Railways crushed host Bengal by 122 runs in its concluding group-A league match of the Ranji Trophy at the Jadavpur University 2nd campus on Tuesday.

The Railways bowling came good yet again as it consumed the Bengal batting well short of the target. Mediumpacer Anureet Singh and leg-spinner Karan Sharma lent balance to the visitor’s attack and inflicted most of the damage on the host, whose second innings folded up at 249 runs while chasing a target of 372.

Anureet picked up four wickets to rattle Bengal’s lower order and precipitate the host’s journey to defeat. Sharma inflicted the damage in the Bengal middle order while the captain Sanjay Bangar, who later announced his retirement from first-class cricket, picked up two wickets. This was Bengal’s fourth outright defeat, which was the most conceded by any team in the nine-team group.

Bengal tallied 13 points and was lucky to preserve its position in group-A, above Rajasthan (11) and Hyderabad (10). The win did not help Railways either as the team finished fifth with 21 points and missed the knockout grade.

Beginning on the overnight score of 13 for one, Bengal lost Sudip Chatterjee early when the left-hander edged one to Shivkanth Shukla at second slip off Anureet. Opener Arindam Das (40) faltered again after a good start as he was trapped leg-before by Bangar.

Debutant Sandipan Das was the only Bengal batsman who applied himself well. He scored 62 (144b, 4x9) and shared a 50-run partnership with Debabrata Das for the sixth wicket. Das made a quick-fire 44 off 55 balls and took the Bengal innings some distance.

The scores: Railways — 1st innings: 214.

Bengal – 1st innings: 157.

Railways – 2nd innings: 314.

Bengal — 2nd innings: R. Banerjee c Rawat b Mali 5, A. Das lbw b Bangar 40, S. Chatterjee c Shukla b A. Singh 17, S. Das c A. Singh b Sharma 62, W. Saha c Rawat b Bangar 12, A. Jhunjhunwala c Rawat b Sharma 10, D. Das c Bhile b A. Singh 44, V.P. Singh c Bhile b Sharma 15, I. Saxena lbw b A. Singh 0, S. Sarkar b A. Singh 10, S.S. Paul (not out) 11; Extras (b-5, lb-12, w-1, nb-5): 23; Total (in 78.3 overs): 249.

Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-43, 3-76, 4-111, 5-148, 6-198, 7-215, 8-215, 9-229.

Railways bowling: Upadhyay 14-5-35-0, Mali 16-7-48-1, Sharma 19-1-60-3, A. Singh 13.3-3-46-4, Bangar 16-4-43-2.

Other scores (round nine, day four): Group ‘A’: At Mumbai: Gujarat 244 & 337 in 100.4 overs (Parthiv Patel 47, Manprit Juneja 98, Chirag Gandhi 64, Rush Kalaria 43, Ankeet Chavan four for 124) drew with Mumbai 447 & 65 for one in 27 overs (Hiken Shah 42 n.o.). Points: Mumbai 3 (23), Gujarat 1 (22).

At Jaipur: Rajasthan 384 & 329 for nine decl. in 105 overs (Vineet Saxena 146 n.o., Amol Shinde four for 84) drew with Hyderabad 349 & 38 for no loss in 12 overs. Rajasthan 3 (11), Hyderabad 1 (10).

At Rajkot: Saurashtra 242 & 303 for four decl. bt Madhya Pradesh 135 & 183 in 68.4 overs (Jalaj Saxena 75, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja six for 51). Saurashtra 6 (23), Madhya Pradesh 0 (20).

 Group ‘B’:

At Pune: Karnataka 572 for nine decl. & 92 for two in 11.4 overs (K.L. Rahul 42 n.o.) bt. Maharashtra 99 & 561 in 149.2 overs (Harshad Khadiwale 136, Sangram Atitkar 78, Ankit Bawne 155 n.o., H.S. Sharath four for 100). Karnataka 6 (21), Maharashtra 0 (11).

At Chennai: Tamil Nadu 571 for six decl. drew with Haryana 180 for three in 86 overs (Rahul Dewan 43, Abhimanyu Khod 45, Rahul Dalal 56 n.o.). Tamil Nadu 1 (14), Haryana 1 (14).

At Nagpur: Delhi 523 for nine decl. drew with Vidarbha 257 & 216 for seven in 96 overs (Shalabh Shrivastava 80 n.o., Gaurav Upadhyaya 47). Delhi 3 (20), Vidarbha 1 (20).

Group ‘C’:

At Porvorim (Goa): Goa 381 & 241 for four in 82 overs (Rohan Belekar 57, Amogh Desai 40, Reagan Pinto 62 n.o., Ravikant Shukla 52 n.o.) drew with Assam 366. Goa 3 (16), Assam 1 (21).

At Jammu: Tripura 355 for eight decl. in 125.4 overs (Subhrajit Roy 86, S. Abbas Ali 64, Ajay Ratra 103 n.o., Parvez Rassol six for 91) drew with J&K 47 for one in 11 overs. J&K 1 (15), Tripura 1 (10).

At Kadapa: Andhra 329 & 191 in 77 overs (K. Bharat Reddy 43, C.P. Shahid five for 52) drew with Kerala 312 & 192 for four in 23 overs (V.A. Jagadeesh 70 n.o., Sanju Samson 51). Andhra 3 (24), Kerala 1 (19).

At Delhi: Services 185 & 152 lost to Jharkhand 120 & 219 for five in 51.4 overs (Akash Sharma 72, Rameez Nemat 86). Jharkhand 6 (24), Services 0 (26).

Hyderabad and Maharashtra have been relegated from Groups ‘A’ & ‘B’ respectively.

Services and Jharkhand have been promoted from Group ‘C’.

Keywords: Ranji Trophy

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