Ranji Trophy semifinals, Karnataka vs Saurashtra Day 1 highlights: Half-centuries by Manish Pandey, Shreyas Gopal and Srinivas Sharath help Karnataka reach 264/9 at the close of play on Day 1. Sharath, who’s unbeaten at 74 will resume the Karnataka innings with Ronit More. After a brilliant comeback in the final session led by K Makvana, Saurashtra would hope to wrap the Karnataka innings in the first hour of play on Friday. The spinner scalped three wickets in the session and also broke the 96-run sixth wicket stand between Gopal and Sharath.
Jaydev Unadkat was also clinical in the first session of the day. He dismantled the Karnataka top-order by picking up three wickets and then later took the vital wicket of Manish Pandey.
Ranji Trophy semifinals, Karnataka vs Saurashtra Day 1 highlights:
Karnataka reach 264/9 at the close of play on Day 1. Srinivas Sharath, who's unbeaten at 74, along with Ronit More will resume the innings tomorrow. In the final session of the day, K Makvana helped Saurashtra pick four wickets.
Karnataka lose their 9th wicket as Abhimanyu Mithun gets a leading edge while trying to play a lofted shot on the on-side. The ball soars up in the air and eventually lands in Jaydev Unadkat's hand at mid-off. KAR: 258/9
Poor shot selection by Vinay Kumar cost him his wicket. He tries to play against the turn and misses it completely as the ball remained low and straight and hits the middle stump. Karnataka lose their 8th wicket. KAR: 251/8
Vinay Kumar's match-winning performance against Rajasthan
Vinay Kumar is the new batsman at the crease. He played a crucial role in Karnataka's victory against Rajasthan in the quarter-finals. The former skipper rescued his team by scoring an unbeaten 83 and building a 97-run final wicket stand with Ronit More to help Karnataka take 39-run first innings lead.
Wickets tumble for Karnataka as K Makvana picks up another wicket in consecutive overs. The ball took the outside edge of K Gowtham's bat and went straight to H Desai at first slip, who took it cleanly at the end. KAR: 238/7
GONE! K Makvana breaks the 96-run sixth wicket stand between S Gopal and S Sharath. Gopal tried to go for a big shot on the leg side but he misses the ball completely as it goes and hits the off stump. The batsman departs after scoring 87, K Gowtham is the new man at the crease. KAR: 232/6
S Sharath completes half-century
S Sharath taps the ball fine between the wicket-keeper and the slip for a boundary to bring up his half-century. The batsman is playing on 51 in 110 deliveries, which include 8 fours. He has also constructed a 82-run partnership with S Gopal in 190 deliveries. KAR: 218/5
64 run stand between Shreyas Gopal and Srinivas Sharath has taken Karnataka to 200/5 at Tea. One wicket falling in the second session - early on of Manish Pandey.
FOUR! FOUR! FOUR!
Consecutive boundaries by Sharath to Makvana. First ball of the 50th over, Sharath uses the width to good effect and cuts it fine of short third man for a boundary. Next ball, he comes down the track to play it down the ground wide of cover. Fourth ball of the over, now Sharath clips it towards fine leg for another boundary
Against the run of play, Manish Pandey falls to Jaydev Unadkat for 62 runs and the Saurashtra skipper is over the moon. The celebrations say it all. Saurashtra skipper gets the better of his counterpart and Karnataka get that jolt out of nowhere. It was a fuller length delivery on the stumps, it skids off the deck, Pandey was late in getting his bat down, it breaches his defense and it smashes his stumps. Karnataka are 136/5
100 run partnership
100 run partnership between Manish Pandey and Shreyas Gopal. Extraordinary counterattacking cricket from these two. Very full delivery from Unadkat on the stumps, Pandey creams the drive with a straight bat and it rockets to the fence staright down the ground
A good fightback from Manish Pandey and Shreyas Gopal as they take Karnataka to 128/4 at Lunch on Day 1. Now they have something to build on and they will hope to improve in the second session.
Karnataka regain control
Manish Pandey and Shreyas Gopal have somewhat created a balance to the Karnataka inning. Playing attacking shots and carefully approach in equal measure. Up to 80/4 from 24 overs
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Bowler's paradise in Wayanad, Kerala with a returning Umesh Yadav reaping benefits of a green track. He's got four wickets in his first spell and Kerala are 43/5 with skipper Sachin Baby persevering.
Karun Nair becomes the fourth wicket to fall with Chetan Sakariya striking this time. Nair goes back for 9 runs from 22 balls. Nothing extravagant in the delivery. Nair pokes at it away from the body, it kisses the outside edge and Snell Patel behind the stumps makes no mistake. Karnataka are 30/4
Manish Pandey looks to take the attack on Saurashtra. Lifts a delivery from Prerak Mankad down the ground for a six. Clear strike and lovely shot.
THREE DOWN! Karnataka continue to implode and Jaydev Unadkat continues to be at the heart of it. Mayank Agarwal falls for 2 runs from 30 balls. It pitched on a good length and nipped away off the deck, Agarwal gets a delicate edge on the push and it settles into the gloves of Snell Patel. Karnataka are 19/3
Krishnamurthy Siddharth is the next to go! He falls for 12 runs from 21 balls to Jaydev Unadkat. Second wicket for Unadkat. A very full delivery and it comes back in, Siddharth was pinned to the crease and it hits him on the pads. Angle made it seem it could miss leg but umpire seems convinced. Karnataka are 14/2
In case you missed our pre-match reading, here it is on Karnataka vs Saurashtra from Sriram Veera. The other semifinal has Kerala looking to cause another upset when they take on Vidarbha. Our reporter Vishal Menon with the preview and more on the Kerala opening players
What a start for Saurashtra! Ravikumar Samarth is dismissed for a duck on the third ball of the match. Jaydev Unadkat is pumped! Full length delivery by the skipper around off, it jags back in with a lot of venom, the late lateral movement forces Samarth to play down the wrong line. It misses his inside edge and raps him on the pads. Appeal for lbw and the finger goes up. Karnataka 0/1
Karnataka captain Manish Pandey: " We will look to bat first. In the last match, ball started to keep low so we have decided to bat first. We have made one changes to our team. Mayank comes in so we have to play him. Nischal who has had a good season will have to sit out. This is a good opportunity for Karun to score runs."
Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadkat: "I am happy to bowl first on this pitch. We have momentum on our side but they are a very good side and it should be a good match. The chase in the last match will take us a long way. We can be proud of the way we fought back in the last match."
"It looks like a green pitch. It looks hard too. There are no cracks left on the pitch. This pitch will surely help the seamers in the first session. Skipper should bowl first on this pitch."
Saurashtra Playing XI: Harvik Desai, Snell Patel(w), Vishvaraj Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sheldon Jackson, Aarpit Vasavada, Prerak Mankad, Kamlesh Makvana, Jaydev Unadkat(c), Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Chetan Sakariya
Karnataka Playing XI: Mayank Agarwal, Ravikumar Samarth, Krishnamurthy Siddharth, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey(c), Srinivas Sharath(w), Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ronit More
Karnataka have won the toss and decided to bat.
Ranji Trophy semi-finals
Hello and Good Morning! From 37 teams that started out at the start of the competition, it is now down to four - Kerala, Vidarbha, Karnataka and Saurashtra. Our focus for the next few days will be on the M Chinnaswamy Stadium where Karnataka take on Saurashtra to become the third team to make it to the domestic tournament's final for a 15th time. Saurashtra, however, have in them a stalwart in Cheteshwar Pujara who is oozing confidence and it is rubbing off on his teammates too - as it showed in their heroic chase against UP.