Karnataka batsmen hit double tons, set partnership record of 403

Bengaluru, June 9: Karnataka's Pavan Deshpande and Anirudha Joshi struck unbeaten double centuries and were involved in an unfinished record 403-run partnership in a Division I league match organised by the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

This feat, for the 5th wicket, was achieved during the 2-day (June 6 and 7) match between Vultures Cricket Club and Social Cricketers.

Record setting duo: Aniruddha (left) and Pavan

25-year-old left-handed Deshpande, the Vultures CC captain, struck an unbeaten 204 (258 balls, 3x6, 24x4). 27-year-old right-hander Joshi, nephew of former India Test all-rounder Sunil Joshi, was 212 not out (199 balls, 8x6, 23x4).

Thanks to this record association, the team scored 458/4 in their allotted 90 overs. The duo had come together at 55/4 in 18.3 overs.

"This was a record partnership and also a record for both the batsmen getting double hundreds in a I Division league match wherein the first innings is limited to 90 overs," according to KSCA.

The match ended in a draw and Vultures got 3 points for their first innings lead while Social Cricketers had 1 point.

Karun Nair, the Karnataka Ranji Trophy batsman, also played in this memorable game, for Vultures. However, he was out for just 4.

The record scorecard of Vultures CC innings

KC Cariappa, the mystery spinner, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL 8) was in the opposition as he watched record being set. He bowled 30 overs and had figures of 1/130.

Brief Scores

Social Cricketers 327/9 in 90 overs drew with Vultures Cricket Club 458/4 in 90 overs

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