Seasoned campaigners- captain Manoj Tiwary and Anustup Majumdar defied immense stress to attain preventing half-centuries and maintain Bengal afloat whilst Saurashtra maintained a agency grip over the Ranji Trophy remaining on the Eden Gardens right here on Saturday.
Resuming from 317 for 5, Saurashtra gathered 87 runs extra in a bit of over two hours to mixture 404, the utmost runs conceded by Bengal in an innings this season, in its first essay and safe an enormous 230-run lead.
Responding to the problem, Bengal scored 169 for 4 in its second innings and trailed by 61 runs at stumps on the third day.
Bengal had one other disappointing begin as opener Sumanta Gupta once more received out to Chetan Sakariya earlier than lunch in an uncannily related style, captured on the second slip within the second over, to the way in which he had departed within the first innings.
In the less-testing second interval, the visiting pacers bowled good traces to cut back Bengal to 47 for 3. Abhimanyu Easwaran, who escaped a run-out try, was caught behind off Sakariya, and Sudip Gharami was held at first slip off Jaydev Unadkat.
However, Anustup and Tiwary refused to surrender. Anustup labored the ball round to get into rhythm, whereas Tiwary, who took 10 balls to attain his first run, slowly received set.
Even as they appeared to spend time within the center, Anustup and Tiwary dispatched the erring deliveries to the boundary.
Anustup (61, 101b, 8×4) drove, reduce and flicked with confidence to get his fifty. He shared a invaluable 99-run partnership with Tiwary earlier than taking part in Unadkat to gully.
A decided Tiwary (57 n.o., 129b, 9×4), whose half-century was studded with fours on both facet, didn’t lose focus although. He stayed with Shahbaz Ahmed to combat one other day.
Earlier, Bengal started the day on an encouraging observe with Mukesh Kumar scalping Arpit Vasavada, who, in a uncommon lapse, related an away-going supply to the ‘keeper, in the first over.
Mukesh struck again, finding the other overnight batter Chirag Jani’s outdoors edge and securing a four-wicket haul.
Akash Deep produced two beauties to dismiss Unadkat and Prerak Mankad (33, 50b, 6×4) to assert three wickets.
Displaying Saurashtra’s depth in batting, its final pair – Parth Bhut, who was dropped twice off Akash Deep by the butter-fingered fielders, and Dharmendra Jadeja – annoyed the host by including 35 runs and making Bengal’s journey tougher.
Ishan Porel took Dharmendra as his third sufferer to finish Saurashtra’s innings.
From the coach’s nook
Speaking to media individuals after the day’s play, Saurashtra coach Niraj Odedra stated either side performed nicely.
“Some parts were good for them, some good for us. Credit to our bowlers, they bowled their hearts out. Still, two days to go. It’s a Ranji Trophy final. You just can’t come in and win. It’s always an even contest,” stated Odedra.
Bengal coach Laxmi Ratan Shukla continued to stay optimistic whilst his facet trailed by 61 runs. “It’s not over till it’s over. They are fighting it out, we are also fighting. We still have a long way to go,” he stated.
“The way our bowlers helped the side come back in the morning and the responsible show by Anustup (Majumdar) and (Manoj) Tiwary was superb.”
“We are all positive. We just want to continue with the process,” stated Shukla.