Abhimanyu Mithun claimed a 3rd five-wicket haul of the season as Vidarbha have been bundled out for 185. In reply, Karnataka ended the day at 36 for 3 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy semi-final conflict on Sunday. Mithun, who took his 11th five-wicket haul, completed the day with figures of 16-6-45-5 and was ably aided by skipper R Vinay Kumar (2/36) as 13 wickets fell on day one. Nonetheless, eight-time Ranji winners have been in a spot of hassle when dangerous gentle stopped play. Karnataka nonetheless path Vidarbha by 149 runs with 4 days play nonetheless remaining.
Younger Rajneesh Gurbani (2/9) put up a tremendous show of tempo bowling beneath the shadow of Umesh Yadav (1/22) as 13 wickets fell on the eventful opening day on a inexperienced Eden high.
Karnataka’s in-form openers R Samarth and Mayank Agarwal returned to the pavilion with the scoreboard studying 21, whereas D Nischal was cleaned up for a duck in his comeback match after being crushed by a pleasant tempo variation by Gurbani.
At shut vice-captain Karun Nair was batting on six alongside wicketkeeper batsman CM Gautam (9).
Having caught up by a visitors jam because of Kolkata 25Okay run occasion that prompted a 30-minute delay in begin of the match, Vidarbha shocked one and all when skipper Faiz Fazal opted to bat on a inexperienced high.
Vidarbha have been going regular on 49 for 2 after some early morning jitters when Mithun opened the gates within the third over after lunch hanging together with his first and sixth balls.
Mithun’s first sufferer was Ganesh Satish (31) who edged one behind the stumps and wicketkeeper C M Gautam latched on to a one-handed diving catch to his left.
Apoorv Wankhade (1) adopted swimsuit after an inside edge off Mithun whereas S Aravind took the prized scalp of veteran Wasim Jaffer (39) as he took an out of doors edge taking part in ahead to be caught by R Samarth at second slip.
Mithun was on fireplace in his third spell of Four-Zero-12-Three as he took three scalps in a single over to cut back Vidarbha to 171 for 9.
Aditya Sarvate and Akshay Wakhare have been going regular earlier than Mithun’s burst ensured a collapse.
Mithun was even on a hat-trick however Umesh stored out the hat-trick ball earlier than falling to the identical bowler off the ultimate supply of the over.
Vidarbha’s high scorer Aditya Sarvate (47) was caught within the cowl with spinner Shreyas Gopal taking the final wicket.
Vidarbha have been bolstered by the return of Umesh Yadav however Fazal’s determination denied the India pacer an opportunity to make full use of the circumstances on provide.
Karnataka skipper Vinay Kumar drew the primary blood, trapping his Vidarbha counterpart and main rungetter Fazal for 12.
Stuart Binny then eliminated one other in-form batsman Sanjay Ramaswamy for 22.
With the wicket providing help, Vidarbha appeared in hassle at 49 for 2 inside 17 overs.
It was left to their skilled duo of Jaffer and Satish as they steadied the ship to see via the primary session with some ingredient of luck.
Satish bought a reprieve on 14, whereas Jaffer bought an edge on 30 however it fell in need of Mayank Agarwal at third slip.
Vidarbha: 185 all out in 61.Four overs (Aditya Sarwate 47; Abhimanyu Mithun 5/45) vs Karnataka: 36/Three in 14 overs.
(With PTI Inputs)