Bangalore: Tamil Nadu remained in the driver's seat as Karnataka conceded a huge first innings lead of 253 but a spirited unbeaten knock of 125 by Vijay R Bharadwaj helped the home team to score 233 for three on the penultimate day of the four-day Ranji trophy league match in Bangalore on Tuesday.
At stumps, V S Thilak Naidu was batting on eight, with Karnataka still facing a deficit of 20 runs. Hitting his 12th Ranji century, Vijay Bharadwaj's swashbuckling knock comprised 22 boundaries in his 160 ball innings with luck favouring him once when Sriram dropped him off Balaji when his score was 64. For Karnataka, it was a frustrating start as both the openers were dismissed cheaply. Arun Kumar scored one and Mithun Beerala 14, with the home side's score at just 16. M R Shrinivas took both the wickets. A 202-run partnership for the third wicket between Vijay Bharadwaj and Rowland Barrington (69) proved valuable for Karnataka. Tamil Nadu, resuming at the overnight score of 357 for five, added 111 runs before it lost the remaining wickets just before lunch for 468. Skipper Robin Singh scored 58. Mansor Ali Khan claimed five wickets for 81 for Karnataka. Extras: Badani, Sharath hit fine centuries against Karnataka Post your views