Bengaluru, January 17: Having clawed their way back into the game in the first innings, Karnataka are again interestingly placed in the chase of a modest target of 184 set up by Rajasthan in the quarterfinal encounter at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday.
With two days to go and seven wickets in hand, Rajasthan pacer Aniket Choudhary’s double strike left Karnataka at 45/3 at close of play. Going into the penultimate day, Karun Nair (18 batting) and Ronit More (5 batting) have a daunting task ahead on a deteriorating pitch.
Earlier in the day, Karnataka’s tweaker K. Gowtham picked up four wickets while leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal (3/52) and speedster Abhimanyu Mithun (2/26) fire from either ends to restrict the visitors for 222 in the second innings.
Opener Amitkumar Gautam (24), Chetan Bisht (33), Mahipal Lamror (42), Robin Bisht (44) and Salman Khan (25) came up with useful contributions to give their side a decent total to defend.
Mithun joins 300 club
Meanwhile, Mithun broke into the 300-wicket club after dismissing Robin Bisht in the second innings. This was his 94th first-class match appearance in a career spanning little less a decade since his debut against Uttar Pradesh at Meerut in November 2009. Out of the 300 scalps, Mithun has bagged 241 wickets in the Ranji Trophy.
The 29-year-old known as Peenya Express has played four Tests and five ODIs for India.
Brief scores (Day 3): Rajasthan (I innings): 224 & II innings (o/n 11/0): 224 all out in 67.2 overs (Amitkumar Gautam 24, Chetan Bisht 33, Mahipal Lamror 42, Robin Bisht 44, Salman Khan 25, K. Gowtham 4/54, A. Mithun 2/26, Shreyas Gopal 3/52) vs Karnataka (I innings): 263 & (II innings, Target: 184): 45/3 in 18 overs (Karun Nair 18 batting, Ronit More 5 batting, Aniket Choudary 2/9). Karnataka need 139 runs to win.