Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 Super League Group B

Delhi are out of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 final contention after losing to Karnataka in a one-sided Super League encounter in Indore on Sunday.

After being put in to bat, Delhi struggled their way to 109/9 with V Koushik (4/19) and KC Cariappa (3/15) running through their batting order at the Emerald High Ground. The innings never got going with regular strikes keeping them on the backfoot.

Koushik struck thrice in the Powerplay overs to leave Delhi reeling. He first got rid of debutant Manjot Kalra (13) in the fourth over before striking twice in as many deliveries to remove Unmukt Chand (12) and Himmat Singh (0).

Cariappa then struck in consecutive deliveries with the scalps of Dhruv Shorey (0) and Varun Sood (0) with half the Delhi side back in the dugout with the scorecard reading a sorry 26/5 in 6.2 overs.

Nitish Rana and Lalit Yadav attempted to resurrect the innings with a 54-run stand for the sixth wicket but the damage was extensive.

Cariappa broke the partnership when he had Rana caught for 37 in the 15th over. Lalit became Koushik’s fourth victim, getting out in the 20th over on 33.

Karnataka didn’t have the best of starts losing opener Rohan Kadam (0) in the second over with Navdeep Sainia (1/21) striking early.

Sharat BR hit 26 off 15 with two fours and a six but was run out in the sixth over with Karnataka 37/2 in 5.3 overs.

Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair then joined forces to take control and steadily guided their team to victory, stitching an unbroken partnership of 75 runs for the third wicket.

Agarwal scored an unbeaten 43 off 47 with four fours and a six while Nair was more aggressive of the two, hitting a 23-ball 42* that featured two fours and three sixes.

Karnataka finished on 112/2 in 15.3 overs to win by eight wickets.

It was Delhi’s third straight defeat of the stage and they are languishing at the bottom of Group B while Karnataka have consolidated their top spot with 12 points with a third successive victory.

Brief Scores: Karnataka 112/2 (Mayank Agarwal 43*, Karun Nair 42*; Navdeep Saini 1/21) beat Delhi 109/9 (Nitish Rana 37, Lalit Yadav 33; V Koushik 4/19, KC Cariappa 3/15)  by eight wickets