With the Ranji Trophy title in their bag, Karnataka is all geared up as they take the battle against Rest of India in the Irani Cup on March 17, 2014 at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Early at the start of the match, Rest of India won the toss and elected to field first.
Karnataka started off with 39 after 12 overs and losing one wicket.
At the end of the first days play. the scores are:
Karnataka has a good record at this tournament with five titles to their credit, including the last season.
For this match, Vinay Kumar’s side will be looking to change the record where Karnataka has never managed to defend their title. Follow the Kar vs ROI live score here.
The woes for the team come in form of injuries that has taken wicketkeeper CM Gautam and batsman KL Rahul out from the game. Abhishek Reddy has been brought in by the skipper.
Their batting lineup also boasts of other good players including Karun Nair and Robin Uthappa. Uthappa will also keep wicket-keeping position replacing Gautam.
For the bowling, their attack lies on Vinay and Abhimanyu Mithun along with trusted HS Sharath and Sreenath Aravind.
On the other side, Manoj Tiwary and his team are looking superb as well. Varun Aaron, Shardul Thakur, and Pragyan Ojha look strong enough.
Jiwanjot Singh and Unmukt Chand are expected to open for the team, while in the middle order Vijay, Kedar Jadhav and their captain Tiwary is likely to take the main charge.
This is going to be a big battle for Karnataka, which will try to keep the title consecutively, never having done that in the past.