By piling on runs, UP declare intention — safety first
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The last four overs before the lunch break was an antipode of the periods of play that preceeded and followed. Uttar Pradesh's Parvinder Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar smashed 41 off just 24 balls. The message being sent out to the Karnataka camp or so it seemed was that Uttar Pradesh, with six wickets in hand, were going to accelerate and turn the final screw by tea. At lunch they led by 278 runs and were going at 4.7. Another 30 overs were bowled between lunch and tea but Parvinder and Bhuvneshwar brought the overall scoring rate down to a snail's pace of 2.9 runs per over. Yet a 361-run lead was in the bag and Uttar Pradesh had a session and a day in which to try and bowl out Karnataka.
But the declaration never came and by stumps the hosts led by 445. With three points in the bag after Bhuvneshwar's five-wicket haul helped them secure a first innings lead on Sunday, Uttar Pradesh adopted a safety-first approach by batting out the opposition from the game instead of grabbing an opportunity to bag six points, awarded to a team that achieves an outright win in a Ranji Trophy game.
The declaration will now have to be made on Tuesday morning if the hosts habour any plans of forcing a result but the Karnataka batsmen, without a tempting target, will only attempt to do what Parvinder and Bhuvneshwar did on Monday, which is grinding down the bowlers.
Uttar Pradesh coach Venkatesh Prasad admitted that the aim of delaying the declaration was done with the intention of batting out the opposition. "Ideally we would have looked to declare with an overall lead of around 350 but our bowling attack is not at full strength and we have only two experienced bowlers in Bhuvneshwar and Piyush Chawla. We also don't want to underestimate Karnataka because they made over 300 runs on the final day against Tamil Nadu. We decided to adopt a safe approach and bat Karnataka out of this game because the wicket had eased today. We will push for a result on the final day," Prasad said.
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