Karnataka-TN Ranji tie ends in draw

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Bangalore, Nov 13 (UNI) Riding on opener K B Pawan's 84, Karnataka salvaged a humiliating defeat as their Ranji Trophy Elite 'B' group match against Tamil Nadu ended in a draw.

Resuming at overnight score of 48 for no loss, Pawan and Bharath Chipli (33) laid a solid foundation with 72 runs for the first wicket before Chipli was briliantly caught at long-on by Yo Mahesh off Ashwin's bowling.

Pawan also accounted for 79-run partnership with Ganesh Satish (29) for the second wicket.

Right-arm spinner Ashwin with 3 for 71 was the successful bowler for the visitors. Left-arm spinner C Suresh with 1 for 63 succeded in breaking the opening partnership when Chipli misjudged a slow ball, lifted it and Mahesh made no mistake.

The hosts were in dire-straits yesterday when the visitors forced follow-on after getting a first innings lead of 264.

By virtue of its first innings lead, Tamil Nadu gained three points, including two bonus, while the hosts had to remain contend with one point.

Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu: I innings 531, Karnataka 267, Karnataka II innings: 269 for four (K B Pawan 84, Bharath Chipli 33, Ganesh Satish 29, Robin Uttappa 21, Raghu not out 21, Manish Pandey no 57, R Ashwin 3 for 71) UNI MSP KVV RKM KP1916

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