Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Gowtham's 14-wicket haul powers Karnataka to thrilling win

Requiring 181 to post a win after conceding the first innings lead, home team Tamil Nadu was all out for 154 in the second innings.

K. Gowtham took eight wickets in the second innings as Tamil Nadu was bowled out for 154.   -  G. Karthikeyan

Off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham’s eight-wicket haul helped Karnataka beat Tamil Nadu by 26 runs in a thriller on the fourth and final day of a Ranji Trophy Group B match.

Requiring 181 to post a win after conceding the first innings lead, the home team was all out for 154 in the second innings.

Tamil Nadu lost its final wicket, on Thursday, when Gowtham trapped K Vignesh leg-before for four sparking jubilation in the Karnataka camp.

It was a brilliant performance by the off-spinning all-rounder after Test star Ravichandran Ashwin had brought Tamil Nadu back into contention by picking up four wickets to help the team bowl out Karnataka for 151 in the second innings.

Tamil Nadu suffered a setback after a bright start to the chase with openers Mukund (47) and Murali Vijay (15) putting on 49 runs in quick time with some positive batting as the side lost three wickets in the space of four runs.

The run-out of Vijay by substitute fielder R Samarth sparked the slide as his quick pick-up and throw caught the experienced right-hander short of his crease.

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The dismissals of Baba Aparajith (0) and Ashwin (2), both leg-before to Gowtham, hurt Tamil Nadu.

A lot depended on Mukund and first innings centurion Dinesh Karthik but the former went after an enterprising innings, caught by Karun Nair off Gowtham.

Karthik was done in by a superb delivery by Gowtham to be bowled for 17.

His exit and the fall of skipper Vijay Shankar (5), caught brilliantly by Ronit More, pushed Tamil Nadu into more trouble.

Though the lower-order showed fight, Gowtham kept striking at regular intervals.

Karnataka had beaten Tamil Nadu in the finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy (50 overs) and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20) coming into this encounter.

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Earlier, Ashwin and K Vignesh got among the wickets to restrict Karnataka to 151.

Resuming at 89 for five, the visitor lost 'keeper BR Sharath for the addition of only four runs.

At 119 for seven and in danger of being bowled out for a below-par score, Karnataka found a saviour in Gowtham who smote two big sixes in his 22 (33 balls) as those helped take the total past the 150-run mark.

Tamil Nadu next meets Himachal Pradesh at Tirunelveli from December 17 to 20.

Brief scores: Karnataka 336 all out and 151 all out in 65.4 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 39, B R Sharath 29; R Ashwin 4/46, K Vignesh 3/31) beat Tamil Nadu 307 all out in 109.3 overs (Dinesh Karthik 113, Abhinav Mukund 47, K Gowtham 6/110) and 154 all out in 63.3 overs (Abhinav Mukund 42, M Ashwin 23 not out; K Gowtham 8/60).

Karnataka: 6 points, TN: 0 points.

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