Vijay Hazare Trophy: Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair help Karnataka thrash Maharashtra to enter final

Mayank Agarwal made a decent Maharashtra attack look pedestrian as he powered Karnataka into the final with a comfortable nine-wicket victory in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in New Delhi on Saturday.

PTI, February 24, 2018

New Delhi: Mayank Agarwal made a decent Maharashtra attack look pedestrian as he powered Karnataka into the final with a comfortable nine-wicket victory in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in New Delhi on Saturday.

Maharashtra's batting collapsed on a day when it mattered most. On a good batting track, Maharashtra managed a paltry 160 in 44.3 overs.

The target was never going to be a big ask for a quality batting line-up as openers Agarwal (81 off 86 balls) and skipper Karun Nair (70 off 90 balls) made merry with no pressure of scoreboard, achieving the target in only 30.3 overs.

File image of Mayank Agarwal. Image credit: Twitter/@mayankcricket

File image of Mayank Agarwal. Image credit: Twitter/@mayankcricket

In sublime form throughout the season, the cover drives and on drives flowed off Agarwal's bat as he has now become the highest-ever run-getter in a single edition of National One Day with 633 runs.

Saturday's knock had eight boundaries and a six.

Anupam Sanklecha, Pradeep Dadhe and Shrikant Mundhe didn't have the pace to bother the two openers and repeated half volleys only made it easy.

While Agarwal was off the blocks faster, Karun started matching him stroke for stroke once spinners were introduced into the attack.

Karun lofted off-spinner Prashant Kore for a boundary and then swept him for a boundary in the 17th over.

Agarwal completed his half century and 600 runs in the tournament with another cover drive off left-arm seamer Divyang Himganekar.

A late cut off left-arm spinner Satyajeet Bachhav was a treat. Meanwhile his skipper tapped for a single to complete his half century as they cruised to the target.

Earlier, Mundhe (50, 77 balls) again played a good hand but none of the other batsmen could put up a fight.
Seamer M Prasidh Krishna (2/26 in 7.3 overs) and offie Krishnappa Gowtham (3/26 in 10 overs) were the wreckers-in-chief.

 

Updated Date: Feb 24, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114