BENGALURU, Feb. 2, 2023
From our Sports Correspondent
The second day of Ranji Trophy match Karnataka took a significant 358-run lead against Uttarakhand, led by all-rounder Shreyas Gopal’s unbeaten 103.
Mayank Agarwal with 83 and Ravikumar Samarth with 82 started with a 159-run partnership and Devdutt Padikkal with 69 and Nikin Jose with 62 also scored half-centuries, ending the day at 474 for five.
Uttarakhand’s bowlers were unable to contain the strong batting line-up of Karnataka at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Deepak Dhapola, who had a strong performance during the group phase, remained unsuccessful in the match.
Post Agarwal and Samarth, who were on 65 and 54 respectively, departed quickly, Padikkal and Jose guided the team past 300-run mark, adding 118 runs and breaking the back of Uttarakhand’s bowlers.
Gopal then struck his fifth first-class century and crossed the 3,000-run mark, putting Karnataka in an almost unbeatable position. Karnataka may declare their innings and finish the match on day three.