Ranji Trophy: Binny`s unbeaten 86 steers Karnataka to 300/7
Shimoga: All-rounder Stuart Binny struck an aggressive unbeaten 86 to steer Karnataka to 300 for seven on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Elite Division match against Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.
Binny smashed nine fours and two sixes during his 109-ball knock after Karnataka were asked to bat by the visitors in their last Group A match at the Jawaharlal Nehru College of Engineering ground.
Bharat Chipli chipped in with a 95-ball 51 while opener K B Pawan contributed 40. The other opener and India discard Robin Uthappa scored 23.
For Uttar Pradesh, pacer Imtiyaz Ahmed was the most successful bowler with figures of three for 73 while Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped two wickets. India discard R P Singh and Arish Alam took a wicket each.
Both sides are assured of a place in the knock-out stage before today`s match with Karnataka on top of the table with 21 points from six games. Uttar Pradesh are on 13 points from six games.
Karnataka, however, would look to maintain their unbeaten streak in the tournament as they had won twice and drawn four times before this match.
Karnataka 1st Innings: 300 for seven in 90 overs (Stuart Binny batting 86, Bharat Chipli 51; Imtiyaz Ahmed 3/73).