Maharashtra 305 and 272 for 6 (Jadhav 112, Bawne 61, Vinay 4-84) lead Karnataka 515 (Rahul 131, Satish 117, Fallah 3-74) by 62 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Before he walked in to bat on Saturday, Kedar Jadhav had done scores of 51, 120*, 40 and 37 in his 4 prior innings. Across those 4 innings, he had scored 66.94% of his runs in fours and sixes. On Saturday, Karnataka had a devise opposite him. They widespread their fields. At times, they had 4 fielders in a deep. More often, they had between 5 and 7 group guarding a boundary.
Cricket fans of a future, and those of a benefaction who didn’t watch a match, competence demeanour during a scorecard of a 2013-14 Ranji Trophy final and suppose that Jadhav’s 135-ball 112 was a adventurous backs-to-the-wall counterattack full of stirring strokes. Jadhav, though, had good reason to feel this was a easiest of his 6 centuries this season.
When Jadhav walked in to bat, after Vijay Zol had edged Vinay to a screw initial round after lunch, Maharashtra were 54 for 2 in their second innings.
Between Zol’s exclusion and tea, Maharashtra scored 110 runs off 149 balls. Only 32 of those runs came in boundaries. At tea, they were usually 46 behind, with 8 wickets in palm and their dual best batsmen, Jadhav and Ankit Bawne, batting on 55 and 59. Even when Bawne was on strike, Karnataka’s fields hadn’t altered in any noted way. Early in a second session, Bawne, batting on 13, had edged S Aravind for unbroken fours by a empty trip region.
Karnataka had meant to keep a scoring rate down. They finished adult gifting easy runs to Maharashtra. They took 4 wickets in a final event and finished a day right on top, with Maharashtra 6 down with a lead of usually 62, though that was by no means explanation that their strategy had worked.
For one, they had conceded 272 runs in 68 overs. On a third day, opposite Maharashtra’s some-more required defensive fields, they had scored 240 in 90. Maharashtra’s batsmen, moreover, played a vast purpose in their possess dismissals in a final session.
In a second over after tea, legspinner Shreyas Gopal went around a wicket and directed during a severe outward leg stump. Fourth round of a over, Bawne came out of his double a hold early, a hold too eagerly, and missed a line by yards, withdrawal CM Gautam an easy stumping to complete. Bawne was out for 61; he had taken 39 singles and 3 twos.
Before a third round of Gopal’s subsequent over, Karnataka changed their brief fine-leg to a deepish square-leg, their deepish square-leg to low midwicket, and their low midwicket to brief fine-leg. All of this might have confused Sangram Atitkar, who soon top-edged a slog-sweep, out of a rough, to a brief fine-leg, who had been stationed for accurately that shot.
Jadhav and new male Chirag Khurana continued holding a singles on offer. The initial 50 runs of their partnership contained usually dual fours, though still usually consumed 70 balls. When they brought adult that landmark, Maharashtra were 14 runs ahead, with 6 wickets in hand.
Two overs later, Jadhav went to 94 by slicing occasional legspinner Amit Verma to low indicate for a single. He swept him excellent for 4 when he got behind on strike, and worked a subsequent round for dual off his pads to move adult his century, off usually 118 balls.
The fifth-wicket partnership had changed to 88 when Khurana sliced a full-toss from Vinay Kumar true to cover. This was Vinay’s 299th wicket. In his subsequent over, he had his 300th. Once again, it was Robin Uthappa who took a locate during cover, after Jadhav spooned another full toss true to him.
Karnataka had started a fourth day with an strenuous advantage, and their final 3 pairs had extended it by adding 41 runs in a morning. Through many of a third innings, they had let that advantage deposit to an shocking degree. But with small mins to go for stumps, it had been roughly wholly restored.