December 1, 2000

Doru, Krishnakumar hit centuries

Rajasthan, thanks in the main to centuries from opener N Doru and PK Krishnakumar, took a first innings lead of 188 runs on the third day of their Central Zone Ranji Trophy league match against Railways at Jaipur on Friday. Resuming at 197 for two in reply to Railways' 271, Rajasthan rattled up 459 for nine declared. Railways, in their second innings, were four for no loss at close of play.

Overnight not out batsmen Doru and skipper Gagan Khoda added 92 runs for the third wicket off 36 overs before the latter was out for 50. Doru and Krishnakumar then continued the good work by putting on 115 runs for the fourth wicket off 41.4 overs before Doru was finally run out for 121. His marathon innings lasted 7-1/2 hours. He faced 309 balls and hit 15 fours. Harwinder Singh then took two quick wickets and Rajasthan were 344 for six. But Krishnakumar and wicketkeeper RB Jhalani (41) added 79 runs for the seventh wicket. Finally Krishnakumar was eighth out at 431. For his 104, Krishnakumar batted 319 minutes, faced 227 balls and hit 12 fours. The declaration came shortly afterwards.