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Jan 30, 2014
It has been easy going since lunch and both batsmen seem to be untroubled. The sun is beating down on the surface and the moisture seems to have dried out. The scoring rate may not have been very quick, but there is no denying the fact that Karnataka are in a strong position.
Rahul has been a delight to watch. He has essayed numerous cover-drives, although he hasn’t fetched too many boundaries. Sathish has done majority of the scoring and has tried to pierce the gap behind point and has done quite well. The Maharashtra seamers aren’t getting help from the surface.
Maharashtra have brought the left-arm spinner Akshay Darekar into the attack. The pitch is expected to crack and there is supposed to be some turn. But, it is unlikely to happen so early in the game.
With this partnership, Karnataka are striding forward and Maharashtra need some inspiration to strike back. At the drinks break in the afternoon session, Maharashtra are 85 for no loss.
Maharashtra 305 lead Karnataka 85 for no loss (KL Rahul 32, Ganesh Sathish 42)
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