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Karnataka in Ranji final

Mohali: Karnataka booked their spot in the summit clash of the Ranji Trophy after the final day of their semi-final match against Punjab was washed out, here on Wednesday.

Karnataka, who entered the final by the virtue of first innings lead, will take on Maharashtra at Hyderabad from January 29.

The semi-final match was called off by the umpires without a ball being bowled on the fifth day due to persistent rain. The first day of the encounter was also wiped out.

Karnataka, who were at 447 for five in reply to Punjab’s first innings total of 270, went through to their first Ranji final in four seasons.

Meanwhile, it was good news for Karnataka as in-form Maharashtra batsman Vijay Zol will not be available for final due to India’s under-19 World Cup preparatory camp in Bangalore.

Maharashtra coach Surendra Bhave said it was unfortunate that the 19-year-old left-handed batsman would miss an opportunity to play in the Ranji final, that too in his debut first-class season. (PTI)