R. Samarth’s highest List A score (158 n.o., 144b, 15×4, 1×6) propelled Karnataka to a massive 267-run win over Bihar in a Vijay Hazare Trophy Elite Group C match at the Just Cricket Ground near here on Monday.
It was Karnataka’s biggest-ever victory margin (in runs), surpassing the 207 runs by which it beat Jammu & Kashmir at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in 2015-16.
Skipper Samarth was ably assisted, first by fellow opener Devdutt Padikkal (97, 98b, 8×4, 2×6) with whom he stitched a 153-run partnership, and later by K.V. Siddharth 76 (55b, 5×4, 4×6) as the home side posted 354. In reply, Bihar folded for a paltry 87, with speedster Prasidh Krishna claiming four wickets (6.1-3-17-4).
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