'One man army'- Fans react as Mayank Agarwal brings another double ton against Saurashtra to keep Karnataka in semifinal

Karnataka skipper Mayank Agarwal scores a magnificent double century to pull his team out of trouble against Saurashtra in semifinals of Ranji

Rohit Kumar
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Karnataka, with the help of captain Mayank Agarwal’s unbeaten double century, is in a comfortable position against Saurashtra on day-2 of the second semifinal of the Ranji Trophy. On the morning of the second day, Agarwal held an end when others were falling against the pace attack of Saurashtra. Agarwal has scored 208 runs off 277 balls with the help of 23 fours and 4 sixes.

On the first day of the game, senior Karnataka players like Manish Pandey, Shreyas Gopal, and R Samarth failed to score big against the pace battery of Saurashtra led by young Chetan Sakariya and Kushang Patel. However, skipper Agarwal concentrated and smashed the third and most important ton of the season. He, along with wicketkeeper-batter Srinivas Sharath, made a 139-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Sharath in his innings scored 66 runs off 153 balls with the help of four 4s.

After winning the toss, Saurashtra opted to bowl first against the home team. In the first two sessions, Saurashtra led the game and proved to be a nightmare for the home team as five batters got out in the single-digit scores. However, Karnataka captain Agarwal, after being dropped by Snell Patel, troubled visitors and took his team to a comfortable score. In 123 overs, Karnataka scored 364 runs after losing eight wickets.

Mayank Agarwal running out of the National team

31-year-old Karnataka skipper is currently running out of the national side and looking to make comeback. In this Ranji season, Agarwal has scored three centuries including two double centuries and leading from the front. Although, it will be very difficult for Agarwal to make it into the national team when batters like Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, and Sharfaraz Khan are sitting out.

At the start of the season, Agarwal expressed a desire to replicate his 2017–18 season, when he smashed over 1160 runs in 13 innings at an average of 105.45. In this season, Agarwal has hammered more than 900 runs with an average over 80 and leading the tally of top run scorers.

Although, fans react to his incredible innings and call him a ‘one-man army’.

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