Ranji Trophy: Joshi guts Baroda, Karnataka eye outright win

Mysore: Former India spinner Sunil Joshi’s four-wicket haul knocked the daylight out of Baroda’s first innings reply and brightened Karnataka’s prospect of an outright win in the Ranji Trophy Super League Group B match here on Thursday.

Having restricted Karnataka to 257 in their first innings, Baroda hoped for a fitting reply but were bundled out for paltry 169 in their first essay with Joshi wreaking havoc with his slow balls, here at the Gangothri Glades Cricket Ground.

Joshi was ably supported by medium pacers R Vinay Kumar and Sreenath Aravind, who shared four wickets between them to give the hosts a healthy first innings lead of 88 runs.

In reply, Karnataka were 41 for one in 17 overs at stumps in their second essay, with opener KB Pawan (15) and Ganesh Satish (17) at crease.

Resuming the second day at 185 for seven, Karnataka survived 20-odd overs before wilting for 257. Overnight batsmen Muralidheran Gautam (57) and Sunil Joshi (43) took the score to 221 before the former was caught by Pinal Shah off Bhargav Bhatt.

Joshi was heading for a well-deserved half-century before his tenure was cut short by pacer Sankalp Vohra, who had him caught by Kedar Devdhar. Abhimanyu Mithun (22) was the last man to get out by Murtaja Vahora.

For Baroda, Sankalp Vohra (4/65) and Bhargav Bhatt (3/65) shared seven wickets.

In reply, the visitors could never really take off with Joshi spinning the web around the Baroda batsmen.

Barring Kedar Devdhar (36) and opener Jaykishan Kolsawala (30), none of the visiting batsmen looked at ease against the turning balls delivered by the veteran.

Joshi accounted for captain Pinal Shah (15), Ketan Panchal (12), Gagandeep Singh (0) and Murtaja Vahora (7).

Karnataka now lead by 129 runs in their second innings with nine wickets remaining.


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