Pitted against an impressive Karnataka seam attack, comprising Ambimanyu Mithun, Ronit More, and Prateek Jain, they could play out only 30 overs, folding up for a dismal 79, to set Karnataka a target of 51 runs on the final day's play.
On his part, Prateek has toiled hard to make his mark as a left-arm pacer. He has had a fairly decent stint with the Bijapur Bulls franchise at the Karnataka Premier League. However, breaking into Karnataka's heavy-duty first-class team proved to be an arduous task.
Bapu Nadkarni, a 41-Test veteran, plied his trade in the 1950s and 60s, a period when Test cricket was a turgid affair. When asked about the secret behind his unrelenting accuracy, Nadkarni attributed it to his long, indefatigable sessions at the nets.
Madhya Pradesh's strike bowler wanted to make sure that he remained fresh for the next four days. In many ways, Khan seems to be following in the footsteps of Team India fast bowlers who, in recent times, have preferred to give pre-match training sessions a miss.