Karun Nair’s triple ton takes Karnataka closer to Ranji title

Karnataka added 295 runs today to extend their first innings lead to an imposing 484 runs against their struggling opponents.

Nair, who scored his first triple century in first class cricket, piled on 123 runs with K L Rahul in the first session, reaching his 200 just three balls before lunch. Incidentally, this was Nair’s first double century.

Batting for two full days, Nair struck 45 fours and a six in his marathon 815 minute knock and reached his 300 with a reverse sweep boundary off Malolan Rangarajan.

The youngster is nine runs shy of equalising Gul Mohammad’s record of 319 for Baroda against Holkar in 1946-47, for the highest score in a Ranji final.

Resuming at an overnight score of 323 for 5, the Karnataka batsmen continued where he left off and ensured that there were no casualties till lunch.

Nair took the charge for the holders as he crafted the triple century after resuming on his score of 130. He looked poised for a big score and the intent of Karnataka was clear that they wanted to set a daunting total.

The 23-year old surpassed Gundappa Vishwanath’s 247 against Uttar Pradesh in 1977-78, for the highest runs scored by a Karnataka batsman in the Ranji  final.

He struck Rangarajan for six over long-on and followed it with a four in the 121st over. He struck two consecutive boundaries off Vijay Shankar in the 126th over, an over which yielded 13 runs.

Resuming at a lunch score of 446/5, Karnataka lost K L opener K L Rahul (188) in the seventh over after lunch.

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