Bangalore: A blistering half-century by Robin Uthappa saw Karnataka post 107 for one against Saurashtra on the rain-drenched first day of the Elite Group A Ranji Trophy match at M Chinnaswamy stadium on Tuesday.
As many as 235 minutes of play was lost on the truncated day as overnight rains had rendered the outfield wet. Bad light, too, played spoilsport forcing an early draw of stumps.
The delayed start, however, did not subdue Uthappa`s aggression as the swashbuckling opener blasted 12 boundaries during his masterly knock of 63-ball 70. He helped Karnataka maintained a healthy run-rate of 5.18 in the first 19 overs.
Uthappa also put up 95 runs for the first wicket with K B Pawan.
A century seemed to be there on the cards for Uthappa, but the left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat cut short his mid-afternoon mayhem, trapping the right hander in front of the wickets.
Pawan (batting 28), however, continued with skipper Ganesh Satish (batting 3) to take Karnataka to 107 for one when bad light stopped first day`s play.
Karnataka 1st innings: 107 for 1 (Robin Uthappa lbw Unadkat 70, KB Pawan not out 28; Jaydev Unadkat 1/37).