GUWAHATI, Oct 28 - After losing the openers at the total of four, internationals Robin Uthappa and Karun Nair took the reign and steadied the Karnataka innings and stood firm at the end of the second day of the four-day Group B Ranji Trophy match at the Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai.
Karnataka were 223 for two in reply to Assam�s first innings total of 325. Utahppa and Nair were at the crease with 108 each at the end of day�s play.
Assam resumed the first innings at the overnight total of 268 for six and lost the remaining wickets adding 57 runs. Amit Verma remained unbeaten on 166 while Sarupam Purkayastha could add only three runs to his overnight total.
Uthappa took 206 balls and hit 12 boundaries and two sixes while Nair needed 198 deliveries. His knock was studded with 13 hits to the fence.
Assam 1st innings: (Over night 268/6) Amit Verma not out 166 (316-23-3), Sarupam Purkayastha c A Arjun Hoysala b Binny 59, Abu Nechim Ahmed lbw b Gopal 13, Arup Das c Gautam b Gopal 0, Krishna Das c Gautam b Gopal 0. Extras (b 8, lb 6) 14. Total (all out; 108.5 overs) 325; Fall of wickets: 7-275, 8-315, 9-315, 10-325. Bowling: A Mithun 1.4-1-0-0, S Aravind 27-9-70-5, STR Binny 23.2-4-81-2, K Gowtham 30-11-72-0, KK Nair 5-1-9-0, S Gopal 20.5-2-74-3, MA Agarwal 1-0-5-0.
Karnataka 1st innings: R Samarth b Arup Das 0, MA Agarwal c Rishav Das b Krishna Das 0, RV Uthappa not out 108, KK Nair not out 108. Extras (b 4, lb 2, nb 1) 7; Total (2 wickets; 69 overs) 223. Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-4. Bowling: Arup Das 14-4-27-1, Krishna Das 15-3-46-1, Abu Nechim Ahmed 10-1-35-0, Sarupam Purkayastha 11-2-41-0, J Syed Mohammad 5-0-23-0, Amit Verma 14-1-45-0.