- Karnataka won by 6 runs
- Karnataka made 296-8
- Samarth made 117
Vijay Hazare champions Karnataka got off to the perfect start in the Deodhar Trophy after they pulled off a narrow 6 runs victory against India B. Defending 296, they restricted a strong India B side to 290-9 of their 50 overs. Manoj Tiwary’s 120 off 110 failed to see India B through after Tiwary’s dismissal saw them unable to cross the finishing line.
The Deodhar Trophy 2018,India’s first-class ODI cricket tournament which involves a three-team format – India A, India B, and the winning team of the Vijay Hazare Tournament saw the third match of this year’s edition of the Deodhar Trophy kick off with biggest giants in India’s domestic circuit battle it out to take home bragging rights. The 45th edition of the tournament, witnessed a tightly contested match with Karnataka just coming out on top in the end of the Himachal Pradesh Stadium.
Batting first, Ravikumar Samarth hit a fine century to take the Vijay Hazare champions to a huge total of 296. He scored a fine 117 off just 115 balls as he stroked the ball all around the park to take a toll on India B’s bowlers. He hit 13 boundaries and a six in well balanced innings that helped Karnataka come out with the fighting spirit in the second half of the match.
In reply, India B’s innings stuttered with them finding themselves on 23-3. It was only when Manoj Tiwary took charge of the innings that they found a foothold in the game. His innings of 120 saw him and Siddesh Lad put on a partnership of more than a 100 runs to put their side in the driver’s seat in the match. The match, however, seesawed for the umpteenth time as Tiwary’s dismissal put the brakes on their chase. Gopal’s 3-29 lead Karnataka’s charge for the victory as they ended up restricting India B to 290 and saw them see through a 6 runs win.
India B now have one defeat and one victory in the tournament after earlier having defeated India A.
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