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Bengal goes down fighting to Kerala in Ranji Trophy

12th February 2024
Bengal batsmen put up a spirited performance before going down fighting to Kerala by 109 runs in their Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match at the St. Xavier's College Ground in Trivandrum, on Monday.
Chasing a mammoth 449-run target, the last season's runners-up didn't give up but displayed a brave batting show on the fourth and final day before being bowled out for 339 in their second innings.
Making a return to the team, all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed impressed with the bat, scoring a fighting 80 off 100 balls. Abhimanyu Easwaran (65), Karan Lal (40), and skipper Manoj Tiwary (35) also stepped up, but the target was too tall a task for the visitors.
For Kerala, Jalaj Saxena (4-104) was once again superb with the ball, bagging a brilliant 13-wicket haul in the match after his first innings display of 9 for 68.
Earlier, Bengal managed to post 180 in their first innings, in reply to Kerala's total of 363.
While Kerala, in their second innings, scored 265/6 decl. to hand a massive target to the visitors.
Bengal, currently with 12 points from 6 games, having won one and lost two, will next take on Bihar in their final match of the campaign at home starting on Friday.

Arindam Basu