Bangalore: Skipper R. Vinay Kumar grabbed six for 47 and put Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka into a sound position against Rest of India, who were all out for 201 despite a valiant 91 by Dinesh Karthik on Day 1 of the Irani Cup here on Sunday. In reply, Karnataka were 35/1 at stumps after losing Robin Uthappa, who was caught in the slips while attempting a drive off Ashoke Dinda in the first over of the innings.
Earlier, opening the bowling after Karnataka opted to field, Vinay took three wickets in 13 deliveries to leave Rest of India on 12/3. The 29-year-old later showcased his bowling prowess with the old ball as he took another three scalps in the space of five deliveries as Rest of India collapsed to 201.
Lending Vinay Kumar excellent support was seamer Stuart Binny, who picked up 3/35 on the back of some tight, line-length bowling. The saving grace for Rest of India was Karthik's fighting knock (184b, 14x4) as the Tamil Nadu batsman, struggling for runs this season during which he scored just one century, held his end up with typical resoluteness to prop up his side's innings.