Defending champs Karnataka knocked out of Vijay Hazare Trophy despite win

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Bengaluru, Dec 18: Defending champions Karnataka today crashed out of the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day cricket tournament despite registering a massive 207-run win over Jammu and Kashmir in their final Group B match here today.

Riding on Chidhambaram Gautam's unbeaten 109 off 102 balls, Karnataka piled on an imposing 349 for 5 after being put into bat and then bowled out J&K for 142 in just 27.3 overs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Vizay Hazare Trophy: K'taka knocked out

Karnataka ended third in their group with 16 points from six matches (winning four and losing two matches), behind Jharkhand and Gujarat -- both on 20 points. Only two top teams qualify for the knock-out round.

J&K ended at the bottom of the seven-team group after losing all their six matches.

Gautam, who hit 10 fours and two sixes in his unbeaten knock, added 145 for the fifth wicket with Manish Pandey (79 off 70 balls), and 91, off only 37 balls, with captain Vinay Kumar, who smashed an unbeaten 51 off 20 with three fours and five sixes.

Chasing 350, J&K made a poor start, losing both their openers Asif Rasool (13) and Shubham Khajuria (1) within the first four overs. Bandeep Singh (42) and Ian Dev Singh (35) kept in the hunt for a while with the third-wicket stand of 78 at 8.06 runs per over.

But, J&K collapsed after Sreenath Aravind dismissed both of them in the same over. J&K lost their last eight wickets for 50 runs, their innings ending at the 28th over.

All the Karnataka bowlers got at least a wicket.

Jagadeesha Suchith grabbed three wickets while Vinay Kumar, Aravind, Shreyas Gopal took two apiece. Abhimanyu Mithun got one wicket.

PTI 

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