Karnataka 84/3 against Haryana in rain-affected 1st day

Rohtak: Veteran seamer Joginder Sharma utilised the windy conditions to perfection to help Haryana restrict Karnataka to 84 for three before heavy rains drew early curtains to the opening day’s play in the rain-affected Ranji Trophy Super League Group B match here on Wednesday.

Joginder scalped all the three Karnataka wickets that fell today, giving away just 30 runs from his 11 overs.

At stumps, Robin Uthappa was unbeaten on 36 while giving him company was young Manish Pandey on three.

Opting to bowl on overcast conditions, Joginder drew first blood for Haryana in the seventh over when he had Gautam Murlaidharen caught by Sunny Singh at the team score of 22.

Joginder then dismissed KB Pawan (10) lbw in the 13th over with Karanataka scoreboard reading 30 before Ganesh Satish (17) and Uthappa stitched a 39-run stand to put the visitors back on track.

But just when it seemed the duo had put Karanataka back on track, Joginder struck again, dismissing Satish lbw in the 27th over.

From there on, Uthappa and Pandey batted sensibly to take Karnataka to 84 for three in 30 overs before the sky opened up while the players were taking their lunch at the dressing room.

With the downpour showing no signs of relenting, the umpires were finally forced to call off the day’s proceedings as the players remained indoors after the lunch.

Earlier, the match was halted for 21 minutes before the lunch due to bad light.


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