Bangalore, July 18: Robin Uthappa, who is aiming to make a comeback to the Indian team, began the new season with a bang. The right-hander smashed 223 not out for Karnataka State Cricket Association XI (KSCA XI) against Jharkhand Cricket Association on the opening day of the four-day Safi Darashah Trophy 2013 here on Wednesday (July 17).
Uthappa, who has always been an attacking batsman, was at his best during his 276-ball innings at the Alur ground. He blasted 25 boundaries and 4 sixes. Riding on his belligerent knock, KSCA XI posted 393/2 in 94 overs at the end of first day.
Manish Pandey made a 67-ball 51 not out while KL Rahul hit 68. Jharkhand bowlers were punished by the hosts' batsmen.
The tournament, organised by KSCA is the only four-day tournament in the country apart from Ranji Trophy.
The tournament began on Tuesday. All 16 teams are in action at various grounds in Bangalore and Mysore. The teams are divided into four groups with the toppers going into semi-finals.
At Alur (1)
KSCA XI: 393 for 2 in 94 overs (Robin Uthappa 223 batting (276 balls, 25x4,4x6), KL Rahul 68 (153 balls, 8x4), Ganesh Satish 38, Manish Pandey 51 batting (67 balls, 6x4,1x6), Rahul Shukla 1/82, Samar Quadri 1/91) Vs Jharkhand Cricket Association
At Alur (2)
Cricket Association of Bengal: 262 all out in 79.4 overs (Rohan Banarjee 47, Wriddhiman Saha 34, Sandipan Das 40, Saurashish Lahiri 59 not out (103 balls, 7x4), Veer Prathap 31, Ronit More 3.57, Salin Hoover 3/57, SK Moinuddin 2/54) Vs KSCA President's XI: 55 for 1 in 13 overs (R Samarth 30 batting)
At Alur (3)
Harayana Cricket Association: 358 for 5 in 100.5 overs (Abhimanyu Kooda 80 (124 balls, 13x4.1x6), Sunny Singh 74 (149 balls, 12x4,1x6), Prateek Panwar 61 batting (101 balls, 4x4), Jayanth Yadav 50 (95 balls, 9x4), Chirag Jani 2 / 64, Damendra Jadeja 2 /114) Vs Saurashtra Cricket Association
At BGS Ground
Tripura Cricket Association: 190 all out in 96.1 overs (KB Pawan 23, Samrat Singha 56 (250 balls, 5x4), Sayeed Abbas Ali 36, Nirupam Sen Chohd 40, N Niyas 3/41, P Prashanth 3/12) Vs Kerala Cricket Association
At M Chinnaswamy Stadium
KSCA Colts: 204 all out in 91.1 overs (KV Siddharth 77 (176 balls, 13x4), Abar Kazi52 (153 balls, 7x4), Basat Mohanty 3/46, Suryakant Pradhan 4/50, Jayant Behara 2/39) Vs Odisha Cricket Association: 61 for 1 in 3.5 overs (Girija Rout 16 batting, David Mathias 1/5)
At Aditya Global
Goa CA Vs Rajasthan CA match washed out on day one
At SJCE College of Engineering Ground
Assam Cricket Association: 182 for 2 in 75 overs (Parviz Aziz 58 (158 balls, 10x4), Rishav Das 89 batting (228 balls, 10x4), Avijit Singha Roy 21 batting, D Shiva Kumar 1/17) Vs Andhra Cricket Association
At Gangathri Glades
KSCA Secretary's XI: 135 for 6 in 68 overs (Gaural Goel 51 batting (130 balls, 6x4,1x6), Suchith J 27 batting, Sonit Singh 2/16, Ketual Patel 1/34, Babhkan Pathan 1/28, Hardik Pandya 1/32) Vs Baroda Cricket Association