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Ranji Trophy: Karun Nair chills with camera after scoring 328

Karnataka's 23-year-old middle order batsman takes a break and tries his hand at photography

Karnataka's Karun Nair entered the record books as the highest run-getter in a Ranji Trophy final, surpassing Gul Mohammad's 319 for Baroda against Holkar in 1946-47 against Tamil Nadu at the Wankhade Stadium yesterday.

Behind the camera: After scoring a triple ton, Karnataka's Karun Nair borrows a scorer's DSLR camera to take some pictures of his team-mates in action at Wankhede Stadium yesterday. Pic/Suresh KK
Behind the camera: After scoring a triple ton, Karnataka's Karun Nair borrows a scorer's DSLR camera to take some pictures of his team-mates in action at Wankhede Stadium yesterday. Pic/Suresh KK 

He achieved the feat within just 26 minutes of play on Day Four of the final. He set the record with a single as he flicked Tamil Nadu's Lakshmipathi Balaji to deep square-leg. The 23-year-old's innings came to an end when he misread a straight delivery from Vijay Shankar and was adjudged leg before after scoring 328. His 560-ball knock was laced with 46 boundaries and a six.

Kumar too sets record
Nair stitched an eighth-wicket partnership of 142 runs with Vinay Kumar, who scored an unbeaten 105 off 319 balls with 10 fours and three sixes. Kumar also set the record of being the first captain to scalp five wickets in an innings and score a hundred in a final.

The Karnataka innings finally came to an end 14 minutes after the extended lunch session when H Shivalingaiah was stumped off Malolan Rangarajan for eight, giving Karnataka their second highest total of 762 in the Ranji Trophy only behind 791-6 against Bengal at Kolkata in 1990-91.

TN 113-3 at stumps
In the second innings, Tamil Nadu lost early wickets. At stumps, Tamil Nadu trail by 515 runs at 113- 3 in 40 overs with Baba Aparajith batting on 36 and Vijay Shankar on 15.

Sreenath Arvind lauded the skipper's positive influence on the team. He said, "Vinay is a very positive captain. Whenever I have seen him on the ground, he always has that hunger for winning games, which helps the whole team to be in a positive mindset."

Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 134 and 113-3 (Baba Aparajith 36 no) vs Karnataka 762 (Nair 328, Rahul 188, Vinay 105) trail by 515 runs

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