Advantage Karnataka despite fighting ton from Jadhav

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Updated: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 17:33 [IST]
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Hyderabad, Feb 1: Maharashtra's best batsman of the season, Kedar Jadhav led the team's fightback with a superb century against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy final.

Jadhav's 6th ton this season had given a slim chance for Maharashtra to push for an unlikely victory but his dismissal has handed the advantage back to Karnataka. Jadhav ended with 1,223 runs, most by a batsman for current Ranji Trophy season.

Advantage Karnataka despite Jadhav ton

At stumps on the fourth day, Maharashtra were ahead by 62 runs - 272/6 in 68 overs. Jadhav was dismissed in the final 10 minutes of day's play, caught by Robin Uthappa off R Vinay Kumar's low full toss. That was Vinay's 300th wicket in first-class cricket.

Karnataka bounced back in the final session by taking four wickets. Vinay ended the day with four wickets for 84 in 21 overs. Legspinner Shreyas Gopal had two.

Almost out of the final with a deficit of 210 runs, Maharashtra injected life into the match through Jadhav (112, 135 balls, 10x4) and Bawne (61, 115 balls 4x4).

Karnatak's field placings were baffling. They set defensive fields which helped Maharashtra batsmen to pick runs easily.

Jadhav, with his 10th first-class ton and Bawne for company, put on 118 runs for the third wicket. Gopal had Bawne stumped by CM Gautam. Sangram Atitkar too fell to Gopal for a duck. Later, the 88-run association between Jadhav and Chirag Khurana (37) was ended by Vinay via a full toss which was caught by Uthappa.

Barring a miracle on the final day, Karnataka are well poised to win the Ranji Trophy for the seventh time and first since 1998-99.

Tea Report

Bawne and Jadhav hit unbeaten half centuries to lead Maharashtra's fightback.

At tea, Maharashtra were 164/2 in 40 overs. They are 46 runs behind. In this session, they scored 110 runs for the loss of Vijay Zol in 25 overs.

Bawne is batting on 59 while Jadhav, this season's top run-scorer (over 1,000 runs) is on 55 not out. The duo has added 110 runs for the third wicket.

This partnership has kept the final alive and Maharashtra will be hoping this pair carries on till the end of the day.

Karnataka, when they took 210-run first innings lead, were in good position to further drive home the advantage. But Jadhav and Bawne's knocks have raised hopes for Maharashtra.

Maharashtra have scored at a good pace. Their innings run rate so far is 4.10.

With a minimum of 34 overs remaining in final session, Maharashtra will look to add as many runs as possible.

Lunch Report

Karnataka were bowled out on the fourth morning but not before securing a big lead of 210 runs.

Resuming at 474/7, Karnataka were all out for 515. In the second innings, Maharasthra started off aggressively and by lunch were 54/1 in 15 overs.

They are still 156 runs behind and need to post a total in excess of 300 in quick time to have any hopes of winning the trophy.

At the break, Vijay Zol (31) and Ankit Bawne (12) are the not out batsmen. Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar dismissed Harshad Khadiwale for 9.

Earlier, Karnataka lost their final three wickets for the addition of 41 runs today. Shreyas Gopal (10) fell to Anupam Sanklecha while Shrikant Mundhe sent back Abhimanyu Mithun (16).

Vinay was the last man out - run out while attempting a second run in order to shield number 11 batsman S Aravind.

Samad Fallah and Mundhe finished with three wickets apiece while Chirag Khurana had two.

Brief Scores

Maharashtra 272/6 in 68 overs (Kedar Jadhav 112, Ankit Bawne 61, Chirag Khurana 37, R Vinay Kumar 4/84, Shreyas Gopal 2/37) and 305 Vs Karnataka 515 all out in 171.1 overs (KL Rahul 131, Ganesh Satish 117, Robin Uthappa 72, Karun Nair 44, Manish Pandey 36, Amit Verma 29, R Vinay Kumar 28, Samad Fallah 3/93, Shrikant Mundhe 3/90, Chirag Khurana 2/110)


Story first published:  Saturday, February 1, 2014, 12:20 [IST]
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