A perfect 10 on debut is the dream for any bowler.
This came true for Karnataka speedster Abhimanyu Mithun, who lived up to expectations and scripted an important win in the season opener.
For the lanky Mithun, the last day of the four-day Elite Group ‘B’ tie against last year’s runners-up Uttar Pradesh on Friday, brought double celebrations as he also took season’s first hattrick, sending UP crashing to a 185-run defeat.
Mithun’s impact was felt soon after lunch at the Bhamashah Stadium at a time when UP looked well on course for a draw. First he forced Piyush Chawla to edge into the safe hands of B. Akhil at second slip in his 16th over. New man Mohammad Amir Khan couldn’t read a perfect yorker, while R.P. Singh missed the line to see his off stump flying high in the air to complete the hattrick.
Earlier, Mithun had been cracked for back-to-back boundaries by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. But it was the fast bowler who had the last laugh with his well-pitched deliveries.
He scythed through the UP batting. Md Kaif's wicket in the 51st over opened the floodgates. While playing a shot with loose hands off Udit Patel, Kaif lobbed an easy catch to Vinay Kumar at mid-on. Now, UP go to Rajkot to play their next match against Saurashtra from November 10.
Karnataka 1st innings 405
UP 1st innings 214
Karnataka 2nd Innings 311 for 5 (decl.)
UP 2nd Innings (o/n 30 for 1): S
Shukla lbw S Joshi 35, R Shukla lbw V Kumar 10, Mohd Kaif c V Kumar b
U Patel 54, P Singh c&b A Verma 14, B Kumar not out 63, P Chawla c B
Akhil b A Mithun 17, Mohd A Khan b A Mithun 0, RP Singh b A Mithun 0,
P Gupta not out 11, S Srivastava lbw S Joshi 9
Extras (b18, n5, w3) 26;
Total (all out) 252;
FoW: 1-21, 2-46, 3-85,
4-124, 5-168, 6-205, 7-205, 8-205, 9-241;
Bowling: V Kumar 17-3-51-1, A Mithun 19-1-95-5, S Joshi 8.2-1-16-2, B Akhil 6-3-9-0, A Verma 5-1-11-1, U Patel 11-0-52-1.