Kulkarni: Pitch was great for pacers

Mumbai:  Dhawal Kulkarni was a happy man after taking 4/24 against Saurashtra on day one of the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy final at the Wankhede Stadium.

“I am very happy. Would have been great if I would have got a fifer. I enjoyed taking all four wickets today,” said Kulkarni right after stumps.

“It was a good decision to win the toss and bowl first. The pitch was great for pacers, and the moisture in it helped us a bit. It will become fast, as it it turns hard. Spinners should have a role on day four and five,” said the right-arm pacer when asked about the pitch.

Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Shah admitted that things didn’t go right for his side.

“The toss was important. It wasn’t easy to score runs. This wicket is for fast bowlers. Mumbai got the right breakthrough at the right time. I think 200-250 would have been a  good total,” Shah said when asked about his side’s below-par total of 148 all out.

When asked about his decision to bat at No.6

“I had viral fever. That’s the reason why I came down the order”.

He did sound upbeat at the end, saying that his bowlers did manage to beat the batsmen in the final session, adding that the length at which they will bowl, will be important on day two.