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BCCI Staff in Mumbai 09 February 2014 - 10:20pm IST

Irani Cup: Report: Karnataka vs RoI, Day 1

Vinay Kumar puts Karnataka on top

Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar grabbed six wickets for 47 runs to put Ranji Trophy champions on top against Rest of India, who were all out for 201 on Day 1 of the Irani Cup here on Sunday.

In reply, Karnataka were 35/1 at stumps for the loss of Robin Uthappa, who was caught in the slips while attempting a drive off Ashoke Dinda in the first over of the innings.

Earlier, opening the bowling after Karnataka opted to field, Vinay took three wickets in 13 deliveries to leave Rest of India on 12/3. The 29-year-old later showcased his bowling prowess with the old ball as he took another three scalps in the space of five deliveries as Rest of India collapsed to 201.

Lending Vinay Kumar excellent support was seamer Stuart Binny, who picked up 3/35 on the back of some tight, line-length bowling. The saving grace for Rest of India was Karthik's fighting knock of 91 runs (184b, 14x4) as the Tamil Nadu batsman, struggling for runs this season during which he scored just one century, held his end up with typical resoluteness to prop up his side's innings.

Karthik was involved in three crucial partnerships of 42 with opener Gautam Gambhir (22) for the fourth wicket, 67 with Amit Mishra (47) for the sixth and 70 with Harbhajan Singh (25) for the seventh as he guided Rest of India through troubled waters.