Karnataka v Rest of India, Irani Cup, Bangalore, 1st day February 9, 2014

Vinay six-for bundles out Rest of India for 201

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Karnataka 35 for 1 (Rahul 28*) trail Rest of India 201 (Karthik 91, Vinay 6-47, Binny 3-35) by 166 runs

Karnataka quick bowler Vinay Kumar continued his strong recent form with a six-for to bundle Rest of India out for 201. ROI would have been shot out for even less if not for Dinesh Karthik, who made the most of an early reprieve to score 91 in an innings where only two of the top six reached double-figures.

After Karnataka chose to bowl, Vinay struck on the first ball of the match on a greenish Chinnaswamy Stadium track, getting Jiwanjot Singh lbw in front of off. In his next over, Vinay removed another promising young batsman lbw, this time it was B Aparajith who fell to an incutter. In his third over, Vinay got his third wicket when the highest run-getter of the Ranji season, Maharashtra's Kedar Jadhav, was struck on the back leg, though the ball seemed to be heading over the stumps.

The trend of a wicket in each of his overs should have continued in Vinay's fourth, but Karthik was adjudged not out though he had clearly nicked the ball through to the wicketkeeper. At one stage in his first spell, Vinay had figures of 5-2-6-3.

Two of the most experienced batsmen in the match, Gautam Gambhir and Karthik, then prevented further damage by batting out 19 overs, putting on 42 runs. Stuart Binny, returning to the Karnataka side after a stint with the national team, was getting the ball to jag around, and he broke through by getting the fourth lbw of the innings, with Gambhir a bit unlucky to be given out though the ball might have missed leg stump. Things got worse for ROI as Mandeep Singh edged to slip, bringing Amit Mishra in even before lunch.

At No. 7, Mishra might have been batting a position higher than you would expect, but he was the first batsman to show some enterprise in the innings, taking on the bowlers with some cavalier swinging. He clouted seven fours and a six in a rapid 47 as he overtook an unusually cautious Karthik. With the half-century in sight, however, his innings came to an end, caught at slip off fast bowler HS Sharath, who was making his comeback after missing the semi-finals and final with an injury.

Karthik has built a reputation as someone who can thrive on difficult tracks on the domestic circuit and he showcased that today as well by working through the initial tough phase, before slowly finding his groove. By tea, he was looking fluent, picking off boundaries with ease, including three in an over from Abhimanyu Mithun.

Just when a century seemed to be there for the taking, he fell to one of the catches of the season: a full-blooded slog-sweep rocketed towards mid-on where Robin Uthappa threw himself to his left to pluck a full-stretch catch to send back Karthik. Vinay returned to polish off the tail, and ROI had lost their final four wickets for two runs.

There was something to celebrate for ROI before stumps as Robin Uthappa edged to slips to fall for a duck. KL Rahul then showed off some of the crisp drives that took him to 1000-plus runs in the Ranji season, and shepherded Karnataka to 35 for 1 before stumps.

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  • Karunaprasad on February 10, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Leggie @ Agree that Vinay does not have pace & bounce. Which Indian bowler has pace & bounce? Shami & Varon having more pace & bounce than Vinay got hit all over the park in recent NZ series. Ishant is bowling at 126-128k. Shami is slowly coming down to 135k from his initial 140k. Senior Pro Zaheer does not cross 128K. Bhuvanesh is at 130K. India does not have fast bowlers clocking 145k consistently. Vinay gets wickets regularly with his variations and excellent length. Wickets help the team in putting pressure and also winning. In the current match, Vinay must have had little advantage in bowling on first day. But all the three fast bowlers - Dinda, Pankaj and Anureet are supposed to be having more pace & bounce than Vinay. What is the score today? Karnataka 390/5 with a healthy run rate of 4.00. Vinay is good for T20 & One day. He gives runs but takes wickets. Who does not give runs in the current bowling line up?

  • Rahul on February 10, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    What does this say about India's batting talent pipeline when in its most prestigious competition, ostensibly featuring its top talent, 2 mediocre bowlers such as Vinay Kumar and Stuart Binny can run through a side for vritually nothing. I hope this doesnt mean that the national selectors are going to bring them back in.

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Vinay bowls to his strengths. He thinks and bowls much like Venkatesh Prasad before him. He would be plenty in Bangladesh during the World Cup. Stuart Binny's knock was absolutely class today. ROI bowling was extremely pedestrian through the day. The line and length was pathetic. They did not obviously see Vinay and Binny bowl on the first day. The only over Pankaj bowled to a good length, he got Karun Nair's wicket. Rahul, Karun, Gautham, Gopal, Pankaj Singh, Rishi Dhawan and others are extremely wonderful talent, that needs nurturing. They must be given exposure on South African, Australian and English wickets without any spotlight on them before they are drafted into the national side. It is harder to retain sanity in a hostile environment, when a billion countrymen are eager to declare you a failure.

  • Sunny on February 10, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Must say Pankaj Singh has been impressive in this game and all season too.Hopefully he'll get the nod for Test team for England.His height would also help to extract some extra bounce.Since the England series would be 5 Tests so enough bench support would be required for the likes of Zaheer. Rishi Dhawan would have been a much better choice than the other two pacers Anureet/Dinda in this game based on his season performance.Hopefully the selectors are thinking different from Dhoni's casual approach of giving chance to no new guys and locking World cup team for any new entrant.

  • Android on February 10, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    karnataka team is having best batting and bowling line up with young players.this team is more stornger than indian squad selectors pls look at karnataka team

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    definitely , karnataka players will play more in indian national teams . large talents emerging . i am sure that kl Rahul and Karun Nair will surely play . as dey both are technically too strong .

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    @Shivin, insanity is the doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Team BCCI will be 11-0 going to England, hopefully not under Capt Cool. Absolutely anybody else at the helm has more chance of winning. Vinay has shown more leadership than anybody else - and he's a handy bowler to back up Ishant, Pandey, Yadav. Capt Cool is burnt toast.

  • Shantharam on February 10, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    poor display by Karthik by not walking

  • Sudhakar on February 10, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    Let's not go overboard about Vinay's performance. True that he had a good performance and bowled with a lot of heart - not just in this match but through out the Ranji season. He's also a bowler who has got all the basics right and surprisingly has shown wonderful leadership qualities - a fine example being bringing in Manish Pandey against Amit Mishra. HOWEVER, Vinay does seem to have limitations in terms of pace, bounce and the ability to move the ball consistently on conditions that are not so conducive for fast bowling. This first day wicket at Chinnaswamy Stadium was green with lots to offer for the bowlers. Bowlers with the pace of Stuart Binny were made to look good too. Vinay is not getting any younger and investing in him for the future may not be the best course of action.

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Hats off to Karthik for digging in, Vinay bowled well. Leaves me amazed when the HUGELY talented Rohit gets chance pe chance and guys like karthik does not even get a look in... I am sure the same treatment will be meted out to Ajinkya and Ambatti..... but again, Hugely talented Rohit will get look in again and again and again!!!!!.... Thanks to Ravi Shastri for promoting this HUGELY talented chap.... Pragyan !! GOOD BYE for ever.,... You are never in scheme of things, as far as DHONI is concerned...

    Karnataka !!!!!way to go!!!!!!!!!!

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