Vinay Kumar bowled fantastically in the third innings of the game giving Karnataka a realistic chance © IANS (FIle Photo)
Vinay Kumar bowled fantastically in the third innings of the game giving Karnataka a realistic chance © IANS (FIle Photo)

The match between Maharashtra and Karnataka is set for an extremely exciting finish as Karnataka are left to chase just 231 runs on Day Four with nine wickets in hand. Robin Uthappa and Mayank Agarwal batted Karnataka through to stumps after the early dismissal of Ravikumar Samarth. Their partnership will be crucial for Karnataka’s chances in the match. If Maharashtra can claim a few early wickets the match will seem like it has slipped out of Karnataka’s hand but a big partnership will tilt the game heavily towards the defending champions. COMPLETE COVERAGE: Ranji Trophy 2015-16

Set 293 for victory, Karnataka have definitely responded positively having scored 61 runs with loss of just one wicket but a couple of early wickets will turn the match on its head. Earlier in the day Karnataka managed to keep Maharashtra down to 260 runs in the third innings of the match. Vinay Kumar took four wickets in that innings while Sreenath Aravind chipped in with three. Shrikant Mundhe, with 88, ended as the top-scorer for Maharashtra.

The solitary Karnataka wicket to fall in the final innings on Day Three was that of Ravikumar Samarth for just seven runs, courtesy of Nikit Dhumal. Mayank Agarwal and Robin Uthappa took the team to stumps without further damage and Karnataka will hope that the duo add another fifty runs at least before getting out so that the task is easier for Karnataka.

Brief scores:

Karnataka 180 (Mayank Agarwal 33; Anupam Sanklecha 4 for 58) and 61 for 1 (Robin Uthappa 25*; Nikit Dhumal 1 for 34) trail Maharashtra 212 (Ankit Bawne 87; Sreenath Aravind 3 for 35) and 260 (Rahul Tripathi 78, Shrikant Mundhe 81; Vinay Kumar 4 for 71) by 231 runs.