Vijay Hazare Trophy: Karnataka cruises to seven-wicket win over J&K

Put in to bat, Jammu & Kashmir managed only 108 for nine in 28.4 overs. Karnataka rode on K. Gowtham's maiden half-century to overhaul the target in 17.4 overs and record its fourth successive victory.

Karnataka bowler Prasidh Krishna took 4-15 to restrict Jammu & Kashmir to 108.   -  M.A. Sriram

Young pacer Prasidh M. Krishna produced his best figures of four for 15 as Karnataka outclassed Jammu & Kashmir by seven wickets in a Group D match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the CAB Academy ground here on Friday.

Put in to bat, Jammu & Kashmir managed only 108 for nine in 28.4 overs. Karnataka rode on K. Gowtham's maiden half-century to overhaul the target in 17.4 overs and record its fourth successive victory.

Jammu and Kashmir batsmen faced difficulties in negotiating the tidy bowling of the Karnataka pacers, who consistently found good line and length and exploited the bounce to keep the opposition batsmen quiet.

Prasidh delivered the first blow, having Ahmed Omar Banday caught behind in his second over. Shubham Khajuria tried to release the pressure and was caught at mid-off off Stuart Binny's first over.

Jammu & Kashmir received a jolt when its skipper Parvez Rasool (12) retired hurt after getting hit on his right elbow off a rising Ronit More delivery.

Punit Bisht was run out off a direct throw from More and Ian Dev Singh Chauhan was caught behind off Binny in consecutive overs as J&K toiled at 63 for five.

Prasidh, who worked up pace in his economical first spell of five for one, returned to diffuse the threat of a hard-hitting Manzoor Dar. Prasidh's length and bounce forced Dar, who top-scored with 20 (3x4, 1x6), to lift it straight to More at long-on.

Prasidh stuck to his discipline to dismiss Ram Dayal and Umar Nazir in his seventh over and give his side an opportunity to improve its net run rate.

Karnataka shuffled its batting order ahead of its crucial match against Hyderabad on Saturday. It lost two wickets for just 21 but had enough resources to accomplish the task with ease.

Gowtham, who got an enviable Indian Premier League (IPL) auction purse of Rs 2 crore, was promoted to the third place and he grabbed the chance by scoring a 44-ball 53, dotted with eight fours and a clean six over the umpire's head.

Gowtham, who returned to the XI after a two-match break due to an injury, built an unbroken 58-run partnership with captain Manish Pandey (27 off 25, 5x4) to seal victory within half-an-hour of the post-lunch session.

The scores: Jammu & Kashmir 108 for nine in 28.4 overs (Prasidh Krishna four for 15) lost to Karnataka 110 or three in 17.4 overs (K. Gowtham 53 n.o., Manish Pandey 27 n.o., Mohammed Mudhasir three for 53), Toss: Karnataka, elected to field; Points: Jammu and Kashmir 0 (0), Karnataka 4 (16).

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