Maharashtra lost only one wicket in the first session © Getty Images
Maharashtra lost only one wicket in the first session © Getty Images (Representation photo)

 

Jan 19, 2014

 

Ankit Bawne struck a fine unbeaten half-century and Sangram Atitkar was batting on 57 not out to take Maharashtra to 270 for five against Bengal in the first innings of the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 semi-final match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.

 

Maharashtra now have a crucial first innings lead of 156 runs.

 

The Bengal side could make only one breakthrough as their skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla trapped his Maharashtra counterpart Rohit Motwani for eight in the first session.

 

Motwani failed to add any to his overnight total.

 

Motwani’s dismissal brought Sangram Atitkar at the crease, as he teamed up with Bawne to take their side past the 200-run mark.

 

Bawne was batting on 86, which came off 193 balls, studded with 14 boundaries and a six.

 

Bengal 114 (Arindam Das 37, Wriddhiman Saha 29; Samad Fallah 7 for 58) trail Maharashtra 270for 5 (Ankeet Bawne 86*, Sangram Atitkar 57*;  Laxmi Ratan Shukla 3 for 63) by 156 runs.