Karnataka take 169-run lead in Ranji Trophy final

Posted by:
Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014, 17:29 [IST]
Share this on your social network:
   Facebook Twitter Google+    Comments Mail

Hyderabad, Jan 31: It was advantage Karnataka against Maharashtra by the end of the third day in the Ranji Trophy final

On Friday, Karnataka end the day with a handsome lead of 169. By stumps they were 474/7 in 158 overs thanks to a century from opener KL Rahul.

Karnataka take 169-run lead in final

Karnataka had started the day at 230/0 and in 90 over of play today, they have scored 244/7.

R Vinay Kumar (8) and Shreyas Gopal (9) will resume batting tomorrow.

Unless dramatic happens on Saturday and Sunday, there is very little hope for Maharashtra.

Tea Report

Karnataka stretched their first innings lead past 100 by tea.

At the break, Karnataka had moved to 414/5 in 128 overs, ahead by 109 runs.

Between lunch and tea, Maharashtra took three wickets - Robin Uthappa (72, 108 balls, 10x4, 1x6), Manish Pandey (36) and CM Gautam (7).

Left-arm paceman Samad Fallah had two while Shrikant Mundhe scalped one.

Uthappa was caught by substitue fielder RA Tripathi off Mundhe. Fallah trapped Pandey LBW and sent back Gautam by claiming a catch off his own bowling.

Karun Nair (28) and Amit Verma (7) are in the middle at the interval.

Lunch Report

Opener Rahul hit a fine century as Karnataka took the first innings lead.

Rahul, who was 94 overnight, completed his 4th first-class hundred in the morning session. At lunch, Karnataka were 343/2 in 101 overs, a lead of 38.

The 21-year-old Rahul, on way to 131, completed 1,000 runs in the Ranji Trophy season. He has 1,004 runs in 16 innings with 3 hundreds and 4 fifties.

Maharashtra began the day well when Ganesh Satish was bowled by Chirag Khurana in the first over. Satish could not add to his 117 (212 balls, 16x4) from yesterday.

Uthappa, who had to retire hurt after being hit on left below yesterday, returned to bat at number three. He is batting on 70 with Manish Pandey on 11 not out at the break.

Uthappa was in an attacking mood. He has so far hit 10 boundaries and a six.

Rahul's 273-ball innings of 131 (13x4, 2x6) was ended by Shrikant Munde. The opener was caught by wicketkeeper Rohit Motwani.

Brief Scores

Karnataka 474/7 in 168 overs (KL Rahul 131, Ganesh Satish 117, Robin Uthappa 72, Samad Fallah 3/74, Shrikant Mundhe 2/89, Chirag Khurana 2/110) Vs Maharashtra 305


Story first published:  Friday, January 31, 2014, 12:12 [IST]
Write Comments