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Robin Uthappa, Mayank Agarwal plunder Delhi bowlers on Day 1

On a breezy Monday (November 23) within the quaint city of Hubli, Robin Uthappa’s counter-attacking century and Mayank Agarwal’s stroke-crammed, maiden first-class ton helped Karnataka pile on the runs towards Delhi’s predominantly hapless bowling assault on day one of many eighth spherical of Ranji Trophy 2015-sixteen. One of many many highlights for Karnataka on a day filled with runs was Uthappa’s sheer disdain for Dhruv Shorey, the best-arm off-break bowler – smashing him for 32 runs in an over within the second session to convey up his century. The hosts ended the day on 358 for 3, with Karun Nair (31 not out) and Manish Pandey (31 not out) within the center.

The day started with gamers from each side and the officers observing a minute’s silence to mourn the dying of KM Ramprasad, the previous Karnataka State Cricket Affiliation (KSCA) president (1998-2007) and in addition an erstwhile vice-president of Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Delhi’s determination of opting to area got here near being justified as Pradeep Sangwan, the left-arm pacer, and Navdeep Amarjeet Saini, his new-ball companion, cranked up good velocity to trigger all types of issues for R Samarth and Mayank early on. Surprisingly, nevertheless, Gambhir gave Sangwan simply 4 overs in his first spell. His alternative, Pawan Suyal, one other left-armer, had an erratic begin and eased the nerves for the hosts, who had a moderately watchful begin. Whilst Saini maintained self-discipline from one finish, Delhi’s early grip on the sport started to loosen.

Mayank, enjoying in his fourth recreation of the continued Ranji season, stitched a couple of gloriously-timed strokes by means of covers to swiftly put the strain proper again on the guests. Suyal bowled with spectacular tempo however was typically discovered responsible of offering an excessive amount of width to Mayank, who appeared in high quality nick. Simply when Karnataka seemed to have taken the morning session by the scruff of its neck, Suyal breached Samarth’s bat-pad hole to strike the highest of off-stump, towards the run of play.

Uthappa walked out to a little bit of cheers and whistles and placed on his counter-attacking cloak to show round his scratchy begin to the season. Sangwan returned within the 18th over, however by then Mayank had settled down sufficient to maintain the pacer at bay. He introduced up his half-century simply earlier than the lunch break whereas Uthappa too raced away to forty off fifty one deliveries. Groups took lunch with one hundred twenty for one on the board for Karnataka.

Delhi’s three-pronged tempo assault lacked the tooth to dig into Karnataka’s robust batting line-up and far to Gambhir’s dismay, Manan Sharma, his main spinner and Delhi’s greatest bowler of the season to date, was additionally rendered ineffective by the 2 batsmen within the center. The publish-lunch session adopted a well-known script of run movement as Karnataka consolidated their early domination. Uthappa hardly took any time to go previous the 50-run mark whereas Mayank too, stored his cowl drives going, as he inched nearer to his maiden first-class century. When it will definitely got here, he had 17 boundaries to his identify and a one hundred fifty-run stand with Uthappa for the second wicket.

Gambhir turned to the opposite tweakers in his ranks in the hunt for a breakthrough, however Uthappa took that as a chance to blaze previous the three-determine mark. The broad-shouldered marauder was in no temper to hold round within the 90s as he tonked a six to finish his century, his seventeenth within the Ranji Trophy. Brijesh Patel, the present KSCA secretary, has probably the most variety of Ranji tons of by a Karnataka participant (26).

Uthappa’s audacity knew no bounds as he adopted up that six with three extra and paired them with two fours to finish an absolute thrashing of a 23-yr-previous off-break bowler, fetching 32 runs from the over. When the gamers walked off for the tea break, Karnataka had reached 278 for one – an astonishing 157 within the second session had been scored, courtesy an outstanding second-wicket undefeated partnership of 231 runs between Uthappa (134 not out) and Mayank (114 not out).

The ultimate session introduced some respite and alter in fortunes for the guests as each, Mayank and Uthappa, perished inside the primary 5 overs. First to depart was Mayank (118), who nicked a Suyal supply to Robin Bist behind the stumps within the opening over of the submit-tea session. Uthappa then adopted go well with, trying one aerial stroke too many, and was caught and bowled off Sangwan after a scintillating essay of 148 off 141 deliveries – a knock that included sixteen fours and 6 sixes.

With two new batsmen – Nair and Pandey – within the center, Delhi loved a barely higher part with the ball when it comes to containing the run stream. Nair and Pandey took their time however ensured that one other robust partnership was cast as they added an unbeaten tally of sixty one for the fourth wicket by the top of the primary day’s play.

Temporary scores: Karnataka 358 for three (R Uthappa 148, M Agarwal 118; P Suyal 2-seventy eight) vs Delhi

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