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    Uthappa rues momentum loss due to cramps

    Karnataka\'s Robin Uthapa scored a century but suffered cramps in the post-lunch session against Railways.

    New Delhi: Robin Uthapa rued the break in momentum after he was forced to retire due to cramps as Karnataka ended the first day of their Ranji Trophy Elite Group match on 284-7 against Railways.

    The Karnataka batsman brought up his century in the first session of the match but did not take the field after the break as he suffered from cramps.

    "Generally, I play my natural game and the runs keep coming. People like to play at their own pace and I play at my own pace," Uthappa explained.

    The batsman, however, conceded that there was disruption in the momentum after lunch.

    "The scoring did suffer a bit due to my cramps but we still are in a good position," the opener said.

    Uthappa said he was happy with his performance, although he missed out on a big score. He pointed out that the pitch was crumbling and so anything above 300 would be a good total on the surface.

    "The first four yards of the pitch are crumbling, providing enough assistance to the spinners. But one thing which worked in our favour was the lack of bounce in the wicket."

    The batsman said that there are spots on the strip from where the odd ball was shooting up.

    "We back ourselves, we have got three bowlers who have been with the Indian team and are high on confidence. If JP (Yadav) can get bounce from the track, our bowlers can exploit the conditions as well. As far as the spinners are concerned, apart from Apanna, we have Amit Verma who is handy part-time spinner," said Uthappa.

    Railways coach Abhay Sharma felt that his team needed to pick up the remaining wickets quickly.

    "Firstly, we should take the three remaining wickets as early as possible and then we will take it from there."