Special Correspondent

Nashik: Harshad Khadiwale played his part well with an array of delightful shots for Maharashtra at the old golf course ground here on Tuesday. The right-hander stroked the ball firmly with a majority of his strokes played through mid-off and mid-on. He scattered the field to notch up a splendid century (103, 113b, 17x4), his second, in the Ranji Trophy Super League cricket match against Andhra. Khadiwale’s first century (126) was against Tamil Nadu at Chepauk last season.

A senior player in the side with 14 matches in the premier national championship, Khadiwale made amends for his lapses in the previous two innings against Tamil Nadu and put his team on a sound footing.

Big blows

Andhra’s tailenders hit some big blows and took their side’s first innings total to a competitive 348 from the overnight score of 262 for six. Seamer Samad Fallah picked up one more wicket to finish with impressive figures of six for 102. Khadiwale, Maharashtra’s rising star, got into the act on the second day by inducing A.G. Pradeep to lob the ball to Shrikande to break the seventh-wicket stand.

While batting, Khadiwale began his innings in typical aggressive fashion a few minutes before lunch by driving Kalyankrishna and Vijaykumar and thereafter punished two easy offerings from Gnaneswara Rao.

Good scoring rate

Maharashtra’s scoring rate was almost four runs an over, thanks to Khadiwale’s initiative and enterprise for 170 minutes. He was dropped on 78 and 86 at the wicket of the bowling of Vijaykumar and Kalyankrishna.

The scores:

Andhra — 1st innings: H. Watekar c Motwani b Fallah 142, L.N.P. Reddy c Motwani b Fallah 0, Gnaneswara Rao lbw b Fallah 16, B. Sumanth (run out) 45, A.S.K. Varma lbw b Fallah 45, A.G. Pradeep c Shrikande b Khadiwale 24, D. Kalyankrishna c Motwani b Fallah 0, M. Suresh c Fallah b Haque Jr. 17, V.M. Sai lbw b Fallah 7, I. Raju b Paradkar 26, P. Vijaykumar (not out) 16; Extras (lb-5, nb-3, w-2): 10; Total (in 117.3 overs): 348.

Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-39, 3-130, 4-246, 5-259, 6-259, 7-290, 8-304, 9-310.

Maharashtra bowling: Fallah 36-6-102-6, Dole 30-12-69-0, Haque Jr. 31-6-96-1, Waghmare 8-0-37-0, Khadiwale 5-1-19-1, Paradkar 7.3-1-20-1.

Maharashtra — 1st innings: H. Khadiwale c & b Kalyankrishna 103, R. Bhosale (batting) 72, A. Shrikande (batting) 23; Extras (lb-2, nb-1, w-4): 7, Total (for one wkt. in 60 overs): 205.

Fall of wicket: 1-158.

Andhra bowling: Kalyankrishna 18-4-49-1, Vijaykumar 18-4-50-0, Gnaneswara Rao 1-0-9-0, Raju 9-2-35-0, Suresh 9-2-38-0, Watekar 5-0-22-0.

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