Ranji Trophy: KV Siddharth smashes maiden century

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Karnataka's KV Siddharth celebrates after scoring his maiden century against Mumbai in Belagavi on Tuesday.

Bengaluru, November 20: KV Siddharth smashed his maiden century in his second Ranji Trophy game as Karnataka finished the opening day in a comfortable position against Mumbai in Belagavi on Tuesday.

At close of play, hosts Karnataka were 263/4 in 88 overs with Siddharth (104 batting, 184b, 10×4, 2×6) and stand-in skipper Shreyas Gopal (47 batting, 87b, 8×4) in the middle. For the visitors, medium pacer Shivam Dubey was the chief wrecker taking all four wickets.

Shreyas was asked to lead as Karnataka skipper R. Vinay Kumar was advised rest owing to a back strain.

Electing to bat first at the KSCA Stadium, Karnataka lost left-hander Shishir Bhavane to Dubey early in the innings. Last match centurion Nischal D (27) too departed to make 59/2.

Siddharth joined a well-settled Kaunian Abbas (64, 154b, 10×4) to stitch a vital 104-run partnership for the third wicket before the 25-year-old Dubey had the latter caught behind. Within no time, Dubey struck again to trap an experienced Stuart Binny leg-before.

Karnataka were again in a tricky situation before Shreyas and Siddharth began to build a strong unconquered 88-run association for the fifth wicket that put Karnataka in a strong position.

Brief scores (I innings): Karnataka: 263/4 in 88 overs (KV Siddharth 104 batting (184b, 10×4, 2×6, Shreyas Gopal 47 batting (87b, 8×4), D. Nischal 27, Kaunian Abbas 64, Shivam Dubey) vs Mumbai.

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