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Vinay: We were all fired up

Bangalore: Karnataka captain Ranganath Vinay Kumar Sunday said the opportunity to play for his home side in the Irani Cup after a long wait of 10 years had fired him and his players up.

“I played in the Irani match as part of RoI team on four occasions before. I waited for 10 years to play for Karnataka. I told youngsters about it which inspired us to do well… We were fired up,” Vinay told reporters.

Vinay said his bowlers had the advantage to exploit a green wicket.

“The wicket here does something in the first hour of the day. Normally, there will be a little bit of grass, but today it had more. Luckily we won the toss and believed we could cause damage to RoI,” he said.

Dinesh Karthik, who hit a fighting 91 for RoI, said their batsmen did not play poor shots but Karnataka pacers were too good on the opening day. “There were no bad shots as such. It was basically some really good bowling. They bowled in tight areas and that’s why they are Ranji champions… They have been a good bowling unit,” he said.

Karthik said it was a tough wicket to bat early on. “I know I am running of short of hundred, but the way I played… The way I dominated the second half of my innings shows that I am in good space.”