Ranji Trophy: Karun, Samarth hit tons; Karnataka earn 3 points in drawn game

Bengaluru, Oct 18: Karnataka earned three points on the basis of their first-innings lead over Vidarbha even as the match ended in a tame draw after Ravikumar Samarth and Karun Nair scored centuries each for the hosts on the final day of a Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match here today.

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Having gained a slender 40-run first innings lead, Karnataka scored 331 for three declared in their second essay today before reducing Vidarbha to 17 for no loss at the close of play.

A file picture of Karun Nair

Resuming on 93 for one, Samarth (121) and Nair (101 not out) put on an unbeaten 176 runs together for the fourth wicket to take the team past 330-run mark. For Vidarbha, Swapnil Bandiwar bagged two wickets.

In Vidarbha's second innings, Faiz Fazal and Aditya Shanware were batting at six and seven, respectively when both the captains agreed to call off the day's play.

Karnataka now have seven points from three matches and Vidarbha have four points. Karnataka will next take on Haryana in Mysuru from October 22, while Vidarbha will face Assam.

Brief scores

Karnataka: 350 & 331 for 3 decl (Ravikumar Samarth 121, Karun Nair not out 101; Swapnil Bandiwar 2/50). Vidarbha: 310 & 17 for no loss in 11 overs.


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