Ranji Trophy: Anustup Majumdar’s ton revives Bengal, Saurashtra five down on Day 1
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Updated: February 29, 2020 9:44:04 pm

Anusutup Majumdar notched up his ninth first-class hundred, seventh in Ranji Trophy. (Source: BCCI)

Anustup Majumdar struck an unbeaten century to as soon as once more change into Bengal’s saviour after a well-known top-order collapse as he single-handedly took his aspect to 275 for 9 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy semifinal towards a star-studded Karnataka right here on Saturday.

Fresh from his career-best 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 dwelling aspect are making a bid to achieve the ultimate after 13 years.

The first day’s play additionally noticed the primary dismissal through 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 nearly motion replay of the Odisha match through which they staged a surprising turnaround from 46/5, Bengal had been staring down the barrel on Saturday additionally with their high batsmen, together with skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran (15) and Manoj Tiwary (8), again within the pavillion after enjoying reckless photographs.

The scoreboard learn a precarious 62/Four when the onus fell as soon as once more on Majumdar after Tiwary departed in attempting to hit spinner Ok Gowtham throughout the road. There was worse to comply with for Bengal when Ronit More (2/45) gave a double blow, dismissing a well-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 type with the Indian Railways, was filled 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 help to Majumdar, smashing three sixes and three boundaries en path to his career-best 44 in an entertaining last 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, enjoying his photographs towards 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 first-class 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 an incredible restoration.


Bengal: 275/9 from 82 overs (Anustup Majumdar 120 batting; Akash Deep 44, Shahbaz Ahmed 35; Abhimanyu Mithun 3/65) vs Karnataka.


Led by Arzan Nagwaswalla’ three wickets, Gujarat bowlers produced a disciplined present and restricted Saurashtra to 217 for five on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy semifinal right here on Saturday. For the hosts, solely Sheldon Jackson (69 not out) was capable of convert his begin on the SCA stadium.

Initially, it appeared Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel’s choice to place Saurashtra in backfired, however the bowlers made a splendid comeback and pegged the hosts again on two events.

Saurashtra openers Harvik Desai (35) and Kishan Parmar (37) gave the hosts a sedate begin and negated the early problem properly, particularly the questions posed by medium-pacer Chitan Gaja (0-42).

Parmar acquired a life when he was caught off a no ball after which he survived just a few thick edges. Gujarat missed one other likelihood as Roosh Kalaria dropped Parmar on 36. Despite the reprieves, Parmar couldn’t convert his begin and was cleaned up by left-arm spinner Axar Patel (2-47). The openers added 62 runs for the primary wicket. Avi Barot (27) then joined Desai as Saurashtra took lunch at 87 for one.

However, publish lunch Gujarat bagged two wickets in two overs. First, Desai departed after being caught by Bhargav Merai off medium-pacer Nagwaswalla (3-40), and within the very subsequent over, Barot performed recklessly and was caught by Dhruv Ravel, because the hosts slipped to 102 for 3.

Then, Vishwaraj Jadeja (26) and senior professional Jackson, steadied the ship and lifted Saurashtra to 160 for 3 at tea.

But, proper after tea, Nagwaswalla grabbed two wickets in two balls to depart Saurashtra tottering at 162 for five. Jadeja edged to Parthiv and senior professional Arpit Vasavada was caught by Rujul Bhatt. His double blow introduced Gujarat again into the sport.

The fall of wickets didn’t hassle Jackson, who stood agency on the different finish. He hammered 9 boundaries and two towering sixes in his unbeaten knock. He additionally discovered an in a position allay in Chirag Jani (16 not out) as the 2 rebuilt the innings with their unbroken 55-run stand.


Saurashtra 217/5 (Sheldon Jackson 69 no; Kishan Parmar 37; Arzan Nagwaswalla 3-40) versus Gujarat.

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