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Report: Final - Maha vs Kar, RT 2013-14, Day 2

Centurion Satish and Rahul power Karnataka on second day

Karnataka were trailing by 75 runs in the first innings with all wickets intact at the end of the second day’s play in the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 final in Hyderabad. A commanding performance by Ganesh Satish (117) and Lokesh Rahul (94) put Karnataka in an advantageous position at stumps on Wednesday evening. They posted had posted 230 until stumps, after bowling Maharashtra out for 305 earlier in the day.

After Karnataka opener Robin Uthappa retired hurt on 10 after being struck by a Samad Fallah delivery in the fifth over, Satish joined Rahul to help close in on opposition’s first-innings score. The pair took the team to 43 without loss at lunch.

They scored off the Maharashtra bowlers at a steady pace as they added 83 runs in the second session without losing a wicket. Both batsmen notched up their half-centuries as they worked to seize control of the game.

Although he had survived a tough chance early in his innings, Satish played a determined knock to take his team to a position of strength along with Rahul. The opener too survived a couple of chances, but put forth a determined effort as he anchored the innings. The duo kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and twos interspersed with occasional boundaries.

However, Satish came out all guns blazing after tea. In the second over of the final session of the day, he struck Darekar for three boundaries to collect 13 runs from it. And Rahul lofted Chirag Khurana over long-on for the only six of the match so far, soon after tea.

Scoring at a quicker pace, Satish inched towards his century, while Rahul was content to hold up one end. With a late cut off Atitkar, Satish posted his sixth first-class 100 in the latter half of the third session.

While the bowlers toiled, lapses in the field proved to detrimental for Maharashtra as the batsmen gained confidence. They continued to garner runs comfortably as they reduced the deficit. And, at the end of day’s play, Rahul was just six runs short of his century.

Earlier, Maharashtra lost their remaining five wickets for just 33 runs in 14.1 overs in the morning. Abhimanyu Mithun disrupted Ankit Bawne’s woodwork off his first delivery in the morning and sent back the middle-order batsman on his overnight score of 89. It was all downhill for Maharashtra from there on. While Sangram Atitkar made his way to a half-century, he didn’t get much support from the other end. Shrikant Mundhe was sent back by S Aravind, who also accounted for Atitkar. Meanwhile, Vinay Kumar claimed Anupam Sanklecha and Akshay Darekar to wrap up Maharashtra’s first innings. 

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Preview: New Zealand vs India – 5th ODI

India look for desperately needed momentum ahead of Tests

What

Final ODI of the five-match series between New Zealand and India

When

Friday, January 31, 2014, (14:00 local | 01:00 GMT | 06:30 IST)

Where

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand

The Teams

India

The series has been lost but the importance of a win in the fifth ODI is immense for India. MS Dhoni’s young team has been winless in their overseas season so far, which must be eating away at their morale. A win under their belt before going into the Test series is immensely important.

It’s about time the opening batsmen and fast bowlers, in particular, stood up and be counted. The length and line need to improve – be a lot fuller and straighter – for the bowlers and batsmen must put a high price on their wickets.

Dhoni made a few changes in the fourth ODI, dropping Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan for Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny. The Indian captain might reconsider his ploy of sending Virat Kohli to open the innings as it seemed to have disturbed the rhythm of his most in-form batsman – Virat scored 2 off 10. Also, if Binny is retained in the XI, he should be given more than a solitary over to bowl.

New Zealand

Brendon McCullum described the series win as “incredibly satisfying” and urged his boys to enjoy the achievement of defeating the world champions. A 4-0 result will be the perfect icing on the cake, and also a huge morale booster ahead of the Tests.

New Zealand left their ace all-rounder, Corey Anderson out in the last game for Jimmy Neesham. Given his superlative performance in the series so far and the fact that he is included in the Test squad, Anderson might take field in the fifth ODI.

Key Players

India

Virat Kohli’s form was disturbed in the Hamilton game when he was asked to open the innings. It will be crucial for him and India that he regains his mojo, batting at his own position.

New Zealand

Brendon McCullum’s return to form couldn’t have come at a better time for New Zealand. After two successive ducks, the Kiwi skipper is back to his swashbuckling ways as suggested by his whirlwind knock in the last ODI (49* off 36 balls; four 4s and three 6s). He has given India one more thing to worry about.

Statistics

Matches at Wellington (Westpac)

Mts

Won

Lost

NR

Won%

New Zealand

20

12

6

2

60.00

India

2

1

0

1

50.00

 

Result summary:

Won by side batting 1st

Won by side batting 2nd

NR

Overall (20)

9

9

2

Last 5 matches

1

3

1

 

 

 

 

Pace vs Spin

(last 5 matches)

 

Wkts

Avg

RPO

4W

Pace

47

26.31

4.82

3

Spin

12

30.00

4.45

1

 

Average first innings score*

Overall

218

Last 5 matches

175

 

* excluding incomplete innings

 

Trivia

Kane Williamson has scored a fifty in all the four matches of the series so far. Another fifty and Williamson will become only the second batsman in ODIs to score a fifty in all the five matches of a bilateral series after Pakistan’s Yasir Hameed who did so against New Zealand in 2003-04.

In the 16 matches India have played after the series against Zimbabwe, the average total conceded by them is 300.

The Squads

India: M.S. Dhoni (Capt/wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra,  Ishwar Pandey, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron.

New Zealand:  Brendon McCullum (capt/wk), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Hamish Bennett, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson.