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Ranji Trophy: Nair century revives Karnataka

Wed, 8th, Jan 2014
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UP won the toss and elected to bowl first on Day 1 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. It wasn't the best of starts for the home team, whose top order collapsed like a pack of cards at the very beginning. Opener KL Rahul, R Samarth and the in-form Manish Pandey were all dismissed on duck. However, Robin Uthappa who opened along side Rahul, held on at one end. Karnataka were 15/3, when Uthappa and Nair together put up 120 crucial runs for the 4th wicket. Uthappa, whose century included 19 fours, was then stumped and the hosts were in a slightly better position at 135/4.

Nair then played a steady innings along with CM Gautam who also scored a vital 89 in the course of the game. Nair's fluent innings of 100 comprised 14 fours and 1 six. However, he fell in the final over, leaving his side in command at the end of the day with Gautam at the crease.
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Ranji Trophy: Centurion Nair helps Karnataka outclass Delhi

Thu, 2nd, Jan 2014
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Skipper R Vinay Kumar led his team from the front by claiming 4 Delhi wickets in the first innings after the hosts elected to bat first. He was ably supported by HS Sharath at the other end, who continued his purple patch and bagged 3 wickets. Delhi started with a Gautam Gambhir's half-century, but the rest of the batting line-up put up a disappointing show. Delhi were dismissed on 202.

Karnataka rode on young Karun Nair's patient hundred (105) after they lost opener Mayank Agarwal early on. Nair held on from one end, but wickets kept tumbling at the other. Karnataka were reduced to 73/4, until Stuart Binny's explosive knock of 88 that included 7 fours and 6 sixes restored his team's hopes. Ashish Nehra then got rid of both Binny and Nair, but not before Karnataka crossed the 200-run mark. The lower order contributed with a few runs, helping their side get a slender lead. Karnataka were all-out for 289.

Delhi came to bat trailing by 87 runs, and went on to put up 201 runs in their 2nd innings. Sharath (3/35) was once again instrumental in getting crucial breakthroughs, this time with much support from Ronit More and Shreyas Gopal, who claimed 3 wickets each.

Needing 114 runs to win, Karnataka responded with an unbeaten 68 from opener Agarwal, who struck 6 fours and 3 sixes in his knock. Nair and Samarth fell cheaply, but Manish Pandey hung on to deliver the winning runs on the final day, sealing an 8-wicket victory.

With 5 wins in 8 games and 38 points, Karnataka finish at the top of Group A.
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