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Sayan’s four not enough to give Bengal a lead
15th November 2016
Bengal bowled their heart out but could not manage a crucial first innings lead, as Tamil Nadu batted with patience to crawl to 348 for 9 to end day III in a Group-A Ranji Trophy match today in Rajkot. Tamil Nadu lead by 11 runs.
Resuming the day, Bengal had a tough job left to be done on a pitch that had hardly any assistance for the bowlers. Tamil Nadu on the other hand looked determined to their goal, with skipper Abhinav Mukund and Kaushik Gandhi giving them a solid start with a 45 runs partnership, before Abhinav was run out giving Bengal a hope.
But, that was not long lasting, as Gandhi kept continuing with B. Indrajith to push the score board on, before he was sent off at 65 by Pragyan Ojha reducing Tamil Nadu to 141 for 3.
Thereafter, when it looked the tie tilting in Bengal’s favour, Dinesh Karthik came to crease and stood like a wall scoring 80 off 117 balls before he was finally trapped by Amit Kuila putting his team on a comfortable position.
However, the match got interesting towards the very end of the day, when Tamil Nadu was reduced to 310 for 9, still trailing by 34 runs. But the last wicket made sure that they return back to the dressing room with peaceful mind.
Among the bowlers, Sayan Ghosh bowled well taking 4 wickets, but his effort went in vain with Tamil Nadu snatching the lead. Among others, Pragyan Ojha took 2, followed by Amit Kuila and Ashok Dinda taking one each.  
"We bowled our best but at the end they won the battle. The pitch had nothing for the bowlers. It was a very slow pitch and is getting slower. Bit disappointed with the result," said Amit Kuila.
On the other hand, Maharashtra beat Vidarbha by an innings and 3 runs to register 7 points in a Group-B match here at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Despite a fighting performance yesterday, Vidarbha’s wicket tumbled this morning as they were folded at 270 in the second innings.
Starting the day with an overnight score of 140 for 1, F. Fazal could not continue for long as he was out 59, before the batting barrel fell like house of cards. S.B. Wagh however, gave a fight back down the order with quick 69 off 73 balls but, that was not enough to pull Vidarvha out of the dig.
A. Sanklecha was awarded the man of the match for taking 14 wickets in the match.


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