Kaunain Abbas struck a century for KSCA Secretary’s XI © AFP

Alur (Karnataka): Aug 12, 2013

The final of the Safi Darashah All-India cricket tournament was finely poised with KSCA Secretary’s XI ahead by 288 runs with two wickets in hand against KSCA President’s XI at stumps on the third and penultimate day in Alur on Monday.

Overnight 297 for six, President’s XI eked out a 33-run first innings lead, but Secretary’s XI were 321 for eight in 82 overs after Kaunain Abbas struck a century (106) and was involved in two useful partnerships that propped up the innings.

Abbas and opener Mayank Agarwal (84) put on 95 runs for the third wicket. Later, in the company of Anirudha Joshi (64), Abbas added 132 runs for the fourth wicket to keep Secretary’s XI in the hunt.

Among the bowlers, left-arm spinners Syed Moinuddin (President’s XI) and Anil Inamdar (Secretary’s XI) came away with five wickets apiece.

Brief scores:

KSCA Secretary’s XI 322 and 321 for 8 in 82 overs (Mayank Agarwal 84, Kaunain Abbas 106, Anirudha Joshi 64; Syed Moinuddin 5 for 145) lead KSCA President’s XI 355 (Samarth Ravikumar 121, Shishir Bhavane 139, KC Avinash 30; J Suchith 3 for 96, Anil Inamdar 5 for 91) by 288 runs.