Bengal bowlers again failed to provide decisive blows as debutant Imran Haroon’s century helped Jammu and Kashmir get a point to remain in hunt for a quarter-final berth in the Ranji Trophy.
Set a stiff target of 337 from 76 overs after Bengal declared their second innings for 264/5, Jammu & Kashmir made merry on an eased out Eden Gardens strip with Haroon standing tall with an unbeaten 103 that had nine boundaries and a six.
With 11 points from six games, Jammu and Kashmir still have an outside chance while Bengal with 10 points from five games are in the sixth spot, improving from their last position before this round.
Disappointed with the way the surface behaved, Bengal skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla said:”It was a good wicket, as far as batting was concerned. I did not see a single ball turning from the 70-odd overs we bowled.”
“Yes it’s the bowler’s job to get the turn but at the same time you expect some help from the pitch. We did not get an iota of support from the pitch but no regrets. There was no help from the wicket so it was a brave decision to set them a target of 336 from 76 overs.”
Earlier, Bengal batted for exactly for an hour and could manage only 48 runs from 14 overs before declaring the innings for 264/5.
This was Bengal’s third successive draw at home, and on the last two occasions they wasted opportunities to register outright wins, failing to exploit the home conditions.
Brief Scores Bengal 387 and 264/5 declared; 58 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 63, Manoj Tiwary 61, Arindam Das 60). Jammu & Kashmir 315 and 219/2; 70.2 overs (Imran Haroon 102 not out, Adil Reshi 58, Ian Dev Singh Chauhan 56 not out). Points: Bengal 3; Jammu & Kashmir 1.
Karnataka grab 3 points from draw
Defending champions Karnataka grabbed three points, owing to their first innings lead, after Aditya Shrivastava (108) and Naman Ojha (115) came up with contrasting centuries to help Madhya Pradesh score 277-3 in their second innings on the fourth and final day of the drawn Ranji match.
Karnataka had surpassed Madhya Pradesh’s first innings score of 303 on Thursday, reaching 516 for 8 at stumps with Abhimanyu Mithun and Udit Patel at the crease.
Brief Score: Madhya Pradesh: 303 & 277/3 in 69 overs. (A Shrivastava 108, N Ojha 115; R Vinay Kumar 1/17). Karnataka: 522 all out in 172.2 overs (M Pandey 193, S Gopal 124; P M Datey 4/80).
Baroda bag three points
Baroda bagged the all important three points by taking the first innings lead against Railways on day four morning before the Ranji match ended in a dull draw.
Railways, needing 48 runs to get past Baroda’s 298, lost their remaining three wickets for 12 runs to end at 263, offering little resistance against the left-arm pace of Irfan Pathan and Gagandeep Singh. Baroda were 240 for five in their second innings when play was called off.
Brief scores: Baroda 298 and 240/5 in 71.2 overs (Aditya Waghmode 74, Hardik Pandya 90; Krishnakant Upadhyay 2/46). Railways 263. Points: Baroda 3, Railways 1.