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Emphatic win for Karnataka

Bangalore: Leg spinner Shreyas Gopal claimed the first hat-trick of his career to guide Ranji champions Karnataka to a convincing innings and 222 runs win over Rest of India (RoI) to lift the Irani Cup crown on the fourth and penultimate day, on Wednesday.

Gopal (5/35) also registered his best bowling figures, while captain Ranganath Vinay Kumar scalped four for 70 to bowl out Rest for 183 runs in their second innings in 57.5 overs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Gopal claimed his hat-trick in the 58th over to bring down curtains to RoI’s dismal batting performance in the second innings.

Gopal first dismissed Baba Aparajith, caught by Stuart Binny at long-off, with the third delivery of the 58th and then disturbed the timbers of Ashok Dinda and Pankaj Singh with two perfect googlies to wrap up RoI’s innings and seal the match for the hosts with an entire day to spare.