Mushtaq Ali: Impressive Punjab knocks out defending champion Karnataka
Punjab initially dismissed Karnataka for meagre 87 and then overhauled the target in 12.4 overs in what ended up being a lopsided contest at the Sardar Patel stadium.
Punjab knocked safeguarding champions Karnataka out of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Prize as their bowlers set up a comfortable nine-wicket win in the very first quarter-final, on Tuesday. Punjab first dismissed Karnataka for meagre 87 and after that revamped the target in 12.4 overs in what ended up being a lopsided contest at the Sardar Patel stadium.
Pavan Deshpande (0) was dismissed off his 2nd ball, as Mayank Markande took a diving catch.
Kaul dismissed both Padikkal and Deshpande in the 4th over.
It soon ended up being 26 for 4, as young left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh (2/16) dismissed B R Sharath (2 ), who was caught in the slip cordon.
All-rounder Shreyas Gopal (13 ), who has often pertained to Karnataka’s rescue too could not convert his start as he edged to wicket-keeper Prabhsimran Singh off pacer Ramandeep Singh (2/22) as Karnataka lost its half side for 51.
Ramandeep got his 2nd wicket when he sent back J Suchith (8) to leave Karnataka at 72 for 6.
Leggie Mayank Markande (1/12) then got into the act as he tidied up a well-set Anirudh Joshi (27 ). Punjab continued their dominance over their opposition and ran through their lower order.
Punjab lost opener Abhishek Sharma (4) early but Prabhsimran Singh (49 not out off 37 balls) and Mandeep Singh (35 not out) made sure that the chase was walk in the park with their 85-run unbeaten mean the second wicket.
Prabhsimran, who handled the listless Karnataka attack, fittingly completed the game with a six.
Karnataka 87 all out (Aniruddha Joshi 27, Shreyas Gopal 13; Siddharth Kaul 3/15, Arshdeep Singh 2/16) lost to Punjab 89/1 (Prabhsimran Singh 49 not out, Mandeep Singh 35 not out; A Mithun 1/11) by 9 wickets.