Bengal defeated Karnataka by 174 runs in the semi-final on Tuesday to enter the finals of the Ranji Trophy for the first time in 13 years. <p></p> <p></p>Bengal had reached the finals during 2006/07, but they came up short against Mumbai. Now, Bengal would be looking to win the tournament for the first time since the 1989-90 season. <p></p> <p></p>With a target of 352, Karnataka batsmen failed to stay at the crease for a long time and were dismissed for just 177. Karnataka's entire innings folded up inside 56 overs on the fourth day of the semi-final. <p></p> <p></p>In the second innings, Mukesh Kumar starred with the ball for Bengal as he scalped six wickets. <p></p> <p></p>Karnataka's star batter KL Rahul managed to score just 26 runs in the match. <p></p> <p></p>Bengal was on the back foot in the first innings of the match as the side was reduced to 67/6 on the first day of the match. However, AP Majumdar played an unbeaten knock of 149 runs to take Bengal's score to 312 runs. <p></p> <p></p>Then Ishan Porel starred with the ball for Bengal as he scalped five wickets and allowed the side to take a lead of 190 runs. <p></p> <p></p>In the second innings, Bengal folded up for just 161 runs but managed to give a healthy target to Karnataka.