Irani Trophy Day 2 - Karthik, the batsman shines

After being snubbed by the selectors yet again, the Railways batsmen couldn't really get going on Day-2. They laboured their way to 235 for the loss of 6 wickets by the end of the day's play, thanks largely to a career-best unbeaten 89 by Murali Karthik. Keeping him company at the other end was Yere Goud with a very patient 43 off 193 deliveries. The Indian lower order has been doing well in recent times, and Karthik's performance here is a definite positive (the best part was the ease with which he scored those runs - playing alongside someone like Symonds at Lancashire seems to have helped) for the season ahead.

Sree Santh was the pick of the seamers with the wickets of Pagnis and Yadav, but unfortunately he couldn't stop himself from running onto the danger area in his follow-through and as a result got suspended by the umpire. This is serious, and he should rectify this problem now than later. Powar picked up 4 wickets, but I rate Sehwag to be a much better off-spinner than him in terms of variety.

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