Karnataka in control against UP

Kanpur: Riding on C M Gautam`s century, Karnataka piled up 416 runs in their first innings and then reduced Uttar Pradesh to 163 for five at the end of second day`s play in their Ranji Trophy Super League Group B match here today.

Gautam (115) started from where he had left last evening and, together with Udit Patel (72), added 126 runs for the ninth wicket to guide Karnataka past the 400-run mark.

For UP, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla added one more wicket to his four overnight to finish with figures of five for 95.

At stumps, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (51 not out) and Chawla (43 not out) were holding fort for the home team.

Medium pacer R Vinay Kumar picked up two wickets for Karnataka while veteran Sunil Joshi, Sreenath Aravind and Patel accounted for one each.

Earlier, resuming at an overnight score of 274 for seven, Gautam was confidence personified and did not give an inch to the UP bowlers during his patient 185-ball stay at the crease.

After Joshi (26) was lbw by Kumar, Gautam found an able ally down the order in Patel, and the duo mixed caution with aggression to carry on the visitors` march.

The duo frustrated the UP bowlers for nearly 30 overs before Patel`s gutsy 96-ball innings was cut short by Chawla, and then Gautam followed suit to draw the curtains on Karnataka`s innings.

In reply to Karnataka`s total, UP started shakily losing their first three batsmen for just 15 runs.

If that was not enough, skipper Mohammad Kaif (23) and Parvinder Singh (22) also disappointed after getting starts to leave the hosts tottering at 90 for five.

Kumar and Chawla then joined hands and stitched an unbeaten 73-run stand to somewhat resurrect the UP innings.

Brief Scores:

Karnataka 1st innings (Overnight 274/7): 416 all out in 121 overs (C M Gautam 115, Udit Patel 72; Piyush Chawla 5/95).

UP 1st innings: 163 for five in 57 overs (Bhuvneshwar Kumar 51 not out, Piyush Chawla 43 not out; R Vinay Kumar 2/29).