Maharashtra are 50 runs ahead at the end of Day One © AFP (Representational Picture)
Maharashtra are 50 runs ahead at the end of Day One © AFP (Representational Picture)

 

Jan 18, 2014

 

Maharashtra ended Day One of their Ranji Trophy 2013-14 semi-final against Bengal at 164 for four. Earlier, they had bowled Bengal out for 114, courtesy Samad Fallah’s brilliant spell of seven for 58. In reply, Maharashtra openers got them off to a good start and laid the foundation for a good score and that has helped them take a lead of 50.

 

Fallah was the star of the Maharashtra bowling as he rattled the Bengal top order early in the morning. They were down to 21 for three when Wriddhiman Saha and Arindam Das commenced a mini recovery, taking Bengal past 50.

 

However, Saha was dismissed by Harshad Khadiwale for 29 and then, Bengal lost Laxmi Ratan Shukla as Fallah picked up his fourth. They went into lunch at 83 for five.

 

In the post lunch session, Fallah ran through the rest of the batting line-up with help from the other bowlers who also chipped in.

 

Maharashtra openers got them off to a good start and took them into tea without the loss of a wicket.

 

After tea, the Bengal bowlers struck as they picked three quick wickets. Kedar Jadhav and Ankeet Bawne took Maharashtra past Bengal’s score of 114. Jadhav was dismissed thereafter, but Maharashtra went 50 ahead at the end of day’s play.

 

Brief scores:

 

Bengal 114 (Arindam Das 37, Wriddhiman Saha 29; Samad Fallah 7 for 58) trail Maharashtra 164 for 4 (Chirag Khurana 48, Kedar Jadhav 40, Ankeet Bawne 37*; Ashok Dinda 2 for 45, Laxmi Ratan Shukla 2 for 45) by 50 runs.