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Vinay, Mithun, Stuart strikes put Karnataka in strong position

royal challengers

Skipper Vinay Kumar bowled and captained superbly and ably supported by wickets from Mithun and Stuart put Karnataka in the driver's seat against Mumbai.


Day 3: Karnataka 635 for 9 decl


Mumbai 354 for 8


 


While Karnataka seem sure to gain three points from a first innings lead against their arch rivals Mumbai, their fans will only hope they continue the trend and win the championship. Too far ahead to look? Hardly, when you fans see the karma accumulated – 


12-year drought of a Ranji championship victory


a last minute upset from a good position against the same side in the final two seasons ago 


a bad pitch leading to a surprise ouster in the semi-finals against Baroda a season ago


A rollicking start to this season including an innings against Railways victory earlier


 


Well, doesn’t this ‘accumulation’ make you fans feel like we should scale the final peak? But of course, one step at a time, which our team is doing? Hey, once in a way, it’s okay to vent out, right? Not so much frustration but an analysis of some factors in Karnataka’s favour.


 


Well, just two Mumbai wickets remain to fall and the current lead by Karnataka is a whopping 281 runs, a scenario leading to a likely follow on being enforced for the former. Well, who knows even an outright victory is possible if Karnataka claim some early wickets in the Mumbai second innings.


 


The morning on Day 3 started superbly for Karnataka, with Vinay Kumar getting Ajinkya Rahane to chase a ball outside off, which he edged to the slips. Mumbai felt the pressure early! They however consolidated to reach 176 for 2 but Rohit Sharma’s dismissal, bowled by RCB’s own Mithun was a welcome relief for Karnataka. You fans should have seen the celebration – a one-handed upper punch in the air, a perfect mix of killer instinct and the ‘one more’ feeling.


 


It was another 55 runs before the normally Mumbai batsman upstart Surya Kumar Yadav hit a ball straight to Amit Verma. With Ramesh Powar at the crease and Abhishek Nayar having retired hurt after registering 137, another 70 runs were added before the fifth Mumbai wicket, Ramesh Powar’s, fell.


 


Thereafter, three more wickets fell leaving the Mumbai innings in tatters, to end the day at 354 for 8. Karnataka fans, you would have loved the sight of these wickets fall, two of them clean-bowled and one caught by Aravind off an exultant Stuart Binny. Who doesn’t like to play skittles when they’re all falling!? 


 


You also would have loved the sight of Mithun clean-bowling Ajit Agarkar, who going by past records has been a thorn in Karnataka’s path; his accurate bowling had denied Karnataka a famous victory in a final, while he was also the centre of attention in a run-out dispute in the same match. Of course, in the end it’s just a game and everybody’s trying to do their best for their side. But what’s life without a little spice, right?


Credit also goes to Stuart Binny for effecting three breakthroughs, two of them of crucial batsmen.


Mumbai’s wounded tiger Abhishek Nayar can do precious little with two wickets in hand even if he walks in to usher batting proceedings at first light. Yes, perhaps he can make Mumbai’s tail wag for longer by farming the strike in the remainder of the first innings, therefore reducing the batting time in their second essay.


Wait for the story to unfold on Sunday at the Cricket Club of India!



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match draw :(
lucky4rcb on 21 Nov 2011, 03:21 AM
Karnataka is playing really well this time.
karthik-shetty4 on 20 Nov 2011, 09:29 PM