Orissa was 78 for one at close on the third day of the four-day Col. C.K. Nayudu Trophy elite group ‘C' match against Bengal at the Ravenshaw College ground in Cuttack on Sunday.

Going into the fourth day, Orissa needs 139 runs to avoid an innings defeat. Bengal would strive to dismiss the nine wickets to gain full points.

The scores: Orissa 239 and 78 for one (Girija Rout 37 batting) vs Bengal 455 for seven declared (J. Basu 154, S. Chatterjee 133, M. Abbas 59 not out; G. Poddar two for 77) .

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