Karnataka force draw against Punjab
Lower order batsman Abrar Kazi struck the second half century of the match to help Karnataka save defeat and manage a draw against Punjab in the C K Nayudu Trophy tie played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
On the final day, Karnataka, resuming at 160/1 after being forced follow on for conceding a 227-run first innings lead, needed to bat out the day to save the match.
It was again propelled by opener Mayank Agarwal (74) and Kazi who struck a match saving unbeaten 66 (224 min, 164 b, 9x4), as the home team finished at 338 for 7 when play was called off after five mandatory overs.
The duo had hit 70 and 74 respectively in the first innings.
Punjab had made 493 in the first knock and Karnataka replied with just 266.
Kazi and Aditya Sagar (58 n.o.) added 131 runs for the unseparated seventh wicket to take the home team to safety.
Medium pacer Jaskaran Singh who took 5 wickets in the first innings, finished with 2 for 86 while leftarm spinner Gurjinder Singh took 3 for 77.
Punjab got three points from the tie for gaining the first innings lead while Karnataka managed one point.
Brief scores: Punjab I Innings 493. Karnatka I innings 266. Karnataka II innings (on 106/1) Mayank Agarwal 74, Pavan Deshpande 53, Abrar Kazi 66 n.o., Aditya Sagar 58 n.o., Gurjinder Singh 3/77, JaskaranSingh 2/86). Result: Match drawn.