Karnataka become the 1st team to qualify for the semi-finals in the current edition    PTI
Karnataka become the 1st team to qualify for the semi-finals in Ranji Trophy 2017-18 PTI

Karnataka took only 4 days to enter the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 semi-final; trouncing tournament’s most-successful side Mumbai. 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 have-a-ball in the current edition. Karnataka will await the winner of Kerala and Vidarbha in the last 4.

How the day panned out

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.

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.

Mumbai lost inside 3 overs

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.

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.

Karnataka storm into the semi-finals and will gear up for the third title since 2013-14.

Brief scores

Mumbai 173 & 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 Karnataka 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.