Karnataka sets off second inning to reply Vidarbha in Semi-final

 . Last updated on December 20, 2017, 2:13 PM
Karnataka sets off second inning to reply Vidarbha in Semi-final
Karun Nair plundered 153 runs in Karnatakas inning.

In the ongoing semi-final fixture between Vidarbha and Karnataka, the former was leading the match with 79 runs on Day four. Karnataka stared its second inning targeting 200 plus runs in the afternoon session of the day. Vidarbha scored 185 and 313 runs batting in its innings, while Karnataka scored 301 in its previous. Vidarbha played with intensity in its second. Ganesh Satish scored an unbeaten 71 to support the inning.

Still, Karnataka emerged as the dominant team with strong form in batting and bowling. In the inning, the former’s openers sustained for less than 10 overs. The stretch featured batsman Faiz Fazal tackling Vinay Kumar’s attacks, falling at just the second ball of the inning. Karnataka bowlers in the inning were able to produce an intensity. Stuart Binny removed Sanjay Ramaswamy before the end of 10th over. The next stretch had the partnership of Wasim Jaffer and Ganesh Satish paired up until the 16th over.

The middle order batting was bolstered with Wadkar and Satish forging a hefty partnership. The pair hauled the score to 222 before the 60th over. Both were removed at the gap of an over and two runs. The slump brought a middle order collapse as Akshay Wakhare ducked out just after a couple of deliveries. Aditya Sarwate steered the inning at the lower order, while pairing up with the rest down the line. Sarwate was the last wicket to fall scoring 55 runs. Vidarbha played 84.1 overs in the inning.

Earlier in Karnataka’s first inning, Karun Nair hammered the hefty score. The batsman plundered 153 runs at the middle order. However, the inning was devoid of partnerships as Vidarbha bowler Rajneesh Gurbani produced an excellent spell. He nicked a five-wicket haul in the inning. The inning featured only a single partnership stretch between Nair and Chidambaram Gautam. The players were at crease for more than 41 overs hauling the score from 21 to 160. Meanwhile, Nair played throughout the inning as the last wicket to fall after 100 overs of bowling.

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