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Shivam Dubey worked his magic with the ball as his four wickets left a depleted Karnataka at 263/4 when stumps were drawn on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 3 Elite A match at the KSCA ground in Belgaum on Tuesday.

Mumbai and Karnataka, both placed on fifth and sixth in the points table respectively, are eyeing their maiden win this season.

Karnataka are missing out on three of their best top-order batsmen in R. Samarth, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair, and off-spinner K. Gowtham, all part of the India A side on tour to New Zealand. Mumbai are without the services of Prithvi Shaw also in New Zealand, and Shreyas Iyer, who is with the Indian senior team in Australia.

Opting to bat, Karnataka lost opener rookmie Shishir Bhavane for just five after he was caught by Shams Mulani off Dubey. The other opener, Dega Nischal added 27 before he was trapped lbw off Dubey, who had scored 114 in Mumbai s previous match against Railways.

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Kaunain Abbas and Krishnamurthy Siddharth then steadied the innings with a 104-run partnership. Abbas, who brought up his sixth first-class half century, departed after scoring 64 off 154 with 10 fours to his name before he Dubey claimed his third wicket after Abbas was caught behind by wicketkeeper Aditya Tare.

Sidharth meanwhile, held fort and notched his maiden first-class ton and remained unbeaten on 104 when stumps were drawn. The 25-year-old batsman clobbered 13 boundaries and two sixes during his 184-ball knock.

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India allrounder Stuart Binny added just three to the total after he was trapped in front off Dubey to make way for captain Shreyas Gopal, who was three runs short of his seventh first-class fifty at the end of the day.

Brief scores: Karnataka 263/4 (Krishnamurthy Siddharth 104*; Shivam Dubey 4/32) versus Mumbai