Kolkata : Karnataka rode on R Vinay Kumar’s unbeaten knock under pressure to secure a thrilling one-run win over Hyderabad and seal a quarterfinal berth in the Vijay Hazare Trophy ODI one-day cricket tournament.
Old warhorse Vinay Kumar used all his experience and remained unbeaten on 35 to guide Karnataka to victory after they were tottering for 81 for nine while chasing a paltry 109 run target at the Eden Gardens.
On a day when their premier batsmen showed lack of patience and got out playing rash shots, number nine, Vinay Kumar, playing his first match of the meet after recovering from an injury, held on to his nerve and played a patient 56-ball knock to take Karnataka to last eight round with five wins from as many matches.
Karnataka were 28 shy of the target when Vinay Kumar was joined by number 11 batsman Prasidh Krishna.
Earlier, off-spinner K Gowtham grabbed a career-best 5 for 28 to bundle out for 108 in 44 overs.
In reply, Karnataka were nine for two by the fifth over with Chama Milind striking in his first over with the left-arm seamer claiming two wickets in two balls castling Gowtham (16) and Manish Pandey (0) to reduce them to 39 for four.
When the need of the hour was to stay at the crease, Karnataka batsmen were in a hurry to score runs as Siraj also took wickets in successive deliveries in the 11th over. Having stayed there patiently, opener Mayank Agarwal was bowled by Hasan in the 16th over while Stuart Binny also departed at the same score when Vinay Kumar arrived at the crease with Karnataka reeling at 65 for eight in 16.2 overs.
Meanwhile, in an inconsequential Group D match, Parvez Rasool claimed a hat-trick after scoring a 48-ball 53 to hand Jammu and Kashmir a 23-run win over Saurashtra at the Bengal Cricket Academy in Kalyani.
At Jadavpur University second campus, Salt Lake: Chhattisgarh 246/7 in 50 overs (Ashutosh Singh 84, Mohammed Kaif 65, Manoj Singh 49; Diwesh Pathania 2/45, Vipin Singh 2/54) beat Services 232 in 49.3 overs (Soumya Swain 92, Suraj Yadav 78; Shubham Agarwal 3/26, Pankaj Rao 3/36) by 14 runs.