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Bengal lead by 206 runs, three points in sight

Posted on Nov 04, 07:42PM | UNI

Despite losing five wickets in their second knock, Bengal are still ahead of Rajasthan by 206 runs and are almost certain to pocket three vital points by virtue first innings lead as with just one day, tomorrow, remaining outright victory or defeat looks a rare possiblity.

The penulimate day's progress of the four-day Ranji trophy group A encounter at the Eden Gardens here today started on a positive note today for the hosts as the bowlers gave them vital first innings lead by dismissing defending champions before the before lunch.

In reply to Bengal's first innings knock of 258, the visiting team found no answers to Bengal's attack led by S S Sarkar and Lakshmi Ratan Sukla and folded at 161. They were thus 97 adrift of Bengal's first outing.

Sarkar ended with a figure of 4 for 62, while Shukla claimed 3 at an expense of 21 runs.

Rajasthan pulled things a bit by dismissing five home team's wickets and were on roll when poor light forced early stumps for the third consecutive day.

Pankaj Singh was again pick of the visting bowlers. The lanky Rajasthan followed is five-wicket haul with another three in the second effort. He accounted for both the openers--Joyajit Basu(48) and S Das (0) and also claimed skipper Manoj Tiwary.

Ansutup Masjumdar, Bengal's last wicket to fall during the day, become victim of a horrendous umpiring blunder.

First he was given caught out with neither bat nor glove in the vicinity of the ball. And the umpire checked the replays for a no-ball. Bowler Aniket Choudhary's foot had landed on the line, but the third umpire still didn't call it a no-ball.

Bengal ended the day at 109/5 with staying unbeaten at the Wridhiman Saha(5) and Shukla(2) at the crease.