Bangalore: Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka batted themselves into a winning position in the Irani Cup game against Rest of India as they built a massive first innings lead of 189 runs, courtesy a swashbuckling unbeaten century by Stuart Binny here on Monday. Karnataka, having begun the day at 35 for one in reply to the Rest's 201, were 390 for five at stumps on the second day of the five-day match with 29-year old Binny (115 not out, 107b, 14x4, 3x6) leading the charge while Ganesh Satish (84, 180b, 11x4) and Karun Nair (92, 161b, 12x4) further heaped misery on the visitors.
In chalking up his first century of the season and eighth in first class, Binny, who had taken 3 wickets for 35 on the first day, showcased his all-round ability as he not only provided much needed momentum to Karnataka innings but also ensured that the hosts took a stranglehold of the match. For the Harbhajan Singh-led Rest of India, it was a day of toil and frustration with Karnataka batsmen running rampant on a pitch where the bounce tended to be uneven.
As well as Satish and Nair batted, it was Binny, son of former India all-rounder and 1983 World Cup hero Roger Binny, who took the game away from Rest of India with a stroke-filled innings that had the sparse die-hard fans at the Mangalam Chinnaswamy stadium on its feet.