Ranji Trophy: Karnataka stun Mumbai, Punjab trounce Delhi

Bangalore/New Delhi, Dec 25 : Karnataka outplayed reigning Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai by 160 runs at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here Wednesday. It was the first outright win for Karnataka against the visitors in 22 attempts.

Chasing 282, Mumbai for bowled out for 121 with opposition skipper R Vinay Kumar (3/32) and HS Sharath (3/12) taking bulk of the wickets.

Karnataka remained at the top of Group A after their fourth consecutive wins this season.

For the mighty Mumbai, it was their first loss in six years. The loss also pushed them to third in Group A standings behind Gujarat, who beat Odisha by 166 runs in Ahmedabad.

Punjab punished Delhi in their own backyard in another Group A match held at Roshanara Ground in Delhi.

Delhi, resuming at 60 for three, could only end at 228 all out while chasing 327. Manpreet Gony (3-51) and Jaskaran Singh (3-45) starred for Punjab while Rajat Bhatia's brave knock of 100 was not enough for the home team.

The loss was a setback for Delhi, who remained firm to play at Roshanara despite having an international venue like the Feroz Shah Kotla. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir failed to deliver, managing 30 and 12 respectively.

Punjab displaced Delhi to be fourth in the group.

Brief scores:

Group A:
Karnataka 251 and 299 beat Mumbai 269 and 121 by 160 runs in Bangalore
Punjab 74 and 402 beat Delhi 150 and 228 (Bhatia 100) by 98 runs in Delhi
Vidarbha 218 and 164 for 3 drew with Jharkhand 332 and 161 for 9 dec in Jamshedpur
Odisha 357 (Dhurv 6-81) and 83 (Akshar 5-23) lost to Gujarat 479 for 8 dec and 137 for 7 dec (Akshar 54 not out) by 166 runs in Ahmedabad

Group B:
Saurashtra 311 and 116 (Yusuf 6-38) lost to Baroda 400 and 265 for 9 dec by 238 runs in Rajkot
Tamil Nadu 318 and 76 for 0 drew with Rajasthan 438 (Bishnoi 68) in Chennai
MP 115 and 140 for 7 drew with UP 250 and 178 for 5 dec (Raina 82, Kaif 49) in Kanpur (Target 314)
Services 153 and 200 (Desai 100, Karn 5-50) lost to Railways 107 and 282 for 7 dec (Rawat 92 not out) by 35 runs in Delhi

Group C:
Goa 242 and 183 for 7 (Gadekar 57 not out) beat Kerala 273 and 147 by 3 wickets in Porvorim
Andhra 163 and 104 for 0 beat Tripura 179 and 86 by 10 wickets in Agartala
J&K 299 (Ravi Kiran 5-53) and 127 for 1 (f.o.) drew with Hyderabad 514 for 8 dec in Jammu
Maharashtra 488 for 6 dec and 60 for 0 beat Himachal 228 and 319 (Dogra 62, Dhawan 60) by 10 wickets in Pune

--IANS (Posted on 25-12-2013)

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