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Raghu does the star turn

C Raghu's (110) second century in three innings followed by an impressive bowling performance helped Karnataka beat Andhra with a bonus point in the Subbiah Pillai Trophy (South Zone one-dayers) here on Monday.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 02:51 IST

C Raghu's (110) second century in three innings followed by an impressive bowling performance helped Karnataka beat Andhra with a bonus point in the Subbiah Pillai Trophy (South Zone one-dayers) here on Monday.

After electing to bat first, Karnataka were all out for 273 off the last delivery of their innings. In reply, Andhra were bowled out for 207 on the fifth delivery of the 44th over. Karnataka now have 14 points from three matches and have grabbed the top spot in the points' table. With two matches, against Goa (on Tuesday) and Tamil Nadu (on Thursday) to go, their qualification for the knockout phase seems almost assured.

Raghu was the indisputable star of the day. After putting in an impressive performance last year, the 24-year-old one-day specialist carried on his brilliant form in the tournament. After scoring 117 and unbeaten 72 against Hyderabad and Kerala, respectively, the Canara Bank employee entered the crease when Karnataka were 59 for 2 in the 15th over. After opening his account with a cracking cover drive, Raghu sweetly timed the ball throughout his 92-ball knock. Though he had to opt for a runner in the form of Robin Uthappa in the latter half of his innings, Raghu hit 12 boundaries to put Karnataka in a comfortable position.

Opener Uthappa (54 off 70) and allrounder B Akhil (47 off 60) also chipped in for Karnataka with the latter adding 91 with the centurion for the fourth wicket. Raghu was especially severe on the part-timers, AG Pradeep and Andhra skipper Y Venugopal Rao, each of whom returned with figures of 38 without a wicket off their five overs. Opening bowler D Kalyankrishna (4 for 46) was the most successful bowler for Andhra. Karnataka speedsters, NC Aiyappa (2 for 31) and R Vinaykumar (4 for 24) then made optimum use of the red cherry, reducing Andhra to 28 for 3 in the ninth over. With openers, T Suman (14) and Ahmed Fayaz (0), and in-form Ambati Rayudu (6), back in the pavilion, it was up to the Rao siblings (Venugopal and Gnaneswara) to guide Andhra home.

The duo kept the scoreboard ticking, with Venugopal (72 off 84) being the main scorer. However, after a 63-run fourth wicket stand between the two, Gnaneswara (23 off 44) and glovesman MSK Prasad (12) went in quick succession to reduce Andhra to 109 for 5 in the 28th over. AG Pradeep (38 off 28) then joined his skipper and the duo put on 67 at more than run-a-ball. Needing 98 off 13 runs with both batsmen literally toying with the bowlers, Andhra had a fair chance of a victory.

However, left-arm spinner C Raghavendra (2 for 30) and Stuart Binny (2 for 25) got rid of both of them and the tail could not wag in front of the seamers to see Andhra concede a bonus point. Andhra, with eight points from three games, play favourites Tamil Nadu in a must-win match to qualify for the knockout phase.

Karnataka (Uthappa c Prasad b Kishore 54, Rowland c Rao b Kalyankrishna 15, Chipli lbw b Reddy 5, Raghu c Prasad b Kalyankrishna 110, Akhil b Kishore 47, Binny lbw b Reddy 7, Patil c Rao b Kalyankrishna 8, Joshi c Pradeep b Kalyankrishna 0, Bhatkal run out (YG Rao) 1, Vinaykumar not out 10, Aiyappa run out (Pradeep) 2; Extras --b-2, lb-5, w-7-14).

Total: (all out in 50 ovs) 273

Fall of wkts: 1-37, 2-59, 3-95, 4-182, 5-211, 6-238, 7-239, 8-240, 9-268.

Bowling: Shahbuddin 10-0-53-0, Kalyankrishna 10-0-46-4, Reddy 10-1-49-2, Kishore 10-1-42-2, Pradeep 5-0-38-0, Rao 5-0-38-0,

Andhra (Suman b Vinaykumar 14, Fayaz c Patil b Vinaykumar 0, Rayudu b Aiyappa 6, V Rao 72, YG Rao c Patil b Binny 23, Prasad c Uthappa b Binny Pradeep c Patil b Raghavendra 38, Shahbuddin not out 22, Kumar lbw b Aiyappa 3, Kalyankrishnan b Vinaykumar 2, Kishore lbw b Vinaykumar 1; Extras --b-3, lb-3, nb-1, w-7-14).

Total (all out in 43.5 ovs) 207

Fall of wkts: 1-13, 2-18, 3-28, 4-91, 5-109, 6-176, 7-177, 8-196, 9-201.

Bowling: Aiyappa 9-1-31-2, Kalyankrishnan 7.5-1-24-4, Akhil 6-1-23-0, Joshi 7-0-37-0, Bhatkal 1-0-7-0, Raghu 4-0-24-0, Binny 4-0-25-2, Raghavendra 5-0-30-2.

Badani stars for TN

Hemang Badani's swashbuckling 109 off 77 balls, which included eight boundaries and seven boundaries, gave Tamil Nadu an easy win over Hyderabad at the Gymkhana ground on Monday. Riding on Badani's century and skipper S Badrinath's 51, Tamil Nadu were bowled out for 264 in the 47th over.

Brief scores: TN 264 all out in 46.5 ovs (Hemang Badani 109, S Badrinath 51, K Vasudevadasan 25, P Kaushik Reddy 2 for 36, Alfred Absalom 3 for 51, Pragyan Ojha 2 for 55) bt Hyderabad 198 all out in 45.3 overs (D Vinay Kumar DB Raviteja 40, Amol Shinde 24, S Sriram 2 for 24, G Vignesh 2 for 33, H Badani 1 for 7).

Other match: Goa 175 for 6 in 50 ovs (Swapnil Asnodkar 56, Robin D'Souza 46, Prashant Chandran 2 for 34, Sreekumar Nair 2 for 33) lost to Kerala 179 for 3 in 36.2 ovs (VA Jagadeesh 52, S Manikandan 40, Sreekumar Nair 41 not out, Narayan Kambli 1 for 33).

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 02:51 IST