Bengal relied on its collective energy to tighten the screw on Chandigarh on the penultimate day of its Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match on the Barabati Stadium right here on Saturday.
After limiting Chandigarh for 206 and securing a considerable 231-run first innings lead, Bengal declared its second essay at 181 for eight and set the opposition an unbelievable goal of 413. At stumps on day three, Chandigarh was 14 for 2 in its chase.
Chandigarh, starting its first innings from 133 for six, gathered 73 extra within the first one-and-a-half hours. Overnight unbeaten batsman Ankit Kaushik, ranging from 30, batted positively to search out the gaps and rating his half-century. He added 44 together with his earlier night accomplice Gaurav Gambhir (13) and 57 with Jaskarandeep Singh (31, 34b, 2×4, 3×6), who unleashed some lusty blows.
Ishan scalps two
Mukesh Kumar’s persistence paid off within the fourth over of the day as he rapped on the pads of Gambhir. Ishan Porel claimed two wickets, by having Kaushik (63, 113b, 7×4) caught by his brother and trapping Shreshth Nirmohi in entrance, in a single over and Shahbaz dismissed Jaskarandeep, who was held at deep midwicket, as Bengal completed its main job effectively earlier than lunch.
In its bid to inflate the lead, Bengal misplaced three wickets for 39 earlier than the veteran Anustup Majumdar (43, 94b, 3×4) batted responsibly to type two helpful partnerships value 30 and 51 with Manoj Tiwary (13) and Abishek Porel (38) respectively.
Abishek and Shahbaz Ahmed (32) added 31 extra. Nirmohi, Jaskarandeep, Gurinder and Gambhir picked up two wickets apiece for Chandigarh.
As Bengal pushed for an additional outright win, Mukesh, recognized for offering essential breakthroughs, discovered the gritty Arslan Khan’s outdoors edge. Ishan acquired rid of Harnoor Singh with a rising supply to depart his staff with the duty of getting eight extra wickets on the ultimate day.
Hyderabad beats Baroda
T .Ravi Teja contributed massively in Hyderabad’s 43-run win over Baroda on the Vikash Cricket Ground. Resuming from 169 for six, Hyderabad gathered 201 in its second innings. Ravi was the top-scorer with 56 (123b, 8×4).
Chasing 236, Baroda was all out for 192. Ravi took 4 wickets, whereas Tanay Thyagarajan acquired three.
Bengal — 1st innings: 437
Chandigarh — 1st innings: Arslan Khan c Tiwary b Nilkantha 19, Harnoor Singh b Mukesh 15, Manan Vohra c Gharami b Mandal 35, Amrit Lubana c Gharami b Nilkantha 10, Ankit Kaushik c Abishek b Ishan 63, Jaskaran Sohi lbw b Nilkantha 0, Gurinder Singh c Abishek b Mandal 4, Gaurav Gambhir lbw b Mukesh 13, Jaskarandeep Singh c Gharami b Shahbaz 31, Shreshth Nirmohi lbw b Ishan 0, Extras (b-5, lb-10, w-1) 16, Total (in 68.2 overs) 206.
Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-71, 3-78, 4-97, 5-97, 6-105, 7-149, 8-206, 9-206
Chandigarh bowling: Mukesh 21-3-59-2, Nilkantha 18-4-47-3, Ishan 12-2-41-2, Mandal 8-2-10-2, Shahbaz 9.2-1-34-1.
Bengal — 2nd innings: Abhimanyu Easwaran c Sohi b Nirmohi 14, Sudip Gharami c Lubana b Nirmohi 13, Ritwik Roy Chowdhury c Sohi b Jaskarandeep 6, Anustup Majumdar c Arslan b Gurinder 43, Manoj Tiwary lbw b Gurinder 13, Abishek Porel c Kaushik b Gambhir 38, Shahbaz Ahmed c Nirmohi b Jaskarandeep 32, Sayan Shekhar Mandal st. Sohi b Gambhir 9, Mukesh Kumar (not out) 8, Extras (lb-3, w-1, nb-1) 5, Total (for eight declared in 56.1 overs) 181.
Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-29, 3-39, 4-69, 5-120, 6-151, 7-173, 8-181
Chandigarh bowling: Nirmohi 11-2-34-2, Jagjit 10-2-26-0, Jaskarandeep 9-1-32-2, Gurinder 14-1-50-2, Gambhir 12.1-1-36-1.
Chandigarh — 2nd innings: Arslan Khan c Abishek b Mukesh 4, Harnoor Singh c Ritwik b Ishan 10, Gaurav Gambhir (batting) 0, Total (for 2 wkts in 7.5 overs) 14
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-14.
Bengal bowling: Mukesh 4-2-5-1, Nilkantha 2-1-5-0, Ishan 1.5-1-4-1.