Bangalore: Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid has made a statement of intent to the men concerned with a scintillating double century against Mumbai in Karnataka's Ranji Trophy Super League match in Mumbai today.
Carrying on from his overnight 77, The Wall achieved his 49th first class century in the first session. The 34-year old hit 21 fours and five sixes en route to his yet another milestone.
Karnataka declared their second essay at 397/6 setting the hosts a stiff target of 255 runs with two sessions to go. However Mumbai played out the sessions finising on 70 for 2.
Dravid's 450-minute knock finally ended when he played a tame pull shot off rookie left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdullah and Ajinkya Rahane stationed at deep mid-wicket took a regulation catch.
After failling to make an impression in the first innings, where he could manage only 40, the former Team India skipper made a strong comeback when his side needed him the most after Mumbai had imposed a sizeable first inning lead.
Opener KB Pawan, playing in his first season, showed a maturity of a seasoned campaigner with a 254 ball 80 studded with seven hits to fence and one over it. Barrington Rowland and Tilak Naidu chipped in with a useful 40 and 34* respectively.
Abdullah bowled to a nagging line and length, to pluck three wickets for 73 in 38 overs, including the prized scalp of Dravid.
Karnataka 1st innings 195&397/6 (Dravid 214, Pawan 80, Rowland 40, Naidu 34 n o; Iqbal Abdullah 3 for 73) drew with Mumbai 1st innings 337 all out (Kukreja 66, Prasanth Naik 78, Jaffer 55; S Joshi 3, V Kumar 3, Aiyappa 2) and 70 for 2 (Kukreja 23, Rahane 22 n o; Vinay Kumar 2 for 20). Karnataka 1 pt, Mumbai 3 pts.