By Nishad Pai Vaidya
Hyderabad: Jan 29, 2014
Maharashtra have gone into lunch on 95 for three Day One of their Ranji Trophy 2013-14 final against Karnataka at Hyderabad. It was a session that started off with Karnataka’s seamers dominating and snaring two important wickets upfront. However, while Chirag Khurana held one end and Kedar Jadhav’s flair came into the mix to help Maharashtra recover before a tough decision saw him head back to the hut.
Rohit Motwani, the Maharashtra captain won the toss and chose to bat. Both sides made a change each as Shrikant Mundhe came back into the side to replace Domnick Joseph. Sreenath Aravind came in place of Ronit More and Ganesh Satish came in place of Mayank Agarwal.
Harshad Khadiwale, the Maharshtra opener, started only 20 runs shy of 1,000 runs for the season. He started off very well with a few crunchy straight drives. However, R Vinay Kumar was holding a good line and length. It was also interesting to see him working some bounce and had Khadiwale on the backfoot with a couple. The Karnataka captain ultimately got his reward as he trapped Khadiwale leg-before for 15. Khadiwale had to head back to the hut only five short of the milestone.
At the other end, Khurana was solid. He showed good wristwork as he flicked anything off his pads to the boundary. Vijay Zol, the India under-19 captain walked in with all the hoopla over his appearance in this game. He didn’t score fluently and kept prodding outside the off-stump. Ultimately, Sreenath Aravind was successful in getting the edge as Zol walked back for five.
Jadhav was fluent as usual and used his bat like a wand. He flicked nonchalantly and drove with authority. The shot that stood out was a forward defence off Vinay Kumar that merely carpeted along the ground to the boundary.
When the spinners came on, Jadhav continued attacking and looked in his elements for a big score. But then, Abhimanyu Mithun fired one down the leg side and there was a noise. After a long appeal, the umpire raised his finger and a disappointed Jadhav walked back to the hut.
Ankeet Bawne and Khurana then saw it through to lunch at 95 for three.
Maharashtra 95 for 3 (Chirag Khurana 31*, Kedar Jadhav 37; Vinay Kumar 1 for 29, Abhimanyu Mithun 1 for 23) vs Karnataka.
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