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Irani Cup, Report: Karnataka vs ROI, Day 2

Binny’s ton puts Karnataka in command

Stuart Binny had propelled Karnataka to a 189-run lead at stumps on Day 2 against Rest of India in the Irani Cup at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. The all-rounder was batting on 115 with CM Gautam on six when play ended, with the home team on 390 for five.

Earlier, Lokesh Rahul and Ganesh Satish added 40 runs to the overnight score of 35 for one until the former was castled by Anureet Singh in the ninth over of the morning. Manish Pandey was the next to return to the dressing room after contributing 36 runs to the total. Attempting to cut a Pankaj Singh delivery, the No. 4 batsman was caught by wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik to leave the home team on 136 for three.

Karun Nair was the next to take guard opposite Satish and the pair saw the team through to the end of the morning session.

With runs hard to come by, they prodded on in the post-lunch session. With the team on 188, Satish departed nicking Harbhajan Singh to Kedar Jadhav who had replaced Dinesh Satish behind the stumps.

Stuart Binny, who then came to the crease, got off the mark with a cover drive. After claiming three wickets, the all-rounder returned to contribute with the bat. He hit Ashoke Dinda for four more to help collect 12 runs from the over and the pair collected 13 from Harbhajan in the next over. After a sluggish period in the middle, the duo had upped the flow of runs.

A while later Binny lofted Amit Mishra over long off for a six. Nair too joined in plundering runs of the ROI bowler. He struck the opposition captain for three boundaries in the over before tea to take Karnataka to 279 for four at the end of the second session.

Runs continued to flow for Karnataka in the final session of the day with Nair and Binny at the crease. Binny continued to send the ball to the boundary with ease. With two to deep square-leg off off Pankaj Singh, Binny reached his century off 82 balls.

Scoring briskly the duo had stitched a 187-run stand until Pankaj Singh struck. Nair who was inching towards his century was bowled by the paceman for 92.

With the team comfortably placed on 375, CM Gautam then joined Binny to build on the first innings lead towards the latter half of the final session of the day and the pair was involved in a unbroken 15-run partnership when play ended on the second day.

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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.