Vijay Hazare Trophy: Devdutt Padikkal scores second successive ton as Karnataka thrash Kerala by nine wickets
Chasing Kerala's 278, Karnataka cantered home with 27 balls to spare with the Royal Challengers Bangalore opener hitting 13 fours and two sixes in an unbeaten knock of 126 from 138 balls.
The former Karnataka captain, who made his state debut in 2004, scalped 504 first-class, 225 List-A and 194 T20 wickets. Besides he also represented India in 31 ODIs, nine T20Is and a solitary Test.
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Padikkal now has 301 runs from three matches, averaging 100.33 with scores of 52 and 97 in the first two matches.
Despite crossing the 30-run mark, none of the top-order players made a huge impact.
With teams in Group C including Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha, Bihar and Railways, Karnataka have to be on top of their game to reach the quarterfinals.
Karun Nair and his men did not show any signs of improvement as they were dismissed for 87.
Apart from Siddarth Kaul, it was Prabhsimran Singh's knock of 89* runs that powered Punjab to a massive win.
The wicket-keeper batsman was handed an immediate debut in their Elite Group A opening game against Jammu and Kashmir at Alur and he did not disappoint.
Though the domestic season gets underway with the T20 tournament in six different venues, several Karnataka players come into this tournament with some match practice under their belt.