Delhi shattered as Karnataka pip them to the knockouts

New Delhi: In a heartbreak for Delhi, Karnataka leapfrogged them to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy. When the final day’s play began, Delhi needed to take 10 Vidarbha wickets in Nagpur to qualify, failing which they needed Maharashtra to avoid an outright loss against Karnataka in Pune.

Delhi managed to take just seven. And as luck would have it, Karnataka produced a sensational win to qualify. The six points they got through the win catapulted them to 21 and third spot in Group B, a point ahead of both Delhi and Vidarbha. Vidarbha middle-order batsman Shalabh Srivastava remained unbeaten on 80 after batting for more than five hours.

Srivastava was involved in two important partnerships that sealed Delhi's fate. In Pune, Ankit Bawne’s unbeaten 155 went in vain as Karnataka won by eight wickets. After conceding a 473-run first innings lead, Maharashtra fought back in their follow on with Bawne leading the charge.

The match look like heading for a draw, a result which would have knocked Karnataka out. But when Maharashtra’s essay ended at 561, Karnataka were set a target of 89 from 13 overs and they chased it with eight balls to spare.

Brief Scores: Delhi 523/9 dec Vidarbha 257 & 216/7 (S Srivastava 80*)

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