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Vinay Kumar's fifer triggers Punjab's collapse

Karnataka skipper Vinay Kumar took five wickets, triggering a batting collapse that resulted in Punjab getting skittled out for 270 in their first innings on effectively the first day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final at the PCA Stadium here yesterday

Mohali: Karnataka skipper Vinay Kumar took five wickets, triggering a batting collapse that resulted in Punjab getting skittled out for 270 in their first innings on effectively the first day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final at the PCA Stadium here yesterday.

Karnataka’s Vinay Kumar celebrates  a wicket.  File PicKarnataka’s Vinay Kumar celebrates a wicket. File Pic

Karnataka were 39 for two at stumps with Robin Uthappa (25) and Manish Pandey (8) at the crease. Not even a ball was bowled on Saturday owing to intermittent rain. Punjab began well courtesy openers Jiwanjot Singh (74) and Manan Vohra (51), who shared a 85-run stand.

Yuvraj Singh (42 off 56 balls) looked in good touch but failed to post a big score. At 223 for three, Punjab were set for a decent first innings total. But Vinay Kumar led from the front and struck four times in quick succession to put his team back in the game.

The hosts suddenly found themselves reeling at 239 for eight. Number eleven Jaskaran Singh (20) did well to take his team past 250.

Brief scores: Punjab 270 (Jiwanjot Singh 74; Vinay Kumar 5-27) vs Karnataka 39-2 (R Uthappa 25*)

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