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Karnataka pile on Delhi’s misery
21st October 2016
Karnataka piled on the miseries of Delhi amassing 414 in their first innings in reply to the opposition’s 90 on the second day of the Group B Ranji Trophy tie here today. With two days remaining and a lead of 324, Karnataka has no plans of batting again.
Delhi looked very ordinary on the field as the batsmen continued chipping away the runs K Nair (53), A Abbas (52), S Binny (32) and S Gopal (46) all getting runs. However, it was C M Gautam who played the role of the anchor on one side remaining unbeaten on 63.
Later he said: “We applied ourselves and the idea was to bat only once get a big lead and put ourselves in a good position. It was kind of unpredictable wicket, tough to get runs here. We had to really apply ourselves. There was some movement for the pacers and later on, especially with the new bal. There was a bit of turn too. It is a relaid wicket, so it will be very interesting to see how day three and four goes.”
Gautam’s innings spanned over 140 deliveries with 9 boundaries consuming 208 minutes. Asked why they batted so long and slow, he said: “We stuck to our plan. There are still two full days left, and if we are batting just once, this was the right way to go about it. We are very happy with the lead - 324. If we bowl in the right areas, we can get them out for 200-250.”
For Delhi Varun Sood was the best bowler taking four for 80, followed by V Tokas 3/81.


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