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.


Statistical Highlights : New Zealand vs India, Auckland Test, Day 4

Dhawan joins Gavaskar as the second Indian opener to score a hundred in the 4th innings overseas

Shikhar Dhawan (115) became only the second Indian opener to score a century in the fourth innings of an overseas Test after Sunil Gavaskar who scored four centuries in overseas Tests.

Dhawan is the fourth Indian opener to score a century in the fourth innings of a Test – home or away after Mushtaq Ali, Wasim Jaffer and Sunil Gavaskar.

Dhawan’s innings is the highest by an Indian opener in the fourth innings of a Test against New Zealand. The previous best was Navjot Singh Sidhu’s 98 at Hamilton in 1993-94.

New Zealand's 40-run win in Auckland is their first against India since 2002, when they won by four wickets in Hamilton.

The above win was New Zealand’s tenth against India. Eight of them have come at home.

The victory margin of 40 runs is the narrowest in Tests between India and New Zealand. India had beaten New Zealand by 60 runs at Mumbai Brabourne in 1969-70, which was the previous closest.

Since the start of England tour in July 2011, India have lost 10 out of last 11 overseas Tests – all four vs England, all four vs Australia in 2011-12, one (out of two) vs South Africa in 2013-14 and now one vs New Zealand.

The defeat gave MS Dhoni the dubious distinction of leading India to most defeats in overseas Tests. This was India’s 11th loss in an overseas Test under MS Dhoni. The previous record was of 10 defeats shared by Tiger Pataudi, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly.

India’s total of 366 is the second highest by any side in the fourth innings of a Test against New Zealand, after Australia’s 381 for seven at Perth in 2001-02.

India’s total is obviously their highest in the fourth innings of a Test against New Zealand, obliterating 262 for five at Bangalore in 2012.