Ranji: Railways need 154 runs to win

Kolkata, Jan 11 : The first session in the final day on Sunday will be very crucial for Bengal as rivals Railways need 154 runs with seven wickets in hands to win the Ranji Trophy quarter final clash as they ended the fourth day's play at 117 for 3 at Eden Gardens here on Saturday. Bengal in their second knock scored 267 with contribution mainly from Wriddhiman Saha (81) and captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla (76) and pace bowler Ashok Dinda 27, showing an inconsistent batting line.

Overnight batsmen Shukla (63) added only 13 runs and 51 runs from Saha took Bengal to 267 in the second innings, much less than their first knock of
317, three runs higher than Railways 314.

Line and length bowling from the visitors spear-headed by Anureet Singh checked Bengal to score under 300.

Singh, who took 4/88 in the first innings again emerged highest wicket taking pacer 5/72 and K Upadhyay finished with three wickets both innings.

Railways, smelling a win despite conceding first innings lead, changed the batting line up as captain Murli Kartik joined in the opening bating with A Pannikar
and contributed valuable 56 runs, his 21st half-century in the first class cricket.

Kartik, who was caught in ball tampering controversy on Friday, was out LBW by LR Shukla when Railways made exactly 100.

Paunikar was run out on 41 and when the stumps were closed for the day Railways were 117/3 with N Bhille batting 1 and Arindam Ghosh, who made 97 in the first innings, was on 14.

Dinda took the wicket of S Shukla (0) uprooting his sticks.

--IBNS (Posted on 11-01-2014)

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