Bengal maintained their stranglehold over Railways by extending their lead to 308 runs during yet another day dominated by seam bowlers in a Ranji Trophy group A league encounter.
On a track where stroke-making has been difficult throughout, Railways may find a 300-plus target pretty difficult to chase down.
After 14 wickets fell on Day 1, the second day saw 15 wickets falling with Railways being skittled out for 105 in their first innings conceding exactly 100-run lead.
Ashok Dinda scalped 5 for 45 in 14 overs which is now his 19th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket. Amit Kuila and Sayan Ghosh picked up 2 and 3 wickets respectively.
Bengal in their second innings fared marginally better as they ended the proceedings at 208 for 9 with seamers Karan Thakur (3/39), Deepak Bansal (3/40) and Amit Mishra (2/62) sharing the bulk of the spoils.
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For Bengal, almost all their top-order batsmen got a start but failed to convert on a track where no batsmen from either side felt settled.
Skipper Manoj Tiwary (48, 71 balls, 7×4) and Test specialist Wriddhiman Saha (44, 75 balls, 9×4) were the two players who looked most comfortable on a seaming track.
Abhimanyu Easwaran (25, 6×4), Sayan Sekhar Mondal (30) and Sudeep Chatterjee (20) got starts but failed to counter swing for a consistent period of time.
What helped Bengal was the 100-run cushion provided to them by another lion-hearted effort from Dinda.
Having scalped a couple yesterday, nightwatchman Anureet Singh (4) was trapped leg before. The dogged Shivakant Shukla (14) was the next to go as he nicked an away going delivery from Kuila into the hands of Wriddhiman Saha.
Dinda’s 4th victim was Mahesh Rawat (9) caught at slips by Chatterjee as Railways were in trouble at 53 for 7. Skipper Karn Sharma’s 40 off 26 balls helped Railwaymen cross 100-run mark.
Dinda’s fifth wicket came when he clean bowled Deepak Bansal.
If the pitch and conditions remain same, it will be a difficult chase for the Railways as survival is not the best policy on such a track.
Brief Scores: Bengal 205 and 208/9 (Manoj Tiwary 48. Wriddhiman Saha 44, Sayan Sekhar Mondal 30, Karan Thakur 3/39, Deepak Bansal 3/40) Railways 105 all out (Karn Sharma 40, Ashok Dinda 5/45).
Services post 477, J&K reach 96-1 on Day 2
Parvez Rasool returned with a five-wicket haul but Services still managed to post a massive 477 in their first innings on the second day of the four-day Ranji Trophy Group C match in Jaipur.
Resuming at an overnight score of 287-3, Services added another 190 runs, courtesy G Rahul Singh (182), who shared a 95-run stand with VS Hathwala (44).
In reply, Jammu and Kashmir reached 96-1 in 34 overs. At the draw of stumps, opener SP Khajuria (34) and ID Singh (30) were at the crease at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
Brief Score: Services 1st innings: 477 allout in 144.5 overs (G Rahul Singh 182; Parvez Rasool 5/117) Jammu & Kashmir 1st innings: 96/1 in 34 overs (S P Khajuria 34; P Raj Bahadur 1/26).
Andhra bundle out Haryana for cheap score to take lead
Andhra bowlers performed splendidly to skittle out Haryana for a cheap score of 103 in reply to their own modest first innings total of 253 on day two of their four-day Ranji Trophy Group C game at the Wankhede Stadium.
Virender Dahiya and S G Rohilla were the only two batsmen to get past 20 for Haryana who were laid low by medium pacer Siva Kumar’s 5 for 25 haul that helped Andhra take a handy 150-run lead.
Kumar was supported well by medium pacer Imandi Kartik Raman and left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt who shared four wickets equally.
By close the southern outfit had increased the lead to 245 by making 95 for 3 in their second essay.
Brief scores: Andhra 253 (D B Prashanth Kumar 74, G Hanuma Vihari 62, D B Ravi Teja 38, A G Pradeep 44; S M Pahal 3 for 31, Y Chahal 5 for 81) and 95 for 3 (G H Vihari 47 not out, S K Ramesh 33; Mohit Sharma 2 for 10). Haryana 103 (Siva Kumar 5 for 25).
Tripura reduce Goa to 220/8
Tripura produced a collective bowling effort to reduce Goa to 220 for eight and stand in the verge of taking the vital first innings lead in a Group C Ranji Trophy cricket match in Bhubaneswar on Friday.
Replying to Tripura’s 283 all out, Goa still trail by 63 runs in the first innings with just two wickets in hand. Shadab Jakati (16 not out) and Ganeshraj Narvekar were at the crease when stumps were drawn on the second day of the four-day match.
Tripura: 283 all out in 80 overs (Rajat Dey 87, Abhijit Dey 58; Shadab Jakati 4/67). Goa: 220 for eight in 81 overs (Swapnil Asnodkar 57; Gurinder Singh 3/40).