Bangalore: Karnataka captain Ranganath Vinay Kumar’s led from the front with a six-wicket haul as the Ranji Trophy champions gained upperhand against Rest of India on the first day of the Irani Cup match despite a gutsy effort from wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik.
At stumps, Karnataka were 35 for one in reply to Rest of India’s modest first innings score of 201 largely due to Vinay’s outstanding figures of six for 47 from 18.4 overs. He was complemented by all-rounder Stuart Binny who took three for 35.
Karthik, who has had an ordinary Ranji Trophy season played a dogged innings of 91 and had couple of useful late-order partnerships with Amit Mishra (47) and Harbhajan Singh (25) which yielded 67 and 70 runs respectively.
Gautam Gambhir (22) disappointed as he was trapped leg before by Binny after having done the hard work of surviving the first hour.
Vinay ripped through the Rest top-order before coming back in the final session to polish off the tail on a helpful track where the seamers got a lot of help off the surface.
He trapped Jiwanjot Singh (0) leg before off the very first delivery and then also found the pads of Baba Aparajith (2) and Kedar Jadhav (2) to reduce them to 12 for three in 4.1 overs.
Karthik played a composed innings under pressure, facing 184 balls and cracking 14 boundaries in the process having survived a confident appeal for caught behind when the TV replays clearly showed that he had edged the ball to wicketkeeper CM Gautam off Vinay’s bowling.