Karnataka v Rest of India, Irani Cup, 3rd day

Gautam and Vinay leave Rest reeling

The Report by Vishal Dikshit in Bangalore

February 11, 2014

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Rest of India 201 and 114 for 3 (Jadhav 44, Aparajith 42*, Vinay 2-27) trail Karnataka 606 (Binny 122, Gautam 122, Pankaj 6-122) by 291 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Hope the 300 wickets count some day - Pankaj

  • Rest of India pacer Pankaj Singh took his 300th wicket in first-class cricket when he bowled HS Sharath to finish off Karnataka's innings. Pankaj said after the match that even though the six-wicket haul made him happy, taking a few more wickets yesterday would have pleased him even more.
  • "It's always good to take six wickets," Pankaj said. "Whatever wickets I took today are counting for me but if I had got them earlier it would have been more beneficial for the team. Before the match started I knew I was six wickets short [of 300]. My team-mates told me that I had to take six wickets. I did get them but not the way I wanted them. It's been a long journey and it's still going on. Hopefully these 300 wickets will count and I'll get a chance to play for the country also."
  • Pankaj also acknowledged the fact that wickets in India have improved for pacers in the last few years. "Last two years the wickets have been better," he said. "You can't say all the wickets have been pacer friendly, some are friendly and some are not. There was no wicket which was completely pacer friendly but pacers are getting the benefit nowadays."

CM Gautam made a career-best 257, Karnataka v Vidarbha, Ranji Trophy, 2nd day, Mysore, December 16, 2012
File photo - CM Gautam scored his second hundred of the first-class season © KSCA

Karnataka dominated another day of the domestic season with both bat and ball, this time against Rest of India, on their home ground. Rest of India were left reeling after CM Gautam's hundred stretched Karnataka's first-innings lead to 405, after which Vinay Kumar's early strikes kept them to 114 for 3 at the end of the day.

Resuming on their overnight score 390 for 5, Karnataka lost centurion Stuart Binny in the third over of the day when he inside-edged a delivery from Pankaj Singh onto his stumps for a run-a-ball 122. But Gautam, who was on 6 off 29 at the start of the day, picked up the pace of the innings by attacking Anureet Singh early on and the spinners later, mostly behind square on both sides of the wicket. Vinay also joined him to punish Pankaj at the other end, leaving ROI clueless. While Vinay fell for a useful 34, Gautam continued unflustered by using his feet against Mishra, reverse-sweeping the two spinners and part-timer B Aparajith to cross his fifty.

Gautam was extremely lucky to survive an lbw decision on 94 when he was struck in front of middle stump, beaten by pace by a seam-up delivery from Amit Mishra. The umpire moved only to signal leg-byes which befuddled the legspinner and Gautam completed the run with a huge smile. He slowed down a little in the 90s, but reached the landmark in the last over before lunch with a cover drive for his second hundred of what has been a relatively dry season for him.

Karnataka lost Shreyas Gopal to Pankaj after lunch - by which time their lead had neared 350 - and Abhimanyu Mithun exposed Ashok Dinda's weakness of swaying too much on the leg side. He struck two blows in the third over after lunch and, after another three overs, clobbered a six and two more fours to the midwicket boundary. Dinda leaked 18 runs in the over including four leg-byes.

Pankaj, however, continued to toil at the other end and had Gautam caught at square-leg for 122 after being hit for two consecutive fours. Two balls later, he yorked HS Sharath to end with six wickets, his fourth five-for of the season, and completed 300 first-class wickets. Karnataka finished at 606, their highest score of the season.

Vinay unsettled and packed off ROI's openers again. He started with his usual outswing and was firmly driven through the covers by Gautam Gambhir in his second over. However, the bowler struck on the next ball - he pitched one slightly shorter, Gambhir nudged and Manish Pandey took a terrific catch at second slip. Three overs later, Vinay surprised Jiwanjot Singh by bringing one into him as he tried to defend, but the batsman was trapped lbw for the second time in the match.

Kedar Jadhav and Aparajith cautiously defended and found gaps occasionally against Vinay and Mithun to avoid what could have been another collapse. Aparajith was the more patient of the two, leaving plenty outside off and scoring when he was offered width. He saw through a testing spell from Sharath whose nipping line outside off and late swing tested both batsmen. Aparajith faced 18 deliveries, all dots, off Sharath's first spell with figures of 5-4-5-0.

Jadhav was also calm in the beginning, taking his time to settle down, but opened up later. He used his bat much more than Aparajith and picked up the pace of his innings when Gopal came into the attack. The legpsinner was greeted with three fours in his first over, all on the leg side, as he bowled either too full or too short.

But when it looked like the partnership of 69 would see ROI through to stumps, with a little more than half an hour left, Jadhav targeted Gopal again and, wanting to clear mid-off, handed a catch to Pandey after coming down the track. He was out for 44.

An experienced Dinesh Karthik joined Aparajith and didn't take any chances. Known to play attacking shots, he faced 29 dot balls out of the 37 and was unbeaten on 9. The last passage of play wasn't without drama. With six minutes left for stumps, Robin Uthappa bowled the second-last over of the day and gave ROI a scare when he struck Karthik in front of leg stump with a loud lbw appeal but the ball had swung too much and was going down leg.

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

I do appreciate Karnataka's spirit and performance. But one should not forget that this was a RoI team that hardly had any of the current stalwarts. The body language of Harbhajan and Gambhir seemed to convey a bored attitude. They probably are not hopeful of a comeback! Why Ojha was not in the RoI team is a mystery to me.

Posted by raj2014 on (February 12, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

Where is BCCI sitting ? Come out and See the Winners of Ranji & Irani Trophy.. Why BCCI or selectors are not focusing or giving chances to Upcoming and well performed cricketers.. Show some good sense in selecting for international team (Team India)

Posted by omlovesindia on (February 12, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

I think its INNINGS & 291 RUNS.......

Posted by annys on (February 12, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

Bring on India test team, i am sure karnataka will do the same to Indian test team if they play them now

Posted by android_user on (February 12, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

come on selectors! show some guts.Give vinay a chance.He is better than any fast bowler currently in the natl. team.Only thing vinay needs to improve is his fitness level.He shows signs of fatigue while bowling long spells.Pankaj also deserves a look in.The point is if you cant find genuine fast bowlers you have to exploit the best available ones.These two should always be there in the selector's shortlist.

Posted by avani on (February 12, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

Watch out cricket lovers! While Vinay & Pankaj making news with their bowling, Kumble number 2 is on his way to make a big mark in Indian cricket. That is Shreyas Gopal for you. He is a promising leggie in the team right now. Few more series....he will sure make big news!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 5:08 GMT)

I remember Pankaj Singh and Ishanth Sharma made their first trip to Australia in 2007/8. I was to witness the first match against victoria XI. Pankaj was bowing exceptionally well @ Nets and heard Sunny Gavaskar, who was just 5 steps away from where i was standing telling to Ravi Shastr, that this bowler will be future of our cricket..... and see today.... he is no where seen,...... what happened after that is for everyone to see...... he vanished....

Vinay Kumar given his background is a trier to the core.... he bowls within his limitations and bowls to his strengths.... Thats the precise reason for the amount of success he has got lately...... He has a good head and lot of Mentors to help him when he is in need of some advice.... Hats off to you VINAY.... you showed the world that they need to be simple and try to exploit on strengths while controlling the weakness. Karnataka cricket is blessed with Seniors who are ever willing to help and mentor the team, Selfless cricketers..

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 1:31 GMT)

@JRP100....letz not bat for KL Rahul now itself.....the guy has talent....let him mature with another full season of domestic cricket.....Let alone Vinay and Mithun ......HS Sharath was also unplayable considering he is very new to 1st class itself....With More and Aravind in reserves......Karnataka again is blessed with good bowlers....with due credit to Batsmen, support staff and mentors.

Posted by binojpeter on (February 12, 2014, 0:00 GMT)

I thought Gambhir will do well in this match. Failed in both innings.

Posted by whippingBails on (February 11, 2014, 23:46 GMT)

When you go to KSCA stadium in Bengaluru on a match less day, where there is not a single soul in the entire stadium and you see someone running like a energizer bunny round and round the stadium, that would be Vinay. That is his work ethic, he tries hard as he comes from humble background, not from big city. Nothing is taken for granted. He reminds me of Madan Lal who would never give up with a touch of Kumble somewhere for the cricketing mind. Well deserved for VK. He worked hard with Coach Arun Kumar to ensure everyone in the team got to ride the bus. Well managed and coached teams usually end up winning and Karnataka is the proof.

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