Ranji: Kohli, Dhawan send Karnataka on a leather hunt

Published: Monday, December 17, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: Delh batsmen Virat Kohli (154*) and Shikhar Dhawan (148) sent Karnataka on a leather hunt to lift their side to a healthy 337/2 in their first innings at stumps on the first day of the Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A tie at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here on Monday.

Batting first after winning the toss, the visitors suffered initial hiccups when Akash Chopra was trapped by Dhananjaya at the team's score of 23. But Kohli, who joined Dhawan in the middle, made Karnataka bowlers toil.

The duo added 266 runs for the second wicket stand before former India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi ended Dhawan's 211-ball vigil at the crease with an arm ball inducing an bat-pad edge for a simple catch to Uthappa stationed at forward short-leg.

Kohli (154*) and Manish (24) were at the crease at the end of the day's play.

Brief Scores (D-1): Delhi 337 for 2 (Dhawan 148, Kohli batting 154; Joshi 1 for 84, Dhananjaya 1 for 91) Vs Karnataka

Badri, Vijay put TN in box seat: Chennai: Brilliant centuries by skipper S Badrinath and opener M Vijay saw Tamil Nadu in a strong position with 302/3 in their first essay at the draw of stumps on the first day of the Ranji Trophy Super League Group -A match against Rajasthan here at the M A Chidambaram Stadium on Monday.

Rajasthan bowlers toiled as Badri and Vijay scored at will with the former making the best use of a chance when he was on 31, going on to make 138 off 181 balls in 251 minutes. He hit 16 fours and two sixes of off-spinner Shamsher Singh. Vijay, in a chanceless knock, remained unbeaten on 112 off 240 balls in his 349 minute stay at the wicket. He compiled his score with the help of ten fours and two sixes.

Tamil Nadu, who were facing an uphill task of qualifying for the knock out phase from the Group despite their improved showing, were off to a disastrous start, opting to bat first. They lost their new talent, left handed opener Abhinav Mukund for 7 when he nicked medium pacer Nishant Singh to the wicket-keeper and captain Rohit Jhalani off the last ball of the second over of the innings.

However, Badri and Vijay pulled the team out of dire straits, adding 234 runs in a marathon second wicket stand off 60.3 overs, before the Tamil Nadu skipper nicked the other medium pacer Sumit Mathur to Rohit Jhalani.

With R Srinivasan, who was at the wicket with him at the draw stumps on 25 off 53 balls with four fours, Vijay added 58 runs in an unbroken stand for the fourth wicket. Rajasthan seamer Sumit Mathur claimed two wickets for 63 runs.

Brief Scores (D-1): Tamil Nadu 302 for 3 ( M Vijay 112*, S Badrinath 138, R Srinivasan 25*; Sumit Mathur 2 for 63).

Other Super League Ties:

At IPCL Grounds, Nagothane Group-A tie: Maharastra Ist innings 136 all out ( Bahutule 46, Khadiwale 29; Jobanputra 4 for 27, Ravi Jadeja 2 for 49) Vs Saurashtra 73/2 (Cheteshwara Pujara 31*, Sithanshu Kotak 27*; Fallah 2 for 7).

At PCA Satdium, Mohali Group-B: Orissa Ist innings 273/8 (H Das 100, R Parida 52, Jayachandra 36; S Kaul 4 for 58, Gagandeep Singh 3 for 37) Vs Punjab

At HPCA Stadium, Dharmasala Group-A: Mumbai Ist innings 324/9 (Amol Muzumdar 90, Ajinkya Rahane 37, Vineet Indulkar 37, Ismail Abdullah 32, Vinayak Samant 32*; A Thakur 4 for 99, Sarandeep Singh 2 for 68) Vs Himachal

At Eden Gardens, Kolkata Group-B: Bengal Ist innings 149 all out (SS Lahiri 40*, Laxmiratan Shukla 22; P Kumar 3 for 51, B Kumar 3 for 25, Chawla 3 for 29) Vs Uttar Pradesh Ist innings 128/2 (Srivastava 58, Suresh Raina 55*; SS Paul 2 for 25).

At ACA-VDCA Stadium, Vizag Group-B: Andhra Ist innings 214/4 (LNP Reddy 67, Y Gnaneswar Rao 57*, Pradeep 30; Sumit Singh 1 for 27, Rajesh Pawar 1 for 47) Vs Baroda


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