City XI in firm control

Cricket: Safi Darashah Trophy: Pandey, Chougule put Combined XI in command

Sunil Raju (second from right) of President’s XI sucessfully appeals against City XI’s Kunal Kapoor as wicket-keeper Vinay Uthappa and NC Aiyappa set off for celebrations at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Wednesday. DH Photo

Resuming at their overnight score of 79 for one, in reply to President’s XI’s first innings total of 245, City XI were 347 for six in 97 overs, a handy lead of 102 runs, when stumps were drawn here at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Wednesday.

KL Rahul, overnight 41, duly completed his half-century before being dismissed for 64. Rahul’s knock was followed by an array of useful innings with Stuart Binny (52 n.o.), Shoaib Manager (44), Kunal Kapoor (41), Devraj Patil (45) and KV Bharath (34) gatting amongst runs on an overcast day.

Left-arm spinner Vinu Narayanan was the most successful bowler for President’s XI with a two for 61 haul.

At IAF, Manish Pandey struck 82 while skipper Deepak Chougule produced an undefeated 70 as Combined XI finished at commanding 236 for three in 68 overs on a rain-curtailed day against Bangalore Zone.

After openers Bharath Chipli (52) and Pandey had laid solid foundation with their half-tons, the duminutive Chougule further consolidated Combined XI’s position with an unconquered knock.

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Brief scores: At Chinnaswamy: President’s XI: 245 all out in 64.5 overs vs City XI (O/n: 79/1): 347/6 in 97 overs (KL Rahul 64, Shoaib Manager 44, Kunal Kapoor 41, Devraj T Patil 45, KV Bharath 34, Stuart Binny 52 n.o.; Vinu P Narayanan 2-61).

At IAF: Bangalore Zone: 213 all out in 57 overs vs Combined XI (O/n: 6/0): 236/3 in 68 overs (Bharath Chipli 52, Manish Pandey 82, Deepak Chougule 70 n.o.; Chetan William 2-29).

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