Bengal stormed into the Ranji Trophy semi-finals by advantage of their first innings lead over Odisha after just one session was doable on the ultimate day which was interrupted by dangerous gentle, right here on Monday.
Resuming on 361 for seven, Bengal misplaced their remaining three wickets for 12 runs inside six overs to set Odisha an inconceivable 456.
In reply, Odisha have been 39 for no loss in 10 overs when dangerous gentle stopped play as each the groups agreed upon a draw with two extra periods left on the ultimate day on the DRIEMS College floor right here on the outskirts of Cuttack.
Bengal thus certified by advantage of their essential first innings lead of 82 runs, organising a conflict with Karnataka within the semifinal ranging from February 29 at Eden Gardens.
Anustup Majumdar, who smashed a profession-finest 157 to script Bengal’s gorgeous turnaround to attain 332 after being 46 for five of their first innings, was adjudged man-of-the-match.
Majumdar’s lion-hearted effort was then complemented properly by Bengal tempo troika of Ishan Porel, Mukesh Kumar and inexperienced Nilkantha Das because the trio shared 9 wickets amongst them to safe the decisive lead.
Playing at their house turf, Odisha batsmen then wilted underneath stress to be bowled out for 250 after being 135 for one. Bengal didn’t look again since then, batting out the opposition within the second essay.
The two-time former champions Bengal final made the Ranji semifinals in 2017-18 solely to go down to Delhi.
Brief Scores: Bengal 332 and 373; 138 overs (Shreevats Goswami 78, Shahbaz Ahmed 64, Abhishek Raman 67, Arnab Nandi 45, Koushik Ghohsh 41). Odisha 250 and 39 for no loss; 10 overs.