Abhimanyu Mithun was the highest wicket-taker for Karnataka in the bowling department claiming three for 37 © Getty Images (File Photo)
Abhimanyu Mithun bowled a tremendous final over against Bengal to help Karnataka to the finals © Getty Images (File Photo)

The Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014-15 came to an end on Wednesday as Karnataka thrashed Punjab by 156 runs. The List A competition saw some encouraging performances from players. Varun Arora looks back at some of the best individual performances of the tournament.

1. Dominic Joseph returns with figures of six for 25: Dominic Joseph earned the best figures of the 2014-15 edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, as he whipped away six Mumbai wickets conceding only 25 runs. The 33-year-old fast-bowler started with the wicket of Wasim Jaffer, who was batting comfortably on 84. He carried on the demolition as he cracked the middle-order open, picking up the wickets of Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, and Sarfraz Khan. He ended the deadly spell with the wicket of Shardul Thakur. Joseph’s performance also gave Maharashtra an easy six-wicket win over Mumbai.

2. Mayank Agarwal’s 162 against Andhra: Mayank Agarwal started Karnataka’s campaign in the competition with style as he hit 162 runs off 136 balls against Andhra at Secundarabad. Agarwal, who came to bat at No. 3, was poised in his approach and played with total ease. He was involved in a 147-run partnership with Manish Pandey for the third wicket which propelled Karnataka to a total of 330. In the end, Karnataka managed to win the opener with a big margin of 134 runs.

3. Ashish Reddy’s unbeaten 119: Ashish Reddy fought like a lone warrior and remained unbeaten on 119 as Hyderabad lost to Kerala at Secunderabad. Hyderabad had to chase 322, and were in danger of folding up for a paltry total before Reddy stood tall, and kept inching towards the total despite wickets tumbling at the other end. Hyderabad could not win the match, but Reddy’s performance was inspiring. His knock featured eight sixes and nine boundaries.

4. Abhimayu Mithun’s final over against Bengal: Mithun bowled a fine last over against Bengal in the all-important semi-final to give Karnataka a berth in the final. Bengal required nine runs off the final over with two wickets in hand. Mithun picked up both the wickets without conceding a run, and handed an unlikely victory to Karnataka. He first dismissed Ashok Dinda off the second ball of the over, and then came up with a brilliant Yorker to clean up Saurashish Lahiri who had looked threatening.

5. Arjit Gupta’s 65-ball 107: Arjit Gupta played a swashbuckling innings of 107 runs off just 65 balls against Madhya Pradesh which enabled Rajasthan their only win in the tournament. Gupta who came out to bat at No.6 hit seven sixes and eight boundaries during his stay on the wicket. He was also involved in a 185-run partnership with Ashok Menaria which fuelled Rajasthan to reach a total of 316.

 (Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)