Home > News >

Ranji Trophy 2013-14: Railways need 154 more runs to win against Bengal

Murali Kartik © Getty Images
Murali Kartik scored a quickfire 56 to lead Railway’s charge © Getty Images (File photo)

Kolkata: Jan 11, 2014

Railways captain Murali Kartik took the attack back to the opposition camp with a timely half-century as the visitors need another 154 runs with seven wickets in hand as their Ranji Trophy quarter-final against hosts Bengal hangs in balance at the end of the fourth day.

Chasing a target of 271, Railways were 117 for three at stumps with in-form Arindam Ghosh batting on 14 in company of Nitin Bhille (1 batting).

With Bengal’s nemesis Mahesh Rawat yet to come out, skipper Kartik would expect that his knock of 56 will certainly give Railways the edge over Laxmi Ratan Shukla‘s boys.

Earlier, Bengal scored 267 in their second innings courtesy Wriddhiman Saha‘s 81 and Ashok Dinda‘s cameo of 27 not out off 24 balls.

Railways were chugging in the right track with 100 for no loss in the 33rd over with Kartik promoting himself to opening slot for the second time this season after their win against Services.

For the Railways, pacer Anureet Singh bagged 5/72 his fifth five-wicket haul this season.

After a controversy-filled last evening when he and pacer Anureet were heckled by spectators, veteran India discard showed a lot of character hitting three sixes en route to a 89-ball half-century as they looked in firm control.

But all hell broke loose at the fag end of the day when Bengal skipper Shukla triggered a collapse in his third over, the 33rd over of the day as Railways lost three wickets for three runs in a space of 17 balls to end the day on backfoot.

Bengal stepped up the tempo after the three wickets as Dinda attacked with a barrage of bouncers while verbal abuses too flew thick and fast in the middle as Railways ended the day for 117/3 after 43 overs, still needing 154 to win with seven wickets in hand.

Kartik shouldered arm to a good length delivery from Shukla only to be adjudged leg before wicket as a sleepy Eden with about 2,000 spectators erupted in joy.

The veteran India left arm spinner hit four boundaries and three sixes in his 102-ball knock. There was more drama when Sourav Sarkar effected a fine run out of Amit Paunikar with a direct hit from deep fine leg.

Going for a second run, Paunikar was short of the crease at the non-striker’s end to see his innings fold for 41 as the Eden crowd who seemed to have gone for an afternoon slumber started roaring.

Just three balls after the direct hit, a charged up Dinda bowled Shivakant Shukla who played on to his stumps and was out for a golden duck to leave Railway reeling for 103/3.

Local lad Ghosh was ‘escorted’ by Dinda and Sarkar, who were apparently sledging, as he came up to the crease in what was another thrilling day.

But it was a different picture an hour ago when Railways took the upperhand with Kartik batting with grit as they seemed to be in firm control of the match.

The duo of Kartik and Paunikar put up the 50-run opening stand when the Railways skipper hooked Paul for a six in their best opening stand for the match. Kartik brought up his 21st first class half-century with an imperious drive through cover.

Paunikar too was in the act flicking the ball down the leg side to bring the 100 up for Railways. But Bengal’s frustration finally came to an end when Shukla ended Kartik’s fine innings.

Earlier, resuming at 133 for four after a controversy-filled day, Bengal duo of Shukla and Saha showed positive intent with the Bengal skipper striking two successive fours on either side of the wicket.

But before they looked to threaten the Railways camp, the lanky Krishnakant Upadhyay struck dismissing the Bengal skipper whose attempted pull went straight to midwicket. Shukla made 76 off 89 balls with 11 fours and a six.

In the meantime, Saha quietly scored his second half-century of the match, in a patient innings from 137 balls with seven fours.

With Saha looking firm, Railways brought on spin with Karan Sharma in the 68th over, a move that yielded result with the leggie dismissing Writtick Chatterjee (10) and Saha (81) in his fourth and seventh overs.

Chatterjee was trapped in front of the wicket, while Saha’s attempted pull took a bottom edge on to the stumps.

Saha out for 81 off 200 balls with 11 fours. Bengal’s second essay looked set to fold after Kartik trapped Lahiri (9) with their score 218/8 but Dinda’s stunt with the bat in a 37-run ninth wicket partnership with Sarkar frustrated Railways.

Dinda lit up an otherwise dull morning tonking Kartik over his head for a six before dancing down to Sharma for another over boundary to stretch the lead past 250.

Railways regrouped at the lunch break with Singh knocking off Sarkar’s off-stump after kissing his pads in the second ball of the second session.

But the mercurial Bengal pacer was not in a mood to budge as, two balls later, Dinda pulled Singh for his third six.

Dinda was left stranded at the other end after Singh wrapped the issue dismissing Paul to bag his fifth fifer of the season, ninth overall.

Singh was full of grace as he bowed down to kiss the pitch after Bengal’s innings folded not before posting a challenging 271 target.

Brief scores:

Bengal 317 and 267 (Sudip Chatterjee 96, Wriddhiman Saha 87; Anureet Singh 4 for 88, Murali Kartik 2 for 58) lead Railways 314 and 117 for 3 (Murali Kartik 56, Amit Paunikar 41, Arindam Ghosh 14*; Laxmi Ratan Shukla 1 for 17) by 154 runs.

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Photos

Australia vs Zimbabwe, ODI tri-series at Harare

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

Australia’s losses to minnows in limited-overs cricket

India tour of England 2014: Who is Jason Roy?

Zimbabwe’s 12 most memorable victories in international cricket

Zimbabwe vs Australia, 4th ODI: Highlights

Elton Chigumbura-Prosper Utseya partnership takes Zimbabwe to historic win over Australia

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia

Bishen Singh Bedi mocks BCCI on Twitter

Adam Gilchrist to meet Narendra Modi in India

Wahab Riaz’s daughter critical, needs O positive blood

India tour of England 2014: Geoffrey Boycott calls for Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Joe Root to be axed from ODI side

Robin Uthappa eying the Indian opening slot

Duncan Fletcher’s heroics and Zimbabwe’s first win over Australia

Archie MacLaren’s amateurs fell Warwick Armstrong’s mighty Australians in one of cricket’s greatest fairytales

David Bairstow: A champion claimed by depression

Should Michael Clarke cut down on playing time ahead of ICC World Cup 2015?

Australia’s losses to minnows in limited-overs cricket

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

668 Posts | 6 Fans

Yuvraj Singh's ton against MCC

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan visits NOTTO centre

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon-Ek Baar Phir: Will Shlok let Aastha starve for days?

Adele’s two unreleased songs leaked in full

Now a blood test to detect TB in children

Top 6 monsoon dressing tips for dummies

BlackBerry partners with Idea to offer 1GB data plan for postpaid customers

India 4th most affected by mobile malwares: F-Secure

Aagadu trailer: Get ready for Mahesh Babu in full on action avatar!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here