VADODARA: Baroda, on the verge of following-on, was reduced to 137 for nine by a disciplined Karnataka attack on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Super League encounter at the Motibaug Stadium.
Jacob Martin displayed patience to pull the home team out of the woods, but fell to persistent Vinay Kumar (three for 23). Abhimanyu Mithun chipped in with three for 52 despite being at the receiving end of a brief Yusuf Pathan blast.
Irfan Pathan lashed an unbeaten 52 off 50 balls at number eight. Rakesh Solanki, nursing a hand injury, is the captain’s only ally inquest of 202 runs needed to avoid follow-on.
Baroda bowlers discovered the right length after wayward efforts on the opening day. Munaf swung the new ball late and found the batsmen struggling to come to terms with his off-stump line. Irfan struck with his first delivery, trapping Ganesh Sathish leg before.
Pandey raced to his century in five balls, starting off with a boundary and getting to the three-figure mark in 152 balls, dominating the crease with 11 fours and two sixes.
Munaf was the only bowler able to restrict the Karnataka batsmen’s free-stroking ways. Vahora picked up three wickets by pitching the ball up and inducing edges with his natural swing.
Karnataka crossed the 450-mark due to Stuart Binny’s 66 (134balls, six fours and one six) in Joshi’s company. The former justified his inclusion with compact batting against Irfan, hitting on the rise through the off-side and quick to pick up runs around square leg with flicks off the hips. Joshi proved his utility with crisp cover drives, spotting length early for 27 off 33 balls.
Karnataka — 1st innings: K. Pawan b Munaf 14, R. Uthappa c Shah b Panchal 58, S. Ganesh lbw b Irfan 94, A. Verma c Shah b Irfan 33, M. Pandey lbw b Munaf 110, S. Binny c Shah b Vahora 66, C. Gautam c Shah b Panchal 5, S. Joshi lbw b Yusuf 27, Vinay Kumar (not out) 28, A. Mithun c Yusuf b Vahora 0, S. Arvind c Shah b Vahora 0. Extras (b-20, lb-18, nb-6, w-9): 53. Total (in 137.5 overs): 488.
Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-102, 3-160, 4-343, 5-374, 6-392, 7-438, 8-486, 9-488.
Baroda bowling: Irfan 24-3-96-2, Munaf 28-5-92-2, Murtuza 35.5-10-81-3, Panchal 25-5-78-2, Yusuf 25-3-103-1.
Baroda — 1st innings: C. Williams b Aravind 6, S. Parab c Gautam b Mithun 0, J. Martin lbw b Vinay 29, K. Panchal c Verma b Mithun 3, Y. Pathan c Joshi b Arvind 14, A. Bilakhia lbw b Vinay Kumar 7, P. Shah c Pandey b Vinay 0, I. Pathan (batting) 52, M. Vahora b Mithun 12, M. Patel c Uthappa b Joshi 5. Extras (b-2, lb-7): 9. Total (for nine wkts. in 36.4 overs): 137.
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-20, 3-27, 4-55, 5-55, 6-59, 7-86, 8-106, 9-137.
Karnataka bowling: Vinay Kumar 12-4-23-3, Mithun 10-1-52-3, S. Arvind 10-2-27-2, Joshi 4.4-0-26-1.
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At Valsad: Gujarat 91 vs Railways 327 for five in 121 overs (V. Cheluvaraj 46, S. Bangar 109, T.P. Singh 46, Y. Goud 62 not out).
At Hyderabad: Hyderabad 266 in 110.2 overs (S.A. Quadri 76 not out) vs Mumbai 198 for one in 67 overs (S.O. Kukreja 87 batting, A.R. Rahane 89 batting).
At Pune: Maharashtra 292 in 88.2 overs (R.H. Motwani 57, G.B. Gaikwad 63, P. Kumar six for 68) & 102 for two in 30 overs (H. Khadiwale 54) vs UP 208 in 59.2 overs (M. Kaif 65, P. Singh 47, K.R. Adhav five for 24).
At Sambalpur: TN 361 in 112 overs (C. Ganapathy 72, Dhiraj Singh four for 109) vs Orissa 173 for one in 66 overs (S. Das 71 batting, N. Behera 88 batting).
At Mohali: HP 197 & 82 in 33 overs (M.S. Gony five for 21) vs Punjab 186 in 68.1 overs (U. Kaul 50, V.S. Malik five for 68).
At Indore: J&K 171 vs MP 440 for seven in 117 overs (Jalaj S Saxena 70, D. Bundela 141 not out, M.D. Mishra 131, Abid Nabi four for 124).
At Jaipur: Vidarbha 238 in 110.5 overs (R. Jangid 63) vs Rajasthan 166 for five in 63 overs (P.I. Sharma 41, G. Khoda 76).
At Anantapur: Haryana 170 & 107 for five in 52 overs (R. Dewan 62 not out) vs Andhra 138 in 46 overs (S. Budhwar four for 60).
At Dhanbad: Goa 561 for eight in 166 overs (A. Ratra 170 not out, R. Keni 60, S.B. Jakati 63) vs Jharkhand 34 for one in 12 overs.
At Guwahati: Assam 331 in 109.4 overs (T.K. Chanda five for 65) vs Tripura 104 in 42.1 overs (A.N. Ahmed five for 40) & 35 for three in 19 overs.