Karnataka recovered the claw, but Bengal was placed comfortably

KOLKATA: The Ranji Trophy semifinal between Bengal and Karnataka seems ready for an interesting ending. With two days of play remaining, Karnataka needs 254 runs to win, while Bengal is seven yards from what can be a memorable win. When stumps were removed on Day III here on Monday, the question was who would stop the nerves.

Karnataka did well to return after granting a huge 190-run lead in the first innings by pulling Bengal for 161 runs in his second rehearsal, so he needed 352 runs for the win. The atmosphere in both fields was optimistic. No team has scored more than 250 against us, said the Bengal coach. Arun Lal exudate Karnataka K Gowtham spinner said: We need to play our best cricket to win and we are sure to do it.

Karnataka got a big shake when her star player KL Rahul The leg was caught before by the Ishan Porel pacemaker with the second ball when they began their chase. Rahul left a delivery that drifted after throwing and hit him with the tip of his foot in front of the stumps.

Karnataka remarked his batting order, sending Devdutt Padikkal. The young man showed that it was the right decision, remaining undefeated in a well-done 50, an entry that gives Karnataka much hope. Padikkal and R Samarth managed to watch the second session without separating. The duo maintained their composure despite playing and getting lost outside the trunk and surviving some close calls. The Bengal pacemakers continued to attack relentlessly and finally, Akash Deep managed to break the association, trapping Samarth in front in the eighth inning after tea.

Arrival of the experienced Tiwary bunch , who had remained in the locker room in the second inning after suffering a hand injury while on the field on Sunday, was a big boost for the home team. Tiwary guided and encouraged the young bowlers while standing midway. The children seemed a bit lost and I felt I had a role to play, Tiwary said later.

Karnataka Pattern Karun Nair The poor race continued when he left shortly after. Mukesh Kumar brought one sharply to hit the batter in front.

Panish manish and Padikkal managed to see stumps with the latter taking his 50.

SHORT SCORES:

Bengal 312 and 161 ( Sudeep Chatterjee 45; Abhimanyu Mithun 23/4, K Gowtham 15/3) vs Karnataka 122 and 98/3 (Devdutt Padikkal 50 *)

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