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DREAM DEBUT: K.B. Arun Karthik acknowledges the cheers after reaching the three-figure mark.
DREAM DEBUT: K.B. Arun Karthik acknowledges the cheers after reaching the three-figure mark.

Principal Correspondent

Tamil Nadu makes merry as Vidyut contributes with an unbeaten hundred

Bangalore: Debutant K.B. Arun Karthik showed little signs of nerves as he carved out a delightful 149, and along with S. Vidyut (115 not out), helped Tamil Nadu post 325 for four against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy Super League match which commenced at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Monday.

Opting to bat, Tamil Nadu suffered Monday morning blues against Vinay Kumar’s opening spell that accounted for two wickets. Abhinav Mukund and S. Badrinath remained tentative and the resultant snicks were collected with ease.

Karthik unhappy

Meanwhile the 22-year-old Arun found his runs in the arc between square-leg and long-on and also cemented the cracks that widened after skipper Dinesh Karthik left unhappy.

Karthik kept hinting that the ball had banged into the turf before striking K.B. Pawan’s boots at silly point and ballooning to short-cover but the umpires discussed and upheld the verdict as Joshi celebrated his 400th wicket in Ranji Trophy.

At 51 for three, Arun (149, 189b, 23x4, 1x6) found his belief, swatting Joshi for six and he employed the sweep and pull also to good effect.

Arun found a confident partner in southpaw Vidyut (115 batting, 261b, 14x4, 2x6) who found his groove with a whip against off-spinner Sunil Raju and later when Vinay tried to bounce him, the hook shot was employed with alacrity.

Vidyut enjoyed a reprieve on 10 when a diving Deepak Chougule, substituting for skipper Robin Uthappa, failed to snap a sharp chance at backward point off Vinay.

In the post-lunch session, the duo’s 246-run fourth-wicket partnership gathered steam with Arun notching up his hundred on debut. Vidyut too joined the act, clattering the upper tier over the press box to usher in his century off C. Raghu.

Swapping bowlers

Skipper Uthappa kept swapping his bowlers in short spells, packed the on-side with seven men and yet Arun and Vidyut drilled holes through them. The pair also found runs on the off-side with cuts and the checked drive.

Arun eventually fell to a tired slog-sweep but Vidyut and Suresh Kumar (23 batting) extended the merry act on a day when Karnataka dropped seamer N.C. Aiyappa and fielded debutant left-arm spinner Vinu Narayanan in a four-member spin attack to cash in on a dry track. However, the expected turn in fortunes never happened for the host.

The scores:

Tamil Nadu — 1st innings: Abhinav Mukund c Manish b Vinay 8, K.B. Arun Karthik c Manish b Raghu 149, S. Badrinath c Thilak Naidu b Vinay 7, D. Karthik c (sub) D. Chougule b Joshi 7, V. Sivaramakrishnan (batting) 115, Suresh Kumar (batting) 23; Extras (b-7, lb-4, nb-5): 16. Total (for four wkts. in 90 overs): 325.

Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-36, 3-51, 4-297.

Karnataka bowling: Vinay 20-5-48-2, Chipli 8-1-26-0, Vinu Narayanan 10-1-51-0, Joshi 21-2-78-1, Raju 18-2-85-0, Raghu 13-5-26-1.

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