New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawans painstaking century may not be enough to avert a defeat as a depleted Delhi crawled to 255 for nine in their second innings against Karnataka on day three of the Ranji Trophy Super League Group B match against Karnataka here Friday.
Having already conceded 106-run first innings lead, Delhis only objective now would be to deny the visitors an outright win, and, at stumps on day three, they have managed to take a 149-run overall lead with just one wicket and a full day remaining.
Dhawans more than five-hour vigil, facing 180 balls and hitting 13 boundaries for his 100, came to a sad end when he ran himself out in the 69th over.
Apart from the left-hander, the other overnight batsman, Rajat Bhatia, hit a gritty 64, while Abhishek Sharma contributed 34 runs down the order.
For Karnataka, Sreenath Aravind (4/39) and R Vinay Kumar (3/58) shared seven wickets between them.
In Rajkot, disciplined bowling performances by RP Singh and Salabh Srivastav helped Uttar Pradesh take an all important 128-run first inning lead over Saurashtra. The hosts were bundled out for 267. Uttar Pradesh, in their second essay, lost three wickets at 72 runs at the end of third days play and stretched their overall lead to 200 runs.
In Ahmedabad: Gujarat 343. Tamil Nadu 357/6 (Murli Vijay 95, Arun Karthik 87)
In New Delhi: Delhi 154 and 255/9 (Shikhar Dhawan 100, Rajat Bhatia 64; Sreenath Arvind 4/39). Karnataka 260
In New Delhi: Railways 419. Himachal Pradesh 125/2 (Sangram Singh 50)
In Mohali: Punjab 221 and 307/9 (Vishwas Bhalla 116n.., Mohammed Khader 5/101). Hyderabad 193
In Mumbai: Mumbai 184/3 (Wasim Jaffer 103n..) vs Orissa
In Rajkot: Uttar Pradesh 395 and 72/3; Saurashtra 267 (Shitanshu Kotak 75; RP Singh 4/83, Shalabh Srivastava 4/75) All Matches to continue
In Agartala: Rajasthan 102 and 206 (Vineet Saxena 70; Subal Chowdhury 5/35); Tripura 179 and 114/8 (Madhur Khatri 3/37)
In Ranchi: Jharkhand 292; Vidarbha 160/7 (Alind Naidu 45)
In Srinagar: Haryana 225 (Sunny Singh 105; Raman Dutta 3/39, Sameer Ali 3/49). Jammu & Kashmir 43/2
All matches to continue
Note: Third days play in the Madhya Pradesh-Kerala and Goa-Assam Plate League matches was called off due to heavy rain. Madhya Pradesh, at stumps on day two, were 172/1 in their first innings. The first and the second days play of the Goa-Assam match was washed out as well. (Agencies)