Jan 10, 2014
Lokesh Rahul rallied Karnataka in their Ranji Trophy 2013-14 quarter-final against Uttar Pradesh at Bangalore. Rahul ended on 93 not out and carried his bat through the innings as they were bowled out for 205. Uttar Pradesh now require 333 runs to win.
Early on, Karnataka kept losing wickets with Rahul holding one end. As Karnataka had lost five with 73 on the board, CM Gautam joined Rahul in the centre. Their stand was spirited but it came to an end with Gautam on 36. Rahul though continued and took them past 175 and as a result their lead went above 300.
Uttar Pradesh will not find it easy chasing it down in the fourth innings. When they went into tea at 182 for eight, Abhimanyu Mithum joined Rahul.
After tea, Mithun hit a few shots as Rahul warmed up for his ton. But, it was ultimately over as the tail-enders were dismissed at the other end.
Karnataka 349 and 204 (Lokesh Rahul 93*; Ankit Rajpoot 2 for 17, Ali Murtuza 4 for 58) lead Uttar Pradesh 221 (Parvinder Singh 92, Piyush Chawla 56; Abhimanyu Mithun 4 for 70, R Vinay Kumar 3 for 49) by 332 runs.
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