As it happened: Ranji Trophy semifinals, Day Five

Rajneesh Gurbani finishes with seven wickets as Vidarbha beat Karnataka by 5 runs to earn maiden spot in the final of the tournament.

Umesh Yadav

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Welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of Day Five from the Ranji Trophy semifinals.

Karnataka vs Vidarbha in Kolkata (Scorecard)

Target for Karnataka: 198

Vidarbha: 185 & 313

Karnataka: 301 & 192

Karnataka squad

Vinay Kumar R (captain), Karun Nair, Mithun A, Shreyas Gopal, Stuart Binny, Arvind Sreenath, C M Gautam (wk), Gowtham K, Mayank Agarwal, Nischal D, Samarth R

Vidarbha squad

F Y Fazal (captain), A A Wakhare, A A Sarvate, A V Wankhade, Ganesh Satish, S R Ramaswamy, Siddhesh Sunil Neral, Wasim Jaffer, Umesh Yadav, A V Wadkar (wk), R N Gurban

 

Vidarbha beat Karnataka by 5 runs

10:36 am: And that's it! Gurbani finishes with seven wickets. Aravind 2 (5) is out and Vidarbha earns a spot in the final of Ranji Trophy 2017/18 season. They will be facing Delhi.

10:27 am: Rajneesh Gurbani! He can do no wrong in this match. He gets the big wicket of Mithun 33 (26), who finds the fielder at deep; Karnataka 189/9; 9 more needed.

10:24 am: The Mithun-Gopal partnership is the talking point of the morning, 43 runs off 42 balls for the ninth wicket; Karnataka 184/8.

10:20 am: Yadav is unleashing his bouncers, and that's one for the over says the umpire. Mithun needs to be careful. FOUR! Mithun picks the length and gets another boundary; Karnataka 184/8.

10:15 am: Mithun has moved to 29 off 19; Karnataka 180/8 and is only 18 runs short of victory.

10:11 am: FOUR! Short and wide, Mithun slashes it through point. He is making a match out of it. Sarwate receives the treatment; Karnataka 174/8.

10:10 am: FOUR! What a beautiful glance, and well, that’s coming from No 10. Mithun wants to finish it off.

10:00 am: Yadav and Gurbani are running in hard now. A victory seems near, but Karnataka can still turn it around if the batters survive; Karnataka 165/8; still need 33 more. Shreyas Gopal 17* (43) has spent sometime in the middle now. He can bat and bail his team out.

9:52 am: Less than 50 runs needed now, with Karnataka 150/8. Umesh Yadav and R. N. Gurbani are bowling well and the runs have dried up somewhat.

9:45 am: WICKET! R. N. Gurbani gives Vidarbha the much-needed breakthrough, of Vinay Kumar (36), caught behind. Abhimanyu Mithun has joined Shreyas Gopal in the middle. Now the equation is 53 runs and two wickets! Who's your money on? And that brings up a five-wicket haul for Gurbani.

9:40 am: Umesh Yadav and R. N. Gurbani toiling hard for Vidarbha, which needs to guard against giving runs in a heap. Karnataka needs 61 more runs and even Abhimanyu Mithun and Sreenath Arvind are no mugs with the bat.

9:32 am: Vinay Kumar holding fort here, runs required is now less than 80 and Karnataka has three wickets remaining. Vidarbha's R. N. Gurbani has been kept at bay so far this morning.

9:20 am: Karnataka has added seven runs to its overnight score (111/7), with Vinay Kumar battling on on 21 and leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal giving him company. This could go either way!