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Ranji Trophy Final, Saurashtra vs Bengal Day 4 Live: Bengal Fight To Put Game in Balance

Live updates and live cricket score from Day 4 of the Ranji Trophy final between Saurashtra and Bengal in Rajkot.


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17:05 (IST)

A WICKETLESS SESSION! Anustup Majumdar and Arnab Nandi have added an unbroken 91 runs for the seventh wicket, putting Bengal in a solid position to take lead. It's been atttritional cricket right through, with both teams fighting for the first innings lead. Bengal hold the edge at the moment, but the game isn't too far away from being in balance. Saurashtra need an early wicket on Day 5 and things could change! What a gripping final this is.

16:49 (IST)

Nandi is getting some medical attention, as the game gets to tense situation. Bengal trail by 77. Saurashtra need 4 wickets.

16:36 (IST)

FIFTY for Majumdar. What a top knock this, another knock under pressure, another fighting contribution in a knockout game. Bengal 342/6.

16:26 (IST)

Trail under a 100 now as Majumdar sweeps one to the boundary. Saurashtra beginning to feel the heat? The ball continues to turn big though, so there could be a good contest here.

16:11 (IST)

Saurashtra trying their best to use the reverse. Keeper up, medium pacers getting it to move around just a little. Bengal are gutsing it out. Fascinating battle.

15:58 (IST)

300 up for Bengal! This is a good fight. Trail by 125 now, and they'd start to believe. Majumdar the man again, batting time and getting runs patiently. Jaydev Unadkat trying his best getting reverse swing, but yet to break through.

15:31 (IST)

Jaydev Unadkat is back for another spell. He's wicketless so far. Bowling well, but has been unlucky with drop catches and some close lbw calls. Bengal continue fighting.

15:22 (IST)

Nandi has shown positive intent, stepping out and hitting Jadeja for a six down the ground. It will only get tougher from here though. Bengal trail by 146.

15:05 (IST)

We are back underway in the third and final session of the day. Saurashtra need 4 wickets in quick succession to ensure they get that all-important innings lead. For Bengal, it remains a game of patience. 

14:43 (IST)

It's tea time now and this session has absolutely belonged to Saurashtra. They have picked 3 wickets and Bengal still trail by 161 runs. At this rate, Saurashtra are in the driver's seat as far as taking the first innings lead is concerned. 

14:36 (IST)

OUT! Sakariya strikes just on the stroke of tea and Shahbaz Ahmed has to depart. Pitched on a good length, Shahbaz attempts to defend it but it clatters straight onto his stumps. Bengal in a bit of trouble now. 

14:21 (IST)

250 is up for Bengal now. They need to push on from here and put up a big partnership for the fifth wicket. Another player having to depart will make Saurashtra favourites in this match. 

14:02 (IST)

OUT! Saha has to walk after a bit of a freakish dismissal. He edges one onto the stumps while going for a sweep shot and they need to go upstairs to confirm he was, in fact, out. Saurashtra are elated. 

13:46 (IST)

Anustup Majumdar is the new man in and he's been patient thus far. At the other end, Saha has also taken fewer risks. Saurashtra will hope for more wickets soon enough. 

13:30 (IST)

The fall of a wicket means Bengal are now taking things even slower than usual. There's no rush to play any big shots, the focus is more on blunting the opposition attack for now. 

13:16 (IST)

OUT! D Jadeja gets the breakthrough and Chatterjee has to depart. He tosses one up that Chatterjee edges onto his pad and the catch is completed by short leg. Much-needed breakthrough for Saurashtra. 

13:11 (IST)

Century partnership comes up for Saha and Chatterjee. They have done well to score as many as they have although luck definitely favoured them a little. Now is the time to kick on. 

13:01 (IST)

It's been a slow start to proceedings after the lunch break. Four overs played, only two runs scored. Bengal won't mind as long as they don't lose any wickets. 

12:48 (IST)

Hello and welcome to the second session of Day 4. Bengal are in a commanding position now and trail by only 207 runs. A first innings lead could very well be pivotal for them. Can they bat through this session too? We shall see. 

12:04 (IST)

It is lunch on Day 4 and Bengal will be happy as things stand. They added 84 runs to their total and while Saha can count himself lucky to still be out there, they've crucially not lost a wicket yet. They will look to press on after lunch. 

11:58 (IST)

Unadkat is clearly frustrated now. He collects the ball on his follow through and aims a vicious throw at the stumps, forcing Chatterjee to move away and also breaking the stump. The fourth umpire runs in with a new wicket. That's one way to let off a little steam... 

11:53 (IST)

Saha survives yet another close call! D Jadeja bowls one full that Saha pokes at and it goes through to the wicketkeeper. The umpire remains unmoved though and the review, once again, provides insufficient evidence to overturn the ruling of the on-field umpire. 

11:47 (IST)

FOUR! Saha brings up his 50 with a boundary towards third man. Unadkat gets the ball in a good area and Saha edges it but it evades the man at slip and runs away. Bit lucky, that. But Saha has had plenty of fortune favour him today. 

11:36 (IST)

The 200 is up for Bengal and they will hope to push on from here. Fortune has definitely favoured them - Saha survived three decisions, two of which looked dead on - but they won't be complaining about that. 

11:23 (IST)

Another major escape from Saha and Unadkat is again the bowler on the wrong end of the decision. He raps Saha on the pads and was already celebrating but umpire says not out. Review doesn't offer up enough evidence to overturn the decision and Saha stays out. He rubs salt in the wounds by scoring a boundary thereafter. 

11:09 (IST)

Chatterjee has entered the 70s now and a century for him would be just reward given how much effort he's put into this innings thus far. Saha remains solid as ever at the other end. Saurashtra's bowlers, meanwhile, are searching for answers. 

10:45 (IST)

Drinks are on the field now and it has been a good hour or so for Bengal, although Saha will consider himself lucky to be out there - that LBW review was lucky. Bengal need more of the same from these two. 

10:35 (IST)

Both batsmen are able to deal with the pitch now, as evidenced by Saha charging down Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and slamming him for six over long-off. Bengal will hope these two continue on for as long as possible. 

10:04 (IST)

150 is up for Bengal but both Saha and Chatterjee know there remains a lot of work to be done. To top things off, the pitch is continuing to keep low and therefore getting tougher to bat on. 

09:49 (IST)

Drama! Unadkat thinks he got the breakthrough as Saha is trapped plumb on the pads and the veteran is given out. However the review saves him, as the third umpire has his doubts. 

Saurashtra vs Bengal Ranji Trophy Final Day 4 latest update:

A WICKETLESS SESSION! Anustup Majumdar and Arnab Nandi have added an unbroken 91 runs for the seventh wicket, putting Bengal in a solid position to take lead. It's been atttritional cricket right through, with both teams fighting for the first innings lead. Bengal hold the edge at the moment, but the game isn't too far away from being in balance. Saurashtra need an early wicket on Day 5!

Day 3 Report: Saurashtra maintained their grip over the Ranji Trophy final on day three despite a fighting stand between Bengal veteran Manoj Tiwary and Sudip Chatterjee on a deteriorating pitch here on Wednesday.

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.

Batting is only going to get tougher on this surface with the ball keeping low right from day one, making it a steep challenge for Bengal to get past Saurashtra's first innings total of 425.

Bengal reached 134 for three in 65 overs at close of play, trailing Saurashtra by 291 runs with Chatterjee and Wriddhiman Saha (4 off 43) in the middle.

Saurashtra, who resumed the day at 384 for eight, went on to bat for one hour and 10 minutes in the morning session to add 41 valuable runs with the last wicket pair of Jaydev Unadkat and Dharemendrasinh Jadeja producing 38 runs.

On day two, Pujara and Arpit Vasavada batted together for five hours to put Saurashtra in a strong position and Bengal too will have to come up with something special to stay in the game.

While Saurashtra are aiming for their maiden title, Bengal have not won Ranji Trophy since 1989-90.

The home team's bowlers will be aiming for the stumps on day four like they did on Wednesday, hoping the pitch does the rest. Tiwary's dismissal clearly showed how tough it has become to bat on the uneven surface.

Chirag Jani had him trapped in front of the stumps with a ball that came back in sharply at a low height and there was not much Tiwary could do about it. It was a sort of redemption for Jani, who had overstepped when Tiwary, batting on 18, played on to his stumps.

The afternoon session was a good one for Bengal as they did not lose a wicket and collected 59 runs.

Tiwary and Chatterjee provided the much needed fight back after Bengal lost their openers -- debutant Sudip Kumar Gharami (26) and Abhimanyu Easwaran (9), in the morning.

Gharami, who captains Bengal U-23, showed a lot of promise before getting caught at short leg off left-arm spinner Jadeja. He looked more assured than Easwaran who ended a forgettable season with the bat.

Gharami impressed by hitting opposition skipper Unadkat for two boundaries in the same over, one coming off a flick and the other with a beautiful straight drive.

Easwaran's fall led to the lunch break but he would consider himself a tad unfortunate to be adjudged out lbw since the ball appeared to miss the stumps.

He took the limited DRS on offer but the third umpire could not overrule the on-field umpire's call as he did not have ball tracking available, raising questions over the restrictive use of the technology.

Chatterjee too survived a close DRS call late in the day after the on-field umpire adjudged him lbw off pacer Chetan Sakariya. No run came off the bat in the last 59 balls of the final session.

Early in the morning, Bengal pacer Akash Deep took his fourth wicket by getting through the defence of Jani, who was helpless with the ball keeping really low. However, Saurashtra added 38 runs for the 10th wicket to get past 400.