Bangalore: Six time Ranji champions thrashed New Zealand by seven wickets after the Kiwis collapsed dramatically in the second innings to 105 in the three-day match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
Requiring 86 runs for victory in a minimum of 35 overs, having gained 20-run first innings lead, Karnataka made the required score losing only three wickets in 20.4 overs. First innings hero Vijay Bharadwaj remained unbeaten on quickfire 33, which included two sixers and three boundaries.
Sujith Somasundar and Rahul Dravid chipped in with 19 and 18 respectively. Earlier, New Zealand collapsed like a pack of cards in 47.5 overs against some steady and quality bowling by medium pacer Dodda Ganesh (3-41) and spinners Sunil Joshi (4-17), Anil Kumble (2-9) and Vijay Bharadwaj (1-14). Karnataka had secured 20 runs first innings lead and had to score 86 for victory.
Karnataka also became the only Ranji champion team to have beaten twice visiting teams as it had defeated West Indies in 1978-79 in Ahmedabad. Mumbai is the only other team to have scored a victory over visiting team when it had defeated Mark Taylor led Australia in 1999 in Mumbai.
New Zealand, resuming at 12 for no loss, were in trouble early after the match had started 45 minutes late due to wet ground conditions following last night's rains.
Karnataka was helped by some brilliant fielding as six catches were taken in front of the wicket. In the fifth over of the day, Matthew Horne played a lazy shot for an outside the offstump delivery from D Ganesh and the edge was taken by V S Thilak Naidu for 12 runs with the side total being 30.
Sunil Joshi, the most successful bowler, struck in his very first ball when Chris Harris fell to a very good catch by a Vijay for zero. Harris had a poor match as he had made just seven in the first knock.