Home > News >

Irani Trophy 2013-14: Karnataka on top as Rest of India stutter on Day 1

Karnataka's exceptional bowling performance ensured they ended Day One on top © PTI (File Photo)
Karnataka’s exceptional bowling performance ensured they ended Day One on top © PTI (File Photo)

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

 

Bangalore: Feb 9, 2014

It was a day dominated by the bowlers as the Rest of India (ROI) clashed with Karnataka for the Irani Trophy 2013-14 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. R Vinay Kumar, the Karnataka skipper was the pick of the bowlers on the day as his remarkable spell of six for 47 set the tone for his side and eventually bundled out ROI for 201. The batsmen had a tough time and that is why Dinesh Karthik will savour his effort of 91.

If you looked at the square at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, you would have been stunned to see the amount of grass on the surface. In fact, it was a touch difficult to pick the main wicket had the stumps not been put in the lead-up. The bowlers would have licked their lips with the prospect of bowling on this green track and Vinay Kumar instantly chose to bowl when he called it right at the toss. Karnataka were bolstered by the return of Stuart Binny and HS Sharath and the duo replaced Amit Verma and Sreenath Aravind.

Early in the morning session, the track showed its true colours and Vinay Kumar used it to good effect. Jiwanjot Singh, Baba Aparajith and Kedar Jadhav were flummoxed by the movement early on and were all trapped leg-before as ROI were reduced to 12 for three. That brought Karthik to the crease and he nearly faced an early exit when an appeal for an edge was turned down.

To understand Vinay Kumar’s effect on the day, one must bring his first spell into perspective, one that lasted for over an hour. His figures read an impressive 8-3-18-3.

Karthik and Gautam Gambhir were circumspect. Gambhir, wanting to prove a point, was leaving well outside the off-stump although a few that moved in troubled him. Stuart Binny was then brought on. With the keeper standing behind, he was bowling a little quicker and was trying to pitch it up, getting the ball to move into Gambhir. There were a close shouts.

Ultimately, one felt that Gambhir was moving too far across at times and was dismissed leg-before when Binny slid one in and had him leg-before. Mandeep Singh fell soon after as he edged one to the slips off Binny. With 62 on the board, ROI had lost half their side.

Amit Mishra, selected ahead of Parvez Rasool, had a tough task on his hands. However, it was against this team that he had scored his only First-Class double. There was only one way he was going to bat and that was attack. In a way, it allowed Karthik to settle down, essaying those drives with panache and punishing anything short and wide.

Mishra scored 47 in quick time and put the spinner out of the attack by smashing him instantly. In the afternoon, it looked like the conditions had eased out as Mishra made run-scoring look easy before he was dismissed. He chased a wide one and spooned a catch to the slips, a dismissal that was his own doing more than the good bowling.

But, Karthik looked steady, essaying a few crunchy shots through mid-wicket and mid-on. With Harbhajan Singh looking comfortable at one end, the century may have been on his mind. However, Harbhajan lives by the sword and dies by it and he offered an easy catch to square-leg. That was where the collapse started.

Karthik then thought  he could take matters in his own hands as he swiped across the line and tried to go over mid-on. He didn’t get all of it and Robin Uthappa, standing a bit square at mid-on, threw himself to his left and took a magnificent catch. ROI lost their last four wickets for three runs and Vinay completed his six-for in the process.

Ashoke Dinda started off very well for ROI as he had Uthappa caught at first-slip in the first over. But then, Ganesh Sathish and Lokesh Rahul, the pair who dominated the Ranji Trophy final saw it through to the end of day’s play. Rahul essayed those gracious drives off the front-foot to blood in some confidence. Karnataka finished the day on 35 for one.

Brief scores:

Rest Of India 201 (Dinesh Karthik 91, Amit Mishra 47; R Vinay Kumar 6 for 47, Stuart Binny 3 for 35) lead Karnataka 33 for 1 (Lokesh Rahul 28*, Ashok Dinda 1 for 19 ) by 176 runs.

Full Scorecard

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

West Indies tour of India 2014, Practice match

Oct 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Mumbai

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Brisbane

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Barbados won by 6 wkts (D/L method)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Perth Scorchers won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 29, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 36 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

Photos

KKR vs Dolphins, CLT20 2014

Videos

Arjuna Ranatunga shares his views on U-19 cricket

Jasprit Bumrah: Sachin Tendulkar giving me my debut cap was my most memorable moment with Mumbai Indians

Sachin Tendulkar fans turn Durga Puja pandal into cricket stadium

Pakistan players would be allowed in IPL soon, hopes Shahryar Khan

Nawaz Sharif’s only First-Class appearance

Ernie Jones — the man who sent a ball through the beard of WG Grace

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Barbados Tridents Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab KKR vs Dolphins Kolkata Knight Riders

Rameez Raja feels ICC should modify bowling rules to let ‘Doosra’ survive

Afghanistan invites top cricketing nations to play cricket at their backyard

High Court forms selection committees for Rajasthan cricketers

Rohit Sharma ruled out of India-West Indies ODI series

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should appoint Virat Kohli as Test captain: Mohammad Azharuddin

Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, 2nd Semifinal, CLT20 2014: CSK likely XI

Gandhi Jayanti: Mahatma Gandhi’s cricket connections and an XI

Jayasinghrao “Mamasaheb” Ghorpade: Royal connections, loyal to Baroda

Hedley Verity’s ‘lucky escape’ during the Bodyline series

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK), 2nd Semifinal, CLT20 2014: KXIP likely XI

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

671 Posts | 6 Fans

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab- Final Match Highlights from IPL 2014

Bang Bang vs Kick: Will Hrithik Roshan be able to cross Salman Khan at the Box Office?

Rameez Raja feels ICC should modify bowling rules to let ‘Doosra’ survive

Asian Games 2014 Live Updates: Indian eves enter final of Kabaddi Final, assure silver medal

Windows 10 Technical Preview now available, here’s how to download it

Why a steady heartbeat is bad for you

Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, 2nd Semifinal, CLT20 2014: CSK likely XI

NGOs pursue education for all

Karan Johar: Controversies are like tennis balls!

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to launch in India on October 10

6 changes that take place in your breasts during pregnancy

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here