Home > News >

Ranji Trophy 2013-14 quarter-finals: Bengal qualify for semi-final with 48-run victory over Railways

Ashok Dinda starred with the ball in the first innings © PTI
Ashok Dinda starred with the ball in the first innings © PTI

Kolkata: Jan 12, 2014

A spirited Bengal downed bitter foes Railways by 48 runs in their controversy-filled match to set up a Ranji Trophy semifinal clash against Maharashtra, at the Eden Gardens.

Set a target of 271, Railways were bundled out for 222 in 83.3 overs with Laxmi Ratan Shukla leading from the front taking 3 for 45.

Also, Ashok Dinda (2 for 77), Sourav Sarkar (2 for 22) and Shib Shankar Paul (2 for 47) returned with two apiece to take Bengal to the semis for the first time since 2006-07.

Needing 154 to win at the start of the day, Railways most trusted batting combination of Mahesh Rawat (14) and Arindam Ghosh (50) looked to threaten the Bengal camp under overcast conditions after Dinda gave the first breakthrough in the 10th over in the form of Nitin Bhille (5).

But it was once again the Bengal skipper who stood out, this time with the ball to send back Rawat while the veteran Paul, with his immaculate line and length, forced danger man Ghosh to make an error derailing the Railways.

Ghosh’s finely executed innings of 50 from 107 balls with eight fours came to an end after he was deceived by a fine late outswinger from Paul.

In fact, Bengal dropped four catches— by Lahiri, Shukla, Dinda and Arnab Nandi to prolong their wait.

Paul broke into an impromptu ‘Gangnam Style’ jig after dismissing Karn Sharma while Sarkar wiped off the tail with two wickets in two balls after the new ball was taken in the 82nd over.

Sarkar knocked Ranjit Mali’s leg stump for a first ball duck as the entire Bengal team jumped in celebration and was joined by the support staff.

Watched by a more than 2000-strong Sunday crowd, the entire Bengal contingent also did a victory lap in what was their last match at Eden this season.

Playing without their their main batsman and regular skipper Manoj Tiwary, India pacer Mohammad Shami and Wriddhiman Saha, who missed four matches due to national duty in South Africa, the Shukla-led Bengal were almost written off following their mediocre performances in the early stages.

But the depleted showed fine team spirit as they came back strongly with back to back wins against Uttar Pradesh (home) and Tamil Nadu (away) in their last two league fixtures to make the quarters as the third team from group B.

Now with Tiwary expected to be in the semis line-up and Saha back in his elements after two half-centuries against in the match, Bengal would certainly fancy their chances against Maharashtra in their chase for a third Ranji title.

Eleven times Ranji runners-up Bengal had lost to Mumbai by 132 runs in a one-sided Ranji final in 2006-07. Bengal had also made the Ranji final in the previous season (2005-06) only to go down to Uttar Pradesh.

Snubbed by his home state where he played only six matches five seasons ago, Ghosh almost snatched the match with his solid innings.

Having switched sides to Railways, the Barasat-lad, who already had a double century and a hundred besides three half-centuries from eight outings, was in full flow.

With Railways batting mainstay Rawat who approached his innings in his usual unruffled way, Ghosh frustrated the home camp. They were also subjected to some mind games by Dinda and Co but the duo kept cool.

After surviving some intense moments, Rawat opened his account with a copybook straight drive to long on boundary.

He repeated the same shot against Dinda from the high court end while Sarkar was brilliantly pulled by Ghosh in the next over as Railways raced to 153 for four at the first drinks, 118 runs shy of the target.

Around that time, Sourav Ganguly came in to the stadium to a huge roar but with the Railways pair of Rawat and Ghosh brilliantly steadying the ship the former India captain did not stay long.

Rawat was bowled for 14 off 28 balls after playing on to the stumps in Shukla’s second over of the day, in a breakthrough that tilted the match towards Bengal.

Overcast conditions forced a delay of one hour and 16 minutes and Railways resumed the day for 117 for three with Nitin Bhille and Ghosh making amends for their top order collapse.

Brief scores:

Bengal 317 and 267 beat Railways 314 and 222 (Murali Kartik 65, Arindam Ghosh 50; Laxmi Ratan Shukla 3 for 45) by 48 runs.

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

Photos

Heroes of India's Test wins in England

Videos

Rahul Dravid reflects on India's historic win at Lord's

Afghanistan’s recent victories over Zimbabwe are encouraging for their build-up to ICC World Cup 2015

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Should Ravichandran Ashwin get a look-in?

Physically challenged cricketers aim to bring glory to India

India tour of England 2014: Mohammed Shami has impressed in patches but wickets elude him

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 2 Live Cricket Score: Amla stays strong at the crease

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

S Sreesanth wants to play negative roles and learn acting from Rajinikanth, Kamal Hasan

South Africa players hold coaching clinic for Sri Lanka’s visually impaired players

Adam Gilchrist backs Jos Buttler to do well for England

Geoffrey Boycott hopes to host Sunil Gavaskar in his new 38-room mansion

Najam Sethi says he fulfilled promise by resigning as PCB chairman

India vs England 3rd Test at Southampton: England must persist with Ben Stokes despite poor form

Misbah-ul-Haq’s hitch at the helm

Growing Up in the 1990s: Cricket

Afghanistan’s recent victories over Zimbabwe are encouraging for their build-up to ICC World Cup 2015

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Should Ravichandran Ashwin get a look-in?

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

AR Rahman delivers deeply moving Karnamotcham for Kaaviya Thalaivan!

Akshay Kumar: Before giving tasks to contestants on Dare 2 Dance I would try them first!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here