PALAKKAD: A fine spell of six for 30 by Santosh Karunakaran saw South skittle out North for 193 on the opening day of the three-day Jacob Trophy State senior inter-zone cricket championship at the Fort Ground on Friday.

At stumps, South, which made five changes to its team that played Central earlier, lost an early wicket with only five runs on the board.

Batting first, North started the day on a rather disappointing note, losing opener Ibrahim Kutty for no score. But, Vipin Lal called the shots with a gutsy 64. Ironically, that was the only contribution of note.

Vipin, in the company of Jigeesh, put on 75 for the second wicket before Santosh triggered the collapse. The 31-year-old SBT spinner had North struggling in a web. The pitch played slow and low and made life miserable for the batsmen and Santosh managed to turn the odd ball in, compounding the batsmen's woes.

The left-arm spinner had Jigeesh playing a flighted delivery to Kevin Oscar at mid-off. But Vipin handled Santosh with a touch of authority. Skipper Sunil Oasis (seven) hung on for a brief period, but lost his cool and spooned an easy catch off Santosh to Manoj at mid-wicket. Soon Vipin departed, trying to sweep the spinner.

Thereafter, wickets started to fall at regular intervals. Santosh kept bowling a steady line and the batsmen did the rest with their poor shot selection.

The scores: North 193 in 82.2 overs (Vipin Lal 64, Santosh Karunakaran six for 30) vs. South five for one in five overs. Sports Reporter

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