Anustup Majumdar struck an unbeaten century to as soon as once more change into Bengal’s saviour after a well-known prime order collapse as he single-handedly took his aspect to 275 for 9 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy semifinal against a star-studded Karnataka right here on Saturday.
Fresh from his profession-finest 157 from an analogous place within the quarterfinals, Majumdar slammed an unbeaten 120 (173 balls; 18×4, 1×6) to revive Bengal innings after they had been requested to bat first.The residence aspect are making a bid to achieve the ultimate after 13 years.
The first day’s play additionally noticed the primary dismissal by way of DRS in home cricket when Karnataka tempo spearhead Abhimanyu Mithun acquired the wicket of Abhishek Raman (0) within the 16th supply of the innings.
The DRS was used for the primary time in India’s home circuit within the two ongoing Ranji semifinals, however solely with restricted choices as there was no HawkEye, Snickometer or UltraEdge.
In an virtually motion replay of the Odisha match through which they staged a shocking turnaround from 46/5, Bengal had been staring down the barrel on Saturday additionally with their prime batsmen, together with skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran (15) and Manoj Tiwary (8), again within the pavillion after taking part in reckless pictures.
The scoreboard learn a precarious 62/four when the onus fell as soon as once more on Majumdar after Tiwary departed in making an attempt to hit spinner Ok Gowtham throughout the road.
There was worse to observe for Bengal when Ronit More (2/45) gave a double blow, dismissing a nicely-set Sudip Chatterjee (20) and Shreevats Goswami (0) in 4 balls as the house aspect had been tottering at 67/6 at lunch.
But the veteran Majumdar, who returned to Bengal in 2016 after poor kind with the Indian Railways, was stuffed with poise as he revived the innings within the final two periods with a century stand for the ninth wicket with Akash Deep (44).
All-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed additionally performed his half with a 72-run partnership with Majumdar that got here in fast time (119 balls).
The rookie left-hander, who has been a revelation this season, was in his components with seven beautiful boundaries however solely to be cleaned up by a peach of a supply by Karnataka tempo spearhead Abhimanyu Mithun (3/65).
Thereafter, quantity 9 Akash Deep gave full assist to Majumdar, smashing three sixes and three boundaries en path to his profession-finest 44 in an entertaining closing session for Bengal.
The duo had been on the crease for shut to 2 hours of their 103-run stand from 136 balls, irritating the Karun Nair-led aspect who went in for 4 bowling choices to accommodate India opener KL Rahul instead of J Suchith.
As the Eden Gardens wicket eased out from second session and Karnataka’s three-pronged tempo assault acquired drained, Majumdar took full benefit, taking part in his pictures against the only spinner Krishnappa Gowhtam who bowled 26 overs, together with an 18-over marathon spell.
Majumdar spent 4 hours and 11 minutes throughout his unbeaten knock from 173 balls. He notched up his ninth top notch hundred, seventh in Ranji Trophy, with a flick within the sq. leg boundary off Mithun.
Karnataka had been additionally lacklustre on the sphere and dropped two catches — by wicketkeeper S Sharath and skipper Nair as Bengal scripted a tremendous recovery.
Bengal: 275/9 from 82 overs (Anustup Majumdar 120 batting; Akash Deep 44, Shahbaz Ahmed 35; Abhimanyu Mithun 3/65) vs Karnataka.