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BCCI Staff in Mumbai 11 February 2014 - 05:25pm IST

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.