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Irani Cup, Report: Karnataka vs ROI, Day 3

Gautam’s century put Karnataka in commanding position

Rest of India were trailing by 291 runs at stumps after Karnataka were bowled out for 606 earlier in the afternoon. After CM Gautam’s 122 helped Karnataka to a mammoth first innings total, Vinay Kumar sent back the ROI openers early in the innings to tip the match in the hosts’ favour. When play ended on the third day, ROI were on 114 for three in the second innings with Baba Aparajith (42*) and Dinesh Karthik (9*) in the middle.

Earlier, the third over of the morning saw Stuart Binny return to the dressing room after adding seven runs to his overnight score. Castled by Pankaj Singh, the all-rounder returned for 122. However, Gautam who had resumed his innings on six, knocked a century to anchor the innings taking the team past 600 runs in the innings.

The wicketkeeper batsman was involved in useful partnerships with the lower-order ensuring the team a huge score in the innings. Captain Vinay Kumar was the first to join him in the middle and the pair added 88 runs for the seventh wicket. Boundaries came at regular intervals as the duo built on the total to raise a mountain on runs.

With a single off Mandeep Singh, Gautam reached the three figure mark. The team was on 488, when an Amit Mishra delivery going down the leg side brushed Vinay’s bat and was collected by Dinesh Karthik.

S Gopal then helped take the team past 500 and keep the score board ticking. The pair took the team to 545 for seven at lunch.

Mandeep Singh bowled a maiden when the match resumed post lunch. And in the next over, Gautam was sent back by Pankaj Singh for 16 bringing Abhimanyu Mithun to the crease. Scoring at a brisk pace he had helped add 61 runs for the ninth wicket until Gautam was sent back for 122. The lower-order bat who had hit Ashoke Dinda for a couple of boundaries soon after coming to the crease also smashed the ROI pacer over square-leg for a six and followed up with two boundaries through midwicket in an over later.

The flourishing ninth wicket partnership was halted by Pankaj Singh. After sending the pacer through covers and pulling him for two successive fours, Gautam departed hitting the ball to Mandeep Singh at square-leg for 122. A ball later, Pankaj claimed HS Sharath as his 300th first-class wicket and end the Karnataka innings.

Chasing the massive total, ROI who had posted 201 in the first innings lost Gautam Gambhir in the third over. After accounting for Gambhir, Vinay Kumar trapped Jiwanjot Singh lbw three overs later to leave the opposition on 20 for two.

Kedar Jadhav and Aparajith came together to stabilise the innings. The blossoming stand was broken by Gopal for 71. The bowler sent Jadhav back six short of his half-century. Aparajith then held up one end and with Karthik for company took the team through the session till play was called off.

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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.