K.L. Shrijith made it a debut to remember, starring in Karnataka’s 43-run victory over Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) on the opening day of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy at Alur (1) ground here on Sunday.

Shrijith hit three sixes and a four to score a crucial unbeaten 48 off 31 deliveries to take Karnataka to a respectable 150 for five. In reply, J&K stumbled to 107 all out.

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Wicketkeeper-batsman Shrijith rescued Karnataka with a 65-run fifth-wicket stand alongside Aniruddha Joshi (29, 26b, 3×4). Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) star Devdutt Padikkal (18, 17b, 3×4) flattered to deceive, while skipper Karun Nair made a 21-ball 27.

The J&K batting line-up could not get going, leading the visitor to fall well short of the target. Karnataka pacer Prasidh Krishna (3/34) finished as the most…

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