Ranji Trophy Final: Bengal Fight Back but Saurashtra Maintain Upper Hand

Saurashtra maintained their grip over the Ranji Trophy last on day three regardless of a combating stand between Bengal veteran Manoj Tiwary and Sudip Chatterjee on a deteriorating pitch right here on Wednesday.

Chatterjee (47 not out off 145) and Tiwary (35 off 116) took a leaf out of Cheteshwar Pujara’s ebook to share a gritty 89-run partnership off 226 balls after Bengal had been in a spot of hassle at 35 for 2 at lunch.

Batting is just going to get more durable on this floor with the ball retaining low proper from day one, making it a steep problem for Bengal to get previous Saurashtra’s first innings complete of 425.

Bengal reached 134 for 3 in 65 overs at shut of play, trailing Saurashtra by 291 runs with Chatterjee and Wriddhiman Saha (Four off 43) within the center.

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

On day two, Pujara and Arpit Vasavada batted collectively for 5 hours to place Saurashtra in a robust place and Bengal too should give you one thing particular to remain within the sport.

Whereas Saurashtra are aiming for his or her maiden title, Bengal haven’t gained Ranji Trophy since 1989-90.

The house crew’s bowlers shall be aiming for the stumps on day 4 like they did on Wednesday, hoping the pitch does the remaining. Tiwary’s dismissal clearly confirmed how robust it has grow to be to bat on the uneven floor.

Chirag Jani had him trapped in entrance of the stumps with a ball that got here again in sharply at a low top and there was not a lot Tiwary may do about it. It was a type of redemption for Jani, who had overstepped when Tiwary, batting on 18, performed on to his stumps.

The afternoon session was a great one for Bengal as they didn’t lose a wicket and picked up 59 runs.

Tiwary and Chatterjee supplied the a lot wanted struggle again after Bengal misplaced their openers — debutant Sudip Kumar Gharami (26) and Abhimanyu Easwaran (9), within the morning.

Gharami, who captains Bengal U-23, confirmed quite a lot of promise earlier than getting caught at brief leg off left-arm spinner Jadeja. He seemed extra assured than Easwaran who ended a forgettable season with the bat.

Gharami impressed by hitting opposition skipper Unadkat for 2 boundaries in the identical over, one coming off a flick and the opposite with an attractive straight drive.

Easwaran’s fall led to the lunch break however he would take into account himself a tad unlucky to be adjudged out lbw for the reason that ball appeared to overlook the stumps.

He took the restricted DRS on provide however the third umpire couldn’t overrule the on-field umpire’s name as he didn’t have ball monitoring accessible, elevating questions over the restrictive use of the expertise.

Chatterjee too survived a detailed DRS name late within the day after the on-field umpire adjudged him lbw off pacer Chetan Sakariya. No run got here off the bat within the final 59 balls of the ultimate session.

Early within the morning, Bengal pacer Akash Deep took his fourth wicket by getting by the defence of Jani, who was helpless with the ball retaining actually low. Nevertheless, Saurashtra added 38 runs for the 10th wicket to get previous 400.

Temporary Scores: Saurashtra 1st innings: 425 all out in 171.5 overs (A Vasavada 106, C Pujara 66; Akash Deep 4/98) Bengal 1st innings: 134/three in 65 overs (S Chatterjee 47 batting, M Tiwary 35; P Mankad 1/7).

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