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Pitch of woes as 18 wickets fall in Ranji semi

A whopping 18 wickets fell at the Reliance Stadium on a track that looked to offer slow spin.

cricket Updated: Jan 03, 2011 23:51 IST
Amol Kharadkar

As Pinal Shah and Sankalp Vohra entered the dressing room at tea after Baroda were reduced to 44 for five chasing Karnataka's 107 on the first day of their Ranji Trophy semifinal at the Reliance Stadium on Monday, one of the Baroda batsmen referred to the 22-yard strip as a "powder top".

Minutes later, as the Karnataka team walked out to take the field, one of the senior players called the wicket "unprepared".

Considering the cricketer was more focussed on the unfinished job and ignoring his lack of proficiency over the language, one was convinced that even if it wasn't an unprepared track, it was certainly under-prepared, something that cannot be justified in a match as crucial as the semifinal of the premier domestic tournament.

Even if the players hadn't certified it, the fact that the hosts had prepared a dust bowl was evident from the numbers on the opening day of the tie.

A whopping 18 wickets fell on a track that looked to offer slow spin.

With both sides full of batsmen, the fact that the day saw only one 50-plus score -- by Baroda skipper Shah who helped his side end the day 26 runs ahead of Karnataka's first innings score -- implied the lack of application and the mediocre wicket. Shah, who raised his 50 with a six off leggie Amit Verma, was lucky as he survived two close caught-behind calls off left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi.