A collective performance by Bengal bowlers led by Pragyan Ojha (4/77) ensured an 108-run first innings lead over Delhi in an ill-tempered third day of Ranji Trophy Group A encounter at Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.
Having scored 357 in their first innings, Bengal bowled out Delhi for a meagre 249. However, the visitors lost three wickets in their second innings to finish the penultimate day at a precarious 47 for three, taking the overall lead to 155.
The visitors will have to bat at least a session to ensure that Bengal earn three points on the basis of their first innings lead.
The day, however, would be remembered for an ugly on-field altercation between rival captains Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary with former India opener threatening to hit his one-time India teammate and also pushing the umpire in the process.
Starting the day at 100 for three, overnight not out batsmen Milind Kumar (77) and Nitish Rana (43) took Delhi to 123 before Rana was trapped leg before.
Yogesh Nagar (10) tried to sweep Ojha and was caught by Tiwary. Milind though scored his half century but could not dominate the attack.
Bengal got five wickets in the post lunch session with Ashoke Dinda (3/59) sending Pradeep Sangwan’s stumps for a walk.
Sumit Narwal (7) was out to a delivery that kept low.
Once Milind got bowled trying to cut Aamir Gani against turn, Delhi failed to sustain any further and were all out for 249 in 101.2 overs.
In their second innings, Bengal were reduced to 2/2 in 7.1 overs with Partho Sarathi Bhattacharjee (0) and Naved Ahmed (1) back in the hut.
Tiwary then took the field and was straight away confronted, charged at and abused by the rival captain Gambhir. And when umpire K Srinath intervened, to everyone’s horror, the Delhi skipper tried to push the umpire in order to get hold of Tiwary, who also had a few words for Gambhir.
In the end, Tiwary remained not out on 21 and Gani was batting on 10.
Brief Scores: Bengal: 357 & 47/3 (Manoj Tiwary 21 batting, Aamir Gani 10 batting). Delhi: 249 in 101.2 overs (Milind Kumar 77; Pragyan Ojha 4/77, Ashoke Dinda 3/59)
Karnataka fancy outright win against Haryana
Karnataka need 364 runs to register an outright win in their Group A Ranji Match against Haryana, who declared their second innings at 262 runs for nine on day three in Mysuru on Saturday.
At stumps on Day Three, Karnataka were nine without loss with openers Robin Uthappa, batting on zero and India opener K L Rahul on nine.
Maharashtra in command after Tripathi ton
Middle-order batsman Rahul Tripathi struck his second first class hundred as Maharashtra took a first innings lead on the third day of their Ranji Trophy cricket match in Jaipur on Saturday.
24-year-old Tripathi played sensibly through a tense morning session as he guided Maharashtra to 409 all out in reply to Rajasthan’s first innings total of 318, a lead of 91 runs, at Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
Tripathi’s 119 came from 250 balls and he hit eight fours and two sixes.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan: 318 (Ashok Menaria 84, Rajat Bhatia 59) and 115 for 3 (Menaria 37 batting, Bhatia 27 batting) Maharashtra: 409 (Rahul Tripathi 119, Chirag Khurana 77; K Ajay Singh 4/87)
Sarwate, Wakhare share 10 wickets as Vidarbha look at victory
Aditya Sarwate (6/64) and Akshay Wakhare (4/37) shared 10 wickets between them to bundle out Assam for 160 in their second innings and give Vidarbha a good chance of posting a win, having finished day three on 88 for no loss, chasing 213 in a Group A Ranji Trophy tie in Nagpur on Saturday.
Vidarbha need just 125 more runs with 10 wickets intact on the fourth and final day on Sunday.
Although Vidarbha had conceded a 52-run first innings lead after getting all out for 154 in reply to Assam’s first essay total of 206, the home team bowlers struck back hard on Saturday to give their team a genuine chance of registering an outright victory.
Brief scores: Assam: 206 & 160 (Swarupam Purkayastha 35; Aditya Sarwate 6/64, Akshay Wakhare 4/37). Vidarbha: 154 & 88 for no loss in 31 overs