Debutant More seizes the day with a six-wicket haul

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WHAT A START!It was a memorable beginning for Ronit More as he prised out six Goan batsmen on Monday.— PHOTO: K. BHAGYA PRAKASH
WHAT A START!It was a memorable beginning for Ronit More as he prised out six Goan batsmen on Monday.— PHOTO: K. BHAGYA PRAKASH

Early morning blues and a debutant's nerves thankfully stayed away while Ronit More made the most of his first opportunity under the Karnataka colours.

His six-wicket haul helped Karnataka bundle out Goa for 54 in the K.S. Subbaiah Pillai Trophy tournament that commenced here on Monday.

The host then cantered to an eight-wicket victory in 12.3 overs though the dismissals of skipper Robin Uthappa (23) and Ganesh Satish, robbed it off its veneer of total dominance at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

After Uthappa opted to field, the Goan innings presented a picture of timidity. Reagan Pinto (19) hung in briefly as the rest crumbled.

More (six for 18) scalped a wicket in his very first over, luring a snick from Sagun Kamat and with Abhimanyu Mithun, K.P. Appanna and Stuart Binny too striking from the other end, Goa never breathed easy.

Incisive spell

Pinto became one among More's wickets in an incisive second spell that was lit up by potent bouncers and read 2.3-0-3-4. Later, the Karnataka victory became a formality and it all was sewed up well ahead of lunch!

The theme of fancied teams playing to potential was repeated at the RSI and JIRS Grounds as Tamil Nadu and Hyderabad notched victories over Andhra and Kerala respectively.

Balaji take five

Captain L. Balaji's five-wicket haul helped Tamil Nadu restrict Andhra to 247 and the productive chase was made easy by a 102-run third-wicket partnership between Anirudh Srikkanth (94) and centurion Dinesh Karthik (105 n.o., 83b, 10x4, 3x6).

The alliance helped Tamil Nadu tide past the dismissals of Abhinav Mukund and S. Badrinath. Tamil Nadu scored 251 for five in 39.5 overs.

Meanwhile it was a tale of two centuries at the JIRS Ground.

Rohan Prem's unbeaten 113 (124b, 10x4) helped Kerala post 266 for six in 50 overs but Akshath Reddy (110 n.o., 104b, 13x4) was destined to finish on the winning end as Hyderabad snatched a two-wicket victory with nine deliveries to spare.

Hyderabad finished with 267 for eight.

The scores: Goa 54 in 20.3 overs (Ronit More six for 18) lost to Karnataka 55 for two in 12.3 overs.

Andhra 247 in 46.4 overs (D.V. Prashanth Kumar 73, G. Chiranjivi 49, Y. Venugopala Rao 36, A.G. Pradeep 33, L. Balaji five for 37) lost to Tamil Nadu 251 for five in 39.5 overs (Dinesh Karthik 105 n.o., Anirudha Srikkanth 94).

Kerala 266 for six in 50 overs (Rohan Prem 113 n.o., P. Prasanth 36, Sachin Baby 31, Sachin Mohan 26) lost to Hyderabad 267 for eight in 48.3 overs (Akshath Reddy 110 n.o., Ibrahim Khaleel 54, T. Suman 36, N. Niyas three for 47).

Tuesday's matches: Karnataka vs. Kerala; Tamil Nadu vs. Goa; Hyderabad vs. Andhra.

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