New Delhi: A spineless show by Railways batsmen and some fine bowling by left-arm spinner KP Appanna helped Karnataka win by an innings and 51 runs in a second round Ranji Trophy Elite Group encounter at the Karnail Stadium on Friday.
Having lost the first match by 10 wickets, the railwaymen conceded bonus points for the second match in a row losing in less than two and half days. The match ended seven overs after lunch with Railway being bowled out for 162 in 59 overs.
Appanna who got his best haul of 5 for 39 yesterday bettered his effort picking up 6 for 68 in 21 overs to end with match-haul of 11 for 107.
The Railwaymen prepared a wicket that was supposed to suit their veteran spinner Murali Karthik. But they obviously didn`t factor in Appanna`s abilities. What Karthik did well on a minefield, Appanna did far better and with much more telling effect.
Railways started the day at 33 for two and for the first time in the match showed some positive intent. However the pitch was such that moment they started pushing and prodding, they found themselves in trouble. It was delaying the inevitable but when Appanna`s armer found Sanjay Bangar`s pads (14), the writing was there on the wall.
Opener Shivakant Shukla (35) played a few strokes but gave a catch to short mid-wicket fielder precisely placed for that chip shot. The bowler was Appanna. Mahesh Rawat (28, 5x4) played close to an hour but was then cleaned up by Appanna.
With the noose of relegation tightening after two heavy defeats, a visibly upset captain Sanjay Bangar indicated at wholesale changes for the next match against Rajasthan
"It can`t get worse than this. We can only look up from here. But some of the players like Faiz Fazal and M Suresh have been given lot of chances but have failed to perform. So we need to look at other options. Also we have to make do with whatever resources we have," Bangar said.
Asked why couldn`t one of their batsmen score a 50 in two innings whereas Robin Uthappa made a century in a single session, he answered, "We are lacking in confidence."
Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar said, "Getting nine points from two matches gives you a lot of confidence before you play a tough side like Mumbai. I am very happy for Appanna that he is filling in the big shoes of Sunil Joshi."
Karnataka : 347 in 114.3 overs (Robin Uthappa 117, S Binny 68, R Vinay Kumar 48, M Karthik 5/88).
Railways 134 & 162 in 59 overs (Shivakant Shukla 35, KP Appanna 6/68, Amit Verma 2/32). Karnataka 6 Railways 0.