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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Karnataka win against Gujarat

Alur (Karnataka): Karnataka defeated Gujarat by 15 runs under the VJD method in their Group B Vijay Hazare cricket match here yesterday.

Sent into bat by Gujarat skipper Axar Patel, Karnataka were restricted to 233 for eight in the allotted 50 overs at the KSCA Cricket Ground.

In reply, Gujarat, chasing a revised target of 205 in 44 overs, could manage only 189 for eight.

Karnataka's innings was built around Manish Pandey's knock of 94, which came off 123 balls. During his stay at the crease, Pandey put on 72 runs for the third wicket with opener Mayank Agarwal, who was the second best scorer for the home team with 58 off 77 balls.

Pandey hit six boundaries and a six, while Agarwal found the fence three times. There were two wickets apiece for Jasprit Bumrah, Mehul Patel and Axar Patel.

When their turn to bat came, Gujarat were off to a sedate start with openers Smit Patel (25) and Priyank Kirit Panchal (52) putting on 55 runs. Chirag Gandhi (43) was the other substantial contributor and Axar Patel chipped in with 27, but the rest failed to deliver the goods for the visiting team. Skipper R Vinay Kumar, J Suchith and Shreyas Gopal picked up two wickets each for Karnataka.

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