Ranji: Vinay Kumar restricts Saurashtra to 229/8

Published: Sunday, December 9, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Mysore: Karnataka restricted Saurashtra to 229 for eight on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A tie here at Gangothri Glades on Sunday.

Karnataka Skipper Yeregouda sent the visitors in to bat and his decision proved right, when new-ball bowler R Vinaya Kumar struck in the very first over of the match inducing Sagar Jogyani with a peach of an out swinger to edge behind the wicket for a duck.

Vinay, who bowled to an immaculate line and length, plucked wickets at regular intervels as Saurashtra batsmen succumbed to his pace and movements.

It was a memorable day for the Davangere-born paceman, who returned with five-wicket haul and completed his tally of 100 wickets in just 30 Ranji Trophy ties.

The hosts were in full control of the game except for a brief period, when Kannaiya Vaghela (37) and Cheteshwar Pujara (61-ball 48, 8X4s) added 62 runs for the sixth wicket.

Saurashtra captain Jayadev Shah (34) and Rakesh Dhruve (34) knitted a useful 55 runs for the seventh wicket stand to helped the team cross 200.

Kamalesh (9) and Sandeep Jobanpura (17) were at the crease at close on opening day.

Vinay's new-ball partner N C Ayyappa took two wickets while veteran spinner Sunil Joshi got one.

Karnatak need an outright victory to stay in hunt.

Brief scores (D-1):

Saurashtra 229 for 8 in 90 overs (C Pujara 48, Kanaiya Vaghela 37, Rakesh Dhruve 34, Jayadev Shah 34; R Vinaykumar 5 for 70, N C Ayyappa 2 for 49) Vs Karnataka


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