Ranji Trophy: Karnataka Sealed a Semi- Final Berth
Team Bengal sets up semifinals date with Madhya Pradesh after a super win over Jharkhand.
Karanataka defeated Jharkhand by innings and 281 runs and will play against the winners of the last eight match between Saurashtra and Punjab in Semifinals. If we look into the Karnataka bowlers dominance in the Ranji Trophy this season, it will not be surprising that they wrapped up their quarterfinal against Uttrakhand with a huge margin.
Shreyas Gopal and Pacer Vyshak Vijaykumar continued his impressive form. "Our bowling has been a massive plus for us. To dismiss teams for 116 and 170-odd on a first day's wicket at Chinnaswamy stadium means we are executing our plans well. The credit goes to the bowling unit for coming up trumps in every innings", said Karnataka Captain Mayank Agarwal.
Bengal made their third straight Ranji Trophy semifinal by recording a convincing nine-wicket win against Jharkhand in the quarterfinal at the Eden Gardens here on Friday. Bengal just completed the formalities of chasing down the 67-run victory target, losing opener Kazu Junaid Saifi to make the semifinals against defending champions Madhya Pradesh.
Incidentally, last year too Bengal defeated Jharkhand to set up a last- four clash with Madhya Pradesh. Pacers Mukesh Kumar and Akash Ghatak picked up one wicket each. The Bengal pacers once again came out with flying colors, claiming 16 of the 20 wickets to fall. Akash Deep was named man of the match.
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