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Ranji Trophy: Tough task ahead for Bengal against Vidharbha

[caption id="attachment_57930" align="aligncenter" width="580"]9161 Ishan Porel took 4 wickets for Bengal in the first innings.Image Source: XtraTime[/caption]

Kolkata: Manoj Tiwary led Bengal cricket team is in a spot of bother as they were reduced to 89 for 3 after Vidharbha posted a massive total of 499 on board in the first innings of the Group D Ranji Trophy tie at Kalyani today.

Ishan Porel was the only star for the hosts as he took 4 wickets for 139 runs and 10 maidens in 47 overs. At the end of Day 2, Ramaswamy who scored a massive 182 runs lauded Porel for his spell."Porel bowled good lines for the Bengal squad and had good pace and bounce. He showed good aggression and even in the 70th over his deliveries displayed an overlay of swing," said Ramaswamy.

Bengal replied shakily as they were 89 for three with skipper Manoj Tiwary (36 batting) and Koushik Ghosh (1 batting) at stumps on day two, still 260 runs shy of avoiding follow- on.

Abhimanyu Easwaran's lean patch continued as he was out for a duck in the fourth ball of the innings, as Bengal lost their first wicket for no run.

After a temporary resistance, Bengal lost two wickets for 43 with Sudeep Chatterjee (15) and Abhishek Raman (27) going in succession.

Earlier, Vidarbha lost their first wicket Wasim Jaffer (22) in the first over of the day, but Ramaswamy stayed calm to anchor the innings.

He got fine support from No 7 batsman Sarwate, who showed grit to resume his innings on 60 after being hit hard on his helmet by a rising bouncer from debutant pacer Ishan Porel.

Batting on 60, Sarwate lost his balance and fell after being hit by a rising delivery in the post-lunch session.

He batted for next three balls only to be taken off to the dressing room. To everyone's surprise, he resumed his innings and added 29 runs before being dismissed by Porel.

In another match, All-rounder Stuart Binnyscored a scintillating century while Shreyas Gopal hit a splendid 92 as Karnataka put on a massive 649 in their first innings against Delhi on the second day of a Ranji Trophy Group A match.

At the close of play, Delhi were 20 without loss in five overs with openers Unmukt Chand and skipper Gautam Gambhir batting on 8 and 12, respectively.

In another encounter, Baba Aparajith and all-rounder Vijay Shankar scored tons for Tamil Nadu as they scored 530 for 8 and declared their first innings against Odisha on the second day of their Group 'C' Ranji Trophy cricket match.

The hosts reached 36 for no loss at draw of stumps.

Brief Scores:

In Kalyani:
 Vidarbha 499; 138.1 overs (Sanjay Ramaswamy 182, Faiz Fazal 142, Aditya Sarwate 89; Ishan Porel 4/139, Ashok Dinda 3/116).

Bengal 89/3 in 24 overs (Manoj Tiwary 36 batting).

Other Scores:

Tamil Nadu 530/8 dec. lead Odisha 36/0 by 494 runs

Tripura 68/1 trail Andhra 402 by 334 runs

J&K 376 lead Jharkhand 220/5 by 156 runs

Chhattisgarh 389/6 lead Himachal 175 by 214 runs

Services 263 lead Goa 150/6 by 113 runs

Mumbai 171 trail Baroda 376/4 by 205 runs

Haryana 223 lead Rajasthan 74/7 by 149 runs

Maharashtra 481 lead Railways 88/0 by 393 runs

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