Irani Cup 2019: Have you met Vidarbha’s allrounder Akshay Karnewar’s ambidextrous skills? It is not the first time we are witnessing such skills in cricket. But, the Vidarbha cricketer stunned everyone present. Akshay Karnewar can bowl right arm off-spin and left-arm orthodox. And he’s really effective! He picked up the crucial wicket of Shreyas Iyer as well in his spell. It was when he was bowling with his left hand that he got the prized scalp of Iyer, who was leg before wicket for 13. Iyer’s wicket triggered a collapse and ROI eventually went down from 231/4 to 330 all out. Karnewar is young and has an exceptionally unique skill, which could see him take giant strides in the world of cricket. Also Read - ICC T20 Rankings 2020: England's Dawid Malan Attains Highest-Ever Rating Points in T20I History
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Karnewar may not spin the ball much but his guile often leaves batsmen perplexed. On Tuesday against Rest of India, Karnewar bowled 15 overs, gave away 50 runs and picked up the wicket of Shreyas Iyer.
Meanwhile, Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha managed to restrict Rest of India to a manageable 330 after orchestrating a middle-order collapse despite a dogged hundred from Hanuma Vihari and a 95 by opener Mayank Agarwal on the opening day of the Irani Cup.
The the two India internationals added 125 runs for the second wicket but once Agarwal’s free-flowing knock came to an end, the Rest innings lacked momentum as they could never recover from a middle-order collapse.
Skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s (13) problems against slow bowling continue as left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate (3/99) had another prized scalp in his possession after getting Cheteshwar Pujara twice in the Ranji Trophy final.
ROI 330 all out (Hanuma Vihari 114, Mayank Agarwal 95, Akshay Wakhare 3-67, Aditya Sarwate 3-99) versus Vidarbha.