Bangalore, Feb 10: For the second successive day, it was one-way traffic at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Karnataka again dominated against Rest of India (RoI) in the Irani Cup. Day one belonged to captain R Vinay Kumar and today it was all-rounder Stuart Binny's turn to take centrestage with a superb unbeaten century.
Binny's 107-ball 115 not out and Karun Nair's 92 powered Karnataka to a 189-run lead. By the end of the second day - Monday, the hosts were 390/5 in 98 overs, replying to RoI's 201.
The 29-year-old Binny, who last month made his One Day International debut against New Zealand in Hamilton, was at his attacking best.
Binny raced to his hundred in 82 balls and after crossing the milestone played it easy till stumps. His 115 contained 14 fours and a six each of Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra and Anureet Singh.
Binny walked in at 188/4 and had a crucial 187-run partnership with Nair (92, 161 balls, 12x4).
The right-hander registered his 8th first-class ton and his performance will certainly boost his chances for Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. The national selectors, barring Sandeep Patil, watched Binny's knock. They are to announce India squads here in the next couple of days.
Right from the start, Binny preferred to play an aggressive innings. His half century came off 45 balls. And reached 100 in the next 37 deliveries.
Ganesh Satish (84, 180 balls, 11x4) and Nair too were in good touch for the Ranji Trophy champions. The experienced spin duo of Harbhajan and Mishra bowled 14 overs each. The captain had one scalp but the legspinner failed. Coincidentally both conceded 56 runs each and had two maidens apiece.
Nair, who had a fine Ranji Trophy season with three consecutive hundreds, was set to add another one but was unlucky to be bowled. Nair tried to leave a ball from Pankaj Singh but it took his bat's edge and went back to disturb the stumps.
Pankaj was the most impressive of bowlers today. He moved the bowl both ways and troubled the batsmen. As Harbhajan put it after end of day's play, the conditions were much better for batting today. However, the offspinner did not take the credit away from centurion Binny.
Karnataka 390/5 in 98 overs (Stuart Binny 115 batting, Karun Nair 92, Ganesh Satish 84, Manish Pandey 36, KL Rahul 35, Pankaj Singh 2/78, Anureet Singh 1/78, Ashok Dinda 1/93, Harbhajan Singh 1/56) Vs Rest of India 201