Pujara, Mithun shine in Ranji
Cheteshwar Pujara and Abhimanyu Mithun helped seal quarterfinal slots for their teams Saurashtra and Karnataka respectively in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored an unbeaten 203* in Saurashtra’s 227 run win over Madhya Pradesh at Rajkot while Abhimanyu Mithun took 9/158 in Karnataka’s 8 wicket win against Maharashtra at Pune.
Pujara made just 10 in Saurashtra’s first innings as they were bowled out for 242 but a good show from their bowlers saw MP being bowled out for 135 in their first innings. In Saurashtra’s second innings, Pujara batted with absolute authority to score 203* (221b, 4x30, 6x1) of the side’s 303 runs, the runs coming at a brisk 3.98 per over. Facing a target of 411, MP succumbed to part time spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (6/51) to crumble to 183 all out.
At Pune, CM Gautam’s 264 and Stuart Binny’s 168 helped Karnataka post an imposing 572/9d in their first innings. Abhimanyu Mithun scythed through Maharashtra in the first innings, taking 6/36 to bowl them out for a paltry 99, Karnataka capturing a massive 473 run first innings lead.
Harshad Khadiwale (136) and Ankit Bawne (155) made Karnataka toil the second time, taking Maharashtra to 561 before they were bowled out. Mithun’s 3 wickets in the second innings cost him 122 runs. Opener Lokesh Rahul and skipper Stuart Binny ensured that Karnataka knocked off the 89 run target easily, Karnataka securing an 8 wicket win and passage to the quarterfinals where they will face Saurashtra.