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Sudip craft innings for Bengal
14th November 2016
Bengal put up a respectable total to 337 riding a patient hundred by Sudip Chatterjee, before reducing Tamil Nadu 60 for 1 to end day II in a Group-A Ranji Trophy match in Rajkot. Bengal still lead by 277 runs.
At stumps Abhinav Mukund (19) and Kaushik Gandhi (25) were batting for Tamil Nadu.
Starting the day 190 for 3, Bengal lost Agniv Pan (59) early in the day reducing to 198 for 4, before Sudip joined Shreevats Goswami to carry forward Bengal’s innings. Shreevats was out for 35 reducing Bengal further to 242 for 5.
But Sudip Chatterjee made sure that his team reached a respectable total, as he hung on with the tailenders. Ashoke Dinda scored 21 off 44 balls, while Aamir Gani managed 11. Pragyan Ojha was not out at 14.
The last wicket to fall was Amit Kuila (0), before Sudip was caught by B Aparajith off Vignesh K for 100 off 253 balls.
“I am happy that I got a hundred. But I would have liked to carry on. It was a slow pitch; the ball was not coming to the bat. Stroke playing was not easy here,” said Sudip Chatterjee.
Asked if he was happy with the present situation, he said, “Few more runs would have been better. But it is not bad either. Tomorrow we need to bowl well,” he said.
Captain Mqnoj Tiwary echoed the feelings:
“Few more runs would have been better. The pitch is getting slower. Tomorrow’s first hour will be very crucial for us. We need to bowl in the right areas and put them under pressure. Expecting no such assistance from the pitch.”
The bowling table was led by Vignesh K with 2 for 70, followed by R. Srinivas’s 3 for 67.
The only wicket taker for Bengal was Ashoke Dinda who took 1 for 21 in 6 overs.
Here in the Eden Gardens, the second day ended with, Vidarbha gave a fight back following a poor show in the first innings, scoring 141 runs losing one wicket at the fag-end of the day. They still trail Maharashtra by 132 runs. The only wicket to fall was S. Ramaswamy (67).
At stumps F. Fazal (53) &   G. Satish (0) were batting.
Resuming the day 240 for 3, Maharashtra stretched the score to 332 all out, taking a mammoth first innings lead of 273 runs.
Among the bowlers, Lalit bowled well taking 5 for 81 and was backed by S. Wagh with 4 for 82.


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