November 30, 2000

Karnataka in shaky position

Goa were dismissed for 303 fifty-five minutes before lunch on the second day of their South Zone Ranji Trophy match against Karnataka at Margao. In reply Karnataka had moved to 158/4 but with an outright victory needed to progress to the knockouts, their position looks distinctly shaky.

Overnight batsmen Rohit Rane and A Bhagwat added 69 runs for the seventh wicket. After Bhagwat's dismissal, Goa lost the last three wickets for 20 runs. Rohit Rane returned unbeaten on 44. Dodda Ganesh bagged six wickets for 87 runs and Mansoor Ali Khan picked up three for 65.

In reply, Karnataka lost opener Arun Kumar in the seventh over. Barrington Rowland and MR Beerala (36) added 60 runs for the second wicket before Beerala was castled by Khalid in the 32nd over. Skipper Vijay Bharadwaj (22) shared a 59 run partnership with Rowland. Karnataka batsmen made steady starts but could not convert them into big innings. At close of play Karnataka were 158/4 with Rowland unbeaten on 67.