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Ranji Trophy: Aditya Tare disappointed with Mumbai performance

Aditya Tare, the Mumbai captain, understandably cut a forlorn figure after the match and conceded it was a sporting wicket and harped on how good Karnataka's bowlers were.

Wisden India Staff |February 26, 2015, 1:08 AM IST
Ranji Trophy: Aditya Tare disappointed with Mumbai performance

After Karnataka were bowled out for 202 in their first innings of their Ranji Trophy 2014-15 semifinal match against Mumbai at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday (February 25), a few doubts about the defending champions' supremacy must have cropped up. But their bowlers, led by R Vinay Kumar, who returned a six-wicket haul, fought back to bundle out Mumbai for just 44 in 15.3 overs before Karnataka ended the day at 10 for 2 in their second innings.

Karnataka were dismissed for their lowest total of the season after Shardul Thakur came up with a fine display, finishing with 4 for 61.

While the decision to bat first on a green top might have raised a few eyebrows, Vinay said he was aware the cracks would play a major role, "The cracks were slightly open in the morning itself, which prompted us to bat first," he said. "We felt the ball would start keeping low from the third day and also few balls can kick off from good lengths - if you see how (KL) Rahul got out (in the second innings), it kicked off from a good length."

In an inspired opening spell, Vinay was twice on a hat-trick as he moved the ball both ways to slice through the Mumbai batting, while Abhimanyu Mithun chipped in with one and S Arvind two wickets.

When asked about the mood in the camp during the innings break, Vinay said, "It is a very important game for us. For the last few seasons we have been playing like champions and 200 runs were definitely less, looking at our batting strengths. Everyone was upset and we decided in the meeting that we will go all out and attack. Getting support from everyone, fielders taking the half-chances and bowling hitting the right areas, these were the points discussed."

Thakur and Balwinder Singh Sandhu then struck to send Robin Uthappa and Rahul back early in the second innings and Vinay, who bagged his second six-wicket haul of the season, said, "Robin and KL have been playing really well for us. We lost their crucial wickets, but still we have the batting depth to perform. We are aiming to get somewhere around 300 to 350 runs (in the first innings). History says in KSCA that batting fourth, nobody has crossed 180 plus. If we give them a big target, it will make things very difficult for them."

In all, 21 wickets (Abhishek Nayar didn't bat for Mumbai after suffering a head blow in the Karnataka first innings) fell on the day and it was Mumbai's second-lowest total in the history of the tournament after their 42 against Gujarat in 1977-78.

Aditya Tare, the Mumbai captain, understandably cut a forlorn figure after the match. He conceded it was a sporting wicket and harped on how good Karnataka's bowlers were. "We have to give to credit Karnataka's bowlers," he said. "Obviously, getting all out in 15 overs is not acceptable by any means at this stage of the tournament. But we've had our off days this entire season. The important thing is how we come out of it."

When asked how Mumbai had planned to approach their innings after restricting Karnataka to 202, Tare said, "We just wanted to play normally, as if we were batting in the first innings. We had no target in our mind. We knew that there are lots of cracks and, obviously, it will do a bit. You can't take away credit from Karnataka's bowlers. They have a bowling unit which is in tremendous form."

Tare also rued the fact that certain decisions did not go in Mumbai's favour, but was optimistic about his side's chances. While Uthappa was lucky to survive a huge shout for lbw from Thakur when on eight, Tare himself was a victim of a poor decision when the ball moved after missing the edge only for him to be given out caught behind.

"Things haven't gone in our favour. Robin was plumb in front. Who knows, Karnataka would have been 30 for 3 and probably 150 all out. I wasn't out. And Mumbai has been suffering from bad decisions in the last two three years, but it is part of the game. We have to accept it. No doubt we batter poorly. But we still have four more days."

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