Padikkal, Rahul, Mithun Help Karnataka Trounce Haryana And Reach Finals

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Padikkal, Rahul, Mithun Help Karnataka Trounce Haryana And Reach Finals
Padikkal, Rahul, Mithun Help Karnataka Trounce Haryana And Reach Finals

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After winning the toss and opting to bowl, Karnataka faced the attack of the Haryana openers, who put up 64 runs within the power play. Chaitanya Bishnoi and Himanshu Rana scored half-centuries, with the help of Rahul Tewatia and Harshal Patel, as they moved to 192 for 3 in 19 overs. In the final over, however, Abhimanyu Mithun returned to take five wickets during his final over -in four consecutive balls, and the fifth off the final ball of the innings, ending with the first-ever five-wicket haul with every wicket coming in one over.

Karnataka Reach-In Finals

Chasing 195 to secure a spot in the final, Karnataka, led by Rahul, laid into the Haryana attack to launch an array of stokes. Rahul scored a fifty in 21 balls while Karnataka coasted to 82 runs in the power play with Rahul (66 off 31) and Padikkal (87 off 42) reaching half-centuries with a strike-rate of over 200. In the end, they were dismissed before Mayank Agarwal and Manish Pandey completed the formalities with five overs to spare. This led Karnataka into the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which will be played on Sunday (December 1) against the winner of the second semi-final which is being played simultaneously (Tamil Nadu vs. Rajasthan).

Brief Scores: Haryana 194-8 in 20 overs (Himanshu Rana 61, Chaitanya Bishnoi 55; Abhimanyu Mithun 5-39) lost to Karnataka 195-2 in 15 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 87, KL Rahul 66; Harshal Patel 1-29) by 8 wickets.

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