Karnataka skittled out Punjab cheaply for 174 runs in their first innings and then reached 59 for two at stumps on the opening day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match at KSCA Stadium here today.
Sent into bat,Punjab had no answers to combat the skills of Karnataka’s medium pacer Stuart Binny (3/62) and left-arm orthodox spinner KP Appanna (3/29).
After the visitors had lost in-form opener Jiwanjot Singh for five,his opening partner Manan Vohra made a useful 69 in Uday Kaul’s company,who made 29 and stitched a crucial partnership of 73 runs for the second wicket.
Punjab,whose batting looked bullish in their last game against Vidarbha,folded up in 54.5 overs at the same venue where Chetsehwar Pujara and Gautam Gambhir had cracked a triple ton and a century for India A against West Indies A a few months back.
Apart from Vohra and Kaul,captain Mandeep Singh was the only batsman to reach the double-digit score of an unbeaten 32,which came in 133 minutes.
Punjab’s innings went awry when they lost last six wickets for just 33 runs.
Appanna and Binny packed off half of the team,with just 141 on board,the other wickets being claimed by captain Vinay Kumar,H S Sharath and Abhimanyu Mithin,who were right on their money scalping one wicket each.
In reply,Karnataka failed to capitalise on the good work done by their bowlers as they lost two wickets,with 40 runs on the board.
Pacer Manpreet Goni did the damage by sending openers Mayank Agarwal (17) and Satish Ganesh (5) — packing to the pavillion.
When the umpires called for stumps,Karnataka were 59 for two,with Rahul and Manish Pandey batting on 22 and 13,respectively.
Punjab 1st inngs: 174 runs in 54.5 overs (M Vohra 69; KP Appanna 3/29).
Karnataka 1st innings: 59 for two in 27 overs (KL Rahul 22; MS Gony 2/20).
Baroda dismiss Services for 191 on day one in Ranji Trophy
India discards Munaf Patel and Yusuf Pathan shared seven wickets between them as Baroda dismissed Services for 191 in their first innings and then reached 62 for no loss at stumps on the opening day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match at Reliance Stadium in Vadodara today.
Seamer Patel (4/38) scalped four wickets,while off-spinner Pathan (3/19) took three. Bhargav Bhatt (2/38) and Murtuja Vahora (1/49) too contributed with two and one wicket after Baroda decided to field.
For Services,Yashpal Singh (58) and Soumya Swain (62) cracked twin half centuries to help their team recover from an early slump.
Asked to take the first strike,Baroda lost both their openers — Pratik Desai (6) and Nakul Verma (6) within 6.1 overs,courtesy Patel,who produced a brilliant spell of seam bowling.
Patel again came back in the 11th over to take another wicket,when he had Anshul Gupta caught by Vahora. Next to go was skipper Rajat Paliwal (0) as Services slipped to 42 for four in 15 overs.
Yashpal (58) and Swain (62) then arrested the slide and steadied the ship with a 87-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Once Yashpal was dismissed in the 43rd over by Bhatt,Swain tried to continue the work but next batsman Vishnu Tiwari (8) too was dismissed cheaply by Bhatt,who trapped him infront of wicket.
Swain was back to the hut in the 61st over when he was caught by Shah off Pathan’s bowling as Services were reduced to 181 for seven. The next three batsmen could add only 10 runs more to their innings.
Baroda then returned to produce a solid batting display with the openers SP Wakaskar (24) and DM Mistry (33) ensuring they reach 62 without any loss at the draw of stumps.
Services 1st innings: 191 all out in 65 overs (Yashpal Singh 58,S Swain 62; Munaf Patel 4/38,Yusuf Pathan 3/19)
Baroda 1st innings: 62 for no loss in 22 overs (DM Mistry 33; Koteswar Rao 0/12).