Ranji Trophy Quarterfinal, Karnataka vs Rajasthan Day 4: Manish Pandey, Karun Nair steer Karnataka to six wicket win
Ranji Trophy, Karnataka vs Rajasthan: Entering Day 4 of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka needed 139 runs to win. The hosts lost a wicket early on and it brought out Manish Pandey into the middle. The skipper took a little while to get settled in and when he did, he played a superb knock to power Karnataka home – hitting 14 runs in five balls to chase down the 184 run target. Karun Nair dutifully held fort at the other to remain unbeaten on 61 runs. Their 128 run win moved Karnataka into the semifinals where they face the winner of UP vs Saurashtra.
While Pandey would get the limelight at the end, it is Vinay Kumar’s 83 run knock that wins the Man of the Match for the difference between these two teams. His knock not just helped Karnataka avoid a 50+ first innings deficit, but also gave instilled confidence in his team – which helped them chase down the total.