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Karnataka noses ahead after see-saw battle

Impressive offie: Shashank Attarde’s five-wicket haul ensured that Karnataka’s first-innings lead was restricted to just 24 runs.

Impressive offie: Shashank Attarde’s five-wicket haul ensured that Karnataka’s first-innings lead was restricted to just 24 runs.  

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Attarde’s five-for and Sarfaraz’s unbeaten fifty keep Mumbai’s hopes alive

Off-spinner Shashank Attarde picked a five-for in only his second First Class game. Shams Mulani bolstered his reputation as an all-rounder by playing a perfect second fiddle with the ball and the bat. B.R. Sharath displayed his breezy batting down the order. And Abhimanyu Mithun justified the tag of Karnataka’s pace-bowling spearhead by running through Mumbai’s top-order.

Intense action

Still, an intense second day’s play of the high-profile Ranji Trophy league game between Mumbai and Karnatakan belonged to two batsmen who were making a comeback in their own ways.

R. Samarth, the Karnataka opener who had been dropped from the squad for the trip to Mumbai only to be recalled after Mayank Agarwal was advised rest by the BCCI, anchored the Karnataka innings with a solid 86 to ensure that Karnataka earned a slender 24-run lead at the MCA’s Bandra-Kurla Complex facility.

Sarfaraz Khan, playing a First Class match in Mumbai’s whites for the first time in five years, then helped Mumbai bounce back with an unbeaten fifty.

When Sarfaraz took guard after lunch, Aditya Tare, Ajinkya Rahane and Siddhesh Lad had repeated their first-innings streak of single-digit scores, with Mithun at his best. From 12 for three, things got worse for Mumbai when Mithun got one to rise and jag back a little to kiss Suryakumar Yadav’s gloves en route to B.R. Sharath behind the stumps.

At 26 for four, Sarfaraz showed remarkable patience along with Mulani to weather the storm. Once Shreyas Gopal’s spin was inrtoduced, he cut loose, driving the leggie through covers, employing a paddled-sweep before a conventional sweep sailed over the square-leg fence. But the shot of the day came moments later when he drove Mithun over covers for a big six.

Gutsy knock

Earlier in the morning, Samarth continued is gutsy knock from his overnight unbeaten 40. Royston Dias and Tushar Deshpande posed a lot of questions with their contrasting pace bowling but Samarth was at his best. After the fall of captain Karun Nair off the fifth ball of the morning, Samarth and Gopal added 78 for the fifth wicket before Surya lunged in the air to pouch a top-edge off the latter’s willow.

Just when Samarth was cruising towards a deserving hundred, Attarde forced him into lobbing one to Sarfaraz at short-leg during an impressive spell that read 6-1-19-3.

Sarfaraz and Mulani seemed to have kept the game in balance with an 83-run partnership for the fifth wicket after Mumbai had been tottering at 26 for four in its second essay. But V. Koushik forced the left-handed Mulani to nick one in the slips off the last ball of the day to tilt the balance in Karnataka’s favour.

With a lead of 85 runs and four wickets in hand — Prithvi Shaw having been ruled out of the game after hurting his left shoulder — Sarfaraz would realise his job is far from being done.

The scores:

Mumbai — 1st innings: 194.

Karnataka – 1st innings: R. Samarth c Sarfaraz b Attarde 86, Devdutt Padikkal lbw b Mulani 32, Abhishek Reddy c Sarfaraz b Mulani 0, Rohan Kadam c Sarfaraz b Attarde 4, Karun Nair c Tare b Dias 0, Shreyas Gopal c Surya b Attarde 31, B.R. Sharath c Tare b Deshpande 46, Abhimanyu Mithun b Attarde 2, Ronit More c Surya b Mulani 4, V. Koushik c Mulani b Attarde 4, Prateek Jain (not out) 0; Extras (b-1, lb-4, nb-3, w-1): 9; Total (in 68.5 overs): 218.

Fall of wickets: 1-68, 2-68, 3-77, 4-79, 5-157, 6-158, 7-166, 8-171, 9-213.

Mumbai bowling: Deshpande 11-2-40-1, Shetty 11-2-38-0, Dias 7-3-22-1, Attarde 18.5-3-58-5, Mulani 21-4-55-3.

Mumbai — 2nd innings: Aditya Tare c Samarth b Koushik 6, Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Mithun 1, Siddhesh Lad c & b Mithun 4, Suryakumar Yadav c Sharath b Mithun 10, Sarfaraz Khan (batting) 53, Shams Mulani c Reddy b Koushik 31; Extras (lb-1, nb-3): 4; Total (for five wkts. in 36 overs): 109.

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-12, 3-12, 4-26, 5-109.

Karnataka bowling: Mithun 11-2-52-3, Koushik 9-5-11-2, Jain 5-2-3-0, More 6-1-10-0, Karun 2-0-7-0, Gopal 2-0-20-0, Samarth 1-0-5-0.

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