Manoj Tiwary scored 56 runs for Bengal    Getty Images
Manoj Tiwary scored 56 runs for Bengal Getty Images

Skipper Manoj Tiwary led Bengal from front as the team got to 190 for the loss of 3 wickets on Day One of Round 6 of Ranji Trophy 2016-17. Bengal lost their first wicket soon as Sayan Shekhar Mondal departed for 18-ball duck. Abhimanyu Eswaran and Sudip Chatterjee built up the first stable partnership while it was Tiwary’s 50 was a vital contribution to the team’s scorecard as they inch towards the 200-run mark. Agniv Pan is the other batsman who has played well and is unbeaten for 51 at the crease and with him set, Bengal aim for a good score in their first innings as they start Day Two. FULL CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES: Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 1, Round 6

Skipper Tiwary did all the hardwork to reach 56 off 161 balls with five boundaries before he was caught and bowled by left-arm spinner R Aushik Srinivas. Young left-hander Agniv Pan (51 batting) continued his good form while Bengal were dealt a blow with dependable left-hander Sudeep Chatterjee having to retire hurt at 34 due to a pulled hamstring. According to sources, Chatterjee will come out to bat if the team requires. Opting to bat on a slow track, opener Sayan Sekhar Mondal (0) failed to open his account caught by Baba Aparajith off seamer Thangarasu Natarajan. Right hander Abhimanyu Easwaran (31 off 98 balls) and Chatterjee took the score to 51 before he was castled by medium pacer Aswin Crist. Easwaran hit three boundaries. Skipper Tiwary and Chatterjee were negotiating the deliveries cautiously as the ball was not coming onto the bat. With the score at 79, Chatterjee hobbled out with Pan joining his skipper. The duo added 80 plus runs but could never set the tempo despite the fact that Bengal are playing with five specialist bowlers.

Seamer Crist was the parsimonious giving away only 19 runs in 19 overs. The Bengal batsmen went into such a shell that they couldn’t even get away young off-spinner MS Washington Sundar who went for only 36 from 18 overs. Pan however showed some intent during his 131 ball knock that had seven boundaries and a six. However Tiwary’s second half-century didn’t help Bengal much as he committed to a stroke as Srinivas got a return catch. Pan had Shreevats Goswami for company, batting on 15, reported PTI.

Brief Scores

Bengal 190 for 3 (Abhimanyu Eswaran 31, Sudip Chatterjee 34, Manoj Tiwary 56, Agniv Pan 51*; Aswin Crist 1 for 19, Auswin Srinivas 1 for 33) vs Tamil Nadu