Patient Agarwal bolsters Prez XI

Right-hander hits 246-ball 91 n.o.

Mayank Agarwal shed his attacking instincts to get himself closer to a well-deserved century as KSCA President’s XI reached a healthy 230 for three against Baroda Cricket Association at close on the opening day of their four-day match in the all-India invitational tournament for the Safi Darashah Trophy tournament here at the BGS ground on Monday.

The right-hander, known for his aggressive approach, showed he can knuckle down and anchor the innings during his 246-ball stay on the day which was cut short to 80 overs due to combination of rain and bad light.

The youngster was batting on 91 with the help of 10 hits to the fence and helped President’s XI raise 148 runs for the third wicket with skipper Sunil Raju (76, 156b, 7x4). Pawan Deshpande (39 batting, 44b, 6x4) exhibited some urgency towards the end of the day to provide some impetus to the innings. 

Haque shines

Left-arm spinner Enamul Haque (junior) returned a rich haul of four wickets as Bangladesh ‘A’ took the opening day’s honours against KSCA XI at the Alur (1) ground.
The 25-year-old grabbed four for 103 to leave KSCA XI reeling at 256/7 in 77.1 overs after the hosts opted to bat first.  Wicketkeeper-batsman CM Gautam was the top scorer with an unbeaten 57 while Rajoo Bhatkal chipped in with a useful 49. Only skipper Ganesh Satish (32) and opener KB Pawan (39) came up with meaningful contribution at the top order.

Brief scores: At Alur (1): KSCA XI: 256/7 in 77.1 overs (KB Pawan 39, Ganesh Satish 32, CM Gautam 57 batting, Raajoo Bhatkal 49; Enamul Hoque (Jr) 4-103) vs Bangladesh ‘A’.
At BGS (T): KSCA Colts: 230/3 in 80 overs (Manyank Agarwal 91 batting, Sunil N Raju 76, Pawan Deshpande 39 batting) vs Baroda CA.

At Mysore (SJCE): KSCA President’s XI: 278/9 in 90 overs (KL Rahul 74, Robin Uthappa 54, KV Sidharth 70; Ravi Kiran 4-33, M Hasan 2-81) vs Hyderabad CA.

At Gangothri Glades: Rajasthan Cricket Academy: 193/4 in 64 overs (Siddharth Saraf 56, Vineet Saxena 35, Ankit Lamba 43 batting; Balwinder Singh Sandhu (Jr) 2-52) vs Mumbai CA.

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