New Delhi: Bengal batsmen played at snail's pace as they crawled to 65 for 1 in 45 overs in reply to Railway's first innings score of 306 in a Ranji Trophy Group B encounter on Saturday.
Such was the pace of Bengal batting that they only managed 28 runs in 28 overs in the post tea session at Jamia Millia Islamia Sports complex.
The manner of batting forced Bengal coach Ashoke Malhotra to say sarcastically, "I have told my boys that please don't let number of overs overtake runs! In any case our best batsman (Manoj Tiwary) is injured and I have retired."
Gitimoy Basu, who has had a nightmare of time having dropped two catches, ran an in-form Arindam Das (26) out refusing a sure third run. He then patted back half volleys to remain unbeaten on 27 off 134 balls.
Subhamoy Das fared no better as he got into a shell scoring only 8 off 75 balls. The duo added 26 runs in 23.3 overs. They need another 252 runs to get first innings lead.
Earlier, Bengal bowlers did a commendable job bowling out Railways for 306 in 125.2 overs. Bengal bowlers got six wickets for 96 runs in 35.2 overs on the day.
Shib Shankar Paul (3 for 47 in 30 overs) removed overnight batsman Arindam Ghosh with a beautiful in-cutter which the batsman shouldered arms. Ghosh scored 88 in 222 balls with 10 fours. With Rawat he added 61 runs for the fifth wicket.
Nagaland boy Jonathan Rongsen (33) was impressive as he added 44 runs with Rawat. Rawat (68) hit a lovely cover drive off left-arm spinner Iresh Saxena but the next ball saw him play a cut shot which Gitimoy managed to keep in his gloves.
Bengal skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla then removed his opposite number Murali Kartik (7) by cleaning him up. Anureet Singh (17) and Krishna Kant Upadhayay (12) hit a few boundaries to take score past 300 run mark.
Anureet's off stump was knocked by Dinda while Saurashis Lahiri came back after lunch to dismiss both Jonathan and Upadhyay in space of nine balls.
Brief Scores: Railways 1st innings: 306 in 125.2 overs (Arindam Ghosh 88, Mahesh Rawat 68, Nitin Bhille 65; SS Paul 3 for 47, Ashoke Dinda 3 for 95, S Lahiri 2 for 19); Bengal 1st innings 65 for 1 in 45 overs (Gitimoy Basu 27 batting, Subhamoy Das 8 batting; Arindam Das 26)
Jangid's hundred steers Vidarbha to 332 for 7
At Chandigarh, Vidarbha piled on the agony on Punjab as Ravi Jangid's patient hundred guided the visitors to 332 for 7 on the second day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match.
After bowling out Punjab for 184 on Friday, Vidarbha have now taken a considerable lead going into the third and penultimate day with three wickets in hand.
At stumps, wicketkeeper Urvesh Patel (32) and Amol Jungade (59) were holding fort for the visitors.
Opener Faiz Fazal (99) and Jangid (104) put together 203 runs for the third wicket which laid the foundation for Vidarbha from the Overnight 75 for 1. For Punjab, Sandeep Sharma's 34-over toil yielded four wickets for him at the expense of 78 runs. Sharma sent down 10 maiden overs.
The day, however, belonged to Fazal and Jangid, who batted with patience to build Vidarbha's innings. Fazal faced 261 deliveries during his stay at the crease and struck 13 boundaries.
Jangid, on the other hand, smashed 14 fours in his 209-ball knock. While Fazal fell to Sharma, Jangid became one of the two victims of VRV Singh.
Their departure triggered a mini collapse before Patel and Jungade steered the visitors to safety. While Patel has so far struck two fours, Jungade has hit 11 boundaries.
Brief Scores: Punjab 1st Innings: 184; Vidarbha 1st Innings: 332/7 in 120 overs (Ravi Jangid 104, Faiz Fazal 99, Amol Jungade 59 batting, Sandeep Sharma 4/78)
Dwivedi's ton gives UP big lead against Services
At Ghaziabad, Wicketkeeper-batsman Eklavya Dwivedi stood out with a calculated century as Uttar Pradesh took a massive 205-run first-innings lead over Services in their Group B Ranji Trophy match on Saturday.
At stumps on the second day, Services were 19 for no loss in their second innings, still 186 runs behind.
Dwivedi struck 131 off 195 balls, hitting nine fours and three sixes during his four-hour vigil at the Mohan Meakins Cricket Stadium. He was also involved in an invaluable stand of 106 runs for the eighth wicket with Amit Mishra (46), before the last-wicket pair of Imtiaz Ahmed (18 not out) and RP Singh (13) added another 30 runs.
Having bundled out the visitors for 164 in their first innings, Uttar Pradesh started the day at overnight 86 for three with opener Digvijay Singh (36) and Parvinder Singh (9) in the middle.
Digvijay was dismissed after scoring 78 off 199 balls, an innings laced with seven hits to the fence. Mishra faced 77 balls and hit three fours.
Joining Dwivedi at the fall of Ali Murtuza's wicket at 224 for 7, Mishra played the perfect foil to the more established 25-year-old batsman and gradually almost batted Services of the match.
For Services, Nishan Singh, Shadab Nazar and Pratik Desai picked up three wickets each.
At the close of play, Services' Pratik Desai and Anshul Gupta were batting on 10 and nine respectively, and they will have a difficult task of erasing the deficit and then set the hosts a target.
Brief scores: Services: 164 all out and 19 for no loss Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 369 all out (Dwivedi 131, Digvijay 78, Mishra 46; Nishan Singh 3/70, Shadab Nazar 3/85, Pratik Desai 3/51)
TN reach 101 for three on rain-curtailed day
At Chennai, Tamil Nadu's reached 101 for 3 in their first innings as persistent rain here resulted in only one session of play was possible on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Baroda.
Having bundled out Baroda for a meagre 162 in their first innings, the hosts had a real chance of registering an outright victory but their chance was jolted because of the rain-curtailed day on Saturday.
At stumps, Baba Indrajith was batting on 23 and Dinesh Karthik was also unbeaten on similar score.
Tamil Nadu, who are placed at fifth place in Group B with four draws so far, desperately need a win. The hosts still trail Baroda by 61 runs with seven wickets in hands and two days left to force the issue.
Resuming on five for no loss, the overnight batsmen - Abhinav Mukund and Arun Karthik - made conscious efforts to upset the opposition spinners.
The duo put on 42 runs for the opening wicket before Karthik got out for 59-ball 23. Mukund was also quick to join his partner in the dressing room for a well-made 29.
Baba Aparajith, who began his Ranji Trophy campaign this year with a double-ton against Services and has scored at least a half-century in every game that followed, underestimated Yusuf Pathan's turn and was out lbw for two to leave Tamil Nadu reeling at 67 for 3.
However, his twin brother, Indrajith, playing in his second first-class match, displayed good footwork and in the able company of Dinesh Karthik guided Tamil Nadu to lunch without any further damage.
Brief scores: Baroda 1st innings: 162 all out in 83.5 overs (Dhiren Mistry 68; Rahil Shah 4/49, R Aushik Srinivas 3/20); Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 101 for three in 42 overs (Abhinav Mukund 29; Yusuf Pathan 2/39)
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