Ranji Trophy: Lokesh's 120 guides Karnataka to 228-7 against Mumbai
Opener Lokesh Rahul (120 not out) kept Karnataka afloat as Mumbai restricted the hosts to 228 for seven on Day One of the Group 'A' Ranji Trophy tie at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here yesterday.
Asked to bat first, Karnataka struggled against the leash as Mumbai bowlers not only kept a lid on the run flow, but also took wickets at regular intervals and it was left to Rahul to hold the innings together with a gritty unbeaten century.
Rahul and Stuart Binny (38) added crucial 82 runs for the fifth wicket as Karnataka recovered from 84 for four to end the day with a modest score.
For Mumbai, seamer Shardul Thakur and left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar took two wickets apiece as the visitors justified their decision to field first on winning the toss.
Brief scores: Karnataka 228-7 (Lokesh Rahul 120; Shardul Thakur 2-49) vs Mumbai
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