Ranji Trophy: Karnataka continue dominance over Mumbai in quarters through Gopal
Even after shifting base from one hotel to another, luck did not change for Mumbai as Karnataka outclassed the domestic giants on Day Three of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here in Jamtha on Saturday
Even after shifting base from one hotel to another, luck did not change for Mumbai as Karnataka outclassed the domestic giants on Day Three of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here in Jamtha on Saturday. Karnataka piled up a mammoth 570 before Mumbai ended the day, gasping at 120 for three, still trailing by 277 runs. The Mumbai team was housed in a hotel in the heart of the city, but they found it unsuitable. Hence, they shifted to a hotel nearer to the ground.
Karnataka's Shreyas Gopal en route his unbeaten 150 during the Ranji Trophy quarter-final tie v Mumbai in Nagpur on Saturday. Pic/PTI
Openers fail again
Openers Prithvi Shaw (14) and Jay Bista (20) played cautiously in the first few overs, but in the 10th, Bista played down the wrong line to off-spinner K Gowtham only to see his furniture was disturbed. In the very next over, Shaw, who earned his first boundary after facing 26 balls, had his off stump uprooted by left-arm pacer Sreenath Aravind. Later, Suryakumar Yadav (55 not out) negotiated the Karnataka attack well till close of play. He faced 115 balls, hitting seven fours and a six on Day Three.
Akhil Herwadkar (26) failed to capitalise on his start when he gave short mid-wicket fielder Kaunain Abbas an easy catch off Gowtham, eight minutes before the stumps. Earlier, despite losing skipper R Vinay Kumar (37) through a diving catch by Akash Parkar at mid-on off pacer Shivam Malhotra, the Karnataka batsmen were in no mood to give Mumbai the upper hand. Gopal, who resumed on 80, continued playing in the same fearless manner to post his first century of the season. He enjoyed a life at 112 when Herwadkar dropped a catch at short square leg while Gopal tried to pull a short pitched delivery from Dhawal Kulkarni. Gopal was lucky again on 123 when wicketkeeper Tare missed a stumping chance off left-arm spinner Karsh Kothari.
Gopal, who scored an unbeaten 150, said putting a lot of hard work in the nets paid off. "I've said it before, it's just the mindset that I've changed a little bit - few aspects mentally that I've worked on. Nothing technical as such, it's just that I've been putting a lot of work in the nets, both on my batting and bowling."
Gopal stitched four vital partnerships during his marathon knock of seven hours in which he faced 274 deliveries and hit 11 fours - 103 with CM Gautam for the sixth wicket, 84 with skipper Vinay Kumar for the seventh and 73 with K Gowtham for the eighth. The last stand was a meaty 92 with No. 11 batsman Aravind. Aravind scored quick 51 in 41 balls with the help of nine fours and a six. For Mumbai, debutant pacers Shivam Dube and Shivam Malhotra claimed five and three wickets respectively, while Kulkarni claimed two wickets off consecutive deliveries.
Mumbai 173 & 120-3 (S Yadav 55*; K Gowtham 2-30) v Karnataka 570 (S Gopal 150*, C Gautam 79; S Dubey 5-98)
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