[caption id="attachment_668128" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-668128" alt="Karnataka become the 1st team to qualify for the semi-finals in the current edition PTI" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/R-Vinay-Kumar1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Karnataka become the 1st team to qualify for the semi-finals in Ranji Trophy 2017-18 PTI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Karnataka " target="_blank">Karnataka</a> took only 4 days to enter the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 semi-final; trouncing tournament's most-successful side <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Mumbai " target="_blank">Mumbai.</a> Suryakumar Yuadav, Akash Parkar and Shivam Dubey showed resistance but the writing was on the wall after conceding a 397-run lead. Krishnappa Gowtham toppled Mumbai with his spin, claiming a 6-for to <em>have-a-ball</em> in the current edition. Karnataka will await the winner of Kerala and Vidarbha in the last 4. <p></p> <p></p><strong>How the day panned out</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Reeling at 112 for 3, Mumbai were aware of their dire straits. However, vice-captain Suryakumar was in for a fight. He added another 100 runs with Parkar to test Karnataka's patience. Gowtham, however, got the first breakthrough of of the day, finding an edge off Parkar (65). From thereon, it was a contest between Suryakumar and Karnataka. The right-hander struck another fifty-run stand with Mumbai's crisis-man, Siddhesh Lad. Nonetheless, they needed much more to avoid the inevitable. <p></p> <p></p>Gowtham and Vinay Kumar kept striking at regular intervals. Mumbai were reduced to 315 for 8. Nonetheless, known to be a stubborn batting side, they stretched the innings to 377. At one stage, it looked like Karnataka would have to bat in order to complete formalities. Debutant Dubey, following a 5-for, registered a 91-ball 71. His all-round efforts would be considered when Mumbai start afresh in the next edition. In the end, they gave up losing the tie by an innings and 20 runs. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Mumbai lost inside 3 overs</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Electing to bowl, skipper Vinay ensured Karnataka were a step ahead since ball one. Their ploy was simple; not to give any room to a experienced team to claw their way back. Vinay's hat-trick (his second in Ranji Trophy fourth bowler to do so) put the foot on the paddle, and Mumbai folded for 173 in the opening day. <p></p> <p></p>In reply, Karnataka's batting-heavy lineup stood tall with four half-centuries, 2 40s and an unbeaten 150 from Shreyas Gopal. A lead, close to 400 runs, cut short Mumbai's below-par season. <p></p> <p></p>Karnataka storm into the semi-finals and will gear up for the third title since 2013-14. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Brief scores</strong> <p></p> <p></p><strong>Mumbai</strong> 173 &amp; 377 all-out (Suryakumar Yadav 108, Akash Parkar 65, Siddesh Lad 31, Shivam Dube 71; Krishnappa Gowtham 6 for 104, Vinay Kumar 2 for 44) lost to <strong>Karnataka </strong>570 all-out (Mayank Agarwal 78, Kaunain Abbas 50, CM Gautam 79, Shreyas Gopal 150*; Shivam Dubey 5 for 98) by an innings and 20 runs.