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Ranji Trophy: KL Rahul’s unbeaten ton puts Karnataka in commanding position

Rahul's good run of form continued as the young batsman struck an unbeaten 150 against Uttar Pradesh.

By: Press Trust of India |
Updated: January 29, 2015 8:07:45 pm
Ranji Trophy, Ranji, KL Rahul, Lokesh Rahul, Karnataka, Cricket Lokesh Rahul hit an unbeaten ton to guide Karnataka to 326 for 4. (Source: PTI)

KL Rahul’s good run of form continued as the young batsman struck an unbeaten 150 to guide Karnataka to a comfortable position in their Group A Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh in Bangalore on Thursday.

At stumps on the first day, hosts Karnataka were strongly placed at 326 for the loss of four wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Shreyas Gopal was batting on 88 at the close of play and, in the company of the in-form Rahul, added 178 runs for the fifth wicket.

Uttar Pradesh won the toss and elected to field, hoping to utilise early morning’s helpful conditions, but that was not to be as Karnataka rode on Lokesh’s 256-ball knock and his 80-run partnership with Robin Uthappa (41).

Rahul, who had scored a century in only his second Test for India against Australia at Brisbane earlier this month, struck 22 boundaries and a six.

The experienced Praveen Kumar was the most successful bowler from the Uttar Pradesh outfit, the skipper returning figures of 3/34.

Brief scores:

Karnataka 1st innings: 326/4 in 90 overs (KL Rahul batting 150, Shreyas Gopal batting 88; Praveen Kumar 3/34)

Tare, Mangela score fifties in Mumbai’s 218/6 on day one

New skipper Aditya Tare scored an unbeaten 67 and opener Shrideep Mangela 55 as Mumbai ended the day one of their Ranji trophy cricket match against Baroda at 218 for six, in Vadodra on thursday.

Deciding to bat in the Group A contest, Mumbai were off to a decent start and at the end of the day Tare stood unbeaten and giving tare company was Shardul Thakur (0).

Tare’s has faced 148 balls so far and has hit eight shots to the fence.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai 1st innings 218 for 6 in 90 overs.(Aditya Tare 67 batting, Shrideep Mangela 55; Munaf Patel 2/35).

Railways bowl out Bengal for 268 on day one

Half-centuries from Manoj Tiwary, Shreevats Goswami and Abhimanyu Easwaran helped Bengal to a modest 268, even as Railways seized the momentum in the fag end of day one in the Ranji Trophy Group A cricket fixture.

Opting to bat in the must-win match, Bengal collapsed twice, the first when the hosts lost four wickets for eight runs in 32 balls in the post-lunch session after Easwaran (57) became the first victim of Anureet Singh (4/45).

Bengal reeling at 126/5, it was the most reliable duo of Tiwary (68) and Goswami (62) who rescued the team with a fighting 129-run partnership.

Brief Scores:

Bengal 268; 94.3 overs (Manoj Tiwary 68, Shreevats Goswami 62, Abhimanyu Easwaran 57, Sudip Chatterjee 44; Anureet Singh 4/45) v Railways

Solid MP reach 271/4 against J&K on opening day

Madhya Pradesh produced a solid batting display to score 271 for four against Jammu and Kashmir at the end of the opening day’s play in a Ranji Trophy Group A match, in Indore on thursday.

At stumps, Bundela was batting along side Harpreet Singh (13 not out).

Brief Scores:

Madhya Pradesh 1st innings: 271 for four in 90 overs (Jalaj Saxena 89, Naman Ojha 85, Devendra Bundela 62 batting; Ram Dayal 1/53)

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