Vizianagaram: Centuries by Srikar Bharat (178 not out) and Ricky Bhui (129) helped Andhra take control against Hyderabad at stumps on day three of their Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Elite B match on Tuesday.

Talented young wicketkeeper-batsman Bharat hit 22 fours and two sixes in his 277-ball knock of 178 while Bhui struck 14 fours and two sixes in his 248-ball innings as Andhra scored 502 for 7 declared in 154 overs in reply to Hyderabad’s 271. At end of the day’s proceedings, Hyderabad was 33 for no loss, still trailing by 198 runs.

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Resuming at 207 for 3, Andhra dominated proceedings as Bhui and Bharat piled on the runs even as the Hyderabad bowlers wilted. The fourth-wicket partnership between the two produced 234 runs.

Bharat led the run-scoring and was the more aggressive of the two, hitting shots all round the wicket.

The pair took the total from 350 to 400 before the visiting side broke through when T Ravi Teja (2 for 101) dismissed Bhui, having him caught behind by KSK Chaitanya.

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Bharat continued to pile on the runs and took the score past 500 before the team declared at 502 for 7.

Hyderabad openers Tanmay Agarwal (13 batting) and Tilak Varma (20 batting) ensured that the team didn’t suffer any setbacks as they look to erase the huge deficit.

Brief scores: Hyderabad 271 & 33/0 trail Andhra 502/7d (KS Bharat 178*, Ricky Bhui 129; Mehdi Hasan 3/127) by 198 runs