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Mithun claims hat-trick as K'taka lift Hazare Trophy

Bengaluru: Riding on brilliant performances from Abhimanyu Mithun (5/34) and Mayank Agarwal (69*), Karnataka defeated Tamil Nadu by 60 runs through VJD Method in the final of the 2019 Vijay Hazare Trophy played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.

Chasing 253, Karnataka were well on course for a victory at 146/1 after 23 overs having Mayank and KL Rahul batting on 69 and 52 respectively when rain stopped play. Umpires waited for almost 45 minutes and thereafter felt that no further play would be possible and announced Karnataka as champions. They have now won the title four times.

Earlier, Mithun became the first bowler to pick up a hat-trick in the final and helped Karnataka to restrict Tamil Nadu to 252 in

49.5 overs despite well-rounded fifties from Abhinav Mukund (85) and Baba Aparajith (66).

Mithun, who was celebrating his 30th birthday, dismissed Shahrukh Khan (27), M Mohammed (10) and Murugan Ashwin (0) in the final over of the Tamil Nadu innings to become the first Karnataka bowler to pick a List A hat-trick.

Before that Mithun had removed Murali Vijay for a duck (in the first over) and Vijay Shankar (38) in the 46th over, to dent the Tamil Nadu innings.

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