Madhya Pradesh will now take on 41-time champions Mumbai at the Chinnaswamy Stadium from June 22 to 26.
After picking up a six-wicket haul against Punjab in the quarter-finals last week, Karthikeya resurfaced in the second innings of a Ranji Trophy knockout match this season, choosing 5/67 in 32 overs to hand Bengal 175 runs in 65.2 overs. But wrapped up. ,
The start of Saturday’s proceedings was delayed till 10:45 pm due to overnight rain. Madhya Pradesh found an immediate breakthrough off the second ball of the day, with Gaurav Yadav dismissing Anustup Majumdar on a huge drive to dismiss keeper Himanshu Mantri.
But Bengal tried to delay the inevitable through the last recognized batting pair of captain Abhimanyu Easwaran, who scored 78 and Shahbaz Ahmed, who scored an unbeaten 22, showed resistance. Both shared a 38-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
But after lunch, Easwaran’s stiff resistance came to an end when Karthikeya kept his stumps low, with the off-stump uprooted. After their fall, Karthikeya and Gaurav Yadav wriggled the tail, leaving 135/6 all out for 175.
Meanwhile, in the second semi-final, Mumbai batted until declared at 533/4 in 156 overs, with Sarfaraz Khan and Shams Mulani scoring unbeaten scores of 59 and 51 respectively. Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh players shook hands as Mulani scored a half-century and the semi-finals ended in a draw.
This meant that Mumbai sealed their qualification in the final by virtue of a first innings lead taken in a draw after bowling out Uttar Pradesh for 180.
Now the stage is set for a grand final between Madhya Pradesh coached by Chandrakant Pandit in Bengaluru and Mumbai coached by Amol Majumdar. Mumbai have won the Ranji Trophy eight times since Madhya Pradesh last played in the final of the tournament.
Now, these two teams, who have been consistent throughout the tournament, will face off against each other for the coveted silverware.
Brief Scores: Madhya Pradesh 341 and 281 beat Bengal 273 and 175 by 65.2 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 78, Kumar Karthikeya Singh 5/67) by 174 runs.
Mumbai 393 and 533/4 December (Yashasvi Jaiswal 181, Armaan Jaffer 127) drew Uttar Pradesh with a 180, lead of 746 runs (Mumbai qualified on a first innings lead)
Disclaimer: This story is auto-aggregated by a computer program and is not created or edited by FreshersLIVE.Publisher : IANS-media