Suryakumar Yadav fight alone as Mumbai struggle against Karnataka

Ajinkya Rahane and Prithvi Shaw failed again as Karnataka fast bowlers bundled Mumbai to just 194 in their first innings on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy match. Captain Suryakumar Yadav (77 off 94 balls, 10 fours, two sixes) remained on the BKC ground alone while the batsmen were out at the other end. His innings ensured that the host team reached at least 200 runs. In response, Karnataka lost 3 wickets for 79 runs.

Earlier, four Karnataka fast bowlers upheld captain Karun Nair’s decision to bowl, who reduced Mumbai to 86 for six by lunch. Opener Aditya Tare was dismissed by V Kaushik (3 for 45). Rahane and Shaw tried to handle the innings. But Rahane (7) failed to convert the start into a big innings. When Rahane got his life on seven runs, Ronit More (2 for 47) failed to catch his return catch.

More dismissed Rahane and then Siddhesh Lad (4) within three balls in the 13th over. Shaw also could not play a big innings and became the victim of the experienced Abhimanyu Mithun (2 for 48) by scoring 29 runs in 57 balls with six fours. Prateek Jain then sent Sarfaraz Khan (8) and Shams Mulani to the pavilion. Suryakumar and Shashank Atarade (35 runs from 51 balls with six fours) handled the innings with an 88-run partnership in 92 balls. Kaushik broke this partnership by knocking Atarde’s wicket, which caused the seventh wicket to fall to 148 runs. In this Ranji season, Suryakumar Yadav is fighting alone for Mumbai. He scored more than 50 runs in the 5th consecutive match.

Mumbai lost the last wicket as Shreyas Gopal. In reply, Karnataka scored 79 for three at stumps and the team is behind by 115 runs in the first innings. Openers Devdutt Paddikal (32 runs from five fours) and R Samarth (40 not out) made a good start, adding 68 runs for the first wicket. Spinner Shams Mulani, however, dismissed Paddikal and Abhishek Reddy (0) in the same over. Off-spinner Atarade took the wicket of Rohan Kadam (4).

The condition of the remaining matches
In Kanpur, the opening day game between Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu could not take place. In Vadodara, Baroda scored 201 runs in the first innings thanks to Deepak Hooda’s 86 runs. By stumps, Railways had scored 24 runs after losing two wickets and the team was behind by 177 runs. Himachal Pradesh’s first innings at Dharamsala was reduced to 175 runs. For that, AP Vasistha played the best innings of 33 runs. Madhya Pradesh had lost four wickets for 87 runs till the stumps. The team is trailing by 88 runs.

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