Cooch Behar Trophy: Karnataka's foals reach 255/7 on day 1 against Vidarbha

NAGPUR: When middle-order hitters Kruthik Krishna and Chinmay Ammanagi were making diligent efforts to raise Karnataka from a precarious 147/5, Vidarbha ’s Avesh Shaikh, at extra cover, produced a brilliant direct-hit to further dent Karnataka’s progress as the visitors ended at 255/7 on Day 1 of the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy Civil Lines match here on Friday.

After Vidarbha ’s pacer Manan Dosi (18-7-39-2) and leg-spinner Rohit Dattatraya (26-3-93-3) caught Karnataka on the wrong foot, the pair of Krishna and Ammanagi negotiated the entire Vidarbha Bowling lineup during its stand of more than 19 races of 52 races for the sixth wicket after choosing to hit.

The way Krishna (71 off 164 balls) and Ammanagi (24 off 56 balls) were batting, Vidarbha, led by Aman Mokhade, could sense a crucial partnership in the making. They badly needed the breakthrough to hold onto the advantage given by Dosi and Dattatraya.

To make matters worse, the VCA wicket was not offering much help. That’s when Shaikh blew away Ammanagi’s attempt to steal a run from him. Ammanagi drove to extra-covers and set off for a run. Shaikh sensed a chance and caught Ammanagi short of ground at the non-striker’s end with a direct-hit to reduce Karnataka to 199/6, just seven balls after the tea break.

Post this run-out by Shaikh, Vidarbha tightened the screw on Karnataka. Spinner Harsh Dubey (23-7-60-0), Dattatraya and Dosi compelled their rivals to move at a snail’s pace. They gave away just 56 runs in the last 24 overs.

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Before Shaikh animated the last session, Dattatraya and Dosi dictated the terms to the rivals in the first two sessions. Dosi set the tone by sending starter Lochan Gowda to the first ball of the game. Soon he cut the trip of the other starter Aquib (23) to do it 31/2.

Later, the next three key batsmen of Karnataka - Rohan Patil (24 off 57 balls), Aneesh K (46 off 81 balls) and skipper Smaran (40 off 59 balls) - got their eyes in. They negotiated disciplined left-arm spinner Dubey with solid defense, while they attacked Dattatraya with assurance.

Dattatraya, who is known for his ability to throw the ball no matter what, persisted with his plan and provoked the trio by throwing it. The trio collected some runs against the leggie but paid the price for an excessive attack approach.

Smaran and Patil, both left-handed, were hit in flight by Dattatraya and went out to play with their feet. While Patil ended up bordering Rohit Binkar, Smaran's furniture was disturbed by an incoming delivery.

Aneesh, who was looking dangerous and the most comfortable in the middle, swept Dattatraya only to end-up giving a catch at deep mid-wicket to Danish Malewar. Earlier in the morning session, Vidarbha's Praful Hinge showed excellent control with the new ball.

SHORT SCORES: Karnataka 255/7 in 90 overs (Krithik Krishna 71 *, Aneesh K 46, Smaran 40; Rohit Dattatraya 3/95, Manan Dosi 2/39) vs Vidarbha