Karnataka have not allowed Maharashtra to seize control © Getty Images
Karnataka have not allowed Maharashtra to bounce back in the game © Getty Images (Representation photo)


Hyderabad: Jan 31, 2014 


Karnataka have strengthened their position in the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 final against Maharashtra at Hyderabad. Their lead is already over 100 and although they lost a few wickets in the afternoon session, they are still in command of the game.


The evening session so far has only witnessed attritional cricket. Amit Verma and Karun Nair haven’t forced the issue so much and are content in blocking it. There haven’t been too many aggressive strokes in the evening although a cover-drive by Verma would stand out.


Maharashtra have given Chirag Khurana an extended spell as he is getting turn off the wicket. If they are to fight back, they have to land crucial blows before the end of day’s play.


Brief scores:


Maharashtra 305 trail Karnataka 442 for 5 (Robin Uthappa 72, KL Rahul 131, Ganesh Sathish 117; Samad Fallah 2 for 70, Shrikant Mundhe 2 for 85, Chirag Khurana 1 for 101) by 136 runs.