Ranji Trophy semifinals: Karnataka finds itself in a spot of bother

Saurashtra’s Jaydev Unadkat celebrates the wicket of Karnataka’s Manish Pandey on day 1 of the Ranji Tropy semifinal in Bengaluru on January 24, 2019.

Saurashtra’s Jaydev Unadkat celebrates the wicket of Karnataka’s Manish Pandey on day 1 of the Ranji Tropy semifinal in Bengaluru on January 24, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain

Unadkat pitched the ball up and also got it to move both ways troubling the batsmen early morning.

Saurashtra had much to be pleased with on the opening day of this Ranji Trophy semifinal fixture at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Jaydev Unadkat (four for 50) and Kamlesh Makwana (three for 73) made an impact at either end of Thursday’s action as Karnataka was reduced to 264 for nine after winning the toss. 

The home side endured difficult first and last hours, losing wickets in clusters. In between, Manish Pandey (62), Shreyas Gopal (87) and the unbeaten Sharath Srinivas (74 n.o.) mounted a fine recovery, stitching two useful partnerships together.


Their efforts helped Karnataka, 30 for four at one stage, rally to 232 for five. But Shreyas Gopal was bowled trying to pull Makwana in the final session while K. Gowtham, R. Vinay Kumar and A. Mithun were all dismissed playing avoidable shots against spin as the visitor walked back the happier of the two sides.

No cakewalk

Earlier, Karnataka elected to bat first, with a view to avoiding a fourth-innings chase on this pitch. But the first innings would prove no cakewalk either. R. Samarth, who was preferred over D. Nischal, lasted all of three balls until Unadkat nailed him leg-before with a fine in-ducker. The Saurashtra captain accounted for K.V. Siddharth next, trapping him in front with a full delivery. Replays suggested, though, that the ball may have been sliding down leg.

Unadkat gave Mayank Agarwal a tough time, the batsman playing and missing on several occasions. The left-armer was eventually rewarded for that effort as Agarwal edged one that was angled across him. With Unadkat and Chetan Sakariya, who removed Karun Nair in his second spell, moving the ball and bowling well in the channels, Karnataka found life difficult.


 Manish Pandey, though, counter-attacked. He got off the mark with a six, launching Prerak Mankad’s gentle medium-pace over long-on. The same bowler was driven over the extra-cover boundary, and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja was deposited over long-off.

Pandey raced to his fifty off 48 balls and with Shreyas looking good at the other end, Karnataka went into lunch 128 for four. Third ball after the break, though, Pandey was bowled by Unadkat. The previous delivery had been short and had held its line; this one was full and tailed in. It brought an end to a partnership of 106 runs (146b).

Sharath Srinivas, playing in only his fourth Ranji Trophy game, walked in next. He and Shreyas showed discipline and application, putting bad balls away but taking no risks, as they added 96 runs for the sixth wicket. Shreyas missed out on a hundred, but Sharath, having completed his maiden first-class fifty, may still dream of a greater milestone.

The scores:

Karnataka — 1st innings: R. Samarth lbw b Unadkat 0, Mayank Agarwal c Patel b Unadkat 2, K.V. Siddharth lbw b Unadkat 12, Karun Nair c Patel b Sakariya 9, Manish Pandey b Unadkat 62, Shreyas Gopal b Makwana 87, Sharath Srinivas (batting) 74, K. Gowtham c Desai b Makwana 2, R. Vinay Kumar b Jadeja 8, A. Mithun c Unadkat b Makwana 4, Ronit More (batting) 0; Extras (b-1, lb-2, nb-1): 4; Total (for nine wickets in 90 overs): 264.

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-14, 3-19, 4-30, 5-136, 6-232, 7-238, 8-251, 9-258.

Saurashtra bowling: Unadkat 16-4-50-4, Sakariya 14-5-32-1, Mankad 13-4-31-0, Jadeja 27-3-75-1, Makwana 20-0-73-3.

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