Saurashtra vs Bengal score, Ranji Trophy final, Day 4 Highlights: Majumdar, Nandi take Bengal to 354/6 at stumps, trail Saurashtra by 71 runs
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Saurashtra vs Bengal: Anustup Majumdar and Arnab Nandi’s strong partnership has brought Bengal right back in the game. Anustup who remained unbeaten on 58 led the way for Bengal in the final session along Arnab Nadi (28*) as the visitors ended Day 4 at 354 for 6, trailing Saurashtra by 71 runs Ranji Trophy final against Saurashtra in Rajkot. Earlier, Saha rode his luck to reach his fifty at the stroke of lunch while Chatterjee reached his fifty off 154 balls on early in the morning session. Overnight batsmen Chatterjee and Saha have done a good job after resuming the day at 134/3. They will have to continue the good work in order to get past Saurashtra’s first innings total of 425.
17:00 hrs: STUMPS AT DAY 4! Bengal have reached 354 for 6, trail Saurashtra by 71 runs. Anustup Majumdar (58*) and Arnab Nandi (28*) will resume their quest of taking the lead and dare we say, even the Ranji Trophy title tomorrow at Rajkot.
16:52 hrs: FOUR! Brilliant cover drive from Anustup Majumdar. This man can do no wrong now. A full and wide delivery from Unadkat, Manjumdar gets a good stride in and just strokes it throught the gap. The partnership is now 90 between Anustup and Nandi.
16:49 hrs: Now Arnab Nandi is down! He has been hit on the hands by an Unadkat delivery that bounced awkwardly. We have another stoppage in play.
16:44 hrs: Anustup has hurt himself! The physios are out there to attend him. Doesn’t look like a serious injury. he was hit on the hands.
16:35 hrs: FOUR! Brilliant use of the feet by Anustup Majumdar and he strokes it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary that brings up his fifty, what an innings it has been, the crisis man for Bengal is standing up again.
16:27 hrs: Back-to-back boundaries! The first one from Anustup Majumdar’s bat, the next was byes but Bengal will take both of them gleefully. The deficit is under 100 now, this has turned out to be a brilliant partnership for Bengal. The Saurashtra bowlers now feeling the heat.
16:24 hrs: Maiden from Prerak! A much needed one from Saurashtra’s point of view. Bengal had got far too many free boundaries in the last 5 overs.
16:15 hrs: FOUR! Pitched up from Prerak, Nandi clears his front leg and whips it for a boundary. That brings up the fifty-run partnership between Nandi and Anustup.
16:01 hrs: 2 boundaries but nothing from the bat. 4 byes, not once but two times in the same over from Jaydev Unadkat. Nothing much the keeper could have done to stop those. Some free runs for Bengal.
15:23 hrs: Partnership building. Nandi and Majumdar are building a partnership after Tea. This is the last recognised batting pair and they need to stick it out in the middle all the time.
15:00 hrs: Anustup Majumdar and Arnab Nandi resume innings after Tea. Bengal will hope to get closer to the opponent’s first innings score.
14:45 hrs: Tea! At the end of second session, Bengal have posted 264/6. They are still 161 runs behind Saurashtra’s first innings total. Anustup Majumdar and Arnab Nandi are at the crease.
14:30 hrs: OUT! Chetan Sakariya picks his first wicket of the day as he gets rid of Shahbaz Ahmed for 16. The ball straightened up a bit and the angle of the batsman failed to read the angle of the delivery. Bengal are six down now.
14:12 hrs: Shahbaz Ahmed and Anustup Majumdar hit one boundary each off Chetan Sakariya in one over. Benga need these two to build a partnership to bail them out of trouble.
13:59 hrs: OUT! Prerak Mankad strikes for Saurashtra and Wriddhiman Saha is castled! This is a huge wicket for them as Saha was looking dangerous and this can be the beginning of the end for Bengal.
13:43 hrs: 64 off 180 balls - This has been a resilient knock from Wriddhiman Saha. He has given some chances to Saurashtra but this innings can turn the game in his team’s favour.
13:28 hrs: Anustup Majumdar has started his innings quite tentatively but the boundary will do him a world of good and with Wriddhiman Saha holding fort on one end, Bengal fans will still be dreaming.
13:15 hrs: Finally a breakthrough for Saurashtra! Sudip Chatterjee edged the ball onto his pads and it was an easy catch for the fielder. An important wicket for Dharmendrasinh Jadeja.
13:07 hrs: The 100 run partnership comes up for Sudip Chatterjee and Wriddhiman Saha with Bengal making a match out of it. When they lost two wickets quickly, a lot of people were inclined to write them off but a good show from Manoj Tiwary and this duo has brought them back into the encounter.
12:51 hrs: Bengal and Saurashtra are out for the second session and this can be a make or break period for them. Sudip Chatterjee and Wriddhiman Saha have steadied the innings somewhat and a gritty show from them at this point will boost their cause a lot.
12:03 hrs: Lunch Day 4! Bengal 218/3, trail Saurashtra by 207 runs.
11:53 hrs: Saurashtra have wasted three reviews on Wriddhiman Saha! The first two were very close LBW shouts which perhaps would have gone there way had their been ball-tracking but this time their appeal was for an outside edge and the third umpire did not find any conclusive evidence to overturn the on-field call of not out.
11:45 hrs: FOUR! Fifty for Wriddhiman Saha. Not the way he would have liked to but he will have no complains. Once again he wasn’t in control. The ball bounced from good length, took the outside edge of his bat and went through the hands of the fourth slip fielder. He went to his right when the ball was on his left.
11:30 hrs: FOUR! 200 up for Bengal! Wriddhman Saha continues to live dangerously. This time he just skips down and flicks it uppishly, the short-leg which is slightly deeper than usual flings his left hand but doesn’t get the catch.
11:18 hrs: OUT? NOT OUT? DRAMA and what not. Jaydev Unadkat was convinced he had Wriddhiman Saha plumb in front, so much so that he did not even feel the need to look back at the umpire while appealing. But umpire Padmanabhan was unmoved. A stunned Unadkat immediately asked for the review and surprise surprise, what was looking like absolute dead with the naked eye was actually slightly outside the line on impact. The third umpire says, half of the ball is missing, so stay with your on-field decision of not out’ and Saha survives.
11:10 hrs: FOUR! A bit uppish but in the gap. Wriddhiman Saha won’t be too happy with that shot. He played away from the body and had no intentions of keeping it down. Fortunately the ball went through the vacant gully area for a boundary.
10:52 hrs: Chance! Almost a wicket for Saurashtra but it was a difficult one. Saha flicked it with power, the forward short leg did well to get his body on the line, the ball lobbed up in the air after hitting his pads but landed safely, thankfully for Saha.
10:25 hrs: SIX! Wriddhiman Saha shows his class. A flighted delivery from Jadeja, Wriddhiman dances down the track and lofts it straight over the back of the bowler’s head. It comfortably clears the ropes. Some much needed intent from the Bengal wicket-keeper.
09:54 hrs: Fifty for Sudip Chatterjee and he reached the milestone in 154 balls. It looks like the Bengal batsman has taken a leaf out of Cheteshwar Pujara’s book and this has been one gritty knock!
09:42 hrs: Cautious start by both Wriddhiman Saha and Sudip Chatterjee as they are looking to play out the pace threat early on. A close LBW call but Saha survives for now.
09:25 hrs: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the Ranji Trophy final between Bengal and Saurashtra. Wriddhiman Saha and Sudip Chatterjee will resume proceedings for Bengal who are batting on 134/3 but Saurashtra are still in the driver’s seat after posting 425 in the first innings.