Deep (2/6) cleaned up the big-hitting Abhimanyu Mithun (38) to finish the victory.

Ishan Porel, who grabbed a five-wicket haul within the first innings, took 2/58 that included the prized-scalp of Rahul with peach of an inswinger on Monday.

Taking part in with out the suspended pacer Ashok Dinda, their main wicket taker for final eight seasons, the three-pronged Bengal tempo assault as soon as once more was up for job, taking all of the 20 wickets on supply.

Temporary Scores: Bengal 312 and 161. Karnataka 122 and 177; 55.three overs (Devdutt Paddikkal 62; Mukesh Kumar 6/61). Bengal gained by 174 runs.

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