It was a not a great day for the international players who were the part of Indian squad in the Test series against England.
Be it KL Rahul or Karu Nair, Manish Pandey or Parthiv Patel; all failed to contribute.
Here is summary of their performance in Ranji Trophy knockouts today –
Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu
Before the start of the day, it was the Tamil Nadu team which suffered a setback as they missed out on services of Murali Vijay and R Ashwin but as the day started and progressed, the Karnataka team, who was supposed to the dominating side on day one was on the back foot and was bundled out on a score of 88, just a few minutes after the Lunch break. Karnataka had a poor start as KL Rahul was dismissed in just the second over of the day on a score of four. Kaunain Abbas, who played 24 deliveries in his half hour stay at the crease was the next man to go without making any contribution.
Manish Pandey and opener R Samarth tried to recuperate the batting line up but the wicket of R Samarth was enough to dent their progress and within next 10 overs, half of Karnataka team was back in the pavilion. All eyes were on Karun Nair, who recently scored a triple century but he too disappointed as he went back to the pavilion with a score of 14 in his account. Riding on a six-fer from Aswin Crist, Tamil Nadu wrapped up Karnataka inning with a score of 88 on the board.
Tamil Nadu too lost some wickets when they came out to bat but Dinesh Karthik along with Vijay Shankar put a break on the fall of wickets.
It was a great day for Tamil Nadu on the field as they were able to dismiss the strong batting line-up of Karnataka on the first day itself and now also possess a crucial lead of 23 runs.
Meanwhile, Dinesh Karthik achieved big feet by marking his presence in his 100th Ranji Trophy game. He was felicitated before the start of the game along with L.P. Balaji, the former Indian player and now the bowling coach of Tamil Nadu.
Brief scores: Karnataka 88 (Manish Pandey 28; Aswin Crist 6-31) trail by 23 runs vs Tamil Nadu 111/4 (Vijay Shankar 34, Srinath Aravind 2-14) at Vizag.
Mumbai vs Hyderabad
After an early stutter, the duo of Aditya Tare and Siddhesh Lad played a crucial role in getting the things in order as after electing to bat first, Mumbai had an awful start losing four wickets on a score of 34. The new opening pair of Praful Waghela and Kevin Almeida failed to provide a good start, Chama Milind took the advantage of new ball and soon toppled the Mumbai batting line up but Lad and Tare stood at the crease as a rock, not allowing any other wicket for next 40 overs. After taking Mumbai to a safe total, Tare was dismissed on a score of 73 but Lad continued to bat and was at a score of 101* at stumps. Mumbai is in a safe position now as they have put up 250 runs on the board at the loss of five wickets.
Gujarat vs Odisha
Gujarat had huge expectations from their captain Parthiv Patel but he failed to deliver as the skipper could just make 12 runs, on an awkward surface, that came under scanner after it behaved awkwardly and the ball hit Parthiv Patel on his arm.
The play was halted for an hour before a light roller was taken to settle down the awkward part of the pitch. On a bowler friendly wicket, Odisha bowlers made strong in-rods before Chirag Gandhi and Rush Kalaria held the crease for last 48 overs of the day, not allowing Odisha to dominate the day. Gujarat is at a score of 197/6 and we can expect Gujarat bowlers to reply in the same way, taking equal advantage from the surface.
Brief Scores: Gujarat 197/6 (Chirag Gandhi 62*, Rush Kalaria 59*; Deepak Behera 3-36) at Jaipur.
Haryana vs Jharkhand (The Match is Televised on Star Sports)
It was an evenly poised day at Moti Bagh Stadium in Vadodara where the game swung like a pendulum, sometimes it was in favour Haryana while sometimes it looked like Jharkhand holds an edge. We saw mixed results in the day as Jharkhand took regular wickets in the day and when it looked like they hold an edge, Haryana batsmen came up with a partnership.
We saw the same thing happen not just once or twice but continued throughout the day. It was a great day for cricket where the pitch was fair to both the teams.
For Haryana, Rajat Paliwal topped the charts with a score of 42. Chaitanya Bishnoi also played an innings of 41 but as said, bowlers took wickets at regular intervals and never allowed Haryana to dominate the game. Same was the with batsmen, they never allowed the bowler to suppress them, in any case.
Shahbaz Nadeem, the Jharkhand all-rounder shone with the ball taking five wickets on the first day of the game.
Brief scores: Haryana 251/7 (Rajat Paliwal 42, Chaitanya Bishnoi 4; Shahbaz Nadeem 5-75) vs Jharkhand at Vadodara.