Hyderabad: A gutsy unbeaten 89 by middle-order batsman Ankit Bawne and a half-century by opener Chirag Khurana (in pic) helped Maharashtra reach a respectable 272 for five at stumps on the first day of their Ranji Trophy final against Karnataka in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Opting to bat, Maharashtra lost in-form opener Harshad Khadiwale (15) early but Khurana (64) played the role of sheet anchor to perfection for one-and-half sessions as they were able to conjure three 50-plus partnerships, which helped them put up a decent total on a slow Uppal track.
Bawne's undefeated knock of 89 was comprised of 10 boundaries and he faced 172 deliveries in the process. Opener Khurana also hit eight fours in his 145-ball knock. India U-19 captain Vijay Zol (5), who was specially permitted by the BCCI to play the final didn't last long.