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Ranji Trophy 2014/15 Final: 14 wickets fall on opening days play!

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R Vinay Kumar

As many as 14 wickets fell during the opening day’s play of the Ranji Trophy 2014/15 Final between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu which is being played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This 5-day match begin on Sunday and has already seen a see saw battle between the two teams. This Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu – Ranji Trophy Final is not likely to last the distance of five days and could well be over inside three days if bowlers continue to have their way.

It has been a disastrous knock-out stage in this season’s Ranji Trophy as teams are getting bowled out cheaply which suggests that the pitches for this prestigious tournament are perhaps under-prepared or too spicy. On what is a greenish pitch at the Wankhede Stadium, Karnataka won the toss and asked Tamil Nadu to bat first. Both the teams have one Indian Test opener each – while Tamil Nadu have got Murali Vijay, Karnataka have Lokesh Rahul, and both these players have hit a ton atleast during the tough tour of Australia recently. Tamil Nadu’s other opening batsman is Skipper Abhinav Mukund who has also played Test cricket for India.

Tamil Nadu folded in a little over two sessions though for just 134. Abhinav Mukund top scored with 35 having battled it out for 137 balls! Murali Vijay was trapped lbw cheaply by Karnataka Captain R Vinay Kumar for 5. India discard Dinesh Karthik scored only 11. For Karnataka, making merry on the green top were India discards R Vinay Kumar with 5 for 34 and Abhimanyu Mithun with 3 for 54.

Karnataka failed to capitalize on their bowlers’ efforts as they slipped to 45 for 4 in the 14 overs before stumps. Lokesh Rahul, India’s latest Test opener retired hurt on 1 after straining his hamstring for the second time in the day’s play. Lakshmipathy Balaji inspired Tamil Nadu’s comeback taking three of the four wickets to fall. The other wicket fell to left-arm seamer Prasant Parameswaran, the ex-Kerala bowler.

Karnataka have lost the two big wickets of Robin Uthappa for a duck and Manish Pandey both to L Balaji. There is not much of batting left for them but all hopes will be on Lokesh Rahul to return from injury and help Karnataka to a sizable first innings lead which could be the difference ultimately.

 

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