Ranji Trophy: Akash Deep, Ritwik secures three points for Bengal against Gujarat

KOLKATA: Ritwik Roy Chowdhury hit fifty undefeated under pressure in his Ranji debut, while Akash Deep claimed six wickets when Bengal snatched three points against Gujarat in his group A match affected by rain on Monday.

Making his debut instead of Sudip Chatterjee out of shape, the 24-year-old showed aggression and composure on his way to his 53 not out of 67 balls (7x4, 1x6), since Bengal took the first inning at the entrance. The final session of the final day.

He was increasing the pace of Bengal, Akash Deep, who had set the tone with a six-wicket run in his second appearance at Ranji to take Gujarat out by 194 within the first hour of play on the last day.

In a short time, Bengal had an unstable start and Captain Abhimanyu Easwaran (42) could not turn his start, while the most veteran Tiwary bunch (37) departed at 137 for four.

Batting at number six, Ritwik joined an important association of 48 races with Shreevats Goswami (29), but it was number eight Shahbaz Ahmed (27 not out) who extended the helping hand to ensure leadership.

I was really in the area, I played with a lot of intention, it's about achieving the right balance. I thought a lot about how I wanted to hit. It was worth it. It was very expected. They threw me and I was ready for that, Ritwik said.

The rain had erased the play of the first day, while the game was truncated both on the second and on the third day before Gujarat resumed 169 for seven.

Akash Deep, 23, who was declared the Man of the match, ran in the queue on the road to impressive figures of 6/60 from 18.3 overs.

Bengal's last game, against Andhra, was also affected by the weather.

The weather has denied us some points. But I feel good with the team. Given the circumstances, we are happy to get three points. In the two games where we were sitting quite well, we should have got six in one of them. .

Unfortunately, nothing can be done about the weather. But the team is on a roll. They are playing well, looking good. The belief is there, said the coach and mentor of Bengal. Arun Lal said.

Praising Akash Deep and Ritwik, he said: As a coach, I can't ask for anything else. New stars are born. Bengal will look like a force as good as any other team in a couple of years with these young people doing well.

Brief scores:

Gujarat 194. Bengal 239/5; 65 overs (Ritwik Roy Chowdhury 53 not outside, Abhimanyu Easwaran 42; Roosh Kalaria 3/66). Drawn match. Points: Bengal 3, Gujarat 1.