Ranji Trophy: Majumdar rescues Bengal again

KOLKATA: If you want to see the Bengal bat, come to the ground in the second game session. That seems to be the unwritten rule of this season, as Bengal once again suffered an early setback and dropped to 66 by five during lunch after Karnataka's boss put him at bat. Karun Nair By winning the draw on Day 1 of your Ranji Trophy semifinal match at Eden Gardens here on Saturday.

But like his previous games, Bengal ended the day with 275 for nine thanks to an excellent entry by Anushtup Majumdar who spent more than four hours in the middle remaining undefeated in 120 (173 balls; 18x4, 1x6). The mid-order hitter, who reached 62 for four in the 28th, stayed until the end to make sure the Bengal bowlers get some runs to defend.

Majumdar is already used to hitting in such situations. In the group league match against Vidarbha, Majumdar arrived at bat when Bengal was 60 for three and, against Delhi, entered 72 for three. On both occasions he took the side of the forest. He continued from where he had gone against Odisha in the quarterfinals just a week ago, where he reached the best 157 of his career reaching 46 by five.

The top order of Bengal threw its wickets mostly when Karnataka marks the passage of Abhimanyu Mithun and Prasidh Krishna wasted the new ball throwing bowling up. Opener Abhishek Raman became the first batter to be delivered through the Decision Review System (DRS) in domestic cricket when the left-hander shined in a wide exterior outside Mithun's stump to be caught by the wicketkeeper S Sharath in the third. More in the morning. The referee in the field first ruled it out, but reversed the decision after Nair opted for DRS. Captain Abhimanyu Easwaran fell in love with Krishna playing an overpitch delivery on his legs to K Gowtham in the middle of the gate.

With races drying up, Tiwary bunch He thought about taking the attack to the rival camp when he left to lift Gowtham, who was out of the roulette, on the edge. But maybe he got carried away a little and, like the way he approached the roulette of Delhi's left arm, Vikash Mishra, was caught by KL Rahul this time in the middle while trying to repeat the shot at the next roulette . Sudip Chatterjee , who returned to the side instead of the wounded Koushik Ghosh, seemed tentative and hit his first limit after facing 70 deliveries.

Bengal organized a return after losing Sreevats Goswami in it over three balls later in the resumption of the game and when Shahbaz Ahmed joined Majumdar in the post-lunch session. The two were involved in a seventh-run 72-run wicket position before Mithun defeated Shahbaz with one that maintained his line after pitching. Next, Majumdar was involved in an eighth 103-run wicket stand with Akash Deep, who played a 44 of 72 balls that included three six and three four.

Brief scores: Bengal 275/9 ( Anustup Majumdar 120 batting, Akash Deep 44, Shahbaz 34; To Mithun 3/65, R Plus 2/62)