Karnataka set Punjab a mammoth 360 for victory on the back of a scintillating century by Mayank Agarwal in their stipulated 50 overs in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Ahmedabad.
Earlier, Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh won the toss and sent Karnataka into Bat , a decision he may have started to rue as early as the end of the 10th over. Karnataka openers Mayank Agarwal and Robin Uthappa took full toll of the inconsistent Punjab Bowling, putting them to the sword. Both Agarwal and Uthappa looked in sublime form on a pitch which was allowing them to hit through the line of the ball.
The Duo registered an opening stand of 162 before Uthappa was dismissed for 87 which came off 81 balls. This was Uthappa’s 30th list A half century. While Uthappa missed out on a century, Mayank Agarwal registered his third list A ton eventually finishing with a 125 of 100 balls.
Following the opening stand of 162, Agarwal and No. 3 batsman Karun Nair added 85 runs in equally quick time keeping the momentum going before Agarwal was dismissed trying to up the ante further during the batting-powerplay. The dismissal of Agarwal brought Manish Pandey to the crease who made a valuable contribution of a better than a run a ball 40. After a relatively subdued beginning, Nair cut loose in the last six overs of the innings pushing Karnataka’s score beyond 350, thus leaving Punjab a herculean task to win the trophy.
Karnataka 359 for 8 in 50 overs (Mayank Agarwal 125, Robin Uthappa 87; Baltej Singh 3 for 59, Sandeep Sharma 3 for 68 ) vs Punjab.
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