Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Group B, 9th round, 3rd day December 9, 2016

Vinay leads Karnataka's rout of Maharashtra

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R Vinay Kumar scored a half-century in addition to his five-wicket haul © PTI

Maharashtra's hopes of securing a quarter-final berth came crashing down as they were handed a thrashing by 10 wickets by Karnataka in Mohali. After taking a 182-run lead, largely swelled due to some lower order fight by R Vinay Kumar, who was unbeaten on 56, Karnataka bowled Maharashtra out for 218; a counter-attacking approach that resulted in batsmen looking for runs resulted in their downfall. Then R Samarth and Kaunain Abbas achieved their 37-run target without much fuss to secure a bonus point. This was Karnataka's fifth win this season.

David Mathias, originally not picked in the XI but drafted in late as a replacement for Manish Pandey, did his credentials no harm, picking three crucial wickets including that of Kedar Jadhav , who top scored with 85. Abhimanyu Mithun, who bowled just two deliveries in the first innings before hobbling off the field, returned from a niggle to take 2 for 44. Karnataka will await the Jharkhand-Odisha contest on December 15 to find out if they're the group toppers.

Delhi needed 167 more to keep their qualification hopes alive, but they'd lost four wickets in pursuit of 276 against Saurashtra in Vadodara. Rishabh Pant, their highest run-getter this season and Milind Kumar will resume on the final day. The pair batted out 13 overs after Shaurya Sanandia picked up three early wickets to finish the day on 109 for 4.

That Delhi found themselves staring at defeat despite having Saurashtra on the ropes at the start - they were effectively 36 for 5 - was due to some lower order mettle from Arpit Vasavada (89) and Jaydev Unadkat (80). The seventh-wicket pair took Saurashtra from 261 for 7 to 396, before Pradeep Sangwan broke through. Saurashtra's trail didn't last long as they were soon bowled out for 420.

Delhi started briskly but lost Shikhar Dhawan (16) and Gautam Gambhir (34) quickly. Then they lost two more wickets, that of Unmukt Chand and Nitish Rana in the space of three deliveries to wobble. A loss for Delhi here would Odisha join Karnataka and Jharkhand as the three qualifiers from the group.

Lalit Yadav's six-wicket haul orchestrated a sensational Rajasthan collapse as Vidarbha were left chasing 188 to secure a consolation win and end the season on a high in Greater Noida. Rajasthan, who took a first-innings lead of 24, slipped from 119 for 3 to 163 all out, with opener Amitkumar Gautam's 51 being the highest of the innings.

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  • Ansumit on December 10, 2016, 10:58 GMT

    The same team Saurashtra were relegated in 2014-2015 season by Odisha. Now the same team have made in roads for Odisha into the quarters.. Strange is this game

  • SACHIN_MH on December 10, 2016, 7:56 GMT

    Good show by karnataka, they have comeback well after a loss, they have a bunch of talented and committed youngsters. Samarth, Abbas, Debutant Deshpande all played well. Congrats to Vinaykumar for leading from the front, good all-round show by him..

  • Honey0701 on December 10, 2016, 7:16 GMT

    @INDTHEBEST you know how many test matches Vinaykumar played, forget about Vinaykumar the few other players you mentioned how many chances they have got compared to Ishant, Rohit, Varun etc. Without giving enough chance many good performing domestic players career is destroyed.

  • RaniR on December 10, 2016, 6:21 GMT

    @ PINCH-HITTER_NIGHT-WATCHMAN: You are saying that simply because Mathias took three wickets (and failed badly in batting). So the presumption here is that Kar took unfair advantage with his bowling. Really? Mah lost because of Mathias, wh didn't even bowl in the first innings? What if he had failed? Mah lost the match with their batting failure in the first innings, where Kar was even a bowler short.

  • IndTheBest on December 9, 2016, 21:04 GMT

    Vinaykumar is a decent hard working bowler. I'd put him along with S Badrinath, Amol Mazumdar, Hemang Badhani, Pankaj Singh, Murli Karthik, Pragyan Ojha etc who were excellent & consistent performer at domestic circuit but somehow not quite get as much success in International cricket. Well Done Vinaykumar!

  • Nikhil on December 9, 2016, 17:32 GMT

    saurasthra by far look one of the most pathetic teams in the fray, out of their home comforts they fall like nine pins

  • cricfan85391974 on December 9, 2016, 16:44 GMT

    Hats off to Vinay for leading from the front and grooming youngsters. Karnataka's basket is indeed full of talent. Samarth is playing really well, Mithun is back in action at the right time. Hope he continues to be fit. With Mithun, Aravind and Vinay Karnataka has a formidable pace attack. With Shreyas and Gowtham working their spin the entire bowling is ready to win the tournament this time. Wishing them all the best. Hodi maga.

  • Pinch-Hitter_Night-watchman on December 9, 2016, 15:55 GMT

    Need a proper rule for substitutes with respect to national duties/concussions etc. Now it would seem that Maharashtra skipper was quite right about not allowing a sub initially, there was no like-for-like replacement, as would be the fair rule.

    Karnataka team clearly took advantage of the situation and so would have any other side, but imagine if such a thing were to happen during a knockout game! The technical committee needs to work it out, so that next time around subs happen irrespective of match situation and not as a tactical change, but rather as a need-based replacement.

  • keshavamakki on December 9, 2016, 14:20 GMT

    The person who got very bad deal by Dhoni is Vinay....... He is prooving why he is still needed......... I just feel he can be in place of Jayant Yadav in overseas test matches