Pacers put Karnataka in command against Madhya Pradesh

Indore: Karnataka bowlers stuck to a disciplined line to bowl out minnows Madhya Pradesh for 200 and then knocked off 35 runs wthout losing any wicket at stumps on the first day of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match being played at Holkar Stadium.

Skipper R Vinay Kumar (two for 36) and left-arm seamer Srinath Aravind (three for 35) did the bulk of the damage and was ably supported by 40-year-old Sunil Joshi (two for 43).

Vinay Kumar`s decision to bowl first on a strip that had some juice proved to be a right one. However Madhya Pradesh batsmen who were facing Elite level bowlers after pretty long time played some poor shots.

The slide started with experienced opener Naman Ojha nicking one to wicketkeeper CM Gautham off Vinay Kumar`s delivery. Mohnish Mishra (14), who looked solid at the onset offered a simple return catch to Joshi.

While Jalaj found the gaps with ease, skipper Devendra Bundela couldn`t provide the support as he was caught by Gautham off Aravind at the stroke of lunch.

Soon after lunch, veteran Abbas Ali (0) was run-out due to terrible mix-up while Jalaj couldn`t check his pull-shot off Aravind to be caught by Stuart Binny at mid-on.

Murtaza Ali was bowled by an incoming Vinay Kumar elivery. At 125 for six, Harpreet Singh (23) and Ankit Sharma (41 not out) added 37 runs for the seventh wicket before the former was out playing a lofted shot off Amit Verma.

It was Ankit who hit five boundaries took the score past 200 with some support from Anand Rajan, TP Sudheendra and Amit Sharma.

Brief Scores: Madhya Pradesh 200 (Jalaj Saxena 73, S Aravind 3/35, R Vinay Kumar 2/36). Karnataka 35/0.


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