R Vinay Kumar, the Karnataka captain, showed Mumbai who the boss was as the quarterfinals of the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy got underway on Thursday (December 7).
Vinay capped his 100th Ranji appearance with a hat-trick on his way to 6 for 34, threatening to reduce the much-hyped contest to one-way traffic. Put in to bat, Mumbai were shot out for a paltry 173. Mayank Agarwal topped 1100 runs for the season with an unbeaten half-century as Karnataka replied with 115 for 1 at stumps.
Where Karnataka made hay, a wet outfield reduced action to just 24 overs in Surat. That was time enough for Kerala to send Vidarbha into depression. The tall-scoring openers, Faiz Fazal and Sanjay Ramaswamy, fell cheaply as Vidarbha stumbled to 45 for 3.
In Jaipur, Bengal rallied from 59 for 4 on the back of a 175-run stand between Abhimanyu Easwaran (129) and Anustup Majumdar (94) to finish the day on 261 for 6.
Madhya Pradesh found it tough against Delhi In Vijayawada, finishing on 223 for 6. The damage was done by Vikas Mishra, the left-arm spinner who took 3 for 40.