India B and Karnataka met again in the Deodhar Trophy final of 2018.
Karnataka batted first after winning the toss and lost Agarwal and Nair for 33 runs on the board. Pavan Deshpande and Stuart Binny also fell for cheap; before R Samarth took over the rebuilding work along with CM Gautam.
Samarth and Gautam added 132 runs for the 5th wicket. Gautam hit 76 in 84 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes. R Samarth carried on his good in the tournament and scored 107 in 120 balls with 8 fours and 1 six. Shreyas Gopal gave the innings some impetus with 38 runs in the end and Karnataka ended up making 279/8 in 5 overs.
Khaleel Ahmed picked up 3/49 and Umesh Yadav picked up 2/48.
India-B openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (58 in 48 balls with 2 sixes and 7 fours) and AR Easwaran (69 off 82 balls with 8 fours) added 84 runs for the first wicket and set up a strong foundation for Shreyas Iyer and rest of the batting to chase down the target.
India- B skipper Shreyas Iyer (61 from 69 balls with 7 fours) led from the front and with help from seasoned Manoj Tiwary, took his team to the target without breaking a sweat.
Manoj Tiwary remained not out on 59 (51 balls with 8 fours), along with KS Bharath, to complete the formality of the title win in the 49th over.
KAR 279/8 (R SAMARTH 107; CM GAUTAM 76; K AHMED 3/49) lost to IND-B 281/4 (S IYER 61; M TIWARY 59*; S GOPAL 2/55) by 6 wkts