Feb 10, 2014
Karnataka are in control of the Irani Trophy game against Rest of India (ROI) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Starting the day on 34 for one, they have moved past 100 despite losing the wicket of KL Rahul.
The day started with Ganesh Sathish essaying some lovely strokes. With the Younis Khan-like shuffle, he would guide the ball deftly through the off-side. He opened the face of the bat quite late and merely used the pace of the ball. Pankaj Singh and Ashok Dinda found many balls go past gully and point, but they could do nothing to plug that flow.
This morning, Rahul was more a spectator at the other end. He was done in by one from Anureet Singh, which kept low and castled him. Sathish continued through and raced to his fifty off only 93 balls. The shot that got him there personified his innings. A delivery outside off was just pushed along the carpet to the boundary.
And, then there was Manish Pandey, who played with his usual panache. Anureet found that out as he was first guided through mid-wicket and then charged through the same area. Pandey has continued to play fluent drives and has kept the scoreboard ticking.
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