Karnataka secures third Vijay Hazare Trophy, beating Saurashtra by 41 runs

Saurashtra's wait for a first trophy since 2008 continues.

Dharmendrasinh Jadeja of Saurashtra.   -  R. V. Moorthy

Karnataka 253/10 (Mayank Agarwal 90, P. Deshpande 49, R. Samarth 48; K. Makwana 4 for 34) beats Saurashtra 212/10 (Cheteshwar Pujara 94; K. Gowtham 3 for 27, P. Krishna 3 for 37) by 41 runs.


4.32 p.m. ALL OVER! Karnataka is the winner of the 2018 Vijay Hazare Trophy, courtesy a 41-run win in the final over Saurashtra. P. Krishna bowls Shaurya Sanandia to help his team win the match. Karnataka has won this trophy for the third time, having won in 2014 and 2015. Saurashtra's wait for a first trophy since 2008 continues.

4.30 p.m. Saurashtra needs 44 runs from the last four overs. Shaurya Sanandia, with a six in the previous over bowled by Sreenath Aravind, showed that he can bat, but Saurashtra needs runs from both ends.

4.22 p.m. Match over? Cheteshwar Pujara has been run out after backing up too much for a tight single. The fielder at mid-off hits the stumps direct and a scampering Pujara, who was sent back by the striker, is short of his crease, dismissed for a 127-ball 94. Saurashtra 9 for 200 with five overs remaining. Last man Shaurya Sanandia has walked in.

4.18 p.m. The 44th over produces 10 runs for Saurashtra, with Pujara finally finding some rhythm to his innings. Still a mountain to climb though, Saurashtra needing 62 runs off 36 balls, Pujara batting on 92 and having Makvana for company. This match has come alive!

4.13 p.m. A 15-run over followed by another 15-run over for Saurashtra. Cheteshwar Pujara has upped the ante and Saurashtra now needs 72 runs off 42 balls, with two wickets in hand. Pujara has moved to 88 runs off 122 balls, his last 28 runs coming in just 13 balls.

4.09 p.m. 15 runs come off the 42nd over, three fours, all behind square on the off-side, helping Saurashtra's cause. It now needs 87 runs off eight overs. Only two wickets in hand.

4.05 p.m. Only three runs came off the 41st over, Saurashtra 8 for 152, needing a further 102 runs from 54 balls.

4.02 p.m. Into the last ten overs now, with Saurashtra, 8 for 149, needing 105 more runs to win the 2018 Vijay Hazare Trophy. Cheteshwar Pujara still out in the middle, batting on 60 runs off 109 balls.

3.50 p.m. OUT, trapped in front! K. Gowtham (3 for 27 in 10 overs) finishes his spell by taking the wicket of Unadkat, who went for a sweep, missed a straight ball and was caught right in front of the stumps. Out for a third-ball duck, Saurashtra 8 for 135 after 37 overs, needs 119 more runs to win. Kamlesh Makvana the new batsman in. Cheteshwar Pujara has also reached a half-century, his 25th in List-A cricket.

3.47 p.m. OUT, run out! A mix-up between Cheteshwar Pujara and Chirag Gani, who was sent back halfway into completing the second run. A decent pick-up and throw from the fielder at cover does the job for Karnataka, which can smell the trophy now. Jani gone for 22 off 25 balls (1x4, 1x6), Saurashtra now 7 for 134. Jaudev Unadkat is the new batsman in.

3.44 p.m. A good over, the 35th of the innings, for Saurashtra, which scored 11 runs courtesy a six and a four off the bat of Chirag Jani. The most expensive over K. Gowtham has delivered today. Saurashtra, 6 for 129, now needs 125 runs off 88 balls.

3.35 p.m. Cheteshwar Pujara's struggle to rotate strike and find the boundary continues. He is now batting on 44 runs off 90 balls. 142 more runs needed to win off 102 balls.

3.29 p.m. Leg-break bowler Shreyas Gopal is introduced into the attack, with two right-handers in the middle. Can't get tougher for Saurashtra batsmen, with 146 more runs needed.

3.22 p.m. GONE, for a duck! Off-spinner K. Gowtham strikes for the second time in the over, this time Vasavada edges behind to first slip. Out for nought, Saurashtra in an unenviable position, 6 for 101. Chirag Jani is the new batsman in.

3.21 p.m. Another one bites the dust! Prerak Mankad, trying to play a lofted inside-out shot, is caught at cover off the bowling of K. Gowtham for a second-ball duck. Saurashtra now 5 for 101 in the 29th over, needing 153 more runs to win. Arpit Vasavada has walked in to join Cheteshwar Pujara, who is batting on 39 off 76 balls.

3.16 p.m. SIX and OUT! Ravindra Jadeja connects well with his first attempted big hit over mid-wicket and collects six runs; off the next delivery, he tries to loft Deshpande over long-off, miscues his drive and is caught at mid-off. Out for 15 runs off 38 balls, Saurashtra reduced to 4 for 101 after 28 overs. Prerak Mankad the new batsman in.

3.08 p.m. At the halfway stage in its innings, Saurashtra is 3 for 91, needing a further 163 runs. P. Deshpande, right-arm off-spinner, has been introduced into the attack, with Pujara and Jadeja yet to cut loose.

2.58 p.m. HUGE CALL! Ravindra Jadeja survives a caught-behind shout from K. L. Rahul (the wicketkeeper) and the Karnataka players. On viewing the replays, the third umpire agrees with the on-field umpire's not out decision, deeming the ball had bounced on the way to the wicketkeeper. Saurashtra 3 for 87 in the 23rd over.

2.48 p.m. Saurashtra 3 for 82 after 20 overs. Cheteshwar Pujara is batting on 33 off 55 balls and Ravindra Jadeja, who has been watchful, has made 3 runs off 11 balls. Saurashtra needs 172 more runs from 180 balls.

2.39 p.m. OUT! A. Barot has holed out at long-on (Shreyas Gopal) off Stuart Binny, out for 30 (43 balls, 4x4). Saurashtra 3 for 77 in the 18th over, Karnataka has broken through at the right time. Ravindra Jadeja the new batsman in.

2.30 p.m. A. Barot and Cheteshwar Pujara's partnership has gone past 50 (54 runs off 84 balls) and is starting to take charge of proceedings. Stuart Binny has conceded 17 runs off his first two overs, all three of Pujara's boundaries coming against this medium-pace bowler. Saurashtra 2 for 69 after 16 overs, A. Barot 30 off 40 balls, Pujara 23 off 45 balls. Saurashtra needs 185 more runs to win, from 204 balls.

2.17 p.m. Cheteshwar Pujara hits his first four after 34 balls at the crease, and then follows it up with another four, a straight drive that beats mid-on. He has now moved on to 15 off 37 balls. Saurashtra 2 for 56 in the 14th over. 

2.11 p.m. Saurashtra 2 for 46 after 12 overs, a run rate of 3.83. A. Barot is batting on 25 off 32 balls, with Pujara on 6 off 29.

2.02 p.m. Saurashtra 2 for 41 after at the end of the first powerplay. A crucial phase coming up and Pujara, who is currently batting on 5 off 28 balls, needs to make a move. He is neither helping himself nor his batting partner A. Barot (24 runs off 27 balls) with his overly cautious approach.

1.52 p.m. A. Barot is off to a start for Saurashtra, while Cheteshwar Pujara bats rather cautiously. Saurashtra 2 for 34 after eight overs, needs 220 more runs to win.

1.40 p.m. Saurashtra 2 for 24 after five overs. Cheteshwar Pujara and A. Barot playing cautiously. 230 more runs needed from 45 overs.

1.31 p.m. Saurashtra has made a very similar start to that of Karnataka, losing two wickets inside three overs. It now is 2 for 17 after three overs.

1.27 p.m. OUT, bowled! P. Krishna has his second wicket, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja dragging a seemingly harmless length ball onto his stumps. Saurashtra 2 for 15 in the third over.  Cheteshwar Pujara is the new batsman in.

1.18 p.m. OUT! S. Vyas is caught behind for 10 (6 balls, 2x4) off P. Krishna's bowling. Saurashtra 1 for 11 after one over. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja the new batsman in.

1.13 p.m. The players are back out. A. Barot and S. Vyas opening the batting for Saurashtra, which needs 254 runs to win the 2018 Vijay Hazare Trophy. P. Krishna will open the bowling for Karnataka.

While we are breaking for lunch, you can read Sportstar's exclusive interview of Mayank Agarwal, who is the highest run-scorer in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, with 723 runs in eight innings.

254 is the target for Saurashtra to win its second Vijay Hazare Trophy and its first since 2008.

12.29 p.m. ALL OUT, Kamlesh Makvana has a four-for (4 for 34, his best bowling figures in List A cricket)! Karnataka (Mayank Agarwal 90, P. Deshpande 49, R. Samarth 48) has been bowled out for 253 in 45.5 overs. Saurashtra bowling: Kamlesh Makvana 4 for 34, Prerak Mankad 2 for 54, Shaurya Sanandia 1 for 29, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 1 for 54

12.27 p.m. OUT, trapped in front of the stumps! Kamlesh Makvana has his third wicket, Sreenath Aravind (13 off 10 balls, 1x4) wrapped on the pads trying to play the sweep. Karnataka 9 for 253.

12.25 p.m.  Karnataka 8 for 251 after 45 overs. Sreenath Aravind and T. Pradeep in the middle, as Saurashtra looks to bowl out the opposition.

12.20 p.m. A wicket-maiden, the 44th over of the innings, from Kamlesh Makvana! Karnataka faces a fight to bat out the 50 overs. Saurashtra is in a good position here!

12.17 p.m. OUT, caught and bowled for 49! P. Deshpande is caught and bowled by Makvana for a 60-ball 49, one run short of what will have been his sixth List A half-century and the fourth of this tournament. Karnataka now 8 for 244 with 38 balls remaining in the innings. T. Pradeep the new batsman in.

12.16 p.m. Karnataka 7 for 244 after 43 overs; P. Deshpande 49 not out, Sreenath Aravind 5 not out.

12.04 p.m. OUT, SEVEN DOWN! K. Gowtham the batsman dismissed, caught at long-off for 9, off the bowling of Makvana. A setback for Karnataka, now 7 for 223, going into the last 10 overs.

11.47 a.m. OUT, run out! Shreyas Gopal, who was batting well, has been run out for 31 (28 balls, 6x4) by Arpit Vasavada. This leg-break bowler backed too much for a single, was sent back by P. Deshpande and was caught short of his crease. A vital breakthrough for Saurashtra! K. Gowtham the new batsman in. Karnataka 6 for 209 in the 37th over.

11.36 a.m. 200 on the board! Karnataka 5 for 200 in the 35th over. A partnership developing between P. Deshpande and Shreyas Gopal, who are in their twenties. Jaydev Unadkat has been brought back into the attack.

11.31 a.m. Robin Uthappa, who moved to Saurashtra from Karnataka at the start of this domestic season, is chatting with his former team-mates in the balcony. Nice to see! (He isn't playing today.)

11.27 a.m. Another eventful, opportunity-filled over from Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, who should have had his second wicket in the form of Shreyas Gopal. Cheteshwar Pujara, fielding at first slip, was slow to get his hands in the right position to catch the ball flying to his left off the outside edge. Karnataka 5 for 183 in the 32nd over.

11.21 a.m. This match is right in the balance! Karnataka, 5 for 173 at the end of 30 overs, will want to add another 100 runs at least. Saurashtra, on the other hand, has a good chance to bowl Karnataka out for about 250, which is the score it ideally will want to chase.

11.14 a.m. OUT, caught behind! Stuart Binny is caught behind off the bowling of Prerak Mankad for 5. He had just hit a boundary but Mankad's slow off-cutter once again did the trick, this time catching the outside edge of Binny's bat. Barot had to lean forward to catch the ball that was dying on him. Karnataka 5 for 167 after 28 overs.

11.11 a.m. R. Samarth shaking his head sitting in the dressing room, still shocked from how much the ball turned, sharply too, to get him bowled. Saurashtra, which was looking out of sorts with Mayank Agarwal and Samarth in the middle, suddenly has the upper hand in this final. Karnataka's middle order needs to stand up.

11.04 a.m. Double whammy for Karnataka! The other set batsman, R. Samarth (48 off 65 balls, 1x4, 1x6), also out now. Prerak Mankad gets an off-cutter to turn viciously from the bowlers' footmarks outside the off-stump and disturb the furniture. Samarth cannot believe what happened as the pitch had been playing wonderfully from the batsman's perspective. Stuart Binny the new man in and Karnataka 4 for 147.

10.57 a.m. WICKET, the big one of Mayank Agarwal (90 off 79 balls, 11x4, 3x6)! The Karnataka right-hander went for a lofted drive off left-arm orthodox spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, trying to clear the fielder at long-off and add to his tally of three sixes. But Jaydev Unadkat, standing on the boundary line, nonchalantly takes the catch leaping a foot off the ground. Karnataka now 3 for 141 in 24.3 overs. P. Deshpande is the new batsman.

10.51 a.m. An expensive over, the 23rd of the innings, for Saurashtra, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja conceding 17 runs, all off the bat of Mayank Agarwal, who struck a couple of sixes and a four. A couple of close shouts as well, with a possible catch and a run out. Karnataka 2 for 130.

10.42 a.m. 100-run partnership between Mayank Agarwal (63 not out) and R. Samarth (38 not out). For Saurashtra, Chirag Jani and Prerak Mankad have been ineffective and unable to keep a lid on the scoring. Karnataka 2 for 107 in 20.3 overs.

10.39 a.m. Team 100! A drive down the ground to long-off from R. Samarth  brings Karnataka its 100 in the 20th over. Samarth has grown in stature as his innings has progressed and Karnataka now has the platform for a score over 250. Karnataka 2 for 103 in 19.4 overs.

10.28 a.m. A burgeoning third-wicket partnership that is now worth 79, between Mayank Agarwal (57 not out) and R. Samarth 23 not out). Karnataka now 2 for 84 after 17 overs.

10.22 a.m. Fifty for Mayank Agarwal! His third of the tournament, having also struck two centuries. So far this tournament, every time Agarwal has scored a 50 or more, Karnataka has won!

10.04 a.m. Fifty partnership between Agarwal (42 not out) and Samarth ((16 not out), who have rebuilt the Karnataka innings, which was in disarray after the two senior pros, Karun Nair and K. L. Rahul, were dismissed with just five runs on the board. Karnataka now 2 for 60 after 13 overs.

10.00 a.m Mayank Agarwal brings up Karnataka's 50 with a clean lofted drive off Prerak Mankad, for a six. Karnataka now 2 for 54 after 12 overs. Agarwal 40 not out, Samarth 14 not out.

9.52 a.m. At the end of the first powerplay, Karnataka is 2 for 41. Mayank Agarwal 28 not out, R. Samarth 13 not out. Saurashtra will be the happier team, though it won't breathe easy until it dismisses Agarwal, who is batting beautifully.

9.45 a.m. Mayank Agarwal has moved on to 27, sharing what's now an unbeaten 34-run, third-wicket partnership with R. Samarth. Karnataka after nine overs is 2 for 39.

9.27 a.m. Mayank Agarwal has carried his sensational form in the tournament into the final and from Karnataka's perspective, he needs another big score with Nair and Rahul, two senior batsmen, being dismissed with no score to their names. Karnataka 2 for 15 after five overs.

9.16 a.m. OUT, run out! K. L. Rahul run out at the non-striker's end courtesy some lazy running between the wickets by the India Test opener. S. Vyas with a direct hit catches Rahul well short of his crease.

9.08 a.m. OUT! Shaurya Sanandia cleans up Karnataka captain Karun Nair for a fourth-ball duck. This was precisely the kind of beginning Pujara would have hoped for after choosing to bowl first. Nair has generally had problems against the ball coming into him. Here, though, Nair missed a straight delivery that pitched on off-stump and hit the top of off, beating the inside-edge of his bat. A wicket-maiden from Sanandia, Saurashtra 1 for 4 after two overs.

An action packed opening to the final. Mayank Agarwal, the most in-form batsman in the Indian domestic circuit, cracked the first ball of the match for a four through the cover region, but Jaydev Unadkat got his line a lot straighter afterwards to cap off the over.

Toss news:

Cheteshwar Pujara, the Saurashtra captain, won the toss and chose to field first. Jaydev Unadkat, who was on national duty, is back in the playing XI for Saurashtra, while Karnataka has K. L. Rahul and Sreenath Aravind returning to its XI. Robin Uthappa is not in the playing XI once again, for Saurashtra.

Karnataka playing XI: Karun Nair (c), Mayank Agarwal, M. Prasidh, K. L. Rahul (wk), R. Samarth, Stuart Binny, K. Gowtham, Sreenath Aravind, P. Deshpande, T. Pradeep, S. Gopal

Saurashtra playing XI: Cheteshwar Pujara (c), Arpit Vasavada, A. Barot (wk), Darmendrasinh Jadeja, Ravindra Jadeja, Chirag Jani, S. Vyas, Prerak Mankad, Shaurya Sanandia, Jaydev Unadkat, K. R. Makwana

Good morning and welcome to Sportstar's live blog, covering the 2018 Vijay Hazare Trophy final between Karnataka and Saurashtra, being played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.