Hardik bowled in tandem with Shashi and picked up a couple of wickets including the prized wicket of R Sai Kishore at a crucial stage.
”I feel there was a little more extra turn and bounce on the wicket, but I feel they also could have applied better,” said Hardik, on how the wicket behaved on Saturday.
Karnataka captain Mayank Agarwal also did well to shuffle his bowlers and maintain the pressure. His field settings were precise and the bowlers, too, responded to the challenge to give their best.
”Mayank was spot on, he was aware of the conditions and chose the right bowlers at the right time. He had a good intuition and employed the right bowler to a particular batter. The way he brought Kaverappa (Vidwath) and set up Vijay Shankar was brilliant,” said PV Shashikanth, coach of the Karnataka team.
”Our fielding also put pressure on the opponents and the catch that Manish (Pandey) took to dismiss Pradosh was brilliant. So it was a good team effort that brought us to this good situation,” he added.
With the experienced B Indrajith batting on 35 and with three wickets in hand, Tamil Nadu will be hopeful of getting as many runs as possible on Sunday and reduce the deficit. ”I don’t think there is any particular reason for the collapse (batting). It happens in one game. We have been batting well so far in the tournament, so today (Saturday) was a bad day for us,” said Ajith Ram, who took four wickets for Tamil Nadu.
”The surface will deteriorate further tomorrow (Sunday). We would like to get as many runs as possible and then bowl with more fire than that we did in the first essay. We will fight till the end,” added Ajith Ram.
Brief scores: Karnataka 366 (D Padikkal 151, H Raj 51; A Ram 4/75) vs Tamil Nadu 129/7 in 56 ovs (N Jagadeesan 40; S Kumar 3/41).