Thursday, March 30, 2023

Ranji Trophy 2022-23: Karnataka pacers bundle out Rajasthan for 129 on opening day

Karnataka pacers Vyshak Vijaykumar (4 for 50) and V. Koushik (4 for 37) delivered crushing blows to knock Rajasthan out on the primary day of its Ranji Trophy Elite Group C match at Alur (II) Cricket Stadium right here on Tuesday.

On a pitch which supplied motion and bounce, Vyshak and Koushik blew Rajasthan out of the water. Rajasthan was bowled out for 129 in 45.3 overs, with not one of the visiting batters up for the problem.

Vyshak and Koushik hassled the batters by conserving a superb size on off-stump. The lads behind the bat had a busy day, as edges flew thick and quick.

Vidwath Kaverappa picked up two wickets to finish a clear sweep for the Karnataka quick bowlers.

Karnataka moved to 106 for 2 by shut of play.

The writing was on the wall for Rajasthan when it misplaced 4 wickets within the first session. The wicket of opener Ok.S. Rathore (33, 54b, 5×4, 1×6), the fourth man to fall, opened the floodgates. Rathore, who appeared settled, erred when he flashed arduous at Vyshak to supply a catch to R. Samarth within the slips.

Captain Ashok Maneria was subsequent to go, instantly after Lunch, caught-behind off Vyshak.

All hopes of a Rajasthan revival rested on Karan Lamba, who scored a century within the earlier match. Like Rathore, Lamba appeared comfy till a unfastened drive was grabbed by Nikin Jose at gully.

From 104 for six, Rajasthan folded in fast time.

Karnataka opener Samarth, with three centuries and an 81 to his title within the final 4 matches, was dismissed by Aniket Choudhary for eight. Samarth’s sad response indicated that the ball had clipped his pads.

Devdutt Padikkal (32, 47b, 5×4) confirmed indicators of sophistication in his return to aggressive cricket. Padikkal, who was out for 3 months with an sickness, impressed with a cover-drive and straight-drive of the best high quality. Half an hour earlier than shut of play, Padikkal obtained an inside edge and was bowled by Choudhary.

Captain Mayank Agarwal remained unbeaten on 49. Mayank obtained a life on 22, when he edged one to the wicketkeeper. The batter was recalled when it was discovered that bowler Arafat Khan had overstepped.

By the way, Mayank had benefitted from a equally lucky state of affairs within the recreation towards Goa a few weeks in the past.


Rajasthan – 1st innings: Yash Kothari c Gowtham b Kaverappa 0, Ok.S. Rathore c Samarth b Vyshak 33, Mahipal Lomror c Devdutt Padikkal b Koushik 0, Aditya Garhwal lbw Kaverappa 19, Ashok Menaria c Sharath b Vyshak 12, Karan Lamba c Jose b Koushik 31, SV Joshi b Koushik 5, Manav Suthar b Vyshak 0, Arafat Khan c Pandey b Vyshak 6, Rituraj Singh (n.o.) 10, Aniket Choudhary c Padikkal b Koushik 4; Extras (lb-9): 9; Whole (in 45.3 overs): 129.

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-9, 3-51, 4-53, 5-86, 6-104, 7-105, 8-115, 9-119.
Karnataka bowling: Kaverappa 8-4-12-2, Koushik 17.3-5-37-4, Vyshak 14-4-50-4, Gowtham 6-1-21-0.

Karnataka -1st innings: R. Samarth c Rathore b Choudhary 8, Mayank Agarwal (batting) 49, Devdutt Padikkal b Choudhary 32, Nikin Jose (batting) 10; Extras (b-4, lb-1, nb-2): 7; Whole (for 2 wkts., in 30 overs): 106.

Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-88.

Rajasthan bowling: Choudhary 10-2-40-2, Rituraj 10-3-27-0, Arafat 9-1-32-0, Suthar 1-0-2-0.

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