Karnataka record a four-wicket win
Karnataka recovered from their opening game reversal to record a four-wicket victory over Gujarat in their second Group A league match of the all-India Twenty20 Tournament at the Wankhede Stadium.
Chasing Gujaratís total of 151 for nine, Karnataka were struggling at 38 for four at one stage but fought back to overhaul the challenging score with just three balls to spare.
The winning runs were scored by middle-order batsman Deepak Chougule (41 not out) who struck a boundary off left-arm seamer Ashraf Makda through the point region.
With things looking extremely difficult after the top order was rocked, it was the fluent 51-run stand for the fifth wicket between Chougule and B Akhil (35) that brought Karnataka back into contention.
Vinay Kumar came up with a quickfire 24 that helped Karnataka keep pace with the required run-rate.
Earlier, Gujarat, put in to bat, made a sound start before losing their way in the last five overs when they lost seven wickets for just 28 runs.
Opener Azhar Bilakhia played a lone hand, making 62 off 47 balls but none of the others apart from wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel (26) offered any support.
Karnakata, virtue of this win got their campaign back on track while for Gujarat it was their second defeat in three matches.