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Ranji Trophy 2020 Final Day 4, Saurashtra vs Bengal Highlights: All to play for on final day

Ranji Trophy 2020 Final, Saurashtra vs Bengal Highlights: Bengal ended Day 4 at 354/6, with Anustup Majumdar leading the charge for the first innings lead. The equation for Day 5 is simple - Bengal will need 72 runs and Saurashtra will need 4 wickets.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: March 12, 2020 5:16:35 pm
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Ranji Trophy 2020 Final Live Score, Saurashtra vs Bengal Final Live Cricket Score Updates: The Ranji Trophy final is poised on a knife’s edge with one day – and one crucial morning session in particular – of cricket left in the season. Bengal ended Day 4 at 354/6, with Anustup Majumdar leading the charge for the first innings lead. The equation for Day 5 is simple – Bengal will need 72 runs and Saurashtra will need 4 wickets in this match that has come down to who can score more in the first innings.

On Day 3, a fighting stand between Bengal veteran Manoj Tiwary and Sudip Chatterjee on a deteriorating pitch kept Bengal’s quest alive. Chatterjee (47 not out off 145) and Tiwary (35 off 116) took a leaf out of Cheteshwar Pujara’s book to share a gritty 89-run partnership off 226 balls after Bengal were in a spot of bother at 35 for two at lunch.

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Ranji Trophy 2020 Final, Day 4 Highlights:

17:08 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Equation on Day 5

We shall probably have only one session tomorrow. Bengal need 72 runs. Saurashtra need 4 wickets. Who will get there first? The Ranji final is on a knife's edge with one day to go.

17:05 (IST)12 Mar 2020
End of Day 4

What a day for Bengal. What a disappointing day for Saurashtra. Just 3 wickets fell in the day. Anustup and Arnab have ensured that Bengal go into the final day of the final tomorrow with everything to play for. They will resume batting with the score at 354/6, trailing by 71 runs. The Ranji Trophy season has come down to who can take a first innings lead in this match. Anustup and Arnab have added 91 runs to frustrate Saurashtra today. We should be in for a cracking morning session tomorrow.

16:54 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Anustup haunts Saurashtra

Anustup continues to reach sorrow to the Saurashtra team. A cover from him off Unadkat races away to the fence. Then Unadkat strays down leg side and Anustup calmly plays him down to fine leg and collects a single off the last ball of the over. BEN 354/6, trail by 71 runs

16:40 (IST)12 Mar 2020
50 for Anustup

Anustup with a fist bump for Nandi as he gets to his 50. What an important knock this has been already. Scored a triple ton earlier in the season and the veteran has again come up with a knock that has made this Ranji Trophy final very very interesting. Unadkat brings himself back on to bowl one final spell on Day 4 presumably. And it is Nandi who walks forward and flicks Unadkat for four on the leg side. The singles are coming far too easily as well. Is the match slipping out of Saurashtra's hands? BEN 347/6, trail by 78 runs

16:28 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Anustup battles on

The first innings deficit is now down to double digits! Can Bengal hold on for the rest of the day? Spin is giving them trouble at the moment but Anustup Majumdar has found an able partner in Arnab Nandi. Anustup finds the fence off back-to-back balls. The first is an intentional shot to square leg. The second is a thick edge which flies past the slip fielder. Their partnership now worth 69 runs. BEN 332/6, trail by 93 runs

15:59 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Bengal go past 300, trail by 121 runs

With in-form batsman Anustup Majumdar (37 off 102 balls) and Arnab Nandi's (11 off 39 balls) 41-run partnership, Bengal go past 300 for 6 on Day 4 of the Ranji Trophy final at Rajkot. Bengal 304/6

15:01 (IST)12 Mar 2020
It's the time for tea

Saurashtra and Bengal teams headed for tea on Day 4 of the final match of the season. A total 28 overs were bowled in the session where 46 runs were conceded and three wickets were fallen. Bengal 264/6

14:38 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Bengal lose their 6th wicket

Chetan Sakariya got Shahbaz Ahmed out. He's bowled!! Saurashtra are slowly moving towards that title-sealing lead. This is a peach of a delivery, angled in from around off stump, straightens just a bit off the deck and keeps low once again. Shahbaz Ahmed b Chetan Sakariya 16(39).

Bengal 263/6. 

14:17 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Saha departs for 64

W Saha was bowled by Prerak Mankad and this was certainly a freaky dismissal. Saha can't believe that he has been bowled. In fact, they have to go upstairs to confirm this and he gets to know the bad news. Got cramped on the cut stroke as there was no room and he get an inside edge that just brushed the sticks through to Barot. Saurashtra can sense that first-innings lead coming, even though five wickets still remain. W Saha 64(184). Bengal 241/5

13:21 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Jadeja gets breakthrough

Sudip Chatterjee's defense has finally been breached. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja induces a bat-pad edge. Chatterjee departs for 81. The 101-run partnership has been broken. In-form batsman Anustup Majumdar comes to bat. BEN - 225/4 after 102 overs, trail by 200 runs

13:12 (IST)12 Mar 2020
100-run partnership

The fourth-wicket partnership between Wriddhiman Saha and Sudip Chatterjee crosses the 100-run mark. The two have almost batted an equivalent of an ODI innings. Sudip Chatterjee has entered into the 80s and looks well set for a century in the final. Saurashtra bowlers have not been able to take a single wicket despite the second new ball. BEN - 225/3 after 100 overs

12:06 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Lunch break

Wriddhiman Saha reaches his half-century after getting two-time lucky in the first session of Day 4. Saha is batting on 55 off 145 deliveries whereas Sudip Chatterjee has scored 77 runs from 217 deliveries so far. The first session belonged to Bengal as they did not lose any wickets amidst the controversy surrounding limited DRS use. The partnership for the fourth wicket is now 94 runs. BEN - 218/3 after 94 overs, trail by 207 runs

11:20 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Review lost

Jaydev Unadkat appealed wildly and immediately went for a review as Wriddhiman Saha was beaten by a fuller delivery. The on-field umpire gave him not out. The third umpire stayed with the on-field umpire's decision as the impact was less than half in front of the stumps. The lack of hawkeye and snick-o-meter continues to frustrate teams. BEN - 196/3 after 86 overs, trail by 229 runs

11:10 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Partnership continues to grow

Wriddhiman Saha and Sudip Chatterjee are frustrating Saurashtra bowlers in the first session.The missed run out chance of Saha and the dubious DRS call is hurting the home team. Chatterjee has entered his 70s whereas Saha is in his 30s. BEN - 184/3 after 84 overs

09:54 (IST)12 Mar 2020

Sudip Chatterjee reaches his half-century from 154 deliveries. It has been an inning filled with patience from Chatterjee. He needs to stick there if Bengal are to reduce to the deficit to a minimum. BEN - 141/3 after 69 overs, trail by 284 runs

09:51 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Saha survives

Wriddhiman Saha gets trapped by Jaydev Unadkat in front of the wicket. The on-field decision was out but Saha challenged it. The wicketkeeper-batsman was standing outside the crease when the ball hit the pads. The third umpire asked the on-field umpire to reverse his decision as he felt there was an inside edge. What's baffling here is that the third umpire made a decision on the basis of audio and slow mo, no snickomete available. Also, Saha did not go for review straight away, he asked the non-striker batsman before going for it. Generally, batsmen review as soon as possible when they know that the ball hit the bat before hitting the pads. BEN - 138/3

08:54 (IST)12 Mar 2020
Early wickets is the key

Hello and welcome to Saurashtra vs Bengal Day 4 live blog. Saurashtra had their tails up after three wickets on Day 3. However, the fightback from Sudip Chatterjee and Wriddhiman Saha has kept Bengal in the game and away from a batting collapse. Saurashtra will look for early wickets in the first session of Day 4 to put Bengal under pressure. 

Playing XIs

Saurashtra: Harvik Desai, Avi Barot (wk), Cheteshwar Pujara, Vishvaraj Jadeja, Sheldon Jackson, Arpit Vasavada, Chirag Jani, Prerak Mankad, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Jaydev Unadkat (c), Chetan Sakariya

Bengal: Abhimanyu Easwaran (c), Sudip Kumar Gharami, Sudip Chatterjee, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Anustup Majumdar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Arnab Nandi, Akash Deep, Mukesh Kumar, Ishan Porel

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