Uttar Pradesh came back strongly to keep their hopes alive in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal tie against Karnataka at the Chinaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Friday. The match is now headed for an interesting finish as UP needs another 278 runs while Karnataka need to pick nine wickets to register an outright win.
Batting first, Karnataka were bowled out for 349 in the first innings, thanks to centuries from Robin Uthappa, Karun Nair and Chidambaram Gautam's centuries. In reply, UP declared their innings at 221 for nine and their bowlers came back strongly to skittle Karnataka for 204 in their second innings.
At stumps on Day Three, UP were 55 for one with Tanmay Srivastava and Ali Murtaza batting on 23 and 2, respectively. Instead of resuming on their overnight score, visiting captain RP Singh gambled to declare the first innings and dealt early blows to Karnataka, who were left tottering at 73 for five in their second essay.