Ranji: Bengal 274/8 on Day 1

Kolkata, Jan 8 : Arresting initial slide of 2/3 against the pace of Railways, Bengal batted steadily to post 274 runs for the loss of eight wickets at end of the first day of the Ranji Trophy's quarter final match at Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.

Wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who returned to side after doing national duty in South Africa, was batting on 60 and Ahok Dinda 17 (not out)
as they contributed 41 runs so far in ninth wicket. Dinda came when Bengal were 233/8.

Rookie Sudip Chatterjee was unlucky not to get his first ton in Ranji by four runs as he was caught behind the wicket by M Rawat off Anureet Singh on 96, his career best batting.

Sent to bat first after Railways' skipper Murli Kartik won the toss, Bengal suffered heavily by the spearhead pacer Anureet Singh dismantling wickets of opener
Arindam Das (2) and first down Subhomoy Das (0) as the home side tottered at 3 in 2.6 overs.

Seeing red from the opposition attacks, another rookie and opening batsman Abhimanyu Easwaran held the slide and picked up runs patiently until he was held by Rawat off leg break bowler Karn Sharma on 65. Eighteen-year-old Abhimanyu took 191 balls to score his career best 65 with ten boundaries.

Pacer Anureet Singh, who bagged 35 wickets in the league stage, was again prove his lethal pace taking 4/77 and captain Murli Katrtik was second highest wicket taker with 2/56. Kartick' victims were captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla (17) and Sourashish Lahiri (2).

--IBNS (Posted on 08-01-2014)

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