Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Manoj Tiwary’s 201* carries Bengal to 510

At Eden Gardens, hosts Bengal left Madhya Pradesh with plenty to do after they declared their first innings on 510/9 after skipper Manoj Tiwary scored an unbeaten double-century on day two of their Elite Group B match of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy.

From an overnight 246/4, with Tiwary resuming on 31, Bengal plundered a further 264 runs for the loss of five wickets as Madhya Pradesh s bowlers struggled. Remarkably, Tiwary scored 170 of those to move to 201 not out off 279 balls before he declared. The wicketkeeper Vivek Singh (28) and Aamir Gani (29) offered resistance down the order as Tiwary registered his 25th first-class hundred.

For MP, young Shubham Sharma claimed 5/59 – his first haul of two wickets of more in his 23rd match.

At stumps, MP were 15/0.

Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh 15/0 trail Bengal 510/9 dec (Tiwary 201*, Shubham Sharma 5/59) by 495 runs