Hosts restrict Saurashtra to 229 for 8

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Mysore, Dec 9 (UNI) Karnataka restricted Saurashtra to 229 for eight on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group 'A' superleague match here today.

Karnataka Skipper Yeregouda, who won the toss, chose to bowl first and his decision proved right, when upcoming speedster R Vinaya Kumar scalped opener Sagar Jogyani for a duck in his first over.

It was a memorable day for Karnataka's fast bowler R Vinayakumar, who took five wickets and completed his tally of 100 wickets in Ranji cricket in just 30 matches.

The hosts were in full control of the game except for a brief period, when Kanaiya Vagale who made 37 runs and Cheteshwar Pujara who scored 48 added 62 runs for the sixth wicket.

Saurashtra captain Jayadev Shah (34) and Rakesh Dhruve (34) helped the team to cross 200 and Kamalesh and Sanjeep Jobanpura were at the crease after scoring 9 and 17, respectively at stumps.

While pace bowler N C Ayyappa got two wickets veteran spinner Sunil Joshi got one.

Brief scores: Saurashtra 229 for 8 in 90 overs (Kanaiya Vaghela 37, Rakesh Dhruve 34, Jayadev Shah 34 R Vinaykumar 5 for 70, N C Ayyappa 2 for 49).

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