Karnataka v Rest of India, Irani Cup, 3rd day February 11, 2014

Gautam and Vinay leave Rest reeling

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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

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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  • 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.

  • 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)

  • omlovesindia on February 12, 2014, 6:23 GMT

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • binojpeter on February 12, 2014, 0:00 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • omlovesindia on February 12, 2014, 6:23 GMT

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • binojpeter on February 12, 2014, 0:00 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • Batmanindallas on February 11, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    Well done Pankaj-Keep at it. Your turn should come soon. Hopefully he will be picked by IPL teams maybe Rajasthan??

  • JRP100 on February 11, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    @leggie, you summed it up well but this is not the best 11 for the A squad, dinda harbajhan mishra and anureet singh should be replaced by aaron, jalaj saxena, ojha and rishi dhawan (poor bowling selection really as dinda avergaged 30 this season with the ball and on seamer friendly tracks. also if anureet singh was selected for the number of wickets he took then dhawan should be ahead of him as he's been in the top 10 list twice in a row now). Batting really is dissapointing though, was hoping at least one of jiwanjot singh or gambhir would do well, looks like rahul is the only hope of a reserve opener in the country at the moment. Aparajith can be excused as he is in his first full season and is 19 but mandeep singh has had a shocking season so its a surprise hes even there instead of saurabh tiwary (who should be a genuine candidate for the ODI squad). The way they batted against vinay on the first morning was poor, none of these guys will survive in overseas conditions.

  • RajeshNaik on February 11, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Vinay detractors (at least 70% of cricinfo Indian readers) were definitely hoping that even if Karnataka wins Ranji & Irani trophy, Vinay should fail as a bowler. If that had happened then there would have been more comments here ridiculing and berating him. But alas, those members of Viany hate club did not get a chance to do so. They may even be wondering as to how this fellow manage to take wickets and more over they must be surprised to their bones as to how can he lead his team so well. It is cheers to Vinay as he gave no chance to any of his detractors to speak a word against him. Of course, some die hard members of Vinay hate club, out of sheer frustration, still wrote some skeptical comments. Chill out guys. Vinay has everything in life and has the respect of the team he leads and gets the respect from the opponents as well. Do not waste time by ridiculing him. He always has the last laugh. Well done, Vinay.

  • on February 11, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Get pankaj singh into the Indian team!

  • Leggie on February 11, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Some observations from the match. 1) It was a sad sight to see Gautam Gambhir struggle. He needs some miracle to rediscover his lost form 2) This is the weakest ROI batting side that one may have seen for several years now. Except Dinesh Karthik - none comes even close to earning an India "A" team spot - let alone an India cap. The batting cupboard looks empty! 3) Pankaj Singh *definitely* needs a look in. His performance showed that he is someone with a big heart. 4) Karnataka team's discipline was a revelation. Their ground fielding and catching would have made an international team feel proud. 5) The crowning glory is Vinay's captaincy. He was always alert and field placements were spot on. The highlight was his decision to stand at mid-on or mid-off when Mithun or Sharath were bowling. His leadership skills is a facet that not many may have seen. I'm sure he'll go a long way in serving Karnataka cricket.

  • on February 11, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    KARNATAKA Team ready to replace INDIAN Team...... well played

  • on February 11, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Pankaj Singh!! No matter how many wickets you take, you will still remain an Amol Majumder or a S.Badrinath. Lets take this match for instance - Everyone will talk about India's biggest talent Mr.Vinay Kumar, after all he had delivered for, oh wait, against India (8 runs an over). No one ll even look at you including the super body BCCI. I am sorry to say but you should seriously consider playing for another country, lets say Zimbabwe, Bangladesh or Afghanistan, since you still have time. All the best champ. I just wish you were born in Australia or New Zealand. Perhaps you would have completed 4 years in international cricket by now.

  • TestOfTime on February 11, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Kudos Vishal Dikshit, on a very well written match report. Most of the match reports I read these days on Cricinfo go back and forth between 2 innings (if it's panned out that way) and tend to repeat certain passages more than once. This frustrates the readers. This is very well written. you summarized the entire play in the first para (a reader could then close stop reading if he wanted to since he had gleaned the main aspects). Then you went on to sequentially describe the day's play. this was a throwback to the olden day's match summaries. Oh and BTW, great job K'taka. vinay may have been discarded by India but he is doing a terrific job for his state. Hope he wins the MoM

  • Ashwin_Mysore on February 11, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    HS Sharath looks a serious talent.....Vinay, Mithun and Sharath along with the top batsmen should be sent to county.

  • on February 11, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    All the best team Karnataka. Well played by all players.

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  • on February 11, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    All the best team Karnataka. Well played by all players.

  • Ashwin_Mysore on February 11, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    HS Sharath looks a serious talent.....Vinay, Mithun and Sharath along with the top batsmen should be sent to county.

  • TestOfTime on February 11, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Kudos Vishal Dikshit, on a very well written match report. Most of the match reports I read these days on Cricinfo go back and forth between 2 innings (if it's panned out that way) and tend to repeat certain passages more than once. This frustrates the readers. This is very well written. you summarized the entire play in the first para (a reader could then close stop reading if he wanted to since he had gleaned the main aspects). Then you went on to sequentially describe the day's play. this was a throwback to the olden day's match summaries. Oh and BTW, great job K'taka. vinay may have been discarded by India but he is doing a terrific job for his state. Hope he wins the MoM

  • on February 11, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Pankaj Singh!! No matter how many wickets you take, you will still remain an Amol Majumder or a S.Badrinath. Lets take this match for instance - Everyone will talk about India's biggest talent Mr.Vinay Kumar, after all he had delivered for, oh wait, against India (8 runs an over). No one ll even look at you including the super body BCCI. I am sorry to say but you should seriously consider playing for another country, lets say Zimbabwe, Bangladesh or Afghanistan, since you still have time. All the best champ. I just wish you were born in Australia or New Zealand. Perhaps you would have completed 4 years in international cricket by now.

  • on February 11, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    KARNATAKA Team ready to replace INDIAN Team...... well played

  • Leggie on February 11, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Some observations from the match. 1) It was a sad sight to see Gautam Gambhir struggle. He needs some miracle to rediscover his lost form 2) This is the weakest ROI batting side that one may have seen for several years now. Except Dinesh Karthik - none comes even close to earning an India "A" team spot - let alone an India cap. The batting cupboard looks empty! 3) Pankaj Singh *definitely* needs a look in. His performance showed that he is someone with a big heart. 4) Karnataka team's discipline was a revelation. Their ground fielding and catching would have made an international team feel proud. 5) The crowning glory is Vinay's captaincy. He was always alert and field placements were spot on. The highlight was his decision to stand at mid-on or mid-off when Mithun or Sharath were bowling. His leadership skills is a facet that not many may have seen. I'm sure he'll go a long way in serving Karnataka cricket.

  • on February 11, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Get pankaj singh into the Indian team!

  • RajeshNaik on February 11, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Vinay detractors (at least 70% of cricinfo Indian readers) were definitely hoping that even if Karnataka wins Ranji & Irani trophy, Vinay should fail as a bowler. If that had happened then there would have been more comments here ridiculing and berating him. But alas, those members of Viany hate club did not get a chance to do so. They may even be wondering as to how this fellow manage to take wickets and more over they must be surprised to their bones as to how can he lead his team so well. It is cheers to Vinay as he gave no chance to any of his detractors to speak a word against him. Of course, some die hard members of Vinay hate club, out of sheer frustration, still wrote some skeptical comments. Chill out guys. Vinay has everything in life and has the respect of the team he leads and gets the respect from the opponents as well. Do not waste time by ridiculing him. He always has the last laugh. Well done, Vinay.

  • JRP100 on February 11, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    @leggie, you summed it up well but this is not the best 11 for the A squad, dinda harbajhan mishra and anureet singh should be replaced by aaron, jalaj saxena, ojha and rishi dhawan (poor bowling selection really as dinda avergaged 30 this season with the ball and on seamer friendly tracks. also if anureet singh was selected for the number of wickets he took then dhawan should be ahead of him as he's been in the top 10 list twice in a row now). Batting really is dissapointing though, was hoping at least one of jiwanjot singh or gambhir would do well, looks like rahul is the only hope of a reserve opener in the country at the moment. Aparajith can be excused as he is in his first full season and is 19 but mandeep singh has had a shocking season so its a surprise hes even there instead of saurabh tiwary (who should be a genuine candidate for the ODI squad). The way they batted against vinay on the first morning was poor, none of these guys will survive in overseas conditions.

  • Batmanindallas on February 11, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    Well done Pankaj-Keep at it. Your turn should come soon. Hopefully he will be picked by IPL teams maybe Rajasthan??