Karnataka will be lead by Vinay Kumar (Extreme right), who has been excellent form this season © Getty Images
Karnataka will be led by Vinay Kumar (Extreme right), who has been excellent form this season © Getty Images

(Will Karnataka turn out to be dominant and thrash Rest Of India or will they taste defeat?)

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the Irani Cup 2014-15 match between Karnataka, the champions of the Ranji Trophy and the Rest of India team. Catch Day 3 of the Irani Cup 2014-15 between Karnataka and Rest of India (ROI) here

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Karnataka 39/0 | Overs 11

BATTING: Mayank Agarwal 15, Ravikumar Samarth 21

Stumps! Karnataka will be happy with their performance but will be a touch disappointed with the fact that they conceded a tiny lead. They have 10 wickets in hand going into Day 3 and have taken a slender lead of 19 runs.

Karnataka 24/0 | Overs 7

BATTING: Mayank Agarwal 9, Ravikumar Samarth 12

Karnataka have managed to take the lead without losing any wicket. They’ll want to add as many runs as possible before the end of the day. ROI need to pick up a few quick wickets.

Karnataka 5/0 | Overs 2

BATTING: Mayank Agarwal 3 Ravikumar Samarth 0

Karnataka openers Mayank Agarwal and Ravikumar Samarth have walked out to bat and look to wipe a small deficit of 20 runs. TOI have managed to take a vital first innings. Karnataka will now have to take a huge lead and win the match in the fourth innings.

Rest Of India (ROI) 264 | Overs 75.4

BATTING:  Pragyan Ojha 4

That’s it, all over at Bangalore! ROI have been bowled out and they have taken a lead of 20 runs. Sreenath Aravind gets his first wicket of the match as he cleans up Varun Aaron for  25.

Varun Aaron 20 (55) b Aravind

Rest Of India (ROI) 249/9 | Overs 70

BATTING:  Varun Aaron 20, Pragyan Ojha 0

OUT! Shardul Thakur is dismissed for 17 after he tries to charge Shreyas Gopal and goes for a big shot. he misses everything and the ball crashes into the stumps. Pragyan Ojha is the last man in for ROI as they take a first innings lead.

Shardul Thakur b Shreyas Gopal 17

Rest Of India (ROI) 241/8 | Overs 68

BATTING:  Varun Aaron 7, Shardul Thakur 16

We’re underway at Bangalore once again in the final session of play. ROI still have some catching up to do. Their first priority however will be to get a first innings lead.

Rest Of India (ROI) 219/8 | Overs 62.4

BATTING:  Varun Aaron 0, Shardul Thakur 1

OUT! Rishi Dhawan is out after a brilliant catch by HS Sharath at square leg. Abhimanyu Mithun bangs the ball ins short and Dhawan goes for the pull, but top edges it and Sharath takes the catch inches from the ground. After a referral, it is confirmed that he took the catch cleanly. After new batsman Shardul Thakur takes a single, Kedar Jhadav is out bowled by Mithun for 78. DOUBLE STRIKE FOR KARNATAKA! Tea break at Bangalore now, with ROI still trailing Karnataka by 25 runs with two wickets in hand.

Rishi Dhawan c Sharath b Mithun 15

Kedar Jhadav b Mithun 78

Rest Of India (ROI) 202/6 | Overs 58

BATTING:  Kedar Jhadav 72, Rishi Dhawan 6

200 up for ROI! They now trail Karnataka by 42 runs with four wickets in hand. Kedar Jhadav is doing an excellent job and will hope that someone at the other hands hangs around with him.

Rest Of India (ROI) 183/6 | Overs 55

BATTING:  Kedar Jhadav 58, Rishi Dhawan 1

Kedar Jhadav scores his half-century. He has played well so far as ROI look to wipe the deficit. and Jayant Yadav is also been dismissed after he put on a solid partnership with Jhadav. Wicket just at the right time for Karnataka and it’s provided by Shreyas Gopal.

Jayant Yadav 21 b Shreyas Gopal 26

Rest Of India (ROI) 157/5 | Overs 49

BATTING:  Kedar Jhadav 42, Jayant Yadav 21

Kedar Jhadav and Jayant Yadav have put on 50 for the sixth wicket. They have added some sort of stability to the innings, yet they still trail Karnataka by  87 runs, with 5 wickets in hand. Jhadav is approaching a well deserved half-century.

Rest Of India (ROI) 135/5 | Overs 40

BATTING:  Kedar Jhadav 31, Jayant Yadav 11

Play has resumed at Bangalore after the lunch break with Kedar Jhadav and Jayant Yadav looking to guide their team to a safe position. Karnataka will be looking for a couple of early wickets.

Rest Of India (ROI) 127/5 | Overs 38

BATTING:  Kedar Jhadav 24, Jayant Yadav 10

Lunch being taken at Bangalore with ROI still trailing Karnataka by 117 runs, with 5 wickets in hand. Match evenly poised at the moment. ROI need a partnership now and Karnataka need a couple of wickets post lunch to feel that they are in control.

Rest Of India (ROI) 102/5 | Overs 31

BATTING:  Kedar Jhadav 10, Jayant Yadav 0

OUT! Skipper Manoj Tiwary is out for just 14. Vinay Kumar strikes again as he traps Tiwary for just 14. ROI have lost half their side, having just crossed the 100-run mark.  Jayant Yadav is the new batsman.

Manoj Tiwary  LBW b Vinay Kumar 14 (28)

Rest Of India (ROI) 91/4 | Overs 28

BATTING: Manoj Tiwary 13, Kedar Jhadav 1

OUT! Naman Ojha is dismissed for 34, caught in the slip cordon off the bowling of Abhimanyu Mithun. Ojha got a start and was looking good to go on and get a big one. Kedhar Jhadav is the new batsman.

Naman Ojha c Agarwal b Mithun 34 (68)

Rest Of India (ROI) 73/3 | Overs 23

BATTING: Naman Ojha 29, Manoj Tiwary 1

OUT! Paras Dogra is trapped in front as Shreyas Gopal strikes off his very first delivery. A decent partnership was building, but it’s unfortunately cut short. Skipper Manoj Tiwary is the new batsman.

Paras Dogra 26 LBW Shreyas Gopal 26

Rest Of India (ROI) 55/2 | Overs 16

BATTING:  Paras Dogra 18, Naman Ojha 20

50 up for ROI as Paras Dogra and Naman Ojha try to ressurect the innings. Karnataka will look to pick up a couple of wickets to get on top.

Rest Of India (ROI) 32/2 | Overs 11

BATTING:  Paras Dogra 13, Naman Ojha 2

OUT! Vinay Kumar strikes as he removes Jiwanjot Singh for 17, caught behind. Vinay gets his second wicket of the game. Naman Ojha is the new batsman for ROI.

Jiwanjot Singh 17 c Uthappa b Vinay Kumar

Rest Of India (ROI) 23/1 | Overs 6

BATTING: Jiwanjot Singh 17, Paras Dogra 6

We’re underway in Bangalore as Rest Of India resume the day. Abhimanyu Mithun starts proceedings for Karnataka. ROI’s first target should target should be wipe off the deficit. Match evenly poised at the moment.

Rest of India resume (ROI) Day 2 at 20 for one against Karnataka, after Karnataka were bowled out for 244. Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal and Abhishek Reddy scored half centuries for Karnataka and Varun Aaron took six wickets for ROI to dismiss Karnataka to a moderate score. ROI however lost only one wicket in their pursuit to knock a score of 224 down after Unmukt Chand was bowled by Vinay Kumar off the very first ball of the innings. READ: Varun Aaron’s five-for gives Rest of India the advantage against Karnataka in Irani Trophy

Karnataka won the Ranji Trophy after they beat Tamil Nadu comprehensively in the final at Mumbai.Manoj Tiway is the captain of ROI and he will look to lead his team to a victory against a dominant Karnataka side. The players will play their part in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which will start from April 8.

Karnataka’s Uthappa, who closely missed the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 bus in spite of scoring heavily this domestic season, would like to continue with his form and make a statement to the selectors. He scored 912 runs in 19 innings at an average of 50.66 per innings, topping the Ranji batting charts.

Not far behind would be ROI’s Jadhav, who will also be looking to impress the national selectors. In fact, more than Uthappa, the Maharashtra batsman would be eager to perform as he did not have a satisfactory domestic season this year.

Last season Jadhav was the highest scorer with 1,223 runs that helped Maharashtra reach to the final. But this year he cracked just one ton during his team’s semifinal journey. A solid knock against the Karnataka pace trio of Abhimanyu Mithun, R Vinay Kumar and Sreenath Aravind will boost Jadhav’s confidence and keep him in the selection fray.
Karnataka: Vinay Kumar R (C), Robin Uthappa (wk),  Samarth R, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Shreyas Gopal, Abhishek Reddy, Abhimanyu Mithun, Arvind Sreenath  Sharath H S, Mayank Agarwal

Rest of India XI: Manoj Tiwary (C),Unmukt Chand, Jiwanjot Singh, Paras Dogra, Kedhar Jadhav, Naman Ojha (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Jayant Yadav, Pragyan Ojha, Shardul Thakur , Varun Aaron