Bangalore: Skipper R Vinay Kumar grabbed 6-47 to bowl Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka to a sound position against Rest of India, who were all out for 201 despite a valiant 91 by Dinesh Karthik on Day One of the Irani Cup here yesterday.
Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar (centre) celebrates a ROI wicket with teammates at the Chinnaswamy Stadium yesterday. PIC/Kashif Masood
In reply, Karnataka were 35-1 at stumps after losing Robin Uthappa, who was caught in the slips while attempting a drive off Ashok Dinda in the first over of the innings. Earlier, opening the bowling after opting to field, Vinay took three wickets in 13 deliveries to leave Rest of India at 12-3. The 29-year-old later showcased his skills with the old ball as he took another three wickets in the space of five deliveries as Rest of India collapsed to 201.
Lending Vinay Kumar support was Stuart Binny, who picked up 3-35 on the back of some tight bowling. The saving grace for Rest of India was Karthik’s fighting knock of 91 (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 displayed a lot of patience and denied himself the freedom until he crossed the 50-run mark before opening out with a series of shots marked by good timing.
Even when the Karnataka bowlers were guilty of pitching it short or offering juicy half-volleys, Karthik batted sensibly and waited for the loose balls. However, just as he looked set for a century, he fell to a mistimed slog-sweep off Binny to be caught brilliantly by a leaping Uthappa at mid-on.
Rest of India: 201 (D Karthik 91, A Mishra 47; Vinay Kumar 6-47, S Binny 3-35) Karnataka 35-1 (L Rahul batting 28; A Dinda 1-19)