Punjab v Karnataka, Ranji Trophy, semifinals, Mohali, 2nd day January 19, 2014

Vinay Kumar five-for derails Punjab

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Karnataka 39 for 2 trail Punjab 270 (Jiwanjot 74, Vinay 5-27, Shreyas 3-92) by 231 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Unlike Saturday morning which was chilly and overcast, the sun and clear blue skies made an appearance in Mohali on Sunday allowing a full day's play.

For the first half of the day, nearly everything went Punjab's way. Karnataka captain and senior bowler Vinay Kumar had to leave the field within 10 minutes of the start due to back spasms, leaving the visitors to rely on the dibbly-dobblies of Manish Pandey in the first hour itself. Jiwanjot Singh was caught dead in front while still on 0 but the umpire turned down the lbw appeal, and the in-form opener capitalised to make a brisk 74.

Punjab's most dangerous batsman, the out-of-form Yuvraj Singh, was cruising to his highest score of the season, taking the team along to 223 for 3. The early help for the seamers had vanished, Karnataka's part-time spinners weren't posing much of a threat and Punjab were zipping along at nearly four-and-a-half runs an over.

That was when occasional legspinner Amit Verma tossed up a high full toss which Yuvraj could have smashed anywhere he liked. Yuvraj picked out the man at deep midwicket, to be dismissed for 42 and a little over an hour later, Punjab had rolled over 270 - losing their final seven wickets for 47.

The collapse was masterminded by Vinay, who had returned to the field midway through the morning session after more than an hour out. Punjab's other remaining senior batsman, Mandeep Singh, was the first to go, trapped by a superb incutter. Two balls later, a plan worked perfectly as Vinay bowled a full ball on leg stump, only for Gitansh Khera to clip it to short midwicket, prompting a jubilant reaction from the fielder posted there for the shot. Gurkeerat Singh then nicked one to the keeper, Harbhajan Singh steered a catch to gully, and after a couple of big hits, Jaskaran Singh chipped a catch back to Vinay to complete the innings and a five-wicket haul.

In Vinay's absence, the Karnataka attack struggled to support the impressive but wicketless Abhimanyu Mithun, who hardly bowled any loose deliveries and tested the batsmen with well-directed bouncers. Ronit More, playing only his fifth first-class match, was profligate, gifting a boundary-ball nearly every over, to waste the new ball. After 10.5 overs he had been taken for 66 runs. Allrounder Shreyas Gopal also couldn't keep the runs down, bowling the regular hit-me delivery expected from every wristspinner bar the very best. His first 12 overs went for 75.

That contributed to Punjab's top order scoring freely, and Karnataka's decision to bowl on a track which was not particularly friendly to seamers, though it looked nearly as green as the outfield, seemed the wrong one. Opener Manan Vohra, recently in the headlines for having been retained by Kings XI Punjab, hit boundaries at will reaching a half-century at better than a run-a-ball. His opening partner Jiwanjot was a bit more sedate, but he too picked up the pace as the innings progressed.

Karnataka's early breakthroughs came more due to casual strokeplay from Punjab than from unplayable bowling. Vohra feathered through to the keeper when attempting an on-the-up drive, Jiwanjot looked to cut when the ball wasn't too far from the stumps and Taruwar Kohli punched a harmless delivery to short cover.

If Punjab were demoralised by the haste with which the middle order collapsed after that, it wasn't evident when they came out to bowl. Manpreet Gony, in particular, was hostile as Punjab's three quicks had the ball curling around and the flamboyant batsmen in Karnataka's top order were forced to be circumspect. The prolific KL Rahul fell in Gony's first over, and the usually aggressive Mayank Agarwal couldn't score for 22 deliveries before fatally flirting with a wide ball.

Robin Uthappa and Pandey knuckled down to grind out the final hour, as Karnataka progressed at well under two an over. They will have to do more of the same on Monday morning, if they are to challenge Punjab's first-innings total.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    agree with @Karunk its only pace that you need. you need to have the skill to tie-up opponent.

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | January 20, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    @Karunk Nice try. First you say faster bowlers concede more runs that medium pacers, then you admit that Vinay Kumar does indeed concede runs. Which one is it? The fact is Vinay Kumar is neither an economical bowler (like Bhuvneshwar) nor is he a strike bowler who takes wickets (like Shami). He's completely ineffective in ODIs and did poorly in the one Test he played.

  • POSTED BY vip.ap on | January 20, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Many comments are posted about Maharashtra not deserving a Final chance.

    I would like to ask the guys who think like this :

    1)Which team do you think did better than Maharashtra as a complete unit ?

    2)If you think think Group C teams shouldn't be given a chance for QF/SF/Finals then Indian Cricket will never grow as only Players from Group A Ranji teams will make it to Indian National team and players like Samad Fallah , Vijay Zol will always be ignored.

    3)If group C teams shouldn't get a chance then why even include them in Ranji Trophy matches ?

    Anyways you will see more of Maharashtra when we beat another Group A team at the finals , 5 of the top 15 Run getters this season are from Maharashtra. Our Bowling is decent. Fielding is decent, we even play as a good unit.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 20, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Enough said about Vinay Kumar. We want WICKET TAKING not WICKET WAITING. Let's face it - you either need to have movement / pace / bounce to take wickets. Although Aaron / Shami / Yadav go for runs, they always have an odd wicket taking delivery. Vinay Kumar is already defeated before he bowls a ball. No this has nothing to do with glamour.Agarkar would have never played if that was the case. Just bowing dibbly dobblies wicker to wicket is just not enough to TAKE WICKETS leave alone WAIT FOR WICKETS.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    vinay kumar represent karnataka to T20 worldcup definitly in idnian T20 team best of luck Vinay Kumar

  • POSTED BY Karunk on | January 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    There have been many comments about Vinay's pace, selection & performance. The pitches in one day & T20 are prepared to entertain the crowd, making them batsmen friendly. Just the raw pace (140+) does not help. Need good variation on these kind of pitches. Shami got hit for 20 runs in the end overs yesterday. Anderson bowling at 130 was more effective and economical than Milne bowling at 150+. Our fast bowlers like Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav bowling at 140+ will concede more runs than BKumar VKumar bowling at 128K and also will take less wickets. Suggest the name of an Indian bowler who has not leaked runs in last 12 months. India cannot produce tear away fast bowlers. We have to accept & move forward with bowlers maintaining good line & length, having good variation & keep taking wickets. Yes! Vinay concedes runs. But who does not? Selectors keep going back to him because he keeps taking wickets. Opposite team keeps scoring 300+ runs irrespective of who is bowling at them....

  • POSTED BY PerfectTen on | January 20, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    People who don't want Vinay back in the national reckoning are typically those who put glamour ahead of value to the team. They look for guys like Ishant, Yadav, Varun Aaron who have proved time and again that they can not sustain their performance levels for various reasons. Bollywood rules Indian cricket!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Come on guys at least let we learn a player performs, who is according to you all is best only when he bowls at 120-130, look at Umesh Yadav where he is already burnt or vanished, same is the case with Shammi you may expect him in Indian team for another one or two years, when Vinay is given too many chances what is different with Raina and Ashwin are they match winners now, our voice will not work out in selection it is entirely a different only some voice will be heard but not every voice, but one thing is sure if you want to be an permanent member irrespective of performance born in Mumbai like Rohit Sharma but not anywhere in South India whatever you perform it will be easily discarded

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    was hoping to read a bit about Maharashtra match. Spare a thought for their collective performance. Kudos to Maharashtra. No real big name, but they come a long distance. The Maharashtra - Bengal match was neither was covered on television, nor got much coverage on cricinfo either.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 20, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    man I don't want this guy again in Indian team... please selectors forget this match, this match never happened, and look beyond these.medium pacer who can't even touch 130kmph at regular basis... nor do these guys have extreme.swing.. I am from Karnataka but I.don't want any Karnataka bowler to be part of Indian team... there was time where 3 bowlers were from Karnataka, I wish we.produce some good leg spinner like kumble again... but one advice for selectors, consider a bowler who is capable of maintaining his pace on consistent basis... a bowler who can hit the deck hard and a bowler who comes to bowling with some intent.. there was pankaj Singh who is wasted playing ranjai all his life.. he has never dropped pace, infact he has increase it over the years.. please no bowler from south India... I can see none making it to Indian side...

  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    agree with @Karunk its only pace that you need. you need to have the skill to tie-up opponent.

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | January 20, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    @Karunk Nice try. First you say faster bowlers concede more runs that medium pacers, then you admit that Vinay Kumar does indeed concede runs. Which one is it? The fact is Vinay Kumar is neither an economical bowler (like Bhuvneshwar) nor is he a strike bowler who takes wickets (like Shami). He's completely ineffective in ODIs and did poorly in the one Test he played.

  • POSTED BY vip.ap on | January 20, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Many comments are posted about Maharashtra not deserving a Final chance.

    I would like to ask the guys who think like this :

    1)Which team do you think did better than Maharashtra as a complete unit ?

    2)If you think think Group C teams shouldn't be given a chance for QF/SF/Finals then Indian Cricket will never grow as only Players from Group A Ranji teams will make it to Indian National team and players like Samad Fallah , Vijay Zol will always be ignored.

    3)If group C teams shouldn't get a chance then why even include them in Ranji Trophy matches ?

    Anyways you will see more of Maharashtra when we beat another Group A team at the finals , 5 of the top 15 Run getters this season are from Maharashtra. Our Bowling is decent. Fielding is decent, we even play as a good unit.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 20, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Enough said about Vinay Kumar. We want WICKET TAKING not WICKET WAITING. Let's face it - you either need to have movement / pace / bounce to take wickets. Although Aaron / Shami / Yadav go for runs, they always have an odd wicket taking delivery. Vinay Kumar is already defeated before he bowls a ball. No this has nothing to do with glamour.Agarkar would have never played if that was the case. Just bowing dibbly dobblies wicker to wicket is just not enough to TAKE WICKETS leave alone WAIT FOR WICKETS.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    vinay kumar represent karnataka to T20 worldcup definitly in idnian T20 team best of luck Vinay Kumar

  • POSTED BY Karunk on | January 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    There have been many comments about Vinay's pace, selection & performance. The pitches in one day & T20 are prepared to entertain the crowd, making them batsmen friendly. Just the raw pace (140+) does not help. Need good variation on these kind of pitches. Shami got hit for 20 runs in the end overs yesterday. Anderson bowling at 130 was more effective and economical than Milne bowling at 150+. Our fast bowlers like Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav bowling at 140+ will concede more runs than BKumar VKumar bowling at 128K and also will take less wickets. Suggest the name of an Indian bowler who has not leaked runs in last 12 months. India cannot produce tear away fast bowlers. We have to accept & move forward with bowlers maintaining good line & length, having good variation & keep taking wickets. Yes! Vinay concedes runs. But who does not? Selectors keep going back to him because he keeps taking wickets. Opposite team keeps scoring 300+ runs irrespective of who is bowling at them....

  • POSTED BY PerfectTen on | January 20, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    People who don't want Vinay back in the national reckoning are typically those who put glamour ahead of value to the team. They look for guys like Ishant, Yadav, Varun Aaron who have proved time and again that they can not sustain their performance levels for various reasons. Bollywood rules Indian cricket!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Come on guys at least let we learn a player performs, who is according to you all is best only when he bowls at 120-130, look at Umesh Yadav where he is already burnt or vanished, same is the case with Shammi you may expect him in Indian team for another one or two years, when Vinay is given too many chances what is different with Raina and Ashwin are they match winners now, our voice will not work out in selection it is entirely a different only some voice will be heard but not every voice, but one thing is sure if you want to be an permanent member irrespective of performance born in Mumbai like Rohit Sharma but not anywhere in South India whatever you perform it will be easily discarded

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    was hoping to read a bit about Maharashtra match. Spare a thought for their collective performance. Kudos to Maharashtra. No real big name, but they come a long distance. The Maharashtra - Bengal match was neither was covered on television, nor got much coverage on cricinfo either.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 20, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    man I don't want this guy again in Indian team... please selectors forget this match, this match never happened, and look beyond these.medium pacer who can't even touch 130kmph at regular basis... nor do these guys have extreme.swing.. I am from Karnataka but I.don't want any Karnataka bowler to be part of Indian team... there was time where 3 bowlers were from Karnataka, I wish we.produce some good leg spinner like kumble again... but one advice for selectors, consider a bowler who is capable of maintaining his pace on consistent basis... a bowler who can hit the deck hard and a bowler who comes to bowling with some intent.. there was pankaj Singh who is wasted playing ranjai all his life.. he has never dropped pace, infact he has increase it over the years.. please no bowler from south India... I can see none making it to Indian side...

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | January 20, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Hope this performance doesn't result in his coming back into the Indian team. He's been given so many chances already and has proven to be as ineffective as Ishant Sharma. And yes, Ishant Sharma should not be in the team either.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 20, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    @anand kumar - Agree with you we seem to select the same type of bowlers - meduim, swing bowlers. When the conditions are not helpful they get whacked. We need tall hit the deck pace bowlers - the difference between our and other teams.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 20, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Robin Uthappa has taken a complete merry go round on his natural game and has become a selfish player. He was picked as he was an attacking batsman. Now he has become an ultra defensive batsman trying to gather runs rather than score runs. We already have a lot of attacking batsman who score consistently. Not sure Indian team will need services of rejuvanated Uthappa either. But happy to see Manish Pandey and K.L. Rahul scoring well this season and continuing the long tradition of Karnataka Batsman. Pandey looks compact and is a brilliant fielder, he should be expecting a national call up one he fixes his consistency.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | January 20, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Praying with the rest of the Indian fans that this performance doesn't see Vinay "Big Shot" Kumar and "Where's Robin" Uthappa back in the national squad.

    Seriously, Karnataka fans, don't be offended but these two are tried and trusted failures. They got a good go but were proven to be short of international quality. Don't feel sorry for them tho, they've laughed all the way to the bank (thanks IPL) and back. Their bank manager personally delivers the annual bank calendar to them.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Well done Vinay - you are absolutely great! Come on Karnataka - great steps to FINAL!!!

  • POSTED BY thaikkathameed on | January 20, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Now he has taken five for in a match, this mediocre bowler will be picked up for the next tour and get hammered. This guy has a very long run up and delivers at a pace of 118 - 120 kph. Bowlers who do not cross 135 kph should NOT be selected to represent pace bowling dept. Now look at Ishant, he is bowling a 125 - 127 kph. Stuart Binny bowls faster than him.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 20, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    well done punjab, love to see u guys in grand final and then win the ultimate one. also wanna see bhajji in our international team. hopefully this overated ashwin will go soon..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 20, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    I have the same criticism against selectors for picking Mohit Sharma. Could have invested in Pankaj Singh, one of the few/ perhaps the only one whose pace has gone up instead of Vinay Kumar/Mohit Sharma / Jaydev Unadkat.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 20, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    @TimeKiller : Yes right I may have hurried to conclusion a little bit. But the point is, Vinay Kumar does not swing as much as Bhuvneshwar, Praveen Kumar, doesn't seam the ball more than Zaheer, doesn't bowl quicker than Aaron or Shami. Line and length are his strengths, but let's remember McGrath, a bowler in similar mould had more bounce than Vinay Kumar and was bowing in Mid 130s with consistent seam movement. Vinay has just one attribute of Line and Length that is fairly easily negotiable. I suppose he even played the whole ODI series in England ? He didn't do exceptionally well. He might still do well, but he is not the right person to invest in I suppose. On the other hand, H.S.Sharath seems like a bright prospect.

  • POSTED BY TimeKiller on | January 19, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    @Anand Kumar : Vinay Kumar got to bowl in just one test match outside the country and Perth is definitely not ' helpful condition' for a swing bowler. It's not fair to judge a bowler based on one match. He should bowl in England and that would be the ' helpful condition' for him. Even in ODI's he has played mostly in India, where mostly flat pitches are prepared when playing visiting teams who have better fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 19, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    if only chance karnataka big parternership comes robin and pandhe there will be chance 100 runs partenership requiread

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Hope they dont jetset him back to Team India..

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 19, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Karnataka did exceedingly well in restricting Punjab from a strong 223 for 3 to 270 all out. Karnataka has to bat sensibly to turn tables on Punjab. With in form Uttappa batting & the little champ with two centuries in a row in tough last two games KK Nair to follow, Karnataka has nothing to worry, they have to just bat sensibly in the first session to take control of the game. Come on young Karnataka team - back yourselves to take solid lead to ensure a final berth.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Karnataka have batsmen till no.8 so they might take a lead unless Punjab take advantage of any kind of assistance from the pitch in the morning.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 19, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    With due respect to Vinay Kumar, Good to see Vinay Kumar do well but it's due to extremely helpful conditions for his style of bowling. Problem with having extremely helpful conditions is that mediocre bowlers don't often get separated from extremely good ones just like extremely good batsmen don't seem apart from mediocre batters on flat tracks.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | January 19, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    it will be tight game but seeing karnataka batting today i cud say that punjab cud get first innings lead if they take 2 or 3 wickets in first session. pitch is a 220-230 pitch and wayward bowling from kar bowlers upfront gave initiative to punjab batsmen. vijay have already proven to be below international class bowler but inexperienced punjab batsmen went after him for getting quick runs and lost wickets.now sandeep and gony needs to do same tomorrow and get a lead of 50-60 runs to strengthen their position.

  • POSTED BY TimeKiller on | January 19, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Karnataka missed HS Sharath in a big way today. Too bad he was injured while fielding in the UP match. Sharath is too important for this Karnataka team. He should have been rested, instead of playing in the UP match. R Samarth should have played in this match instead of M Agarwal. I guess R Samarth is also injured. Bad time for big players to get injured. Ranji schedule is very hectic and takes a big toll on players.

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | January 19, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Why does the other semi-final get no live commentary and the match report comes hours after the first semi-final's report?

  • POSTED BY RajeshNaik on | January 19, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Punjab fast bowlers bowled very well. The ball was doing all kind of things and the Punjab team worked on the ball for it to reverse swing only after 16 overs. Karnataka bowlers were clueless as to how to bowl and where to bowl till Vinay appeared on the scene. Karnataka's batting which has been fragile all season may find it difficult to handle the 'spot on' bowling of Punjab.

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  • POSTED BY RajeshNaik on | January 19, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Punjab fast bowlers bowled very well. The ball was doing all kind of things and the Punjab team worked on the ball for it to reverse swing only after 16 overs. Karnataka bowlers were clueless as to how to bowl and where to bowl till Vinay appeared on the scene. Karnataka's batting which has been fragile all season may find it difficult to handle the 'spot on' bowling of Punjab.

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | January 19, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Why does the other semi-final get no live commentary and the match report comes hours after the first semi-final's report?

  • POSTED BY TimeKiller on | January 19, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Karnataka missed HS Sharath in a big way today. Too bad he was injured while fielding in the UP match. Sharath is too important for this Karnataka team. He should have been rested, instead of playing in the UP match. R Samarth should have played in this match instead of M Agarwal. I guess R Samarth is also injured. Bad time for big players to get injured. Ranji schedule is very hectic and takes a big toll on players.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | January 19, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    it will be tight game but seeing karnataka batting today i cud say that punjab cud get first innings lead if they take 2 or 3 wickets in first session. pitch is a 220-230 pitch and wayward bowling from kar bowlers upfront gave initiative to punjab batsmen. vijay have already proven to be below international class bowler but inexperienced punjab batsmen went after him for getting quick runs and lost wickets.now sandeep and gony needs to do same tomorrow and get a lead of 50-60 runs to strengthen their position.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 19, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    With due respect to Vinay Kumar, Good to see Vinay Kumar do well but it's due to extremely helpful conditions for his style of bowling. Problem with having extremely helpful conditions is that mediocre bowlers don't often get separated from extremely good ones just like extremely good batsmen don't seem apart from mediocre batters on flat tracks.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Karnataka have batsmen till no.8 so they might take a lead unless Punjab take advantage of any kind of assistance from the pitch in the morning.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 19, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Karnataka did exceedingly well in restricting Punjab from a strong 223 for 3 to 270 all out. Karnataka has to bat sensibly to turn tables on Punjab. With in form Uttappa batting & the little champ with two centuries in a row in tough last two games KK Nair to follow, Karnataka has nothing to worry, they have to just bat sensibly in the first session to take control of the game. Come on young Karnataka team - back yourselves to take solid lead to ensure a final berth.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Hope they dont jetset him back to Team India..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 19, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    if only chance karnataka big parternership comes robin and pandhe there will be chance 100 runs partenership requiread

  • POSTED BY TimeKiller on | January 19, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    @Anand Kumar : Vinay Kumar got to bowl in just one test match outside the country and Perth is definitely not ' helpful condition' for a swing bowler. It's not fair to judge a bowler based on one match. He should bowl in England and that would be the ' helpful condition' for him. Even in ODI's he has played mostly in India, where mostly flat pitches are prepared when playing visiting teams who have better fast bowlers.