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Karnataka, Kerala in Buchi final

Karnataka, Kerala in Buchi final

Chennai: Karnataka snatched a five-wicket win over Mumbai to enter the final of the Buchi Babu Trophy All-India cricket tournament here Friday.

Karnataka will meet Kerala, who beat Baroda by 57 runs, in the final.

Chasing Mumbai's total of 303, Karnataka achieved the target in the 68th over with opener Robin Uthappa (54), skipper Ganesh Satish (83) and CM Gautham (94 not out) doing the bulk of scoring.

Satish and Gautham were involved in a crucial 155-run partnership for the fourth wicket to help Karnataka win the game.

In the other semifinal, a century by Aditya Waghmode (139) and his third-wicket stand of 136 with Abhimanyu Chauhan (75) went in vain as Baroda fell short of Kerala's total of 401 by 57 runs.

For Kerala off-spinner S Anish took 6/97 while left-arm spinner KR Sreejith came away with 3/114.

The two-day final will commence Sunday at the Guru Nanak college grounds.

Brief scores: Mumbai 303 in 90 overs lost to Karnataka 306/5 in 67.5 overs (Robin Uthappa 54, Ganesh Satish 83, Manish Pandey 35, CM Gautham 94 not out; Onninder Singh Gill 2/74) by 5 wickets; Kerala 401/9 in 90 overs beat Baroda 344 in 79.3 overs (Dhiren Mistry 34, Aditya Waghmode 139, Abhimanyu Chauhan 75; S Anish 6/97, KR Sreejith 3/114) by 57 runs.


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