NEW DELHI: Young opener Devdutt Padikkal despatched a powerful message to the nationwide selectors earlier than England ODIs as he slammed his fourth consecutive List A ton as Karnataka beat Kerala by 80 runs in a quarter-final sport of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Monday.
Karnataka rode on skipper Ravikumar Samarth‘s knock of 192 off 158 balls and a stroke-filled 101 by 20-year-old left-handed Padikkal (off 119 balls) to submit an imposing 338/3 after which bundled out the opposition for 258.
Kerala’s choice to put Karnataka into bat on the Air Force floor backfired badly, as Samarth and Padikkal toyed with their assault with a large 249-run partnership for the primary wicket.
Samarth, a 28-year-old right-hander, hammered 22 boundaries and three sixes in his 158-ball knock.
He accomplished his century in 112 balls and was aggressive proper from the beginning, whereas Padikkal hammered 10 boundaries and two maximums.
It was a Samarth-Padikkal present as Karnataka have been going robust at 196/0 after 35 overs having laid the muse for a mammoth complete.
While Padikkal continued his fabulous present within the nationwide ODI match and within the course of scored his 4th consecutive List A century and have become the primary Indian to accomplish that, Samarth surpassed veteran Wasim Jaffer’s unbeaten 170 to register the very best rating in a Vijay Hazare knock-out match.
After Padikkal fell within the forty third over, Samarth upped the ante whereas Manish Pandey (34 not out) performed his function to perfection. Samarth fell within the forty ninth over however had ensured that his facet went previous the 315-run mark.
For Kerala, right-arm medium pacer Basil NP (3/57) was the decide of the bowlers, whereas others had an off-day. Former India speedster S Sreesanth conceded 73 runs in his 10 overs.
Chasing 339, Kerala was in a spot of trouble at 15/2 as pacer Ronit More (5/36) dismissed Robin Uthappa (2) and Rohan Kunnummal (2) early. M Prasidh Krisha (1/22) eliminated Vishnu Vinod (28) as Kerala slumped to 52/3.
Two-down Vathsal Govind (92; 6×4, 3×6) and skipper Sachin Baby (27) did the restore job with their 59-run fourth wicket stand, however offie Ok Gowtham (2/73) did the trick by sending again Baby as Kerala was reeling at 111/4.
Vathsal, who was then joined by Mohammed Azharuddeen (52; 5×4, 2×6), had totally different plans as they took on the opposition bowlers, and solid a 92-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Seasoned leggie Shreyas Gopal (2/64), nonetheless, introduced Karnataka again into the competition, by taking two fast wickets.
First, he dismissed Azharuddeen after which Akshay Chandran, whereas Govind grew to become More’s third sufferer, because the three dismissal paved the best way for Karnataka’s win.
Kerala was ultimately bowled out for 258.
Brief Scores: Karnataka 338/3 (Ravikumar Samarth 192, Devdutt Padikkal 101; Basil NP 3/57) beat Kerala 258 (Vathsal Govind 92; M Azharuddeen 52; Ronit More 5/36, Shreyas Gopal 2/64) by 80 runs.