On the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, the match between Karnataka and Kerala resulted in a tie. This result allowed Karnataka to earn three points.
The away team increased its lead to 143 runs by contributing an additional 75 runs to its overnight score of 410 for 6.
A magnificent double century scored by India Test reject Mayank Agarwal helped build Karnataka’s total of 485 for 9 before it was declared (208, 360 balls, 17 fours, five sixes).
The game finished in a tie thanks to the efforts of the batters from Kerala, who scored 96 for 4 in 51 overs to prevent Karnataka from gaining any advantage. Karnataka earned three points in this match.
Earlier in the day, Karnataka batters B R Sharath (53, 101 balls, 5 fours) and Shubhang Hegde (50 not out, 138 balls, 2 fours) helped themselves to half-centuries while the team was attempting to expand their lead.
Hegde, who batted with restraint, and V Vyshak, who scored 17, combined to score 53 runs for the ninth wicket before the latter was dismissed by Sijomon Joseph, who had a bowling average of 1 for 90.
Off-spinner Vaishakh Chandran was the most effective bowler for the home team, finishing with three wickets against 117 runs scored against him. M. D. Nidheesh and Jalaj Saxena both took two wickets.
While this was going on in Jodhpur, Rajasthan crushed Chhattisgarh by 167 runs, and in New Delhi, Goa achieved a remarkable innings win over Services. In Jodhpur, Rajasthan won easily.
Even though Services opener Ravi Chauhan scored a brave century after the team had been reduced to 139 for 2 at the end of the previous day, it was not enough to prevent the team from losing by an innings when they were dismissed for 304.
Jharkhand cruised to an easy victory over the home team in Puducherry, winning by ten wickets and achieving the victory target of 70 runs in 27 overs.
The first win of the season for Delhi is powered by Vaibhav and Divij.
In a Ranji Trophy Group B encounter that took place in New Delhi, Vaibhav Rawal struck a magnificent century, and then bowler Divij Mehra took five wickets to devastate Mumbai. The result was a stunning eight-wicket victory for Delhi.
It was Delhi’s first outright victory over Mumbai since the final of the Ranji Trophy in 1979–1980, when Bishan Singh Bedi’s side defeated Sunil Gavaskar’s squad by 240 runs. This victory was Delhi’s first over Mumbai since then.
As a result of Vaibhav Rawal’s 114 and the captain Himmat Singh’s 85 runs scored in the first innings, Delhi gained a lead of 76 runs over Mumbai and bowled them out for 293 in the first innings.
The twenty-year-old Mehra, who was just playing in his second first-class game at the time, then gave a masterpiece in seam bowling at the Arun Jaitley Stadium as he ran through the highly regarded Mumbai top-order.
As he prepared the way for Delhi’s first victory of the season, he took the wickets of Prithvi Shaw, Musheer Khan, Armaan Jaffer, and Mohit Avasthi. Sarfaraz Khan, who scored a hundred in the first innings, was also one of his victims.
Tanush Kotian (50 not out) of Mumbai managed to earn his half-century before the spinner Hrithik Shokeen snared the last wicket with Mumbai managing to score 170 in their second attempt. The final day of the match began with Mumbai at 168/9 and ended with them having scored 170.
Delhi, who have had a difficult season thus far and are no longer in contention for the quarterfinals, appeared keen to secure the win when they needed fewer than 100 runs to do so.
In his four-ball innings, the opener, Anuj Rawat, scored 14 runs by smashing two boundaries and a six. After that, Vaibahv Sharma (36) and Hrithik Shokeen (36 not out) put up a 69-run partnership, scoring those runs by hitting a combined total of nine fours and two sixes.
Nitish Rana, a former skipper and an IPL specialist who was added to the squad on the eve of the match, walked to the middle after Sharma was dismissed in the 16th over. Rana, who had just recently been added to the squad, promptly hit the very first delivery he faced for a six, thereby ensuring that Delhi would win the match.
The defeat has hurt Mumbai’s prospects of earning a ticket in the quarterfinals, which are led by Ajinkya Rahane.