Appanna leaves Goa in a tailspin
KSCA XI march towards commanding victory
KP Appanna of KSCA XI spun visitors Goa into a web on the third day of their Safi Darashah Trophy tournament match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here on Thursday.
Goa, overnight 153/4, succumbed to the spin of Appanna to be bowled out for 304 in 86.3 overs – the left-arm spinner accounting for five of the remaining six wickets to fall in the Goa first innings on the day.
Hosts’ skipper CM Gautam enforced the follow-on and it was again Appanna, who did the bulk of damage with figures of 3/43 in 17 overs, putting KSCA XI on the verge of their first outright victory in the tournament. They drew their first match against Jharkhand.
Goa, when stumps were drawn for the day, were precariously placed at 147/6 with Ravikant Shukla, the only one offering some resistance, batting on 75 (121b, 9x4). Goa are still adrift of 76 runs with just four wickets in hand.
Things did not begin well for Goa in the second innings as captain Swapnil Asnodkar departed without opening his account when he was caught and bowled by Abhimanyu Mithun.
Keenan Vaz, who struck an aggressive 66 (111b, 11x4) in the first innings, was promoted to one-drop but Sharath HS induced a nick that was held by the ’keeper Gautam. Shukla, who was coming off the back of a fine knock in the first innings, joined hands with Balekar and immediately set about his job in a commanding manner.
A glance to fine-leg was followed by a flick through mid-wicket before a drive straight down the wicket saw the southpaw stamp his class.
Balekar was keeping him the good company but Appanna struck as he caught Balekar in front of the stumps.
Rohit Asnodkar, Darshan Misal and Amogh Desai all came and left over the course of next 12.3 overs as Appanna reduced Goa from 92/2 to 127/6 before Shukla and Amit Yadav ensured that Goa would at least take the match into the last day.
Earlier, Appanna, who had a modest Ranji campaign taking just 18 wickets from eight games, ran through the Goan lower-order that which enabled KSCA XI to ask their rivals to bat again.
He trapped the duo of Vaz and Harshad Gadekar in front, castled a well-set Misal for 61 (146b, 6x4, 1x6), gleefully took the return catch that Yadav offered before accounting for Buddhadev Mangaldas to complete a five-wicket haul inside a session.
Brief scores: KSCA XI: 527/6 in 120 overs vs Goa CA: 304 all out in 86.3 overs (Ravikant Shukla 77, Keenan Vaz 66, Darshan Misal 61; KP Appanna 5-85, HS Sharath 2-24) and 147/6 in 49 overs (Ravikant Shukla 75 batting; KP Appanna 3-43).
Other scores: At Aditya Global: Jharkhand CA: 298 all out in 111.1 overs and 205/6 in 60 overs (Akash Verma 89 batting, Sourabh Tiwary 50; Madhur Khatri 3-66, Vivek Yadav 2-28) vs Rajasthan CA: 374 all out in 102.5 overs (Vineet Saxena 103, Dishanth Yagnik 58; Rahul Shukla 6-88, Sunny Gupta 3-84).
At Alur (1): KSCA Colts: 295 all out in 107.3 overs and 280 all out in 70.2 overs (Sanjay Rajan Kumar 57, N Bharath 56, Dinesh Borwankar 50; Rahul Dave 4-28, Jaydev Shah 2-58) vs Saurashtra CA: 368 all out in 92.4 overs (Jayadev Shah 147, Sheldon Jackson 64, Dharmendra Jadeja 42 n.o.; Sanjay Rajan Kumar 2-30, T Pradeep 2-33, Abrar Kazi 2-54) and 14/1 in 7 overs. At Alur (2): Bengal: 359 all out in 113.5 overs and 387/6 in 66 overs (Rohan Banerjee 134, Wriddhiman Saha 100 batting, Sudip Chatterjee 84; Sanjay M 2-84, Vicky Saha 2-99) vs Tripura CA: 299 all out in 88 overs (Nirupam Choudhay 44, Banti Roy 40; Manojit Ghosh 3-41, Veer Pratap 3-92).
At Alur (3): Odisha CA: 194 all out in 71.4 overs and 257 all out in 85.5 overs (Biplab Samantray 86, Arvind Singh 45; Rahul Tewatia 5-84, Harshal Patel 3-47) vs Haryana CA: 274 all out in 86.5 overs and 130/1 in 40 overs (Abhimanyu Khod 50 batting, Sunny Singh 36 batting).
At BGS (T): Kerala CA: 388/8 in 120 overs and 141/2 in 31 overs (VA Jagadeesh 52 batting, Rohan Prem 46 batting) vs KSCA President’s XI: 428/8 in 120 overs (KC Avinash 133, Shishir Bhavani 106 n.o., Pawan Deshpande 90; Sandeep Warrior 5-90, P Prasanth 2-72).
At SJCE: KSCA Secretary’s XI: 479/9 decl in 119 overs vs Andhra CA: 369/6 in 100 overs (Sriram 124, DB Prashanth 123; Sinan Abdul Khadeer 3-98).
At Gangothri Glades: Assam CA: 222 all out in 74.2 overs and 178/8 in 81 overs (Rajesh Powar 43; Sumit Singh 4-20, Hardik Pandya 2-37) vs Baroda CA: 148 all out in 52.3 overs (Aditya Wadhmode 91; Krishna Das 8-32).