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Karnataka beat Hyderabad by two runs as controversy engulfs Zonal T20 thriller

In a match that saw plenty of twists and turns, Karnataka were able to beat Hyderabad in a South Zone game by a mere margin of two runs to seal a closely-fought match in Visakhapatnam on Thursday (January 11).

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After being put into bat first by Hyderabad captain Ambati Rayudu on a batting-friendly track, Karnataka managed to post a heavy total of 205, making full use of the flat conditions on offer. Karun Nair, only the second ever Indian to score a Test triple hundred, went on a leather hunt and recorded a 129-run partnership for the second wicket with Krishnappa Gowtham.

Massive confusion ensued at the end of Karnataka’s innings when the umpires revised their total from 203/5 to 205/5, with two extra runs being added to the total which was also the margin of defeat for Hyderabad. Karnataka skipper Vinay Kumar was seen arguing with the on-field umpires stating that two extra runs should have been added to his team’s total in the second over of their innings when Mehdi Hasan’s foot was in contact with the ropes when he was trying to stop the ball at the boundary.

Though the umpires did not signal it as a boundary when the incident took place, two runs were eventually added to Karnataka’s total between the innings, also leading to some undesirable mid-pitch conversations between both sides during the innings break and after the end of the game.

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While chasing a daunting 206 runs to win the match, Hyderabad started off briskly as their openers started brilliantly and never let the required run-rate go out of sight. Akshath Reddy slammed a 29-ball 70 and laid the platform for a Hyderabad win but they were derailed by a mini collapse in the middle-overs. Needing just eight runs in the final over, they only managed to get three with Stuart Binny’s heroics pulling off the heist for Karnataka.

The drama in this match also went on to delay the next match between Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, reducing it to 13-overs a side game.

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