Vastavam web: Centuries by opener Ravikumar Samarth and Krishnappa Gowtham helped Karnataka reach 427 for 6 and secure a 282-run lead at the end of day two in the Ranji Trophy Group “A” match against Assam here today.At close of play, Gowtham was batting on 147 while Shreyas Gopal was on 38. Assam was bowled out for 145 in 59.1 overs on the opening day yesterday.Assam fought back in the truncated morning session with Arup Das taking two wickets in an over. Resuming at the overnight score of 77 for no loss, the total had reached 92 when Mayank Agarwal (31) was dismissed by Arup Das. Abhishek Reddy was out off the next delivery for a duck.
Samarth, who was batting on 75 at lunch, reached his century in the post-lunch session, steadied the ship in the company of Mir Kaunain Abbas.K Gowtham, in the company of Stuart Binny, stepped up to frustrate Assam. They added 103 runs for the sixth wicket before Binny was castled by Das soon after tea.Purkayastha and Das picked three wickets each, but rest of the bowlers were off-colour, to add to Assam’s woes.