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By Our Sports Reporter
At a rain-induced close of play on the second day, Karnataka scored 23 for one in its second innings after having taken a 16-run first innings lead.
The Tamil Nadu innings suffered a setback in the day's first over when skipper Suresh was castled by Prasad. The alarm bells rang briefly as Sadagopan Ramesh's uppish drive was snapped up by Dodda Ganesh in his follow through. The casualty list had another addition as Prasad trapped Badrinath to leave the visitor on 22 for three.
Hope however surfaced as Sriram (44) and Sharath (38) built a partnership. The duo waded into off-spinner Udit Patel with Sharath displaying ominous form in punching Prasad past mid-on and pulling Akhil over the ropes. Sharath, in the course of his cameo, emerged as the highest run-getter for Tamil Nadu in its Ranji Trophy history. He eclipsed V. Sivaramakrishnan's earlier best of 5,042. Sharath took his score to 38 and his Ranji Trophy aggregate to 5,051 before he edged Prasad to Akhil in the slips. Earlier Sriram dragged a Prasad delivery onto his stumps to signal the end of a 78-run fourth-wicket partnership.
The post-lunch dismissals of Sriram and Sharath in a Prasad over pegged back the visitor and with Hemang Badani away on National duty, the march towards the first innings lead proved tough. The lower order in Ganesh Kumar (23), Ram Kumar (27) and L. Balaji (10) swung their bats but their efforts proved inadequate.
At close, Barrington Rowland and Sudhindra Shinde stayed firm after Karnataka had lost Arun Kumar who was bowled by Shrinivas.
Karnataka 208 in 85.5 overs and 23 for one in 6.3 overs vs Tamil Nadu 184 in 60.5 overs (S. Sriram 44, S. Sharath 38, Ram Kumar 27, Venkatesh Prasad six for 51).
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