Ranji Trophy 2018-19 semifinal

Karnataka were spared the blushes thanks to their middle-order that withstood the pressure after an early burst from Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadkat (4/50) left them in deep trouble in the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 semi-final on Thursday. (ALSO READ: Vidarbha take 65-run lead after Umesh’s 7/48 blows away Kerala)

At the close of play on Day 1, Srinivas Sharath was unbeaten on 74 to take Karnataka to 264/9 alongside no. 11 Ronit More who is yet to open his account.

After opting to bat first, captain Manish Pandey found himself in the middle much earlier that he would have anticipated during the coin toss. Left-arm pacer Unadkat was breathing fire as he blew away Karnataka top-order inside 11 overs. He struck with the third delivery of the match, pinning opener Ravikumar Samarth lbw for a duck. No. 3 Krishnamurthy Siddharth began well, hitting three fours to reach 12 off 20 before Unadkat struck again to have him lbw in the seventh over.

He landed a major blow when he had Mayank Agarwal edging one to be out caught behind for 2 leaving the hosts in trouble at 19/3. Wicketkeeper Snell Patel accepted his second catch soon with Karun Nair falling to Chetan Sakariya for 9.

Pandey and Shreyas Gopal joined hands to start repair the damage. While Gopal chose to be cautious, Pandey took the aggressive route. With four fours and three sixes, he went on to hit 62 off 67 while adding 106 runs for the fourth wicket.

With the duo settled, Unadkat again left a dent and this time the size of Pandey who was bowled, giving Suarashtra a timely breakthrough.

Gopal was then joined by Srinivas Sharath and they extended the recovery, adding 96 runs between them. With nine fours and a six, Gopal was batting on 87, looking set to hit a hundred when Kamlesh Makvana bowled him in the third session of the day. Karnataka suffered another collapse – from 232/5, they lost four wickets for the addition of 26 runs.

Makvana added two more scalps to finish with 3/73 while Sakraiya and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja have chipped in with a wicket each.

Brief Scores: Karnataka 264/9 (Shreyas Gopal 87, Srinivas Sharath 74*, Manish Pandey 62) vs Saurashtra (Jaydev Unadkat 4/50, Kamlesh Makvana 3/73)