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Pandey guides K’taka into the semifinal

Talented Manish Pandey continued his good form in limited overs format as his unbeaten 99 helped defending champions Karnataka beat Mumbai by four wickets to enter the semifinal of the national one-day championship for the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Put into bat, Mumbai scored 286 for eight in 50 overs due to a 135-run fourth wicket partnership between Shreyas Iyer (77) and Suryakumar Yadav (67). In reply, Manish anchored the chase with an unbeaten 99 off 112 balls that had nine fours and a six as Karnataka reached the target with couple of balls to spare. Karnataka will meet Bengal in the semifinal.

A couple of weeks earlier, Pandey had scored a century for India A, against Sri Lanka in a practice game in Mumbai. There were two important partnerships that helped Karnataka reach the target with ease. Pandey along with India international Stuart Binny (58) added 119 runs for the fourth wicket while with Karun Nair (32 off 23 balls), he added 60 priceless runs, to seal the deal. Binny’s 58 came off 67 balls with three fours and a six. BriefScores Mumbai 286/8 (S Iyer 77, S Yadav 67) Karnataka 287/6 (M Pandey 99 no, Stuart Binny 58, Saurabh Netravalkar 2/43). Karnataka won by 4 wickets.
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