Karnataka clinched a crucial first innings lead at Mysore to remain as the favourites to reach the Semis ahead of Punjab. The hosts resuming Day 3 on 265 for 6 had gone onto stretch their total to 378. Overnight batsman Manish Pandey finished with 115 while medium pacer R Vinay Kumar chipped in with 51. Punjab in their second innings are at 165 for 1 with Sunny Sohal on an unbeaten 85. The match is heading towards a certain draw.