Dravid double gives Karnataka control
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Ground:M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Scorecard:Karnataka v Uttar Pradesh
Player:RS Dravid
Event:Ranji Trophy 2009/10

DateLine: 4th January 2010


An unbeaten 209 by Rahul Dravid put Karnataka in the driver's seat on day two of their Ranji Trophy semi-final against Uttar Pradesh at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.


Resuming at their overnight 255 for four and running up a mammoth first innings score of 575 for seven declared, Karnataka struck twice in seven overs to have Uttar Pradesh reeling at 11 for two.


While lasting 500 minutes at wicket and consuming 340 deliveries Dravid took his aggregate to 4874 runs in 48 matches. Dravid was at his stodgy best, grinding the UP attack to dust.


Though run-making was difficult Dravid dug his heels in to ensure that Karnataka ran up a huge total and set themselves up for a place in the January 11-15 final. Dravid was the cog around which the Karnataka innings thrived.


UP in reply got of to the worst possible start. Shivkant Shukla (0) was done in by a direct hit by Amit Verma as he scampered to the non-strikers for a sharp single. Bhuvaneswar Kumar (0) was beaten for pace and trapped right in front of the wickets by Abhimanyu Mithun.


Srivastava and Kaif were at the crease at the close of play.


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