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BCCI Staff in Mumbai 30 January 2014 - 05:35pm IST

Report: Final - Maha vs Kar, RT 2013-14, Day 2

Centurion Satish and Rahul power Karnataka on second day

Karnataka were trailing by 75 runs in the first innings with all wickets intact at the end of the second day’s play in the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 final in Hyderabad. A commanding performance by Ganesh Satish (117) and Lokesh Rahul (94) put Karnataka in an advantageous position at stumps on Wednesday evening. They posted had posted 230 until stumps, after bowling Maharashtra out for 305 earlier in the day.

After Karnataka opener Robin Uthappa retired hurt on 10 after being struck by a Samad Fallah delivery in the fifth over, Satish joined Rahul to help close in on opposition’s first-innings score. The pair took the team to 43 without loss at lunch.

They scored off the Maharashtra bowlers at a steady pace as they added 83 runs in the second session without losing a wicket. Both batsmen notched up their half-centuries as they worked to seize control of the game.

Although he had survived a tough chance early in his innings, Satish played a determined knock to take his team to a position of strength along with Rahul. The opener too survived a couple of chances, but put forth a determined effort as he anchored the innings. The duo kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and twos interspersed with occasional boundaries.

However, Satish came out all guns blazing after tea. In the second over of the final session of the day, he struck Darekar for three boundaries to collect 13 runs from it. And Rahul lofted Chirag Khurana over long-on for the only six of the match so far, soon after tea.

Scoring at a quicker pace, Satish inched towards his century, while Rahul was content to hold up one end. With a late cut off Atitkar, Satish posted his sixth first-class 100 in the latter half of the third session.

While the bowlers toiled, lapses in the field proved to detrimental for Maharashtra as the batsmen gained confidence. They continued to garner runs comfortably as they reduced the deficit. And, at the end of day’s play, Rahul was just six runs short of his century.

Earlier, Maharashtra lost their remaining five wickets for just 33 runs in 14.1 overs in the morning. Abhimanyu Mithun disrupted Ankit Bawne’s woodwork off his first delivery in the morning and sent back the middle-order batsman on his overnight score of 89. It was all downhill for Maharashtra from there on. While Sangram Atitkar made his way to a half-century, he didn’t get much support from the other end. Shrikant Mundhe was sent back by S Aravind, who also accounted for Atitkar. Meanwhile, Vinay Kumar claimed Anupam Sanklecha and Akshay Darekar to wrap up Maharashtra’s first innings.