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Ranji Trophy: Karnataka takes control

JUBILATION: Karnataka's S. Arvind celebrates after taking a wicket in the game against Tamil Nadu. Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar

JUBILATION: Karnataka's S. Arvind celebrates after taking a wicket in the game against Tamil Nadu. Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar  

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Karnataka dominated all the sessions and took a firm grip on the Ranji Trophy Group A match against Tamil Nadu at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Tuesday.

The visitor’s batting which had remained doughty for a large part of the contest, inexplicably collapsed on the third day morning as five wickets fell for a mere 34 runs.

Once Tamil Nadu finished with 274 and conceded a 16-run lead, Karnataka increased the advantage with a solid second innings that found a perfect base from openers Robin Uthappa and Mayank Agarwal. At close the host posted 247 for four and is now ahead by 263 runs.

Uthappa (76, 117b, 11x4) and Agarwal (80, 113b, 13x4, 1x6) set a brisk tempo and added 163 in 37.3 overs. Initially, Uthappa set the tone, steering, flicking and driving the Tamil Nadu seamers and then Agarwal took over with gusto and his punched four off M. Mohammed, blended power and timing.

Agarwal and Uthappa’s fine tandem was highlighted in a Malolan Rangarajan over as the off-spinner was caned for 17. Thanks to the aggressive duo, Karnataka stepped out comfortably for lunch and tea with scores of 36 and 146 respectively.

In the last session, Uthappa employed the sweep — conventional and reverse — against Baba Aparajith and just when it seemed there was no respite for Tamil Nadu, a cluster of wickets fell. Uthappa failed to get past the inner-circle, Agarwal was run out and Kunal Kapoor poked outside the off-stump against J. Kaushik.

Manish Pandey and Karun Nair then shared an entertaining 59-run fourth-wicket partnership and the host is well placed to dictate the rest of the game.

Earlier, resuming at 240 for five, Tamil Nadu moved to 255 when skipper R. Prasanna (59) scampered for a single that evoked no interest from non-striker Vijay Shankar. Prasanna was left stranded and instantly the Karnataka fielders were buzzing all over the place as captain R. Vinay Kumar plucked a superb catch in his follow-through to dismiss Malolan.

Left-arm seamer S. Arvind’s morning spell of 8-4-4-3, then ensured that Karnataka stayed ahead in the battle for first innings honours.

“The plan was to bowl at the stumps and make them play, that was the strategy and it worked,” Arvind said.

The scores: Karnataka — 1st innings: 290 in 74.2 overs.

Tamil Nadu — 1st innings: Kaushik Gandhi lbw b S. Arvind 12, Abhinav Mukund lbw b H.S. Sharath 84, Baba Aparajith c Gautam b R. Vinay Kumar 5, Dinesh Karthik c Gautam b Sharath 38, Baba Indrajith lbw b Shreyas Gopal 6, R. Prasanna run out 59, Vijay Shankar c Pandey b Arvind 29, Malolan Rangarajan c & b Vinay 4, M. Mohammed b Arvind 0, L. Balaji lbw b Arvind 11, J. Kaushik (not out) 0; Extras (b-19, lb-7): 26; Total (in 120.4 overs): 274.

Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-39, 3-129, 4-145, 5-195, 6-255, 7-259, 8-260, 9-267.

Karnataka bowling: R. Vinay Kumar 33-5-87-2, S. Arvind 31.4-10-52-4, H.S. Sharath 17-9-22-2, Stuart Binny 19-5-51-0, Manish Pandey 5-2-5-0, Shreyas Gopal 9-3-15-1, Karun Nair 6-0-16-0.

Karnataka — 2nd innings: Robin Uthappa c Baba Aparajith b Malolan Rangarajan 76, Mayank Agarwal run out 80, Kunal Kapoor c Baba Aparajith b J. Kaushik 7, Manish Pandey (batting) 33, Karun Nair b M. Mohammed 35, Stuart Binny (batting) 5; Extras (lb-2, nb-3, w-6): 11; Total (for four wickets, in 62 overs): 247.

Fall of wickets: 1-163, 2-167, 3-174, 4-233.

Tamil Nadu bowling: J. Kaushik 13-3-55-1, L. Balaji 11-2-46-0, M. Mohammed 14-3-34-1, Malolan Rangarajan 19-2-79-1, Baba Indrajith 3-1-16-0, Baba Aparajith 2-0-15-0.

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