Ranji: Railways 233 for five
Mahesh Rawat (105*) and Arindam Ghosh's (78*) posted unbroken 191-run sixth wicket partnership which helped Railways to post 233 for five at end of the second day after devastating start while chasing Bengal's first innings total of 317 in the Ranji Trophy quarter final match at Eden Gardens here on Thursday. Railways choosing to bat second were still 84 runs behind with five wickets in hand in reply to Bengal's 317 all out.
Bengal began their day with overnight score of 274/8, added 43 runs in remaining two wickets as not out batsman Wriddhiman Saha (60) expanded his score to 87.
Chasing the moderate total Railways began to roll out by the sheer pace from Asoke Dinda (3/83) and Shiv Shankar Paul (2/36) when their wickets fell like hosue of cards.
Openers S Shukla ( 6), A Paunikar (12), N Bhille (20), R Jonathan (0) and K Sharma (4) returned to pavilion quickly after parading into the turf.
As Bengal's skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla was regrouping with his players after every fall of wicket, coming of inform wicket-keeper-batsman Mahesh Rawat into the pitch changed the scenario totally.
Rawat (105 not out) took the crease when Railways batting line was under fire from pacer Asoke Dinda and Paul as five recognized batsmen returned pavilion with 45 runs on board in just 21.5 overs.
Twenty-eight-year-old right handed batsman instead of caring too much the bowling wielded his willow and picked up his ninth first class ton and third century of season from 117 balls in style.
His unbeaten 105 runs came from 18 boundaries and one lofting over to the fence in 125 balls.
His brilliant batting has been studded with fearful unbeaten 6th wicket partnership of 191 with former Bengal player now batting stay of Arindam Ghosh, who was batting at 78.
Ghosh, who was dropped on 44 at second slip by Abhimanyu Easwaran, hit his third 50 of the season and looking for his third century.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla tired his six bowlers including himself but the partnership of Rawat and Ghosh was still threatening.
(Posted on 09-01-2014)