The finals of the Ranji Trophy, now being played in Mysore, is just a day old, but already the prospects are delightful. After bowling out the visitors for 233 at a picture postcard stadium, the hosts are one wicket down on a bowler-friendly track, with four full days to go.
Bombay has won the trophy more than any side, but old rivals, Karnataka, have been playing like a side reborn. Its young batsmen led by the magical Manish Pandey have done well even in the absence of stalwarts like Rahul Dravid. And its bowling and fielding has been near-exemplary, with the fast bowlers picking up 110 of the 130 wickets.
Will Karnataka live upto their promise and bag the trophy in this, the 75th year of India’s premier domestic tournament? Or will Bombay bounce back? Will Karnataka’s young side last five days or will Bombay’s experience of winning come to their aid?