Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day Two of the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Group A match between Maharashtra and Bengal at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune on Monday. Bengal were in command at the end of the opening day’s play, reaching a score of 239 for 3 after the stipulated 90 overs. Abhimanyu Easwaran (65) and Sayan Mandal (58) struck half-centuries to guide their side off to a strong start, adding 128 for the opening wicket. Sudip Chatterjee(51*) was the essential in resurrecting the Bengal innings, and keep them on course for a big total, after a quick wicket or two during the course of the day’s play. Skipper Manoj Tiwary had shared a 56-run stand for the third wicket with Chatterjee, before getting dismissed for a score of 30 off 70 balls. Sudip Chatterjee and Shreevats Goswami saw off the final half hour to consolidate Bengal’s advantage. Complete coverage of Ranji Trophy 2015-16

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Bengal 528 for 8 in Overs 180: Bengal have ended Day 2 on the score of 8 for 528. They have batted on both the days, sending out an overtly defensive message. For Bengal, six batsmen scored in excess of fifty, with one of them going on to score 100. For Maharashtra, only Chirag Khurana could do some damage as he picked up four wickets. At stumps on Day 2, Pragyan Ojha is batting on 14 with Ashoke Dinda who is unbeaten on two. It seems unlikely that Bengal will come out to bat tomorrow. They might go for an overnight declaration and try and see if they can force an upright win here. BATTING: Pragyan Ojha 14 (14), Ashoke Dinda 2 (6)

OUT! Aamir Gani Run Out S D Atitkar 59 (65)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Bengal 510 for 7 in Overs 176: Maharashtra pacer Samad Fallah finally put an end to Veer Pratap Singh’s innings by cleaning him up for 28. Just when the stand between Gani and Singh was starting to become an ominous one for Maharashtra, Fallah came with a timely strike and removed Singh. Aamir Gani has in the meantime completed his fifty. With the score crossing 500 mark, a declaration may come anytime now. BATTING: Aamir Gani 50 (56), Pragyan Ojha 7 (6)

OUT! Veer Pratap Singh b S M Fallah 28 (58)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Bengal 483 for 6 in Overs 171: After a minor hiccup, which saw a couple of quick wickets falling, both Aamir Gani and Veer Pratap Singh have done well. Both have added 53 vital runs for the seventh wicket. Barring Chirag Khurana, no bowler has done anything noteworthy for Maharashtra. After posting a huge total, Bengal would be hoping for a Maharashtra collapse just like the previous game. BATTING: Aamir Gani 33 (41), Veer Pratap Singh 26 (53)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Bengal 437 for 6 in Overs 160: The partnership has finally been broken. Pankaj Shaw and Sudeep Chatterjee’s 129-run stand was finally broken by Chirag Khurana, who caught Shaw right in front of the wickets. Shaw got out after scoring a fine 57 and giving a solid stand to his senior partner Chatterjee, who too fell quickly after he was found short of his ground. He became Khurana’s fourth victim in the process. Aamir Gani and Veer Pratap Singh are out in the middle. BATTING: Aamir Gani 8 (9), Veer Pratap Singh 4 (14)

OUT! Sudeep Chatterjee st R H Motwani b C G Khurana 147 (311)

OUT! Pankaj Kumar Shaw lbw C G Khurana 57 (145)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Bengal 425 for 4 in Overs 155: Post-tea, Bengal continue with their domination. Chatterjee and Shaw have added 129 runs so far and the two are looking inseparable. Maharashtra bowlers are toiling hard but both the batsmen are completely at ease at the wicket. Another milestone awaits Chatterjee, who is currently batting on 147. Shaw has completed his half-century, another fine performance from him this season.  BATTING: Sudeep Chatterjee 147 (304), Pankaj Kumar Shaw 57 (144)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Bengal 401 for 4 in Overs 150: Bengal have crossed the 400 run mark. The duo too has crossed the hundred run partnership. Chatterjee is unbeaten on 138 and has no trouble whatsoever in the middle. Shaw too is continuing with his good show this season. He is unbeaten on 43. BATTING: Sudeep Chatterjee 138 (287), Pankaj Kumar Shaw 43 (131)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Bengal 386 for 4 in Overs 145: Bengal are now well on course for  a huge total. Sudeep Chatterjee is looking rock solid and not giving anything away. Pankaj Kumar Shaw too is frustrating Maharashtra bowlers with his gritty knock. The duo is closing in on its hundred run partnership. Maharashtra skipper Rohit Motwani has tried six bowlers so far, but the going has been tough for his side overall. BATTING: Sudeep Chatterjee 129 (270), Pankaj Kumar Shaw 37 (118)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Bengal 371 for 4 in Overs 140: Sudeep Chatterjee has reached to his fifth First-Class hundred in the meantime as Bengal are going strong. The southpaw is unbeaten on 124 and is steering the Bengal ship along with Pankaj Kumar Shaw. The partnership between the two has stretched to 75 runs now. Shaw is playing on 27 and has displayed solid defense here. BATTING: Sudeep Chatterjee 124 (261), Pankaj Kumar Shaw 27 (99)

Sudeep Chatterjee has reached to his fifth First-Class hundred!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Bengal 330 for 4 in Overs 130: Sudeep Chatterjee is inching towards his hundred post lunch. Bengal have made a slow yet steady start to the second session of the day. Chatterjee’s knock has been a fine display of caution as well as aggression. He has hit 13 boundaries so far and has shown terrific patience and determination. BATTING: Sudeep Chatterjee 124 (261), Pankaj Kumar Shaw 16 (74)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Bengal 327 for 4 in Overs 122: Bengal have made steady progress in the match and have reached to a safe position of 327 for 4 at lunch. Sudip Chatterjee has been the rock of their innings so far and is unbeaten on 95. Giving him a good company is Pankaj Kumar Shaw, who’s batting on 12 and has added 31 runs with Chatterjee so far. There is nothing much to write about Maharashtra’s bowling, that has been good in patches, but disappointed oerall. BATTING: Sudeep Chatterjee 95 (197), Pankaj Kumar Shaw 12 (53)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Bengal 297 for 4 in Overs 110: Bengal lost wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami during this phase of play. Goswami reached to his fifty but couldn’t capitalise as he was dismissed immediately after reaching the personal milestone. He was caught and bowled by Chirag Khurana. Sudeep Chatterjee is going strong at 77. BATTING: Sudeep Chatterjee 77 (171), Pankaj Kumar Shaw 0 (7)

OUT! Shreevats Goswami ct & b C G Khurana 51 (112)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Bengal 261 for 3 in Overs 97: Sudeep Chatterjee and Shreevats Goswami are leading Bengal’s charge against Maharashtra in this Ranji Trophy 2015-16 match in Group A at Pune. Sudeep will be eyeing a century as he has got a perfect platform to make a big score against Maharashtra. BATTING: Sudeep Chatterjee 65 (137), Shreevats Goswami 29 (74)

Brief scores (Day 1):

Bengal 239 for 3 (Abhimanyu Easwaran 65, Sayan Mandal 58, Sudip Chatterjee 51*; Samad Fallah 1 for 39) vs Maharashtra.

Squads:

Bengal: Manoj Tiwary (c), Sudip Chatterjee, Ashok Dinda, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Pragyan Ojha, Pankaj Shaw, Parthasarathi Bhattacharjee, Abhishek Das, Aamir Gani, Naved Ahmed, Veer Pratap Singh, Sourav Sarkar, Laxmi Shukla, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Sayan Mondal, Mukesh Kumar, Pramod Chandila, Sayan Ghosh

Maharashtra: Samad Fallah, Akshay Darekar, Chirag Khurana, Rohit Motwani (c/wk), Kedar Jadhav, Shrikant Mundhe, Anupam Sanklecha, Rahul Tripathi, Ankit Bawne, Sangram Atitkar, Nikti Dhumal, Swapnil Gugale, Harshad Khadiwale, Domnic Joseph, Vijay Zol, Bharatkumar Solanki