Controversy takes centre stage as Karnataka edge past Hyderabad in thrilling contest

Leslie Hanson
January 12, 2018

Basil Thampi (2 for 35) sent back Hebbar off the final delivery of 10th over with Andhra needing 19 runs off 18 balls.

At Visakhapatnam: Karnataka 205 for five in 20 overs (Karun Nair 77, K. Gowtham 57) beat Hyderabad 203 for nine in 20 overs (Tanmay Agarwal 38, Akshath Reddy 70, B. Sandeep 34; Stuart Binny three for 29) by two runs.

Hyderabad captain Rayudu took up the issue with the umpires at the end of the game.

In other South zone matches, Tamil Nadu defeated Goa by 25 runs to register their third straight win of the tournament at Vizianagaram.

Controversy marred a thrilling T20 encounter in Vishakapatnam between Karnataka and Hyderabad in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Thursday.

Hyderabad's chase got off to a delayed start.

"It was not right by Hyderabad". We are waiting for the BCCI's reply to this respect, " said Arunkumar. As soon as the match ended, we had to vacated the dressing room for the next game.

The Karnataka management, meanwhile, said that after watching television replays, they had intimated the third umpire, but the score was not immediately revised due to an alleged miscommunication between the onfield umpire and the scorers, the report stated. But Umpire Ulhas Gandhe didn't go to the third umpire to check the incident then and it was given as two runs. Rayudu along with his entire team did not leave the field and remained on the ground in a bid to start a Super Over.

"Can you believe it".

The conversion of those two runs into a boundary was the decisive factor.

Ironically, the two runs made the difference in the high-scoring match. Well done Vinay Kumar.

Electing to bat, Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Unadkat top-scored with 33 runs as wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals before Baroda rode on opener Kedar Devdhar's unbeaten 48-ball 62 to romp home in 16.3 overs. However, he was dismissed in the first ball of the second over. However, he touched the rope when he had ball in his hand. TN will face Karnataka in their fourth round match at the Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex, Vizianagaram, on Friday. The umpires approached Indian captain Kapil Dev.

The decision was taken retrospectively during the innings break after the umpires were informed of an error during the second over of the match.

"There was some confusion in the middle at the start of our innings", Rayudu told reporters after the match. "What I went and told the umpire was 'sir you can not change the score, we are batting for 204 as our target, '" Cricbuzz quoted Rayudu as saying. That is exactly what I told him and he told me "we'll see it at the end, let the match start". A good ten minutes of play was lost before Rayudu had to retreat back to the pavilion and Hyderabad openers began their innings. Coach J Arunkumar said that they have protested to the BCCI as the match should be declared as a tie. That is exactly our point of contention. We never even thought of stopping the second match.

In the two West zone matches played at Rajkot, Baroda outshone Saurashtra by 8 wickets while Mumbai triumphed over Maharashtra by 7 wickets. "That is exactly why we went to the middle, we were actually going to warm up then", Rayudu further added.

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