A 10 wicket haul from Karn Sharma seals the game for India Red


Internet Desk: A career-best 10-wicket haul from Karn Sharma led India Red to a enthralling 170 run over India Green as a brilliant ton from Karun Nair went in vain.

Chasing a huge target of 474 and resuming from 98-2, the Greens were dismissed for 303 in the second innings. Karn Sharma scalped 6 wickets in 94 runs, thereby making a 10 wicket haul as he registered his career best performance.

Siddharth Kaul bagged the other four wickets.

An overall brilliant performance from the bowling unit after two valiant tons from skipper Dinesh Karthik and Priyank Kirit made it comfortable for the Reds to seal the game.

India Red declared their second innings at 307 for two on Saturday. They had made 323 in their first innings before India Green responded with a paltry 157.

On the fourth and final day, India Green did put up a much improved showing with the bat but it was not enough to get even close to the victory target.

Nair was their stand out batsman with 120 off 203 balls but his dismissal ended India Green’s resistance.

The Karnataka batsman, who did not have the best of times during the recent India A tour of South Africa, was dogged in his approach.

His gritty knock, comprising 13 fours, eventually ended in the 81st over, leaving India Green at 275 for six. What followed was a lower-order collapse with India Green losing their last five wickets for just 28 runs.

Opener Ravikumar Samarth, who was batting on 46 by stumps on day three, fell early in the day for 59.

Mayank Dagar was the other batsman who showed some fight with 45 off 80 balls.

Brief Scores:

India Red 323 and 307/2 decl. India Green 157 and 303 in 89.2 overs (Nair 120; Sharma 6/94).

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